Today, we evaluate the new SouthWing SH241 Bluetooth “Hands-Free” Headset sold exclusively at AT&T Retail Stores. We haven’t seen too many devices from SouthWing lately – last year we evaluated SouthWing’s SH505 and found it to be a solid performer for that not needing fantastic noise cancellation. This year, the SH241 was introduced specifically for those that aren’t looking to break the bank on a functional Bluetooth headset for their mobile phones. The MSRP of the SH241 is priced at $39.99 but if you look carefully online, you can find it for as low as $20 or $10 after rebate!
SouthWing actually provides a very good looking package for a headset that is obviously is targeted to those looking to quickly satisfy their wireless urge when picking up a new mobile device from an AT&T store or their online website.
The SH241 headset features something called “WhisperMode” which is SouthWing’s take on caller-id announcing. When a call is incoming, the headset “whispers” the call number to the user via the earpiece. The idea is that the user can quietly hear who is calling and then decide whether or not to answer the call.
SouthWing also equipped the SH241 with a fairly long battery life as well as small and lightweight body. The shape of the SH241 is such that it sits well inside your ear canal to optimize the speaker volume. In fact, this is the first headset we have seen that has been Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC). Along with multiple ring tones, automatic call pick up, and a voice-enabled interface to help you navigate though its menus, the SH241 gives the user the ability to store a “favorite” number for one-touch dialing.