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Best Bluetooth headsets of 2019 (so far)

If you thought ranking the world’s best Android smartphones, tablets or wearable devices was difficult, considering ever-increasing competition, the sheer sizes of the three markets and diversity of consumer preferences and budgets, we’d like to see you try to compile a mobile accessories top picks’ list.

ProductBrandNamePrice
JabraJabra Stealth Bluetooth HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$94.5(Price as of 02/19/2019 03:31 ET)
PlantronicsPlantronics Voyager Legend Wireless Bluetooth HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$49.99(Price as of 02/19/2019 03:31 ET)
LGLG Electronics Tone Pro HBS-750 Bluetooth Wireless Stereo HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$59.95(Price as of 02/19/2019 03:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Level U Pro Bluetooth Wireless In-ear Headphones with MicrophoneBuy on Amazon|$54.98(Price as of 02/19/2019 03:31 ET)

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There are so many things to factor in when rounding up, for instance, the finest Bluetooth headsets that it comes as no surprise today’s top ten directory already looks very different from the September and April 2015 rosters.

Bluetooth headset

Thus, without a doubt, we’ll need to refresh the 2017 best Bluetooth headset collection at least once before the new year wraps up, but for now, let’s focus on the current cream of the crop, ordered from most recommended:

Plantronics Voyager Legend

Plantronics Voyager Legend

Cheaper than ever before, the “legendary” Bluetooth 4.0-enabled mono Plantronics Voyager Legend headset withstands rain, sweat and coffee spills, can separate your voice from 80 Db’s of background noise (which is a lot, trust us), and automatically answers calls if you just start wearing it all of a sudden.

At the same time, it redirects audio to your phone when it senses the user doesn’t want to activate hands-free endeavors, and understands two very straightforward spoken commands – answer or ignore. Pretty intuitive UI at such a low price.

JayBird X2 – starting at $129

JayBird X2

As the successor to the incomparable Bluebuds X, we always expected the X2 headphones to cost far more than most of their low-profile new rivals. There are a number of good reasons for that, including brand loyalty and product reliability, the latter of which is supported by Amazon’s four-star review average.

Then you have a minimalistic, timeless, unparalleled design, six different coats of paint, ranging from “alpha” to “storm” to “ice”, a lifetime sweat proof warranty, SignalPlus technology for skip-free music outdoors, 8-hour battery life, and Shift Premium Bluetooth audio quality. It’s perfect for professional and novice athletes, business users, audiophiles and travel enthusiasts.

Samsung Level U Pro – $90

Samsung Level U Pro

Don’t let the manufacturer’s name fool you into thinking this is a Galaxy-exclusive “appliance.” It can work fine with any type of Bluetooth-enabled Android handheld, and even iPhones. It’s good for wirelessly initiating and answering voice calls, but especially playing music, courtesy of Ultra High Quality Audio (UHQA) features delivering a “true” 24bit digital audio experience on the tiniest imaginable earbuds.

Flexible and neck-adjustable, the Level U Pro can also handle its occasional splash, and technically lasts up to 9 full hours of talk or play time on a single charge.

Jabra Move – $86

Jabra Move

Before you even start, we know, we’re comparing apples and oranges, i.e. over-the-ear and in-ear headphones. But both classes of devices work towards the same end goal, the former typically edging out the latter in audio quality and the latter easily winning the portability battle.

Besides, we’re not telling you to choose the Jabra Move over the JayBird X2 or vice versa. We’re simply urging you to consider every possibility, including paying just 85 bucks or so for a pair of large yet lightweight stereo headphones that look extremely similar to your “premium”, overpriced Beats Studio.

Jabra Stealth – $80

Jabra Stealth

Why in the world would you ever go for a mono earbud when it costs the same or more than decent stereo mobile accessories? Well, because sometimes, it’s wise to keep an ear free and connected to the surrounding reality, and because the Jabra Stealth ensures “crystal clear sound at both ends of phone calls.”

This bad boy’s built-in mic is the best in the biz, and through tricks that may often feel like magic, it somehow manages to reduce background noise to the absolute minimum. Oh, oh, oh, and it’s got a dedicated physical button for remote activation and voice interaction with Google Now. Also, NFC for easy pairing, Multiuse for controlling the audio on two handhelds at once, and 6-hour autonomy in HD voice calls.

LG Tone Pro – $40 and up

LG Tone Pro

And we’re back to stereo headsets. To an industry classic, that is, which ergonomically bends around your neck for an ideal fit and stellar ergonomics, taking less than two hours to charge and then resisting up to 21 days in standby or a whopping 15 hours in talk time.

The design for this LG Tone Pro received awards, enhanced bass response, HD Voice, aptX compatibility, echo cancellation and noise reduction cover everything you need in both call and music modes, but unfortunately, the advanced age comes with a Bluetooth 3.0 speed tradeoff.

Photive BTH3 – $40

Photive BTH3

Here we have a cheap as chips over-the-ear wireless Bluetooth headset with built-in mic and 12 hour battery that doesn’t look very glamorous, but pulls off its duties honorably, generally satisfying almost 3,000 Amazon customers.

A four-star review average means the bang for buck factor is as delightful in reality as it looks on paper, though compared to some of our list’s headliners, the Photive BTH3 may not be so great for high-fidelity audio detail playback.

AYL V4.1 – $26

AYL V4.1

The AYL brand name probably doesn’t ring many bells, the design is by no means special, but at the end of the day, there has to be something special about this in-ear stereo headset, since Amazon currently lists it as its general best seller in Bluetooth cell phone headsets.

Granted, that doesn’t directly make it the best Bluetooth headset of 2016, not even to date, but it goes to show you don’t need to spend a full Benjamin to enjoy decent wireless smartphone audio controls, including on two devices simultaneously, with EDR APT-X decode technology, CVC 6.0 digital noise reduction, and 10 meters range.

SoundPeats QY7 – $20

SoundPeats

Bluetooth 4.1 capabilities? Check. Ergonomic, lightweight design? Double check. Lengthy endurance? Semi-check, at 5 hours in “premium quality talk/play time.” Partial liquid protection? You got it. Why only 20 clams then? No idea, but let’s keep it on the down low, before the little known manufacturers realize they could get more.  The SoundPeats QY7 is the true underdog of this list.

Mpow Wolverine – $20

Mpow Wolverine

You thought the Mpow Cheetah was flashy, eye-catching and, well, ear-catching with a decidedly cool name? Mpow Wolverine takes everything to the next level, clawing its way on our top ten list of today’s best Bluetooth headsets thanks to 4.1 compatibility (read easy pairing with all the new high-end Androids), “dynamic”, rich sound (they all say that, though), a unique, rectangular look, robust aluminum shell, Noise Cancellation 6.0, and 8-hour battery performance under heavy use.

We don’t remember ever seeing the X-Men listen to any tunes, but Hugh Jackman can sure sing and dance, so we wouldn’t be shocked to hear him endorse Mpow. For free, even, given the profit margins here are likely razor-thin already.

ProductBrandNamePrice
JabraJabra Stealth Bluetooth HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$94.5(Price as of 02/19/2019 03:31 ET)
PlantronicsPlantronics Voyager Legend Wireless Bluetooth HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$49.99(Price as of 02/19/2019 03:31 ET)
LGLG Electronics Tone Pro HBS-750 Bluetooth Wireless Stereo HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$59.95(Price as of 02/19/2019 03:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Level U Pro Bluetooth Wireless In-ear Headphones with MicrophoneBuy on Amazon|$54.98(Price as of 02/19/2019 03:31 ET)

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Best mobile Bluetooth keyboard accessories for your Android tablet

Let’s be frank, we were all a little wary of tablet PCs when they first emerged as “laptop replacements.” Clearly, they had nothing on traditional computers in terms of power and productivity, merely standing out with compact form factors and, iPads notwithstanding, affordability.

Best Bluetooth Keyboard

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LogitechLogitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch K811 Keyboard179.5
LogitechLogitech diNovo Edge Keyboard695.98
1byone1byone Wireless Bluetooth Keyboardcheck price
OMOTONOMOTON? Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard13.99
EC TECHNOLOGYEC Technology Foldable Bluetooth Keyboardcheck price

Android keyboard

Only even the latter forte didn’t seem enough to make a stand against equally as cheap netbooks. Somehow, tabs took off nonetheless, bringing the demise of mini-notebooks and, for a few years, enjoying a swift popularity rise.

Now, the market is in a bit of a slump as conventional PCs show signs of resurgence, so it’s innovate or throw in the towel for OEMs like Samsung, LG, Asus, Lenovo, Amazon, Microsoft and even Apple. The struggling industry segment’s saving grace could well be keyboard accessories, given there’s virtually no way to further cut prices.

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With phablets on the upswing, tablets can keep matching wits with jumbo-sized smartphones… and lose, or narrow the productivity gap separating them of laptops and desktops… and hope for the best. Here are some of your top universal keyboard accessory choices available on Amazon, as well as a few notebook-transforming contraptions designed specifically for the most popular Android tabs out and about:

EC Technology backlit Bluetooth keyboard – $18.99

Our least expensive recommendation wirelessly connects to any Android tablet or even smartphone known to man, plus iPads (boo!) and Windows slates (no one cares). It’s not fancy, it doesn’t send a very premium vibe, and the keys only offer decent travel and responsiveness, with almost no spaces between them.

EC Technology backlit keyboard

Still, it pulls off the basics of a portable keyboard accessory, it’s 7-color backlit, impressively light (0.37 pounds) yet respectably sturdy, as well as long-lasting, courtesy of an 800 mAh built-in battery.

Hype Ultra-Slim Bluetooth 3.0 Wireless universal keyboard – $19.99

At just 0.23 inches thin, this baby is the textbook definition of convenience, it’s available in seven different coats of paint and it’s also a lot wider than the EC Technology product, coming really close to your standard 15-inch laptop keyboard.

Hype Ultra-Slim keyboard

Once again, the key quality isn’t ideal and you’ll need 2 AAA batteries to power on the Hype, which is both a disadvantage and a strong point. A strong point because you’ll not have to remember to juice the cell up every month or so.

Anker Ultra Compact Slim Profile Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard – $19.99

Back in the day up for grabs at a whopping 60 bucks, the Anker Ultra Compact is, well, tiny, taking up “two thirds the space of a traditional keyboard.” Again, both a forte and weakness, as cramped space limits functionality.

Anker keyboard

Meanwhile, the 18-month warranty is sure a nice touch, and the rechargeable 800 mAh lithium battery promises up to 6-month autonomy based on 2 hours of daily use. Not too shabby… for 20 clams.

AmazonBasics Bluetooth keyboard – $31.90

AmazonBasics keyboard

Big, clean, straightforward, quick and quiet, the all-black AmazonBasics peripheral works with all Android 3.0+ devices, not just Kindle Fires. The 30 foot range is impressive, and the glowing reviews praise the speedy connection, responsiveness, accuracy and convenience of the Bluetooth keyboard. Sounds like a must-buy, unless you can afford one of the following.

EC Technology Portable Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard Ultra-slim Mini – $36.99

It’s portable, it’s foldable, ergonomic and versatile, squeezing right into your trouser pocket if you need it to. Of course, it’s congested too, so professional typists should look elsewhere for their business travel requirements.

EC Technology foldable keyboard

What’s truly remarkable about the second EC Technology item on our list is the aircraft-grade aluminum construction, ensuring “superior rigidity” and stellar endurance despite the foldable design.

Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device K480 – $45.99

In the market for a handsome, vigorous “full-sized” keyboard you can easily pair with your desktop, smartphone and tablet? You can’t go wrong with Logitech’s Windows, Mac, Android and iOS-compatible K480.

Logitech K480

This thing lets you seamlessly switch between three simultaneously connected Bluetooth wireless gadgets, offers a “familiar” layout with all the shortcut keys you’ve grown accustomed to use, and doesn’t require a third-party stand to hold your tab at the perfect angle for typing and reading.

Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard – $62.99

Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard

It might feel weird to mate a Redmond concoction with an Android, but one look at this keyboard, and you’ll realize it’s the best in its class. It’s large but not bulky, ergonomic yet not flimsy, lasts up to six months on a single charge and provides a detachable multi-purpose cover/stand. It’s more than a peripheral, it’s a device-changing accessory.

Fire keyboard – $59.99

Fashioned for “seamless integration” with Amazon’s newest Fire HDX 8.9, it also supports the Fire HD 6 and 7 and “other Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets.” But that’s it. No full-scale Android compatibility here.

Fire keyboard

The ample touchpad, 4.8 mm wasp waist, various shortcut keys and 2-month “active use” battery are only some of this keyboard’s strong suits. If you really want to get the most of your Fire HDX 8.9 experience though, you’ll have to purchase the $70 leather origami case too.

Elegant, protective and stunningly versatile, the case and keyboard go together beautifully and transform your standard 8.9-inch tab in something that transcends mobile and desktop boundaries.

Samsung keyboard case for Galaxy Tab Pro/Note Pro 12.2 – $74.36

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro keyboard case

Yes, it’s costly, even after a substantial discount, but it’s surely worth it if you want to convert one of Sammy’s “professional” 12 inchers into a bona fide hybrid laptop. Rated at 4.5 stars by 72 mostly satisfied customers, the keyboard doubles as a shielding case and works like a charm for flawless on-the-go typing.

Samsung keyboard case for Galaxy Tab S 10.5 – starting at $81

Galaxy Tab S 10.5 keyboard

Possibly the best ever Samsung tablet deserved a matching premium 2-in-1 accessory, and that’s exactly what it got. There’s no trackpad here, so you won’t fool anyone into believing you own an actual notebook. But the keys are exquisitely well-spaced, quick to react, decently robust and the battery lasts for ages.

Logitech Type-S for Galaxy Tab S 10.5 – $76.40

Logitech Galaxy Tab S keyboard

Not content with Samsung’s proprietary Tab S 10.5 proposal for some reason? This 2-in-1 case/keyboard from Logitech used to cost $100, and for all the right reasons. It aims to guard your beautiful Super AMOLED gadget from accidental bumps, scratches and spills while offering “laptop-like typing” on a standard keyboard layout with Android shortcuts added in the equation. Tough call, huh?

Nexus 9 keyboard folio – $129.99

Hesitant to spend over a third of the top-notch Google tab’s price on a rudimentary “keyboard folio”? Well, that’s where you’re wrong. The multipurpose accessory is as versatile as these things come, not to mention stylish, light, slim and uber-productive in keyboard mode.

Nexus 9 keyboard

We know, we know, you’d have loved a touchpad, a little room between keys and, above all, a $30 or so price trim. But trust us when we tell you no universal keyboard will ever compliment the N9 as this does.

Best smartphone and tablet-compatible Bluetooth speakers money can buy

Regardless of their processors’ number of cores and clock speed, RAM count, camera megapixels, screen diagonal or resolution and battery size, most upper-tier Android smartphones and tablets nowadays come with fancy audio enhancements.

Android music

Dolby Mobile, BoomSound speakers, Beats sound augmentations, DTS systems, even Harman/Kardon special editions with Clari-Fi and LiveStage technology. Any idea what all devices using these “innovative” functions and capabilities have in common?

That’s right, they deliver sucky acoustics across the board. And don’t bother splashing the cash on a $500 pair of ultra-high-end Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 headphones with active noise cancellation. It won’t make a noticeable difference. Well, it will, but I think we can all agree spending $1,200 or so on a decent portable audio experience is a total waste.

Android headphones

Want the best of the best, the loudest, crispest, sharpest, most deafening, bass-filled music your HTC One M9 or Samsung Galaxy S6 can play? There’s only one solution to your pickle – a Bluetooth external speaker. Which is fully compatible with not just smartphones and tablets, but laptops and whatever else touts Bluetooth support.  Be sure to also check out the best bluetooth headset 2016.

So, basically, you won’t be buying a measly speaker. Some of our top recommendations below are outright home/travel entertainment systems. Others are just wireless and cheap. Here we go:

Best sub-$100 Bluetooth speakers

 

SoundBot SB510 HD – starting at $12.89 in grey/black

SoundBot SB 510 HD

To counter any favoritism accusations, we’ll list these first-class accessories from the least expensive to the costliest. Obviously, our opener isn’t much better than pre-installed audio systems on some flagship handhelds around, but its prime forte is water resistance.

That means you can listen to your favorite tunes in the shower or pool via Bluetooth 3.0, with a respectable connection range of 10 meter (32 feet) and 6-hour autonomy. All for the price of a fast food meal.

Etekcity RoverBeats T3 Ultra – $19.99

Etekcity RoverBeats T3 Ultra

This thing is tiny, but not tinny, and the nearly 900 customer reviews on Amazon tell you everything you need to know about its strengths and utter lack of weaknesses. It’s surprisingly loud for its size, comes with hands-free call answering support and up to 7 hours of life between charges. Obviously, it’s also usable while juicing up. The perfect travel companion? Why not?

AmazonBasics – $19.99 Ultra-Portable Micro; $29.99 Ultra-Portable Mini; $49.99 Portable; $69.99 Large Portable

AmazonBasics Micro Ultra-Portable

Now that’s what we call diversity. One size fits all? How about all sizes fit all? Starting with a somewhat awkwardly designed Micro model that tips the scales at, get this, 4 ounces while measuring 3.4 x 3.4 x 1.2 inches. How punchy can such a little guy get? 3W.

Not bad, since the 7.2 ounce Mini is exactly as rambunctious. Then you have a 6W Portable version weighing in at 1.2 pounds, and a Large 10W Portable with 1.6 pound bulk, call divert function and 8-hour battery life. As usual, Amazon’s own brand is a safe accessory bet.

Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle Enhanced Edition – $27.99

Cambridge OontZ Angle Enhanced Edition

Compared to the $30 AmazonBasics Ultra-Portable Mini, this baby is heavier and larger, but it also lasts an impressive 12 hours on a single charge and stands out with a futuristic style, two “precision neodymium speaker drivers”, as well as above-average hands-free speaker phone capabilities.

DKnight Magicbox Ultra-Portable – $28.99

Amazon’s number one wireless & streaming audio system best seller is palm-sized (literally), designed to blend in no matter the background (that being a good thing), and capable of running on its own Li-Ion battery for up to 10 hours.

DKnight Magicbox

Total sound power is rated at an appropriate 6W, and if you don’t own a Bluetooth 2.1-enabled device, you can always use the 3.5mm port or standalone microSD card to render your melodies at tedious parties or while away from home.

Jawbone Jambox – starting at $89.99 in “Red Dot”; $99.99 most other colors

Jawbone Jambox

This barely makes the sub-$100 category, and as a direct consequence, predictably walks the fine line between casual and professional Bluetooth speakers. Aside from the simplistic but striking aesthetics, the “normal-sized” Jambox will no doubt catch the eyes ears of audiophiles with an output capacity of 85 decibels, a pair of proprietary, “highly sophisticated acoustic drivers” and ultra-small yet extremely apt dome.

Jawbone doesn’t even have to advertise hollow, meaningless numbers. Their reputation precedes them, and over 3,700 mostly satisfied Amazon customers give the Jambox a weighted average of four stars.

Best $100 to $200 external speakers for your Android

 

Bose SoundLink Color – $129

Bose SoundLink Color

Things are officially getting serious. Now, we know the SoundLink Color doesn’t look like much. It’s probably fugly by many standards, but it only weighs 1.2 pounds and measures 2.1 x 5 x 5.3 inches while delivering “clear, full-range sound you might not expect from a compact speaker.”

Marketing baloney? Maybe, although the producers are known for never skimping on quality since 1964. Besides, you can’t fool 1,500+ demanding buyers who claim this accessory is nearly five-star-worthy all in all.

TDK Life on Record Trek Max A34 – $149.99

TDK Life on Record Trek Max A34

Nowhere near as popular a brand as Bose, Beats or even Jawbone, TDK Life on Record offers a satisfactory quality-pricing ratio here, courtesy of A34’s rugged, water-protected, “weatherized” construction. And dedicated two front full-range drivers, and reliable subwoofer, and “dynamic audio performance”, Signature Sound tech, plus 8-hour battery.

It’s clearly a tad tougher to carry around than most of its rivals, at 3.6 pounds, but rain or shine, it stands beside you to put a smile on your face. Rock and roll, baby!

Beats Pill (newest model) – starting at $149.99 in white; $159.99 and up other paint jobs

Beats Pill

The ultimate portable speaker, this is vocally contested by many audio “pros”, but it’s easily the number one mainstream choice. It’s stylish, petite, incredibly easy to pair with phones, as well as fairly loud and powerful. Warning – it’s not the loudest money can buy.

Sony SRSX5 – starting at $164.51

Sony SRSX5

Don’t try to understand the name or design. Just keep your eyes on the 20 Watts (!!!) of power, rich 50 Hz to 20 kHz sound, convenient One-Touch Listening features, excellent range, hands-free calling functions and, last but not least, 8-hour battery. That’s amazing for such a forceful speaker.

Bose SoundLink Mini – $199

The customer review average isn’t a perfect five stars, but it’s phenomenally close – 4.8. And for all the good reasons. Cleverly made to look like a retro, miniature stereo, the SoundLink Mini brings the party to you, at home, out in town or in the car traveling to… wherever.

Bose SoundLink Mini

It goes on and on for up to 7 hours, has a range of roughly 30 feet, and the physical volume controls are such a simple, nice touch, we wonder why they aren’t “borrowed” by everyone.

Best $200+ Wireless Bluetoth speakers

 

Jawbone Big Jambox – starting at $208

Jawbone Big Jambox

It’s perhaps unfair to separate the Big Jambox from the SoundLink Mini for a pithy 9 bucks, although this bad boy’s towering size allows it to offer up to 15 hours (!!!) of continuous play. In addition to customary footprint-enabled audio, volume and bass improvements, the 2.7 pound big guy also adds something called LiveAudio tech in the equation for, you guessed it, immersive 3D “live” sound.

Logitech UE Megaboom – $299.99

Megaboom

Maybe the “pricier is better” equation doesn’t always check out when it comes to Android smartphones or tablets, but accessories and especially audio tools greatly depend on production costs. The Megaboom, for instance, which unfortunately only ships “within 2 to 5 weeks”, could have never afforded to lay “freakishly amazing 360-degree sound” at your feet, plus “heart-pounding” bass, water resistance, 100-feet Bluetooth wireless range and 20-hour autonomy.

It’s the best of both worlds, compact and outlandishly powerful. In the illustrative words of its makers, it’s “musical mayhem on the go.”