A170's the business but not for cool kids
Published 22/03/2014 | 02:30
Plantronics A170 Bluetooth Headset Price: €60 Rating: ***
There was a time when Bluetooth headsets were the future. Then we all realised that they make us look a little silly. Can they make a comeback under the rebooted hip branding of 'wearable tech'?
For the general populace, I'm not so sure: Bluetooth headsets remain the preserve of taxi-drivers and 'contact centre associates'. But it may be a different story for some in business.
If so, and you need wireless phone connectivity, Plantronics' A170 is probably as good as you'll get. Its double-microphone system is designed to concentrate interaction on your voice and cut out background distractions. It also helpfully shuts itself off when it's outside Bluetooth range of your phone, saving battery life.