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The best audio can be found with the BlueAnt Q2 smart Bluetooth headset

BlueAnt Q2
By Ryan Blundell on 21 Mar 2012 03:25 pm EDT
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"The BlueAnt Q2 is rich in both design and sound "

In Short:
"True handsfree call management"

Should I Buy?
"Complete voice control over calls and messages"
BUY NOW

I have been a long time user of the Bluetooth headsets from BlueAnt. I’ve become spoiled by the voice commands that they offer. They first had me when I did my initial review of the BlueAnt V1 Bluetooth headset. It had been my longest run with a Bluetooth headset before I started using Bluetooth speakerphones. After deciding not to limit my Bluetooth calls to the car any longer, I immediately realized that the speaker phone was not the best solution, especially at work. Now I could have fallen back to my faithful BlueAnt V1, but human nature kicked in and wanted to see what was new and potentially better. What I found was the BlueAnt Q2 “smart” Bluetooth Headset. While much bigger in size in comparison to the V1, the number of improvements it had were equally as large.

The Review

Now besides the BlueAnt Q2, I also found in the package a black velvet pouch, a blue envelope with Read me on it (contained reading material), 6 ear tips in all, an ear loop and the MicroUSB travel charger. The packaging was one of the first downfalls that I found. Yes it was of high quality and all but the plastic hook would not give up the BlueAnt Q2 without a fight. I had obviously won (though it looked grim there for a moment), but the Q2 was slightly scratched in the process. The box containing the travel charger was slightly difficult to remove, as well. After the struggle, it was time to try the Q2 on for size. It was a perfect fit straight out of the box. Yes, you heard me. Finally, after all of these years, I could now use a Bluetooth headset without an ear loop!! Huzzah!

BlueAnt Q2 package contents

The Q2 has a curved design, much like the jawbone line. The power switch is located at the back, just underneath the charging port. The multi function button, which was a glowing BlueAnt logo on the V1, was now a simple line design on the Q2. Too bad, I rather liked having a glowing blue insect near my ear. The body is adorned with a plastic honeycomb design that covers the dual microphones. The volume up and down buttons can be found on the side.

BlueAnt Q2

When I turned on the Q2, I was warmly welcomed by the same voice I became familiar with on the V1; it will walk you through the pairing process. After you pair the Q2, you are informed that the headset will automatically transfer contacts from your address book. This is to allow the Q2 to announce the contacts as they call you using Text To Speech technology. The headset can transfer a maximum of 2000 contacts from a single device. It will provide the number only if you do not have the caller in your address book.

All that you have to do to use the voice commands is use the Multi-Function button (it will say “say a command”. If you press the button by mistake, you can simply say “cancel” to back out. The voice commands allow you to vocally prompt if you want to answer or ignore an incoming call. You can also call the most recent incoming call back, redial, update the phone book and more. One feature that is a huge addition is the Vlingo SafeReader support that the Q2 has. If you have Vlingo installed on your BlackBerry smartphone, the audio is transferred to the Q2 automatically. You’ll hear Vlingo’s voice kick in to read you your incoming messages. You can also manage Vlingo commands such as opening the calendar using the headset. Now you can easily manage Vlingo without holding your BlackBerry up to your mouth- the Q2 will effortlessly transfer relay the message.

BlueAnt Q2 back with ear loop

For searches, the BlueAnt Q2 makes use of the BING-411 service, unlike back in the day where the V1 used GOOG-411. Through BING-411 I could easily inquire about showings and locations of a particular movie, navigate to a specific location, ask about the weather, get market updates, catch up on news, sports and traffic.

The audio quality was excellent for both calls and playing music, it was truly HD audio as they claim. The on-board noise cancellation technology provides wind noise reduction for speeds up to 22MPH, which is twice the industry average. This makes calls while you’re walking and talking very smooth. The dual microphones captured my voice loud and clear. The music was also crisp and easy to listen to. The only thing missing is the ability to switch tracks.

Q2 smart Bluetooth headset
by BlueAnt

The Good

The Q2 is by far the best sounding Bluetooth headset that I have ever used. You could tell the care that was taken in getting the audio just right.

The Bad

The ear hook holder on the Q2 is stationary and does not allow the ear loop to rotate. This added comfort on the V1, but is absent on the Q2.

Conclusion

The Q2 is the perfect replacement to the V1. Though the V1 can stand with the best of the Bluetooth headsets out there, the Q2 is leaps and bounds above with its HD audio quality and compatibility with Vlingo’s safereader feature. The BlueAnt Q2 is a must have for those to are looking for sound that’s music to their ears.


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Reader comments

The best audio can be found with the BlueAnt Q2 smart Bluetooth headset

10 Comments

I wonder how the audio quality compares with the Plantronics Pro HD? I have Rock and Roll ears from playing in bands for 40 years, most bluetooths are not very clear, except the Plantronics. How does this one compare, I was going to upgrade from the Plantronics Pro to the Plantronics Pro HD, for the music capability.

My hubby has the Plantronics Pro HD so I've been able to use both, I actually prefer the Blue Ant, the sound quality is very good - clear, well defined treble and bass - and for me it's more comfortable to wear for long periods than the Plantronics.

I had the Q2 and a few other BlueAnt headsets. Sound quality was outstanding. But there was a problem with the glue that held the microphone to the headset and when it got soft and mushy, interefernce started in. BlueAnt has always been exemplary in the way they deal with customer complaints and this time was no exception. I eventually replaced it with a Sound ID Six which has near the same sound quality, IMHO, (but not quite). I would love to go back to BlueAnt but I wonder if the glue issue was addressed (it happened to me with two headsets).

Glue still an issue - doesn't hold the microphone to the headset, though, it is just a small rubberized "bumper" pad above the main mic, you can see it inscribed with Q2 and BlueAnt in the pics. Customer service is great, but this time I'm just going to re-glue myself with some superglue or something. Wonder what the issue is?

Hate the glue issue, love the Q2 - but i miss the blue glowing ant on the old version!! It was quite a conversation starter.

Try the BlueAnt S4 visor mount, too, if you don't have a newer vehicle with BT built in.

gimpy666

Plantronics voyager pro or the 975 work great. My 975 has been in use for a minimum of 20 hours talking a week for the last 2 years.

Features, voice commands, and fit all aside.... How about the reliability?? Done any long term testing??? I had one of these for about 3 days with my Bold 9900 and eventually gave up and returned it because about 20% of the time the audio for a call wouldn't come through. It would ring in my ear and announce the call. I would answer and there was no audio. If I switched to handset the caller was there wondering what the hell was going on, if they hadn't hung up before I could switch. When I called BlueAnt they said that was somewhat normal with BlackBerry and they couldn't do anything about it. These reviews would be a whole lot more helpful if they actually commented on long term usage and didn't just summarize the feature sheet. I could have got all the same info above from the side if the box.

Plantronics for me. They both sound really good to my ear but (when I ask) I get more positive feedback on the Plantronics HD from the people I'm talking to. They often don't know I'm speaking on a cell phone let alone a bluetooth headset. I still like the Blueant products and I prefer the way incoming calls are announced but call clarity in and out is my #1 concern and the Plantronics Pro series have been edging out Blueant for me for years. I still try every new Blueant and I agree that they are great, just not as great as Plantronics for me :). Bold 9900 BTW

Blueant is all hype and packaging. Plantronics is about quality of sound and longevity.

If you are "practical" choose Plantronics.