Wise and Blue WB130 review: Wise and Blue WB130

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good The Wise and Blue WB130 Bluetooth headset features A2DP compatibility, multipoint connectivity, a self-tuner feature, and a bone conduction speaker for better incoming audio quality.

The Bad The WB130 has a rather uncomfortable ear loop and does not come with different sizes of earbuds.

The Bottom Line Though it could use some design improvements, the Wise and Blue WB130 has a great array of features and very good sound quality to boot.

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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.

The features of the WB130 are the same as the WB120. It has all the basics like answering, ending, and rejecting calls, plus last number redial, voice dialing support, call mute, the capability to transfer calls from the headset to the phone and vice versa, and it also automatically reconnects your headset to the phone if both are paired and powered on. The WB130 has A2DP compatibility, which lets you listen to music on your phone, and multipoint, which lets you connect to two phones at the same time.

The WB130 also has a self-tuner, which lets you set an internal optimized EQ for the best sound possible according to your hearing ability. The self-tuner works by playing a series of tones at different pitches, and you're instructed to press the multifunction button whenever you hear a tone. We tried this out a few times, and indeed, we found that the sound quality improved a bit. It's even more noticeable when listening to music.

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Wise and Blue WB130

Part Number: WB130 Released: Jul 21, 2009
Pricing is currently unavailable.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jul 21, 2009
  • Sound Output Mode mono
  • Additional Features Voice dialing
    3way call
    Adaptive self tune technology
    Superior clear sound
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear (with over-the-ear mount)