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BlueAnt Q3 review

6.9/10 AVG.
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Specs / Features


Overview
Type In-Ear
Specification
Warranty (Months) -
Size 5 x 2 cm (2 x 0.8 in)
Weight N/A
Reviews summary section

What's good

  • Lightweight
  • Good call volume
  • Voice controlled options

What's bad

  • Inconsistent noise cancellation
  • Mediocre call quality
  • Inconvenient volume and power button placement

The BlueAnt Q3 Bluetooth headset is the follow-up to the popular Q2 with several notable upgrades. Like its predecessor, the Q3 is lightweight, weighing in at a mere 10 grams (0.35 ounces), and sports a curved design. Its body is made entirely of plastic and comes in either standard black or platinum. Although most experts found the device to be relatively sturdy, PCMag argues, "for a headset that looks so buttoned up, it has a surprisingly flimsy feel…[and] flexes to the touch."

In order to streamline the device, there are only three main buttons: volume, power and command. The command button allows users to speak a specific order in order to access various options for the headset. While most found the command button easy to reach, they also point out the power button and volume rocker were very small and difficult to use, especially when driving. Luckily, the headset itself does stay in place even without the ear hook though Phone Arena suggests using the optional hook as they noticed that, "it feels a bit loose without it."

For all headsets, the most important aspect is the call quality. Sadly, it seems that the Q3 doesn't deliver on this front. While experts found the call volume excellent, voices sounded artificial and their own voices through the headset were often muffled. In busier areas, the headset didn't fare any better. While it employs two microphones for noise-cancellation, critics found the feature to be hit or miss. T3chniq didn't have any issues stating, "In all of our test calls the people on the other end could not hear any background noise…" CNET, on the other hand, says, "…callers reported that they heard plenty of distracting ambient noise…"

In general, reviewers were not overly impressed with the BlueAnt Q3. While lightweight, there are plenty of flaws in the design and call quality that left them unsatisfied. It's ok, but not the best overall bluetooth headset. ITReviews sums it up saying, "The BlueAnt Q3 is a solid…Bluetooth headset, but it doesn't offer that many significant improvements over its…competition."


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