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Gear on your ear: Six premium Bluetooth headsets reviewed

plantronics voyager legend 580

At a Glance

The Motion offers a slick, flip-out microphone and clever motion-sensing features, but those features are outweighed by the headset's poor ear fit and lackluster audio quality for those on the other end of calls.

Price when rated: $130
jabra motion headset 580
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The Presence offers call quality that's generally clear and reliable, and a nice suite of call-management features, but few accessories—and a hefty price tag.

Price when rated: $180
sennheiser presence 580
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The Sliver II is compact, and it includes a useful battery case to extend its use time, but its in-ear fit process can be frustrating, and its sound quality is just acceptable.

Price when rated: $130
motorola sliver ii headset 580
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If you just need a Bluetooth that delivers reliable call quality for personal and business calls, the Bluetooth Headset Series 2 will do the job. But you won’t get fancy features, despite the high price.

Price when rated: $150
bose bluetooth headset ii 580
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If you can get past its chunky design and protruding mic, this headset packs in the features: voice commands, intelligent behavior, smartphone apps, and reliable call quality.

Price when rated: $100
plantronics voyager legend 580
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At a Glance

The Era offers great audio quality, and it handles background noise with aplomb. The company's companion smartphone apps make the most of Google Now and Siri.

Price when rated: $130 for headset and battery case; $100 for headset alone
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