Kensington Bluetooth Stereo Headphones Review

by SarahM Reads (19,656)

by Sarah Meyer

Kensington just recently released the Bluetooth Stereo Headphones with Microphone to the public. The idea is "wireless stereo headphones that will have people talking."

We decided to test the headphones out with a notebook to see if they were worthy of any chatter.

Bluetooth Stereo Headphones Specifications:

  • Cord-free, Bluetooth 2.0 (A2DP)
  • 66 ft. (20 m) range
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Built-in microphone, adjustable volume control
  • Compatible with both PC and Mac operating systems
  • 2-year warranty
  • Included in the box: Bluetooth Stereo Headphones with microphone, USB mini charging cable and instruction guide.


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Design and Build

Kensington’s Bluetooth Stereo Headphones look like standard headphones. They are mostly black, with silver accents and designed to hook over the ears. The speakers are covered in a soft, foam-like material with a diameter of about 4.5 centimeters.


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There is a small built-in microphone on the left earphone; on that same side is the play/pause button and the track forward/track rewind button.


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The volume control is located on the right earphone along with the on/off switch, the charger outlet, and the Bluetooth pairing button.


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On both ear phones there are LED lights to allow the user to know when the headphones are paired, charged, on or low on battery.

The headset comes with a USB mini charging cord for the rechargable lithium-ion battery. It took a little under two hours to fully charge the headphones and it’s suppose to allow for 23 hours of non-stop music.

Audio Quality and Use

The audio quality on the headphones is great. The sound is clear and precise, and the volume level gets loud enough that I can drown out background noise. The volume can be controlled through the buttons on the headset if you are away from the computer.

I did have trouble with the play button and the track forward/skip button; I could not get them to work in conjunction with my computer. My co-workers have had similar problems with buttons not working on other headsets when paired with a notebook, so it might be common problem.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t test the headphones with a cell phone because we couldn’t get them to pair with any of the cell phones we had in the office. Because of this, I have no knowledge of how the microphone worked.

Conclusion

I enjoyed using the Kensington Bluetooth Stereo Headphones. They were comfortable to wear, easy to set up and the Bluetooth range was as good as advertised.

My biggest concern is that I couldn’t get the play and track buttons to work with my notebook. This wasn’t a huge deal since I could control the tracks through my music player, but it might be a concern if you were trying to use the headphones with a phone.

Pros:

  • Wireless Bluetooth connection
  • Simple to use, no software
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Comfortable to wear

Cons:

  • Couldn’t get play, track buttons to work
  • Sort of expensive

Pricing and Availability

The Kensington Bluetooth Stereo Headphones with Microphone is priced at $79.99 and can be purchased on the Kensington website.




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