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I’ve no doubt that the BlueAnt Q3 Bluetooth (BT) headset is an excellent piece of innovation, but like other BT headsets before it, performing well when joined an iOS device is exactly what’s actually crucial, a minimum of on this site.

Q3 Bluetooth Headset by BlueAnt
Category: iOS Accessories, Bluetooth Headsets
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $100

After all, right here at Cult De Mac, Apple-specific compatibility is everything– we are not simply checking tech for the masses– we’d like to know how well accessories deal with our Apple innovation, and sadly, when it comes to the Q3, that’s where things begin to break down.

What It Does

Well, it’s a Bluetooth headset. That suggests about what you think it means: handsfree calling, A2DP streaming audio from your iOS device to your ear, voice commands. Teardrop eartip and strong earhook make the Q3 as relaxing as they come.

Wideband audio means your audio needs to sound better via the Q3′s speaker, though that’s a function all significant headsets consist of nowadays.

BlueAnt also constructed independent voice regulates into the Q3 that carry out specific functions, like answering or ignoring phone calls, or reading you battery levels.

Premium convenience niceties are also included in the box, such as different ear pointers and an extremely nice ear hook to keep the Q3 hanging off even the smallest of Will Smith ears.

In Use

Let us keep going with comfort, because that’s exactly what I noticed initially when I put the Q3 on. This is how you do it people. A metal ear hook to keep the Q3 hinged to your head, teardrop-shaped ear tips that feel terrific in the ear, and numerous extra tips to spare. I might wear the Q3 all day and barely notification.

Audio quality– the kind you’ll hear– differs. Paying attention to music really seemed quite gersh dern excellent, but my callers, well, their voices didn’t. The Q3 provided most voices with a harsh quality that I right away saw and never ever actually got utilized to. Q3′s arced shape keeps it pressed astutely to your face.

Callers paying attention to me complained my voice seemed muddy and difficult to comprehend. Occasionally when they did not grumble I ‘d ask how I sounded. Yup, that got the problems going once again. A hundred dollar headset ought to make my voice sing sweetly, and every word should be delivered with close to crystal clarity, however too frequently the Q3 didn’t.
And then there’s Siri, who, with Q3 in the mix, had an even more challenging time than typical comprehending the words that were coming out of my mouth.

More frustrating than all that, though, is the loud shrieking and fixed the Q3 would arbitrarily and sometimes cut to. This fuzzy sharp bellowing sounded to me like an ancient mix of Jim Carey’s most aggravating sound worldwide blended halfly with a pterodactyl, or maybe an attacking velociraptor. At least your caller will hear it blaring too, which does make it kind of comical.

So strange was this crazy sound, I thought perhaps I’d gotten a bad facility. Not so. Some research online verified that others with iOS gadgets, particularly those with an iPhone 5s, were indeed suffering the exact same issues.

My last problem relates to a function some may like, but I found confusing, which is voice controls.

Look, my iPhone already has a lots of voice controls, and the nice aspect of Siri is you can say what you are trying to do and she can analyze what you suggest– at least when she understands what you are stating.

Static voice controls, like those the Q3 functions, are old-fashioned. No one wishes to memorize more voice controls, and they shouldn’t need to. Apple’s made it simple, simply hook into Siri and let her voice commands. Now in all fairness, double tapping the Q3′s command button does trigger Siri, but why muddy the water?

The bottom line? You probably think I hate the Q3, however honestly, I don’t. It’s a well-built headset that’s super comfy, and I understand that BlueAnt is dealing with a firmware upgrade that’ll hopefully do away with those arbitrary dinosaur sounds. And it’s likewise worth mentioning that the Q3 might work terrific with non-iPhones, I did not test that, however I’ve suffered previous headsets that behaved inadequately with iPhone, however worked terrific when connecteded to a Blackberry or dumb phone.

The bottom line, though, is this is Cult of Mac, and if you are reading this, I doubt you are doing this from a Windows phone, I can not in good faith suggest the Q3 to you, dear reader. At near $100, here’s a Bluetooth headset that should carry out perfectly with the iPhones all of us enjoy and love, but reasonably, it doesn’t.