- Price, Ease of use, Features List
- Design with paper inserts a little tacky, Volume could be improved in heavy noise environments
The fashion innovation is a gimmick, but the rest of you will appreciate a competitively priced and easy to use unit that performs fairly well.
Price$ 79.00 (AUD)
Here at the GoodGearGuide, we've always had a slight issue with Bluetooth headsets. Don't get us wrong; they're practical and for those who are constantly on the phone, especially while driving a car, they are very useful, but we feel that people usually look quite odd wearing them.
Jabra has released the BT160 in an attempt to combine the world of high fashion with Bluetooth accessories. Perhaps we exaggerate slightly - the selling point of the BT160 is that the look of the unit can be changed by using paper inserts, much like interchangeable covers for your mobile phone. The process is simple and involves clipping off the clear plastic front, removing the paper insert, swapping it then snapping the cover back on again - taking no more than about 15 seconds.
Now, forgive us for our negativity, but we don't feel there are many people out there who want to stand out whilst using a Bluetooth headset. In fact, it's quite the opposite; they should be as inconspicuous as possible. If you feel like us, then the BT160's delve into the fashion sector isn't going to suit your style at all. However, there are those amongst us who will quickly snap up the latest fashion trends, especially in the mobile market.
While not in the same class as the Jabra , the BT160 is still on the small side and, depending on what insert you choose, professional as well (the silver/grey insert is particularly business looking, for example). Jabra has once again delivered excellence in ease of use and functionality; clearly expressed by the minimal amount of buttons on this unit. Only a Answer/End Call button and Volume Up and Down buttons are present and overall, the unit is very simple to operate.
We had no trouble pairing the BT160 with our test handset, the Sony Ericsson W810i. You simply press the Volume Up key and the Answer/End Call button together for a couple of seconds and the unit is placed into 'pairing' mode. Our W810i detected the BT160 with a minimum of fuss and we were soon ready to go. The light on the front of the unit indicates whether the BT120 is connected or in pairing mode and this light is also used to signify a low battery life, active call mode and standby mode.
We used the BT120 both indoors and outdoors and the results were mixed. Inside, the BT120 had no issues with the clarity and the call quality quite clear. In fact, we had to turn down the volume on the headset because it was quite overbearing on our ears. Outside in the busy streets though, the BT120 could have performed a little better. It is adequate and we couldn't find any major faults, but at its highest volume level it is a little lacking in heavy noise environments.
The BT120 has a basic set of features and functions including answering and rejecting calls, making calls, utilising voice dialing and redialing; all of which are activated using the single Answer/End Button. Depending on what feature you are using, you either tap, press, or press and hold the button. For example, redialing the last number you called requires you to press the centre button, whilst simply tapping it answers an incoming call. We also had no complaints with the range, nor the battery life; a pretty spot on 10 metres and up to 8 hours talk time and 110 hours of standby time respectively.
Apart from this somewhat new fashion innovation, the BT160 is an otherwise solid, if not overly outstanding unit. Obviously we aren't going to expect a multitude of features at this extremely competitive price point, but what Jabra has offered is a basic, cut price headset that generally performs at the required level and is extremely easy to use.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 2 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 3 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 4 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
- 5 Parrot Mambo Drone review
Latest News Articles
- The mysteries of the GPU in Apple's iPhone 7 are unlocked
- Motorola looks to pair Moto Z for a dance with Tango
- Google may be testing out a new card-based layout for the Play Store
- Samsung Galaxy S8 rumor roundup: Here's everything we know so far
- Android malware steals access to more than 1 million Google accounts
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- Best phone of the year 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTDevOps/L2 Support EngineerVIC
- FTEnterprise Account ManagerNSW
- FTServer Infrastructure Team LeaderACT
- FTPractice AdvisorQLD
- CCSAP HR Functional ConsultantQLD
- TPAEM Developer (frontend)NSW
- FTFinancial Planner - Sydney CBDNSW
- CCPMO CoordinatorNSW
- TPSharepoint 2013 AnalystQLD
- FTSenior Project Manager / Program ManagerNSW
- CCElectronic Medications Management Solution ArchitectQLD
- FTTraining & Implementation Manager, PlatformNSW
- FTSuperannuation Fund AdministratorNSW
- FTTSM SpecialistNSW
- CCIngres DeveloperQLD
- FTSoftware TestersACT
- CCAPI DeveloperOther
- FTIdentity Management Team LeaderQLD
- CCSolutions Designer/Architect- ServiceNowVIC
- CCPlatform Services EngineerNSW
- CCITSM Process ExpertNSW
- CCSenior Business Analyst, Wealth ManagementNSW
- CCProject Manager - InfrastructureQLD
- CCProgram Business Change Director - HR PayrollNSW
- TPSenior Business AnalystQLD