BlueAnt T1 review: BlueAnt T1

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7

Average User Rating

3.5 stars 2 user reviews
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The Good The BlueAnt T1 is a durable and rugged headset with a great voice user interface. Its features include A2DP streaming, multipoint, and the announcement of incoming caller names. Also, its wind noise cancellation is fantastic.

The Bad The BlueAnt T1 is a bit bulkier than its predecessors were, and the caller name announcement could be perfected.

The Bottom Line With its sturdy build, voice features, and excellent audio quality, the T1 is BlueAnt's best headset yet.

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BlueAnt introduced us to voice-controlled Bluetooth headsets with the BlueAnt V1 in 2008 and then again with its BlueAnt Q1 last year. This year, BlueAnt introduces the BlueAnt T1 that promises to be the company's best headset yet. Not only does it offer the voice controls of its predecessors, but it also features superior wind noise cancellation, the capability to announce caller names, A2DP streaming, and it enters the realm of the rugged headset with specially designed silicon covers that increase its durability to dust and moisture. The BlueAnt T1 is available for $79.99.

The BlueAnt T1 looks very different when compared with its predecessor, the Q1. Measuring 1.97 inches long by 0.9 inch wide by 0.6 inch thick, the T1 is wider, thicker, and bulkier overall. It's clear that BlueAnt wanted to make the T1 a much sturdier and durable headset. Still, the T1 maintains that sleek minimalist appeal we liked about the Q1, and has clean lines all around.

On the front of the headset is the multifunction call button at the top, followed by a skinny wind guard shield down the middle. Two large volume buttons sit on the right side while a power toggle sits on the back underneath the earpiece. We like this dedicated power toggle as it makes it that much easier to turn the headset on and off.

The earpiece is similar to previous BlueAnt headsets--it's clad in a tapered silicone ear bud with an attached loop that lets the headset fit securely in the ear without an ear hook. You can then twist the ear bud left or right to fit in either the left or right ear. We found the fit to be very snug and comfortable. It does take a bit of fiddling to ensure the microphone is pointing toward the mouth, but once you get it in, it feels great. If you would rather have a more traditional setup, the T1 also comes with loop-less ear buds and two optional ear hooks. BlueAnt wisely included several different sizes of ear buds for a better fit in the ear.

As a bonus, with the T1, BluAnt includes two different silicone covers to fit over the headset like a glove. This turns the already sturdy T1 into a ruggedized headset. According to BlueAnt, this will prevent the headset from dust and moisture damage in addition to everyday nicks and bumps.

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BlueAnt T1 Rugged Bluetooth Headset - headset

Part Number: USEN-BAW-T1 Released: 2 May 2010
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  • Release date 2 May 2010
  • Sound Output Mode mono
  • Features built-in DSP
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear (with over-the-ear mount)