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When hoards of Xbox 360 fans rushed over to the Xbox One on November 22, they noticed that much had changed – including the controller’s standard headset port. The changeover to Microsoft’s new Xbox One headset had created trouble with brand loyalists who had already spent their hard-earned money on expensive Turtle Beach or other gaming brand headphones for the console. Luckily, Microsoft has officially announced their upcoming Xbox One Stereo Headset and Stereo Headset adapter, which are scheduled to touch down sometime in early March.

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Nokia today announced a brand new Bluetooth stereo headset, the BH-121. Available in cyan, red, yellow and black, the new accessory will fit in well with any Lumia Windows Phone. Previously codenamed "Guru," we've covered the headset numerous times in the past, but soon you'll be able to pick one up for your own media requirements.

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If you're looking for a neat Bluetooth headset for your Windows Phone, the Nokia Luna Headset should be on your short list. Especially seeing that the Microsoft Store is offering the Luna for $19.99 (regularly $59.99).

The Luna features a unique cradle that doubles as a charging base and portable charger. When docked, the Luna's maximum standby time jumps from 35 hours to 60 days. Additionally, the Luna has NFC support to let you tap to pair the headset with your Windows Phone. Granted your Windows Phone needs to have NFC as well.

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You have to give Nokia credit—not only do they appear to be getting to release some innovative and boundary pushing phones, they’re creating a great ecosystem to go with it.

Such is the case with the super-expensive Purity Pro Wireless headphones made in conjunction with Monster (the company behind Beats). The headset features NFC pairing, Bluetooth streaming, 24-hour battery life for calls and music and is made from polycarbonate plastic (like the Lumia) for sturdiness.

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The new wireless Purity Pro headset

Along with the new PlayUp mobile speaker from JBL-Nokia, it looks like those Purity headphones (over the ear) from Monster will also be getting a slight makeover.

The new version, which should be available later this year are not cheap: €299 or about $376. Last we checked, that’s a lot of money for some headphones.

The good news is you’re getting some neat technology this time around as Nokia has made these wireless with NFC pairing and Bluetooth streaming (you can also pair via BT).

The headphones come in four colors including black, red, yellow and white. Sadly, no cyan just yet but that yellow color seem to be the big new color for the Lumia line this year.

Source: Nokia Conversations

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Traditionally noise cancellation and price have been the difference makers when shopping for a Bluetooth headset. High-end headsets like the Plantronics Voyager Pro and various Jawbone headsets have set the bar for business users requiring great sound quality. The average consumer tends to be more comfortable purchasing one of the myriad of headsets in the $30-$50 price range, sacrificing sound quality for value.

Product design in Bluetooth headsets is becoming one of the ways that manufacturers differentiate their products from competitors. Motorola added functionality and usability to the Oasis headset by focusing on the product design, while Jabra added both functionality and style in their Stone headset. With the second version of the Stone Jabra continues to improve on their design, as well as cleaning up some minor flaws with the original model.

For the full review of the Jabra Stone 2, keep reading.

Pros: 
Good sound quality, comfortable, sleek design
Cons: 
Expensive
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Review: BlueAnt T1 Rugged Headset

The T1 is the latest Bluetooth headset offering from BlueAnt.  Billed as a durable, reliable device to give high quality audio in the most challenging condition, the T1 is sure to turn heads.

The T1 headset ($79.95) is the first to feature BlueAnt's Wind Armour Technology that boasts clear audio in wind speeds up to 22mph. The BlueAnt T1 also features voice commands similar to the BlueAnt Q1 headset.  Instead of pressing a button to answer calls, you simply have to say "Answer" or "Ignore" to handle things. Other voice commands may be available dependent on your Windows Phone.

We had the opportunity to take the T1 out for a test drive and ease on past the break to see how it measured up.

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Review: Jawbone Icon Bluetooth headset

The Jawbone Bluetooth headsets from Aliph have been around for a few years now and have impressed many with their noise cancellation features. The original Jawbone would eventually be succeeded by the Jawbone Prime.

Aliph recently released the Jawbone Icon, a chopped down version of the Jawbone Prime, to bolster their line up. The Icon comes in an assorted colors and styles ranging from black dimpled to gray smooth to gold. Each with its own unique nickname (Hero, Rogue, Ace, Thinker, Bombshell, etc.)

We had the chance to take one of the Icons -- the Hero -- out for a test drive and just ease on past the break to see if the Icon lives up to standard its larger siblings established.

Pros: 
Fit and feel. Call Quality. Customization through MyTalk
Cons: 
Talk button not in the best location.
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Review: Motorola H17 Bluetooth Headset

With Christmas just around the corner, you may be looking for a headset for someone on your shopping list. If you haven’t checked it out already, take a look at the WMExperts Store Holiday Gift Guide. One of the products on the wish list of the illustrious Dieter Bohn is Motorola’s H17 Bluetooth Headset.

Motorola has been making headsets for a long time, and its product line includes some pretty impressive options. The H790 and the H15 are both solid headsets that we’ve reviewed in the past. The H17 takes a lot of design cues from the H15, most obviously the hinged boom microphone that doubles as a power switch.

Hit the link for my thoughts on the H17.

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In the spirit of Summer, we're having a few accessory giveaways in the coming weeks. (What a giveaway has to do with the spirit of summer is a little bit of a mystery, but, hey, it sounds good.)

First up is a Motorola H12 Bluetooth headset. (Read our review here.)

So here's how it'll work: Over the next two days (cutoff being Friday at 1 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST), post a comment on any of the stories following this one, and we will randomly select a registered reader from them. Not registered? Do it here. It's easy. 

Once a winner is chosen, we'll shoot him or her a note, post their victory on the site for all to see and, oh, send the prize their way (sorry, no international shipping).

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Review: Plantronics Voyager Pro

One of the more competitive segments in the Bluetooth Headset market is that of the premium headset. Jawbone, BlueAnt, Plantronics and Motorola are just a few of the heavyweights vying for the top spot; throwing the best technology they have into making the best products they can come up with. The way that these companies go about building a product that is head and shoulders above the rest of the industry varies. Some aim for a simple headset, with solid quality; while others try to pack as many features into a small package as possible.

Plantronics’ Voyager line has produced some amazing Bluetooth headsets through the years. Their Voyager Pro headset is a simple, straightforward design that is light on extra features and heavy on quality for a decent price of $89.95. With arguably as much or more experience in designing and building headsets as any other company, Plantronics has the expertise to really make a strong push the have one of the top headsets in the world.

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Review: Motorola H15 Bluetooth Headset

Odd shaped Bluetooth headsets are nothing new. In the last couple of years, it seems all of the manufacturers have tried one or two headsets that threw conventional designs out the window (remember the Bluetrek UFO).  While Motorola’s H15 Bluetooth Headset isn’t the weirdest kid on the block, but there are some rather distinct features that set it apart from the others.

For the full break down, follow me.

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Review: Motorola H780 Bluetooth Headset

Motorola has been maligned on this and other blogs due to some of their odd business choices over the last couple of years, in particular in regards to their Windows Mobile handhelds such as the Q series and the ever-unpopular Motosurf. Despite the apparent downturn of the Motorola monster, their other business aspects appear to be churning along nicely.

Motorola’s H780 Bluetooth Headset is one in a long and diverse line of Bluetooth headsets coming from Motorola. We’ve reviewed everything from the diminutive Mini H9 to the stylistically aggressive RAZRWIRE; and for the most part, we’ve been fairly happy with what we’ve found.

For the full review of the H780, you’ve come to the right place.

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Review: Samsung WEP-350 Bluetooth Headset

These days, Bluetooth headsets are about as popular as a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. This is due partially to the coolness factor of the technology as well as the various government laws requiring their use while driving. As the pool gets more crowded, it keeps getting harder to find that headset that is perfect for you.

Samsung is one of those names in the electronics world that is always considered one of the biggest in any niche. Whether it is TV's, Cameras, Bluetooth headsets or even the Windows Mobile phones that we are all so fond of; Samsung is one of the best in the business. Samsung's WEP-350 headset is designed in the image of some of the slimmest models available.

To get the full report on the latest from Samsung, click on through. 

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Review: Jabra BT4010

All of us know someone who is technophobic. The fear of technology, and sometimes just the fear of change, has prevented many people from making the move to a Bluetooth headset. The learning curve in deciphering the various beeps and led flashes is partially to blame for this phenomenon.

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