Bluetooth headsets by their very nature don’t do an awful lot. There are no apps you can use with them, you can’t play games on them, they don’t have front- or rear-facing cameras and they don’t even have a a super fast dual-core processor for God’s sake.
Bluetooth headsets, like this one from audio gurus Bose, do one thing and one thing only. They connect to your phone wirelessly to allow you take and make phone calls without having to touch your phone.
Yes, some of them allow you to stream music through your phone but who wants to listen to the latest Slipknot opus on a mono Bluetooth headset? Not us, that’s for sure.
Minimalism in a Bluetooth headset is a feature we hold in high regard. The less conspicuous these headsets are the better, and the Bose Bluetooth Headset is about as unobtrusive as you’re going to get.
Weighting just 12g and measuring 19 x 46 x 32mm, it is light and compact enough so as not to trouble the wearer even over a long period of time – and even more importantly it doesn’t look like an ugly slab of plastic you’ve attached to your ear with an elastic band.
The Bose headset is finished in a combination of glossy and matt black plastic with a snazzy aluminium trim, which combine to make for a very attractive unit.
The top is home to the call button and the two volume buttons, all of which are big enough to find without too much difficult while wearing the headset. On the rear is the microUSB charging port (without a protective cover) and the bottom of the headset houses the power slider.
On the inner side of the headset you will find the Bluetooth and battery LEDs with accompanying icons and, of course, the earpiece.
The Bose Bluetooth comes with three StayHear silicon tips (small, medium and large), which can be easily changed and replaced depending on how big or small your lugholes are.
Also in the box is a neat carrying case, USB to microUSB cable, power supply with two- and three-pin adapters and the obligatory manual - which in this case weighs just under a tonne with instructions in 287 different languages.
So far, so good from the Bose headset, but as we know only too well, good looks will only get you so far. So what about comfort and most importantly sound quality and performance?