Thursday, 05 February 2009

BlueAnt Z9 Headset

(Review) - There is an abundance of headsets in the market. In fact, we'll even go as far as to say that headsets have become a commodity, and just like a lot of commodities, the glamor effect starts to wear off quickly. However, with BlueAnt's Z9, that may not be so. There's nothing earth shatteringly special about Z9 for the most part, but that's where it shines. Odd, but true.

BlueAnt's Z9 is a simple headset with no frills to deviate you from the core function of the unit. It's a tiny headset with a plain, black appearance and a small LED light that blinks between blue and red for various alerts. You can turn off the light if it's distracting, which if you are anything like this editor, it drives you crazy when people's headsets blink blue every other second. Talk about distracting! In addition, there's one multi-purpose silver button in the front and a couple of volume buttons on the side edges. All buttons were easy to press and had great tactile feedback, so you can work around them with a quick feel to the headset. Unfortunately, the actual ear piece is too broad for most ears, it appears. It never quite fit in with this editor, but the plastic hook did a great job holding it next to our ears. Of course, the hook is convertible between the two ears, depending on your preference. Despite the solid contact between the headset and our ears with the hook, we just couldn't get that secure feeling. That means you can't work with the headset without the hook (2x in package). Pity!

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With that said, audio quality with Z9 is downright amazing. Sure, there was some static presence, but all in all, it's a great headset that will not disappoint you. Perhaps the most interesting feature is the noise canceling technology that turns on/off with the press of a button. For less noisy areas, you can switch it off and sound more natural. For sidewalks and crowded offices, you can turn it on, but sound unnatural. The voice difference is noticeable between the two modes, but it's not a deal killer. These two modes are defined as Voice Isolation Standard and Max with Max obviously for noisier environments. And the best part about the technology is it actually works to warrant a mention.

Then there's the standard call answering, ending, and receiving; call reject, redial and voice-dial support; and the option to transfer the call from the headset to the phone and vice versa; conference calling, call waiting and mute are also present.

For the price of $94.95, it's one of the most affordable headsets in the market and with stunning looks and superior audio quality, it's a must-have unit for mobile professionals.

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