Aoife M. McEvoyContributing Writer, PCWorld

Aoife M. McEvoy is a freelance writer and editor living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

How to Buy a Bluetooth Headset or Car Speakerphone

A Bluetooth headset or in-car speakerphone lets you talk on your cell phone hands-free. Here's our advice on selecting the most appropriate product for your needs.

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Maverick Nica Bluetooth Headset

Departing from the typical design, the Nica sits comfortably outside your ear. It's a pity, though, that the headset's call quality regularly falls below average.


Jabra Halo

What's your style for stereo, earbuds or earmuffs? I go for the earmuff or earpad approach every time, and Jabra's Halo headphones fit well. They're sleek...

Samsung WEP870 Stereo Bluetooth headset

Samsung's WEP870--a mono Bluetooth headset that converts into a stereo unit--tries to give you the best of both worlds, but it's awkward.


Samsung WEP850 Bluetooth Headset

The one-size-only WEP850 headset can be difficult to fit, and it delivers variable call quality.


Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset

Fans of earhook-free headsets will appreciate the Discovery 975, which offers great-sounding calls at both ends of the line.


Contour Design SurfaceSound Compact Bluetooth Speakerphone

This speakerphone delivers dependable call quality, and is the least 'speakerphone-sounding' product of all those we've tested.


Jabra Halo Stereo Bluetooth Headphones

The Halo lets you listen to your tunes without wires for hours at a time--with the odd phone call thrown in. But be prepared to grapple with clunky volume and track-skipping controls.


Kensington Hands-Free Visor Car Kit for iPhone and Bluetooth Phones

Kensington’s car kit sports large controls and speed-dial buttons, which make the unit a breeze to use. But call quality is unpredictable.


Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset

$80 (or less) is a great price for this light-feeling Motorola headset, which delivers dependable call quality most of the time.


Motorola MotoRokr S305 Stereo Bluetooth Headset

These superaffordable stereo headphones have a lot to like, including solid music and call quality, a comfortable fit, and easy-to-use controls--once you get the hang of things.


Jabra SP200 Bluetooth Car Speakerphone

For a terrific price ($60), this portable Bluetooth speakerphone offers basic calling features and average audio quality.