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Tech Times | The Panasonic Bluetooth headset review

Published:Monday | May 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Panasonic BTGS10 Bluetooth headset comes attractively packaged in a very modern-looking box, which presents the headphones and its accessories in a carrying pouch.

Included in this unit are the headphones, a USB charger, a 'AAA' rechargeable battery and a carrying case with accessory pouch.

The BTGS10 is marketed as a headphone unit for active lifestyles and is water-resistant. The frame of the headphone rests around your neck and extends to the front of your ear canal, which leaves your ear open to receiving ambient sounds. They're inspired by military-grade equipment, but Panasonic goes with Bluetooth wireless technology for universal access from Bluetooth-enabled devices.

Paring the BTGS10 was fairly intuitive and didn't require consulting the product manual. The user has the option to disable the LED lights on the headset, in addition to changing the illumination pattern.

 

Understanding the advance technology

 

Using what is called bone-conduction technology, the headphones use your cheekbones to deliver audio straight to your ears. The unit also has a bone-conduction microphone, which allows the user to engage in a phone conversation using the same technology.

This device is not one for the audiophile as it pushes its strengths on innovation and not sound quality. The battery charge and usage time were respectable with moderate use, which involved mobile phone calls as well as listening to music. Equipped with Bluetooth version 3, the manufacturer promises up to five hours of use.

 

Pros:

 

• Sturdy construction and design.

• Bluetooth frees you from the limited length of a chord connection.

• Comes with a replaceable, rechargeable Ni-HM battery.

• The sound-input technology allows you to listen to music and still hear the surroundings.

This combination is ideal for outdoor activities and exercise where it is important, safety-wise, to still be aware of what is happening around you.

• There are a number of buttons on the headphone that allow you to control the volume and advance selection, to answer or end calls.

• They are comfortable, light and

water-resistant.

 

Cons:

 

• The sound quality is not as good as in-ear or over-ear headphones, especially due to the fact that sound quality and intensity are sensitive to placement location in front of the ear.

• Sound volume is limited, no doubt due to significant bone sound conduction rather than direct in-ear sound conduction.

• Bass vibrations are weak.

• Due to its rigid design, it may pose a conflict with persons who wear glasses.

Written by Ryan Blake