Review: NuForce BT-860 – Bluetooth Headset

When we received a pair of NuForce BT-860 headset for review, I could not wait to get my hands on it and test it out. I have been reading nothing but good things about this headset, so I was anxious to put them to the test. This is my first on-ear Bluetooth headphones, as I currently use an in-ear Bluetooth headphone for practically everything, so I am not new to the audio Bluetooth game. Now on to my review.

Design

When you first set your eyes on this pair of headphones, you will notice the sleek black profile and matte finish to it. When you hold it in your hands, you will be amazed at the lightness of it. Next, you can feel the smoothness of the body, as this is made out of some sort of rubber material. The ears are covered by foam material, which comes in two different sizes. The ears can also be adjustable for different users.

Usage

Connecting the headset to your Bluetooth enabled device is not that difficult. I was able to quickly connect it to my HTC Evo 4G and to my iPod Touch. I also tried it on my Vaio laptop and it connected, though it did take some time. But I’m guessing it was to download the correct drivers. I have not tried it on my PS3 to see its gaming capabilities yet. But that will probably come in the future when I buy a new TV for my room.

On to the meat of the test, sound quality. This on-ear headphone comes close to my wired around the ear Sennheiser HD 280 headphone. The quality you hear with this headset is top notch. I listened to different types of music to test its quality to different types of music. And I must say this is very impressive. And the controls are located on the outside of the right ear. The volume, track selection, mic, and MultiFunctionButton (MFB) are all located there. They put a lot of thought and work into this Bluetooth. Using this as a Bluetooth phone headset is ok. That will be explained in the next section.

Maybe this is just me and my large head, hat size 7 3/4, but after maybe an hour and a half into listening to music, there was pressure on my ears and it caused a bit of pain. Remember when I said earlier that the ears were covered by a foam material, unfortunately that material is not that supportive. It’s there to have separation between the earpiece and your ear. So after prolonged use you will feel some discomfort as I did. Another downside that I can see in the future is the connector used to charge this headset. This is a proprietary connector, so do not break it or lose it. As for using the mic, it had a hard time picking up my voice. And when it was on the receiving end, I sounded like I was whispering. Maybe I got a bad pair, but I don’t plan to use this as a phone receiver. I plan to just use this to listen to music.

Final Reaction

This is a very good Bluetooth headphone and for the price it is being sold ($79 USD) it is not a bad price. My only issues were the mic, prolonged usage pains, and the charge connectors. Some of these “Cons” you may not face with your headset so do not get discouraged by some of my “Cons.”

Grade: B-

You can purchase your own pair at the NuForce website here.

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Jose Gutierrez III is an IT tech by day and nerd by night.