Talk Bluetooth headsets and the two key names in the business are BlueAnt and Aliph. The two companies take it in turns to hold the top-spot, each trying to outdo the other with noise reduction, added features and general audio quality. For the past few months, Aliph have arguably ruled the roost with their Jawbone 2; now BlueAnt are back with the V1, flaunting a new level of user-independent voice control. Has the headset market flip-flopped back to the Australian company? We’ve been testing out the BlueAnt V1 for the past few weeks to find out.
It wasn’t all that long ago that you’d be looked at oddly for using a Bluetooth headset – people assumed you were talking to yourself – but with the recent proliferation of hands-free driving laws the wireless earpieces have become far more common. At the budget end there are plenty of cheap options, but if you’re looking for something more comprehensive then your choices have generally been Aliph or BlueAnt – with the $129.99 price tags to match. Both have above-average sound quality, comfortable fit (with interchangeable ear-buds as standard) and various degrees of background noise cancellation. What BlueAnt bring to the table now is an unprecedented method of voice control, which they’re calling BlueGenie.