[Review] SoundID 510 Bluetooth Headset
I’ve had my HTC MyTouch 4G for about 5 months now and I use it all day everyday. Especially now that I work for a web hosting company and actually do phone support a lot of the times. I’m sure you’re asking why I use my cell phone for doing tech support. The reason I do is, because I don’t run a Windows system anywhere, and we have a VoIP phone system that is required to take phone calls from customers. The good thing is, the VoIP phone system, 3CX Phone, has an Android app which is what I use.
Once I started doing phone support, I quickly realized how uncomfortable wearing a pair of earbuds or headphones can be. The headphones get very annoying and to me personally, they make my ears itch and sweat a bit. Kind of strange maybe, but hey, that’s me! Because of this, I decided I was going to go on a bluetooth headset hunt. I started asking my friends on IRC, real life friends and of course digging around on Google for what I could find.
A good friend of mine in real life who lives in Canada mentioned the SoundID 510 to me, as that is the one she has had for about 6 months now. She stated that it’s very comfortable, very light weight and has a great sound to it. She stated that when she’s on a call with the bluetooth headset, that most people can’t tell if she’s using it or not. Especially when she’s in the car since it’s against the law to be on the phone while driving without a hands free device.
With the recommendation from her I decided this would be the one I’d try. And as many of you might know, I’m a big time bargain shopper. From the SoundID site, I clicked on the SoundID 510 Buy Now link. As you will see here: SOUNDID 510 this thing isn’t cheap at all. I wasn’t sure I wanted to pay that much for something I wasn’t really sure how well it worked for me and how durable it is and all of that good stuff. So I decided to go shopping around a bit and see what I could find. It didn’t take long, and I found this: SoundID 510 Cheaper and quickly jumped on the deal. Now please take note of something. It says in red letters that the special sale price ended yesterday. It always will. It did for me as well. I ordered this on October 27th, and it showed me that the sale ended October 26th, yet it still showed the price to be $32.99. I took a chance. I ordered it anyway to see what would happen. Within 24 hours, I got an email stating that my order had shipped, and there were no extra charges. Oh yeah, HECK OF A DEAL!!
Less than a week later I received a package in the mail containing my new SoundID 510 bluetooth headset. I was excited and ready to try it and see how well it really did work. I was curious if it was as good as my friend from Canada stated it was. Before I get into that, let’s look at what all comes in the box when you receive it.
Once unpacked and cords attached where they needed to go and such, I had to let it charge for 4 hours before I could use it. So after about an hour, I unplugged it from the charger and went to work setting it up. To my amazement, it was so dead simple. As simple as going into my Settings -> Wireless & Networks menu and clicking the check mark next to Bluetooth. Then i went to bluetooth settings and clicked on “Scan For Devices” and let it do its thing real quick. After about 20 seconds, it then showed a section titled “Bluetooth Devices” and listed the Sound ID 5 Series. I clicked on that, and voila, my bluetooth was now paired and connected to my HTC MyTouch 4G that quickly.
I quickly called a friend of mine to test it out. I didn’t tell her I was using the bluetooth when I called. I just went into the conversation like I always have before. Then after several minutes, I asked how the call quality was. She told me it was the same as always. Why are you asking ? I told her I was using my new SoundID 510 bluetooth and she was amazed at how well the quality was. I then proceeded to cal a few other friends and test it out, and they all gave me the same feedback.
As I mentioned early on in this review, I stated that I do phone support for a web hosting company and use the 3CX Phone app for Android. Unfortunately at this time, the app doesn’t have full bluetooth support in the current 1.3.3 version. However, after posting on their forums, I was told by one of the lead developers that version 1.3.4 will be released within a couple of weeks and will then support bluetooth capability 100%. So I’m waiting for that to happen so that I can begin using it all the time while I’m working talking to people from all around the world.
All in all, if you are in the market for a bluetooth headset, I’d strongly recommend the SoundID 510 as your first choice. I’m very happy with it so far in the week that I’ve had it and know that once I’m able to use it for work, that I’ll be even happier. Besides, how awesome is it to get a $130 bluetooth headset for $35. Hard to beat a deal like that!