The Headset With an App: Sound ID 510

The Headset With an App: Sound ID 510

Joelle Alcaidinho
Jun 29, 2011

Product: Sound ID 510
Price: $129.99
Rating: Strong Recommend*
The search for the perfect headset continues in this installment of Unplggd Test Lab. In this review we put the Sound ID 510 through its paces and see if having a headset with an app is all it's cracked up to be.

Design:
The 510 which comes in black or white, like most Bluetooth headsets is small, sleek, and can be used in either ear. One of the unique things about this headset is that the volume control is touch based on the exterior of the headset instead of using buttons. We quite like this feature as it makes it easy to adjust the volume as needed if the phone is in a pocket.

Inside of the packaging is an wall adapter, headset sheath, and USB cable, this cable can plug into the wall adapter or charge the headset via USB. Also included are a few different sized ear pieces including one with a loop to better secure the headset in your ear.

Usage:
Setup was quick and easy and the iPhone had zero trouble connecting to the headset. Once the Bluetooth connection was made with the phone, the app, EarPrint was launched and quickly discovered that the 510 was paired.

Unlike a few other headset I have tried in my rather small ears, I was able to wear this headset without it causing much discomfort. Thanks to my tiny ears however I could not really get a great fit and was in fear of the device falling out of my ear. My dad, who lent his ears to my last headset review had no issues with the fit of the 510 and has declared it is rather comfortable and that perhaps I need to opt for a custom earpiece.

Call quality was good and noticeably improved when the Personal Sound feature was used on the EarPrint app. The app has several features including a battery life check, Personal Sound, and a "find my headset" feature. The goal of Personal Sound is to maximize speech understanding and clarity while keeping the listener in a comfortable listening range and we were honestly surprised at what a difference using Personal Sound made on our calls. When taking calls outside on the busy Manhattan sidewalks the effect that the Personal Sound feature had was felt and both parties involved in the call were thankful for it.

Another pleasant surprise was how well the headset will work when away from the phone. The range allowed us to roam around the apartment accomplishing various tasks while the phone stayed in one place. This was great for multitasking and we loved that it let us leave the phone in the "good AT&T reception spot" and still accomplish everything we needed to do for the day. Battery life is also fantastic and we averaged a little less than four hours of talk time on one charge.

The other solid feature about this headset is it allows you to listen to items in the iPod app on your iPhone and will switch to a call seamlessly when one comes in. We enjoy being able to switch from podcast to call on our headphones and it was useful to have this feature on the headset. Since the headset is in one ear only we did not use it to listen to iPod content often, but when we did, we found we were able to hear alright but it was definitely not the solution for the audiophile.

Pros:

  • small, lightweight design
  • call quality
  • app is easy to use
  • easy set up
  • great battery life

Cons:

  • not the most comfortable earpiece

The Bottom Line (& Who Should Buy):
The 510 is a great headset and is one of the best that we've tried. We love how easy it is to control the volume and we adore the added features that the app brings. This is a fantastic headset for the price and offers so much more than your standard Bluetooth headset because of the app. Have an Android OS or Blackberry phone? Do not despair the 510 has a sibling, the 512, which also has an app.

Our Ratings:
Strong Recommend*
Recommend
Weak Recommend
Don't Recommend

Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did give us the product for testing and review purposes.

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