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BlueAnt Q1 review

8.3/10 AVG.
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  • BlueAnt Q1
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Specs / Features


Overview
Type In-Ear
Other
Volume Control Yes
Playback Control No
Noise Canceling No
Specification
Warranty (Months) 12 months
Size
Weight 145 grams
(5.12 ounces)

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

If you have been shopping around for a powerful, EASY-TO-USE Bluetooth headset, consider the Blue Ant Q1; it does a cell phone good.

Ask any cell phone owner who has used a Bluetooth headset about their experience and they will have plenty to say. Among the comments you might hear are poor sound quality, lack of comfort, difficulty of use, poor design, static, and so on.

The motivated folks at Blue Ant must have taken a second trip to the coffee machine when setting about creating their latest and greatest Bluetooth headset. It screams of caffeine and thoughtful imagination and we want to talk about it.

Why? Because the Blue Ant Q1 comes close to being one of the best Bluetooth headsets on the market today and clearly the finest that Blue Ant has yet produced.

Here's a breakdown of the Q1's flagship features:

Sound Quality

The Q1 offers superior sound via Voice Isolation Technology (VIT), which improves sound quality significantly, even in noisy areas. When tested, folks I spoke with said that my voice was crystal clear and that they did not discern any meaningful difference from the use of the headset and my speaking directly into the phone.

Comfort

I've tested and owned numerous Bluetooth headsets and my biggest gripe has always been that the headset did not remain in place when I moved my head. The Q1 does. let me be clear: It Stays Put! Also, on some level I was always aware that I was "wearing" a headset. Somehow, the design of the Q1 lets you forget you're wearing a headset at all. It's light, comfortable, and within seconds of putting it on you really will forget you're wearing it until the calm female voice informs you of an incoming call!

The Q1 comes with a "hoop" option where you can loop it over your ear, but honestly, this little gem is so well made I find it equally comfortable and sturdy just placing it in my ear without the hoop and allowing the comfortable ear gel provided to create the comfort and stability I want.

Performance

Pairing your phone is simple due to a voice automated system that guides you every step of the way. No more thick manuals, and no more weird blinking light sequences and button presses to get to what you want. Blue Ant nailed it here big time by making the whole set-up and performance process about as easy it can be.

Answering a call is as simple as saying the word "answer", and your conversation begins. You Do Not have to touch a button to accept a call. Kudos Blue Ant!

That's enough for me to give this personally-tested headset high marks, but it goes further. This device can be paired with two devices simultaneously, offers stereo sound so you can fully enjoy music and podcasts, looks great and is backed by a genuine warranty.


Critic Reviews


Windows Central

A quality, feature rich, Bluetooth headset

from Windows Central

If you rely on a Bluetooth headset for your daily activities, the Q1 would be the one for you. The Q1 would serve the casual headset user but might be cost prohibitive. Regardless, the Q1 is a quality headset that should make everyone's short list when shopping for a Bluetooth headset.

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If you rely on a Bluetooth headset for your daily activities, the Q1 would be the one for you. The Q1 would serve the casual headset user but might be cost prohibitive. Regardless, the Q1 is a quality headset that should make everyone's short list when shopping for a Bluetooth headset.

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Digital Trends

Respectable noise cancellation

from Digital Trends

While it can’t compete on fashion-factor, it does manage respectable noise cancellation if you don’t plan on talking from the deck of an aircraft carrier, and the smooth voice recognition lends it an ease of use that’s hard to beat. Unfortunately, access to only eight speed dial contacts da...More

While it can’t compete on fashion-factor, it does manage respectable noise cancellation if you don’t plan on talking from the deck of an aircraft carrier, and the smooth voice recognition lends it an ease of use that’s hard to beat. Unfortunately, access to only eight speed dial contacts dampens this feature quite a bit in real-life use, the fit felt soggy, and sadly, we also had to dock the score for breakage.

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PCWorld

A good choice

from PCWorld

The BlueAnt Q1 is among a group of higher-cost, good-looking Bluetooth headsets that have come out for fashion-conscious users. It isn't quite comfortable enough for business users who spend most of the day on the phone, but the handy voice recognition and reasonably good audio quality makes it a good choice for consumers.

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The BlueAnt Q1 is among a group of higher-cost, good-looking Bluetooth headsets that have come out for fashion-conscious users. It isn't quite comfortable enough for business users who spend most of the day on the phone, but the handy voice recognition and reasonably good audio quality makes it a good choice for consumers.

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ZDNet

For anyone who considered Aliph's Jawbone but thought it too garish

from ZDNet

In short, the BlueAnt Q1 allows you to have the nifty features, build and call quality of a high-end Bluetooth headset without visually embodying its $129 price tag. And with voice activation, it's like a joke you're always in on.

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In short, the BlueAnt Q1 allows you to have the nifty features, build and call quality of a high-end Bluetooth headset without visually embodying its $129 price tag. And with voice activation, it's like a joke you're always in on.

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Cnet

Slim and stylish

from Cnet

Despite a few minor issues, the BlueAnt Q1's voice controls and good audio quality sets this apart from other headsets.

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Despite a few minor issues, the BlueAnt Q1's voice controls and good audio quality sets this apart from other headsets.

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PC Magazine

Competing products deliver better overall performance

The voice-controlled BlueAnt Q1 is a looker and a solid effort from a company that's fast gaining ground with its line of Bluetooth headsets—but the competition has moved further ahead still.


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The voice-controlled BlueAnt Q1 is a looker and a solid effort from a company that's fast gaining ground with its line of Bluetooth headsets—but the competition has moved further ahead still.


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