Manufacturer: Blueant Wireless Part number: T1
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CNET editors' review
price range: $29.99
- Reviewed by: Nicole Lee
- Reviewed on: 06/17/2010
- Released on: 05/01/2010
The good: The BlueAnt T1 is a durable and rugged headset with a great voice user interface. Its features include A2DP streaming, multipoint, and the announcement of incoming caller names. Also, its wind noise cancellation is fantastic.
The bad: The BlueAnt T1 is a bit bulkier than its predecessors were, and the caller name announcement could be perfected.
The bottom line: With its sturdy build, voice features, and excellent audio quality, the T1 is BlueAnt's best headset yet.
by roniet14 on May 24, 2011
Pros: Compatible with my Samsung Captivate.
Cons: The plastic hook doesn't really stay on my ear that well and gets caught in my hair.
Summary: This is a great product. It's simple to use and tells me who is calling and gives me the option to respond to answering or ignoring incoming calls.
Summary: This is a great product. It's simple to use and tells me who is calling and gives me the option to respond to answering or ignoring incoming calls.
Works, but frustrating and annoying
by msttsm on May 1, 2011
Pros: Dual phone support
Cons: Drops connectivity easily
Interrupts music playing unnecessarily
Too obtrusive in telephony process
Summary: This has to be one of the most poorly crafted headsets I've tried. From the functionality of the unit to the lack of documentation this puppy sucks. To start ...
Summary: This has to be one of the most poorly crafted headsets I've tried. From the functionality of the unit to the lack of documentation this puppy sucks. To start with, it beeps for apparently no reason when it is not actually being used, so if you want to keep it in your ear, be prepared for random unknown beeps. Why are they random and unknown? Because the documentation doesn't mention what it is supposed to mean (and no its not for low battery as it happens when fully charged).
Other than that, if the phone is on the same side of your body as the headset, it will stay connected, but put it in your pocket on the other side and it will lose connection. It has the ability to pair with 2 phones at the same time (nice) however, if you move too far away from either of them (call it 20' (not even the 30' for BT) it will announce that it has dropped. And if you are just on the edge of connectivity it will constantly announce that it lost/gained connection. What's even worse is that if you are listening to music, it stutters the sound while it drops/gains connection (it should send a pause and play to the music device, but I guess they didn't think of that).
But I guess the most annoying thing is that you have to tell it to let you give voice commands to your phone, and then it takes even more time to tell you that it is transferring you to your phone for voice control. Talk about a massive waste of time, especially if you are just trying to play/pause the music or just change track.
While it does work, I'd recommend finding a different one and keep the level of insanity in your life down.
Great sound quality, voice controls need work.
by benvoliothefirst on March 27, 2011
Pros: Call quality is fantastic.
Cons: Doesn't announce names clearly, doesn't read texts as well as it should.
Almost impossible to reset - Zero Support from Mfg
by Wilson828 on February 16, 2011
Pros: Voice quality is decent. Noise and wind control is pretty good too.
Cons: Almost impossible to reset. And there is zero customer service from manufacturer. Constant messages from the unit that "the pair list is full" .. resetting per instructions does not work. Also ear piece fittings are not snug.
Summary: Life's too short for this kind of frustration. Today I threw it away in the garbage where it belongs. I have ordered a replacement from via Amazon for a ...
Summary: Life's too short for this kind of frustration. Today I threw it away in the garbage where it belongs. I have ordered a replacement from via Amazon for a Jawbone. It's on sale. I'll be happier.
THE BEST YET
by adjusterron on January 1, 2011
Pros: Light, loud & comfortable.
Cons: None, absolutely none!
Summary: Since having gone through 2 of the Jabra BT250's and no longer being available, I've gone through just about every brand & type out there, including the Jawbones. ...
Summary: Since having gone through 2 of the Jabra BT250's and no longer being available, I've gone through just about every brand & type out there, including the Jawbones. I received the BlueAnt T1 for Christmas & all I can say is WOW!
I don't like loops on my ears & this bad boy goes into my ear & stays there with just the bud. All I can say is this, don't bother looking at anything else. The pairing, call qualtiy & quality of the unit itself are awesome! Maybe the people here that say volume is low need to get a hearing aid!
Great idea -- poor execution.
by ldater on November 12, 2010
Pros: Advanced features
Cons: HORRIBLE ear loop design and performance
Sketchy voice quality
Summary: The whole is lesser than the sum of its parts. I?ve been a big Blueant fan for probably three years now. Their sound quality and noise isolation features have ...
Summary: The whole is lesser than the sum of its parts. I?ve been a big Blueant fan for probably three years now. Their sound quality and noise isolation features have been second to none. So I was excited when I read about the T1 and all its advanced features. I couldn?t wait to get my hands on it.
At first, all was good. I loved the design and the performance seemed to be good. But the more I used it, the more disillusioned I became. I?ll try not to write a book, but here are my observations.
- Sound quality ? good but not excellent. Listeners would frequently complain that I sounded muffled or like I was talking from a tunnel. This seemed to come and go. When it was good, it was good, but when it was bad, it was terrible.
- Noise isolation ? meh. Blueant claimed it would virtually eliminate noise from winds up to 22 mph. Well, maybe it does in a laboratory setting, but I never experienced that in the real world. Any time I was ever in the wind, the listener could hear it. To an everyday wearer like me, it really seemed no different than any other Blueant headset I?ve used the last three years.
- Design ? meh. A little larger than I like, but tolerable. The flat black color isn?t exactly eye-catching, but maybe that?s a good thing. Whatever blows your hair back, I guess. I like that it had a physical on/off switch and a volume rocker.
- Connection ? easy to pair, but a little slow to connect. Plus it would randomly disconnect and then immediately reconnect to phone for no obvious reason, even when sitting right beside the phone or while wearing it next to the phone.
- Features ? incoming voice announcement is nice, but sometimes the headset would fail to recognize your response (e.g. ?Answer?) and would respond like you hadn?t acted. Also, voice dialing is a bit cumbersome, because it?s a two-step process. First, you have to say ?phone commands?. Then, once it puts you into your phone?s voice-dialing system, you have to the phone?s voice system. This first step is not required with less-advanced devices that still support voice dialing.
- Ear loop ? YES, I gave ?ear loop? its own category, because THIS was my greatest, single frustration. When new, the ear loop stayed put in the hole on the back of the headset (where the loop can be slid or turned to fit the wearer). But after it?s been used for a few weeks, the hole seems to widen slightly, the ear loop gets oily & slippery, and it becomes virtually useless. The loop slides and turns with almost no resistance, so much so that it might as well not even be there. It?s really just more in the way at this point. As I can?t seem to ever find an ear bud that lets me wear a headset in my ear canal without a loop, this was a fatal flaw.
It?s a shame really, because I was (and probably still am) a pretty big Blueant fanboy. But the combination of sound and connection issues, a few feature annoyances, and the stunningly poor design of the ear loop system makes this (sadly) a FAIL to this user.
To the boys Down Under I say: ?Back to the drawing board!?
Great Headset. ALERT! HOW TO UPDATE FIRMWARE.
by peace942 on October 2, 2010
Pros: This is a great headset. Reads contacts. Has an app for Android. I just love it. It reads text messages aloud when they are received and also plays music. Ear bud fits great and no need for the hook.
Cons: NONE TO SPEAK OF. Only thing some people may not like is the size. Its not huge but its not tiny. I love it but I don't care for a microscopic bluetooth. I don't want to loose it.
Summary: HOW TO UPDATE THE FIRMWARE (IF YOU HAVEN'T FIGURED OUT HOW TO GET WINDOWS TO KEEP FC THE UPDATER) SIMPLY PRESS THE VOLUME UP + KEY AND DO NOT RELEASE ...
Summary: HOW TO UPDATE THE FIRMWARE (IF YOU HAVEN'T FIGURED OUT HOW TO GET WINDOWS TO KEEP FC THE UPDATER) SIMPLY PRESS THE VOLUME UP + KEY AND DO NOT RELEASE IT UNTIL THE FIRMWARE UPDATE PROGRESS BAR HAS COMPLETED. I hope this helps the many people I have seen returning the headset or complaining of the impossibility of running the update. DO NOT RELEASE THE + Key. That's it. Great rugged headset. Will stand up to a lot of punishment and if you keep the included rubber case on it you will find it to be very water resistant as well.
Excited at first but then disappointment set in
by JH654321 on October 1, 2010
Pros: Wind and other noise cancellation
Cons: Ear buds, Ear hook, Multiple device connectivity is fluky
Summary: I?ve tried two Blue Ant T1 earpieces because I wanted to give it a second chance. I waited for it to come out and was very excited when I ...
Summary: I?ve tried two Blue Ant T1 earpieces because I wanted to give it a second chance. I waited for it to come out and was very excited when I finally got it. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed. I?ve compared it to the Aliph Jawbone Icon and Plantronics Discovery 975.
Wind noise cancellation: I felt a little silly but I rode my bike at different speeds while talking to my wife, then my mom, and then my dad to test their ability to cancel the wind noise. Obviously, when riding faster or into the wind it was difficult to have a conversation with any of the ear pieces but it was good for comparison. The T1 outperformed the Icon and 975 as expected. The 975 was the worst of the three with wind noise.
Connectivity to multiple devices. I have another cell phone for work and tried connecting both phones to the unit at the same time. The T1 struggled here. If either phone became disconnected from the ear piece (i.e. I walked away from one of the phones with the ear piece in my pocket) the T1 would say it was connected but not transmit my, nor the other persons voice. Because my phone still thought it was connected, I wouldn?t be able to get sound back from my phone either. Even if I went into the phone menus and shut the blue tooth off. I would have to power cycle my phone to recover operability. No issues here with the 975 or Icon.
Sometimes the T1 would become disconnected from either of my phones without explanation. In order to get it connected again I would have to power cycle the phone.
Battery power was less than desirable but reasonably comparable to the Icon and 975.
I don?t like to keep the ear piece in my ear at all times. I all but shocked a salesman when I told them I put an earpiece in my pocket. They claimed that I should never do that. This just isn?t practical. When it?s not in my ear I like to put it into my pocket. Unfortunately, when I took the T1 out of my pocket, both the cover and ear bud rubber would fall off. I even tried some ear bud covers from my headphones but this fell off too. I was going to deal with the connectivity and fit issues but I couldn?t get over this one. I thought about gluing it but figured that would cause more harm than good. I was worried about breaking the 975 in my pocket because of its narrow and longer size. The Icon is short and stocker without any parts to break off.
Even when the ear bud didn?t fall off, it didn?t fit very well into my ear. The ear piece comes with three different sizes and even two different styles but none of them really worked. You definitely can?t use this ear piece without the hook and the hook is pretty fragile. They give you two but I broke one after only a week of use (I don?t really think I was rough). The other problem with the hook is that you have to completely remove it in order to put the earpiece on the other ear. Both the Icon and 975 fit great and felt secure. The 975 felt the most secure.
When I used the 975 I always felt like I could hear a slight echo. It didn?t affect the conversation but was pretty annoying.
Overall, the Icon worked best for me. It seems to be the most well rounded of the three.
Ok sound but HORRIBLE earbuds!!! Why???
by raideragent on September 23, 2010
Pros: Sounds good, cheap.
Cons: Horrible earbuds and clear plastic ear hook was a terrible design.
Summary: This thing never fit since day one and I've had it over a month now. I can't stand the silly earbuds and the plastic ear clip. Why can'...
Summary: This thing never fit since day one and I've had it over a month now. I can't stand the silly earbuds and the plastic ear clip. Why can't these designers get this right? Do they know how many of us buy a headset only to find out that the only reason we don't use it is because of the earbuds? Why make a good set only to flake on the comfort? I bought a Jawbone 2 and had the same troubles, it, along with 5 or 6 other headsets are all in the junk drawer. Hate to throw them away since I paid money for all of them. What a waist. I just bought the Sound ID 510 and so far I love it! The earbuds actually fit perfect!!! That's what sells me, obviously. :-)
Great noise cancellation, easy setup, quality feel
by dsore1218 on July 15, 2010
Pros: Noise cancellation is great, call quality is very good if not the best out there.
Cons: Boring look, Charging cable (micro USB) is very short.
Summary: The T1 was easily set up. The call quality rivals that of the Plantronics Voyager Pro and is superior to the Plantronics 975 and the Jawbone. I have a huge ...
Summary: The T1 was easily set up. The call quality rivals that of the Plantronics Voyager Pro and is superior to the Plantronics 975 and the Jawbone. I have a huge voice that works with few headsets, wired or wireless. This one gets it right and that is good for the friends and family that I call. Comfortable right out of the box, which is very unusual for my ears. I only use the earloop when I am coaching or exercising. I wish the iPhone supported the voice dial as that would make this the perfect headset.
- Manufacturer: Blueant Wireless
- Part number: T1
- Description: The Rugged BlueAnt T1 Bluetooth Headset is a durable, reliable Bluetooth device that has been designed to give high quality audio in the most challenging conditions. The T1 is the first BlueAnt headset to feature Wind Armor Technology. Developed over the course of years of research into wind noise performance, this solution combines patent-pending design features with BlueAnt's proprietary noise cancellation software to deliver clear audio in wind speeds up to 35 kph, the best wind noise reduction of any Bluetooth headset on the market.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type - Bluetooth 2.1
- Width 0.6 in
- Height 2 in
- Recommended Use Cellular phone
- Additional Features Wind Armour Technology,
Voice Isolation Technology,
Noise canceling circuit,
Text to speech function,
- Headphones Type Monaural
- Headphones Technology Dynamic
- Connectivity Technology Wireless - Bluetooth 2.1
- Bluetooth Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP),
Headset Profile (HSP)
- Sound Output Mode Mono
- Type Built-in
- Type None
- Radio Frequency Range 2.4GHz
- Transmission Range 33 ft
- Connector Type USB
- Cables Included USB cable
- Included Accessories 3 ear tips,
- Compliant Standards FCC,
- Battery 1 x Headset battery - Rechargeable - Lithium polymer
- Included Qty 1
- Run Time (Up To) 6 hour(s)
- Standby Time 120 hour(s)
- Service & Support 2 years warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 2 years