Even though we tend to cover Bluetooth headsets from more established brands like Jabra and Plantronics, we also take the time to cover lesser-known models if they're interesting enough. Wise and Blue, a South Korean company, for example, is a maker of Bluetooth headsets that plans to widen its market to include U.S. consumers. We reviewed one of the company's headsets, the WB120, a while ago, and this time we're taking a look at the WB130. The WB130 has many of the same features that the WB120 has, plus it boasts a "bone conduction speaker" that enhances incoming sound quality by amplifying sound waves through the bones in the skull. This is unlike the Motorola Endeavor HX1, which uses the bone conduction technology for outgoing sound instead. We're pleased with the headset overall, though we're less than impressed by the design. The WB130's pricing is not yet final, but Wise and Blue has said it plans to sell it for around $100, similar to the WB120's price.
The WB130 looks a lot like the WB120, with its blocky and rectangular shape. It won't win any awards with its traditional and uninspired design, but it's still quite compact. It measures 1.9 inches long by 0.7 inch wide by 0.4 inch thick, and it has a smooth glossy black surface instead of the diamond pattern on the WB120. In the middle of the front surface is a round multifunction button with a slight divot in the middle so you can find it easily by feel. On the left spine is the charger jack, while the volume rocker is on the right. The LED indicator is on the bottom.
Like the WB120, the WB130 has a folding earpiece design. It can be folded up for a more streamlined shape, or folded down so that the earpiece can fit in the ear. When it's folded up, the headset is automatically placed on hold so you can't accidentally press a button. When fitted, the earpiece sits just inside the opening of the ear. The WB130 does not come with different earbud covers, which is a disappointment. It fits snugly in the ear but it does feel a bit wobbly at times. For additional security, the headset comes with an optional ear loop attachment. However, the attachment has little plastic handles that scratch the ear occasionally, which is uncomfortable at times.