Wireless Headset Review

featured image January 31, 2015

Lots of Bluetooth devices requires a wireless headset.  Let’s take a look at the following three devices:

Redfox Edge

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My initial thought was that the Redfox Edge would be similar to the late Motorola wireless headset that I used years ago when Bluetooth was hitting the scene.  These are much better. I was very surprised with how the Redfox Edge easily synced with my phone, tablet and notebook.  The pairing took seconds, and when turned on, syncing to the specific device was very quick.  They fit well as they insert into the ear (but not like earbuds) and wrap around the ear. They remained in place on road runs, trail runs, biking and the family trampoline (the real test). There was no connection lose with my phone in the rear pocket, front pocket, or stashed in a hydration vest/pack.  The sound quality was good. Lots of features on this headset – right side (play/pause, forward and backward) and the left side (call pickup/hang-up (which is the power button), volume up, and volume down). The headset weighs in at 1.15 oz (32.6 grams).  The battery is rated at 5 to 8 hours of continuous use. I was able to get about 7 hours of use.  I love the story of how Redfox was created. In summary, a great wireless headset product from Redfox.  The only minor issue is that you can’t lay back on a headrest due to the rigid design.

Check-out the other accessories by Redfox (1) Sidekick Bluetooth adapter (make any non-Bluetooth device Bluetooth compatible); and (2) Hipster (easy stash pocket with magnetic connections that fit any apparel).

Tech Specs

  • Weight: 1.15 oz (32.6 grams)
  • Built in microphone
  • Bluetooth
  • 5 to 8 hours of continuous use
  • Li-Ion rechargeable battery
  • USB to mini-USB charger
  • $

Monster iSport

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The Monster iSport are an in-earbuds that fit nice (custom fit kit is included) and secure for all types of outdoor activities. They stayed in the ear on road/trail runs, biking, and the family trampoline test. They weigh 0.60 oz (17.0 grams).  The sound quality is excellent.  Bluetooth did sync easily with all devices. However, I had some connectivity issues with my phone in the rear pockets while running. The connection would intermittently drop and reconnect.  The battery life is good – about 7 hours. They come with all the functions you would expect – call pick-up/hang-up; pause/play; forward; backward; volume. In summary, very lightweight wireless package with a great fit and sound quality. However, you may have some issues with connectivity.

Tech Specs

  • Weight: 0.60 oz (17.0 grams)
  • Sweat-proof
  • Built in microphone
  • Bluetooth
  • Not specified (but around 7 hours) – hours of continuous use
  • Li-Ion rechargeable battery
  • micro-USB charger
  • $

Jaybird Bluebird X

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The Jaybird Bluebird X are well designed and feel like a quality product.  They also are aesthetically pleasing. They are in-earbuds and come with customizable fittings. They weighed in at 0.55 oz (15.6 grams). The battery life is excellent. I was able to get close to 8 hours before the next charge. The sound quality is excellent. They come with the common functions expected – call pick-up/hang-up; pause/play; forward; backward; volume.  Excellent fit and stayed in the ear during road/trail runs, biking, and the trampoline test.  Syncing is fast to all devices and connection is solid with phone within a wide range of place – rear pocket, front pocket, hydration packs/vest, and backpacks. The Bluebird X is pricey, but it is a quality piece of gear that won’t disappoint. In summary, excellent secure fit, excellent sound quality and excellent battery life.

Tech Specs

  • Weight: 0.55 oz (15.6 grams)
  • Sweat-proof
  • Built in microphone
  • Bluetooth
  • 8 hours of continuous use
  • Li-Ion rechargeable battery
  • micro-USB charger
  • $$