Conclusion: The voice-controlled BlueAnt Q1 is a looker and a solid effort from a company that's fast gaining ground with its line of Bluetooth headsets—but the competition has moved further ahead still.
Pros: Attractive, minimalist style. Voice-controlled user interface. Effective noise canceling.
Cons: Processed, unnatural voice timbre heard at the other end. Occasional UI glitches. Poor battery life.
Excerpt: The Good Voice control truly works. Comfortable. Easy to pair up. Speed dialing in its own memory. Good voice quality; effective noise cancellation. The Bad Low volume on startup. Side buttons can be confusing. Expensive compared to some headsets. No bundled carrying case. In my other career as a reviewer of new cars, I have the opportunity to travel around the world testing the latest and greatest motor vehicles from America, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Korea.
Pros: Voice control truly works., Comfortable., Easy to pair up., Speed dialing in its own memory., Good voice quality; effective noise cancellation.
Cons: Low volume on startup., Side buttons can be confusing., Expensive compared to some headsets., No bundled carrying case.
Excerpt: Los Angeles is (in)famously known for its reckless drivers and terrible roads. A quick look into any passing car window will reveal people applying eye liner, shaving, doing the morning crossword puzzle… you name it, you’ll see it. All this, while flying down the freeway gabbing about last night’s episode of The Office. As if this weren’t enough, road noise makes it near impossible to carry out a decent phone conversation (“Can you hear me now?”).
Excerpt: The Blue Ant Q1 is an excellent Bluetooth head set. It’s lightweight, attractive, innovative and offers excellent sound quality. It’s also one of the coolest, if not coolest, Bluetooth headsets available on the market.
Summary: Installation of the BlueAnt Q1 Voice Control Headset is really very simple. You have two ways to pair the headset with your device. The "analog" way is to put the unit into pairing mode by simply hold the MFB (Multi-Function Button) for six seconds when the unit is off. This will cause the indicator LED to flash rapidly to let you know it is ready to be paired with.
Pros: Very comfortable, Good Noise Isolation DSP, Pairs with eight devices, Actively connects to two device at once., Voice command reminders can be accessed by pressing the button then saying "What can I say"., Frequent firmware updates, enhance product and resolve issues.
Cons: Voice recognition is not accurate in noisy environments., Battery life has been cut from the V1/Z9 series.
Excerpt: Picking up a Bluetooth headset to gab on the go may spare you the distraction of pinning a phone to your ear with one hand while driving, but if you still need the handset to browse your contacts, dial, and hang up, you’re far from free. Enter BlueAnt’s Q1. Though many phones work with a handful of voice commands preprogrammed into them, the Q1 is one of the few headsets that actually run almost entirely by speaking to it.
Pros: Above-average noise cancellation; small, attractive form factor; accurate voice recognition
Cons: Fit doesn't inspire confidence; durability issues; only accesses eight speed dial contacts
Excerpt: Product: BlueAnt Q1 Voice Controlled Bluetooth headset Manufacturer: BlueAnt MSRP: ~ $125 Author: Nick Date: June 6, 2009 A couple months ago, I reviewed BlueAnt’s V1 voice controlled Bluetooth headset and while the hardware end of the V1 was good, I found the voice interface to be rather useless. Today we will be taking a look at BlueAnt’s newest voice controlled headset, the Q1.