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Decoding Hands-Free Technology

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WASHINGTON, DC--Hands-free technology allows users to wirelessly connect their phones to an earpiece for hands free talking.

Which one will get the job done for you? We have compiled a list of consumer reviews from all across the web to help you go hands free.

When purchasing a hands free device, many consumers look for comfortable fit, sleek design, good battery life all at a reasonable price. Weigh your options and go hands free!      

Here are the top 10 hands free devices on the market today.

                                       

Corded Headset with Microphone- Average cost $15

Advantages: No need for batteries, stereo sound if you wear both ear buds at the same time.

 

Disadvantages: Tangled wires, microphone can rub on clothing and cause excess noise.

 

 

 

Blue Ant Q1: Average cost: $54

 

Advantages: One touch answering, comfortable

 

Disadvantages: Poor battery life, misinterpreted voice commands

 

 

Aliph Jawbone Icon- Average cost: $72

 

Advantages: Spoken announcements about battery life and caller ID, long battery life

 

Disadvantages: Some difficulty connecting to phone, may fall out of ear

 

 

 

Plantronics Discovery 975- Average cost: $65

 

Advantages: Comfortable, professional, small, excellent noise reduction

 

Disadvantages: Talk button is sometimes hard to press, reviewers heard a "hiss"

 

  

Plantronics Voyager Pro- Average cost: $59

 

Advantages: Works with iPhone, indicates when battery is low

 

Disadvantages: Heavy, some complain of design flaws, discomfort 

 

Aliph Jawbone Prime- Average cost: $99 - $139

 

Advantages: Fashionable, snug ear fit, cancels out wind noise

 

Disadvantages: Has hidden buttons, a singular volume button, soft volume

 

 

Jabra Extreme- Average cost: $34

 

Advantages: Features "Noise Blackout", voice enhancement

 

Disadvantages: Some say it has a "boring design", soft volume

 

USB Multimedia Stereo Headset- Average cost: $50

 

Advantages: Can be used with phone, music or computer, good sound quality

 

Disadvantages: bulky, outdated, loose connections to cell phone

 

Motorola HS850 Bluetooth headset- Average cost: $30

 

Advantages: Clear sound, easy to use, small

 

Disadvantages: Slippery, flat design, hard to hold

 

 

Motorola H710- Average cost $24

 

Advantages: Rated "very good" by alatest.com, customers say it has high comfort, good sound quality.

 

Disadvantages: Several users say the microphone stopped working after several months. Others said the device stopped holding a charge after a few months of use as well.

 

 

(All reviews were obtained from various consumer review websites such as www.google.com/products, www.mobiletechreview.com, www.reviews.cnet.com

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