Hey, here’s something I haven’t had to do in a long time; prepare to go back to school. Them’s were the days. Yup, back in the day, like any dutiful nerd, I would spend the weeks leading up to school, stocking up on school supplies. There were oversized binders, pocket protectors, Star Wars lunch boxes and masking tape to hold my glasses together. Good times, good times. And, as you can imagine, I was a hit with the ladies…
So, headsets. They’re like binoculars for your ears, and, there’s a lot to choose from. Don’t you ever wish you could have, like, an intern or butler, to do all the choosing for you. Well look no further because we here at Let’s Talk Tablets will be your very own summer interns, but not in like a Monica Lewinski sort of way. That would just be weird. So behold, our list of the best headphones for your tablet PC chosen especially for you. Yes, you!
Sennheiser MM 450 Bluetooth Multimedia Headset with Noise Cancellation
The R&D masterminds at Sennheiser have come up with a new breed of high-end Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones. The German designed Sennheiser MM450 headphones offer class leading sound and noise cancellation, thanks to NoiseGard 2.0. And, because they feature Bluetooth 2.1, you can always enjoy wireless freedom. Walk around, get a coffee, or retrieve a textbook, all the while enjoying your music in peace. The headset controls are combined into one intuitive cluster, and feature TalkThrough, which allows you to speak to other headphone users without removing your headset. Comes with a carrying travel case, airline adaptors, audio interconnect cables, a USB charging cable, and wall charging adapter. Cost is $379.94
Harman AKG K830BT Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphone
Be the envy of all your friends and adorn your head with the AKG K830 BT headphones by Harman. Featuring Bluetooth technology, they offer effective coverage to a range of 10 meters (roughly ten yards). The AKG K830 BT Headphones offer up to 8 hours of continuous playtime and can be charged via any computer USB connection. Thanks to a control cluster located on the ear cup, you can adjust the volume, answer/end phone calls, and skip, pause and/or play audio tracks. Both good looking and well engineered, the AKG K 830s are an asset to any Bluetooth enabled audio system. The AKG K830BT Headphones come with a USB charging cable, and a lightweight AKG carry/storage bag. Only $196.99
Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-905i
Nokia, the leader in low noise headsets presents the BH-905i Bluetooth earphones. Among other things, the BH-905i offers maximum mobility. The integrated Bluetooth eliminates the need for troublesome wires, however, if you prefer, you can go “wired” with a full range of cable adaptors for just about any music player. If it’s quiet you want, simply apply the headsets and embrace the sound of silence. Want to hear every last intonation of a loved one’s voice? You can, thanks to the superb sound and ultra low noise. Likewise, they’ll be able to hear your every whisper thanks to the multi-microphone active noise control, which eliminates up to 99% of ambient noise. Costs $179.99
Sony DRBT50 Stereo Bluetooth 2.0 Headset
The Sony DRB50 headsets feature Neodymium magnets, which produces crisp, clear sound with deep bass. Entirely covering the ears, the earpieces remain comfortable while simultaneously deadening outside noise. The rechargeable headphones provide nearly 17 hours of service on a single charge, and maintain a stand-by time of approximately 200 hours. The Sony DRBT50 also has easy-to-use function buttons on the earpiece. When connected to a cell phone, you can employ the function buttons to answer/end a call, switch to another caller, initiate voice dial, and/or redial the last number entered. When listening to music, the same buttons can control modes such as play, stop, fast-forward and rewind. Costs $113.50
Creative Labs WP-300 Pure Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
The Creative WP-300 wireless headphones offer superior sonic performance thanks to the premium Neodymium drivers. Precisely tuned by acoustics professionals, the Neodymium drivers deliver superb audio whether your listening to music, watching movies or making phone calls. The WP-300 also features apt-X technology for enhanced Bluetooth transmissions, thus ensuring audio content that is both instant and crystal clear. Enjoy CD-quality stereo sound and effortless wireless connection up to 10 meters from your mobile Bluetooth devices. The WP-300 headphones also feature playback controls and volume buttons on the ear cup. Plug in a Creative BT-D5 Bluetooth transmitter (sold separately), and you can turn your iPad into a wireless remote control.
Sennheiser MM100 Bluetooth Headset
So not everyone is going to be sitting around and studying all the time. So what about those of you who like to be a little more active, is there a solution for you? Of course. We present the Sennheiser MM100 Bluetooth Headset. Coming in at $138.95, they are a good quality, relatively low cost solution to your active lifestyle. The Sennheiser MM100 Bluetooth headset features a ‘behind the head’ fit that is ideal for an active user. This ‘neckband’ style design provides lightweight wearing comfort and wireless convenience. They also feature excellent microphone sensitivity. The sender’s voice is emphasized as a result of off-axis noise-rejection. Rest assured that your telecommunications will remain clear even in noisy environments. The MM 100’s have an operation range of approximately 10 meters.
Motorola S305 Bluetooth Stereo Headset
So far, the Motorola S305’s are the cheapest set of stereo Bluetooth headsets that we’ve reviewed. Despite that, they’ve received surprisingly strong reviews across the board. For their price range, they deliver style, performance and remarkable sound, all without the nuisance of wires. The lightweight design fits snuggly, yet the S305’s are comfortable enough for all day listening. The superb audio quality allows you to fully enjoy your music and engage in phone calls with total clarity. The easy-to-use function buttons on the earpiece allow you manage your music with track and volume controls. The S305’s works well with most Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and music devices. It would be advisable to confirm whether or not these headsets will work with your particular tablet PC before committing to a purchase.
Plantronics Backbeat 903+ Bluetooth Headsets
The Plantronics Backbeat 903+ meets the latest Bluetooth standards and employs multipoint Bluetooth technology (MBT). One benefit of MBT is its ability to insure that you don’t miss important phone calls. If you are listening to music, the 903+ will pause the music, and alert you to an incoming call. With a simple tap of the “one touch” feature you’ll be instantly connected to the incoming caller. The 903+ also features noise-cancelling technology called AudioIQ2. Using two wind-shielded microphones, the AudioIQ2 focuses in on your voice and digitally erases background noise. Overall the Backbeat 903+ has a rich, deep and vibrant sound. The behind-the-ear design adjusts three ways for a custom fit. With the “one touch” feature you can start/end calls, adjust the volume, and control music functions such as pause and play.
There’s no question that school can be a challenge. Technology can help. It’s our hope that this selection of headsets will help you find some of the peace of mind you’re looking for, either through music or silence. Enjoy. Be sure to check the rest of our 2011 Tablet PC Back to School Guide while you’re at it!