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Jabra Stealth Bluetooth Headset

Jabra Stealth Bluetooth Headset

The Jabra Stealth Bluetooth headset makes phone calls as easy as speaking a name and a word that includes clear communication with high definition clarity.

Ease of Use, Performance:  3/5
Look & Feel:  5/5
Features:  3/5
How much I enjoy:  2/5

Recommendation:  3/5 Stars

Jabra Stealth Bluetooth Headset
Jabra Stealth Bluetooth Headset

The Jabra Stealth is a Bluetooth mono headset that includes a variety of ear hooks and gels along with a USB charging cable and quick setup instructions. The main purpose of a bluetooth headset that has only one earpiece is to connect with a phone and allow hands free calling and communication.

The Jabra Stealth does a good job at this but I did have a few issues that made my experience not as positive as other users and reviewers. The Jabra Stealth easily paired with my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone as well as my wife’s but voice recognition has a way to go before it’s useful.

I tried both phones and checked several things but the simple Call Jeff would not work for either phone so I was disappointed from the start. I tried using Samsung’s version of voice recognition called S Voice and it works much better but still has its problems.

whats in the box
Whats in the Box

I could call Chele which is the nickname of my wife if I elongated the e sound or simply changed her name to Shell to make it work better. It seems both Google and Samsung have problems with names that are not mainstream or nicknames but with those common ones it does alright.

Other commands work somewhat well like open calendar but once the current page is open what next?, it seems that voice recognition and hands free have a long way to go beyond calling John, Jane or Susan. I like the Jabra Stealth but once you get past the talking without having to hold a phone to your ear there really is not much else to the device.

You can use it to text and write memos but other commands are hit and miss while having to always touch the headset to wake up Galaxy or say Ok Google gets tiring. The headset has an on off switch, a button for starting communication between the headset and your phone as well as a answer end button.

usb port & power switch
USB Port & Power Switch

The USB connection for charging is under a small door and battery life is pretty good for such a small headset at about six hours. The Jabra has a full set of ear gels and hooks so finding a combination or individual one that works for your ear is pretty easy.

Of course I may not know or have not researched the commands available but sitting at my desk and opening my calendar I can’t do anything else without touching the phone. I can find restaurants and other useful things using the voice commands but they are just too limited for me to worry about.

The main function I was interested in was being able to call someone but this is limited to how well voice recognition works for my contact list. When both Samsung and Google has me changing names so they can recognize them the functionality of a hands free headset goes out the window.

jabra stealth ear gels
Jabra Stealth Ear Gels

The Jabra Stealth works fine for call clarity, ease of pairing and all the other features like being able to redial by double clicking the side of the headset. The battery life seems fine to me for the size of the device and the ear pieces are comfortable once you get a little used to the fit.

The headset is just too dependent on voice recognition and if that does not work well it limits the usefulness of the headset for the cost you’re paying. I did have luck making several calls and using the Jabra Stealth as a general wireless headset which is one of the main uses I wanted it for but controlling my phone without having to touch it is not going to work.

The Jabra also does not have any volume control on the device so you do have to use your phones volume to turn up and down the volume so hands free is not exactly a full time commitment. I like the Jabra Stealth but it is still a long way form being the total hands free headset that people are wanting.

If you need a comfortable hands free way to talk the Jabra Stealth works well but voice control is still a futuristic concept and not today’s technology.

Stealth @ Jabra

Jabra @ Amazon

Pros
Clear sound and phone calls
Good battery life
Easy pairing

Cons
Voice control and hands free are not good
No volume on headset

Velodyne vFree Bluetooth Headset

Velodyne vFree Bluetooth Headset

The Velodyne vFree is a high quality headset with Bluetooth connectivity and clear sound but the bass is where these great headphones shine.

Ease of Use, Performance:  5/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features:  4/5
How much I enjoy:  4/5

Recommendation:  4/5 Stars

Velodyne vFree Headset

The Velodyne vFree headset is a Bluetooth connected stereo headset that sounds fantastic with deep bass and clear sound in a comfortable on ear package. The Velodyne vFree uses Bluetooth connectivity to transmit the clear sounding audio from your computer, phone, mp3 player or other Bluetooth capable device.

The vFree headset has a convenient folding design for easy carry with both ear pieces having a hinge that pulls out and folds. The vFree from Velodyne comes with the headset, a cloth carry bag, a USB charging cable and a stereo audio cable along with an instruction card.

The vFree has buttons on the right ear piece for power and pairing, fast forward and rewind, play and pause, and to answer and hang up when connected to a smartphone. These control buttons are part of the vFree design and are shaped to match the unique style of the headset.

Velodyne vFree Headset

The volume buttons are on the side of the right ear piece along with the pairing indicator LED and the microphone hole of the right head piece. The left ear piece has the power indicator, stereo connection and the micro-B USB connection for charging the vFree headset.

The headset takes about an hour to an hour and half to charge fully while it can last about nine to ten hours of continued use listening to your favorite tunes or movies. The headset will go to sleep after a few minutes to preserve battery life and will automatically connect after you have successfully set it up with a Bluetooth device.

Pairing was easy using both computers and handheld devices like my Samsung Stellar smartphone and a couple tablets with the headset pairing automatically. Range is pretty good with the Bluetooth range stated as 30 feet but real world situations are different with better range generally.

vFree Folding Headset

I had no problems listening to music while being a few rooms away which is pretty good given my homes old plaster and lathe walls. I can listen to music easily in my garage from the small PC in my kitchen and hear clear sound from about thirty feet away through my back wall and garage wall.

I had no problems using the headset other than a few times connecting the headset to my PC because of the Bluetooth software on the computer. I have had no problems connecting and using the vFree headset connected to my tablets and the headset pairs easily with handheld devices.

Audio is excellent with clear mid tones and lows while bass is deep and pounding for some great sound whether I was using a tablet or a computer. I also tried using a virtual surround sound with the vFree headset and was very impressed with the clear and very realistic 7.1 surround.

vFree Ready for Travel

Razer has created a free 7.1 virtual surround sound program that works on Windows 7 and 8 computers that creates surround sound using delays in the various parts of the sound. These delays give the impression of surround easily and very well which makes a huge difference in enjoyment.

Gaming is excellent and the headset is comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time without problems due to the light weight and soft ear pieces. I had no problem gaming for several hours wearing the Velodyne vFree headset and could really enjoy my favorite first person shooter Battlefield 4.

Surround sound in gaming and especially first person shooters means you get a slight advantage by being able to identify where people are at more accurately. Identifying where people are or where they are shooting from means a better awareness of their location.

I also checked out full surround sound movies like Avatar and really enjoyed listening to the full sound field available using the surround sound. The vFree headset worked perfectly for all the uses I tried including making some phone calls but environmental noise does slip in a bit.

The microphone is a simple hole on the right ear piece so you can get a little extra noise form your surrounding when using the microphone but it was not that bad. Voice came over clear even if you do hear a little extra noise from the same room and the microphone does work well for both gaming communication and for use as a smartphone headset and microphone.

I highly recommend the Velodyne vFree as a fantastic Bluetooth headset that is not only comfortable but sounds fantastic for both stereo audio and surround sound. The only disadvantage I found with the vFree headset is the cost at about $175 currently at Amazon.

vFree @ Velodyne

Velodyne vFree @ Amazon

Pros
Fantastic sounding headset
Clear highs and mid tones, deep bass
comfortable and light weight

Cons
Cost is a bit high