BlueAnt X5 Stereo Bluetooth Headset ReviewFri, Jan 18, 2008 - 12:00 AM
In The Box & On The Ear
BlueAnt really has been one of the best companies we have seen in packaging great and innovative products. This innovation starts with the various features and options that they provide their customers out of the box. Too many times, we have dealt with products that we have needed to augment with “optional accessories” to make the product fully functional.
BlueAnt’s X5 Stereo Bluetooth headset doesn’t have this problem at all. Out of the box, you get a laundry list of equipment:
- X5 Stereo Bluetooth Headset (of course)
- A2DP Audio & Voice Streamer
- Detachable Microphone
- 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Cable
- 1 x 3.5mm Stereo and Mono Y-cable
- 2 x Rechargeable Li-Polymer Batteries
- 2 x USB Charging Cables
- 1 x AC Charger
- 2 x Foam Speaker Covers
- User Manual
- Quick Start Guide
After looking at the contents of the box, you start to appreciate not only what you get for the price, but the versatility that the BlueAnt engineers designed into the X5. BlueAnt would like you to use this headset for anything.
We charged both battery packs using the AC wall charger and the USB-mini cable in the package. The AC charger took a little less than 2 hours to fully charge up one of the X5 battery packs and we were good to go. The USB charged it fully in less than 4 hours making for an easy way to charge up your headset on the go.
Fitting the headset on the ear was really no big deal. Some might find headset a bit bulky, but compared to the Plantronics or Motorola, the X5 was about the same size. The foam speaker covers on the X5 were fairly comfortable and could definitely be used for prolong periods of time. There wasn’t really a way to adjust the fit of this headset however, so if it doesn’t fit well for you out of the box then there is little that you can do to adjust it. Those with glasses might make sure that these are the best for you since the headset relies on being able to sit on the top of your ear. We tried them out with reading glasses and sunglasses and it does crowd your ears a bit.. Most of our listeners were able to survive with little drama, but this design definitely affects those who plan to wear glasses with the X5 – especially over long periods.