The LG Tone Pro bluetooth headset is a solid contender for the ear space of anyone who is looking for comfortable wear, long battery life and respectable audio quality.
The headset consists of a thick, C-shaped cable worn around the back of the neck, with a slightly thicker control unit on each side of the opening in front. Each control unit contains a button and a slide switch, with the power switch on the right-hand unit. A small magnet on the front of each control unit holds an earbud in place. Each earbud includes a medium-sized ear gel. Thin wires connect each ear bud to its corresponding control unit.
In the Box
The box contains the headset, a bag of extra ear gels, a micro USB charging cable (without an AC adapter), the manual and some additional inaccessible paperwork.
With an iPhone 7 on the way, I realized I would need to cope with its missing headphone jack. In addition to purchasing a charging case and lightning dock from Apple, I decided a Bluetooth headset might also be a good idea.
Since I needed to pick up an urgent IT product for our business anyway, I decided to check out the headsets available at our local Best Buy. I was looking for a pair of headphones with a sufficiently long battery life and short charging time for music, radio and podcast listening while going to sleep and doing housework.
When I go to bed, I plug my iPhone into its charging cable and listen to the headphones. They are surprisingly comfortable despite the cable behind my neck. When I start the early-morning part of my day, I continue listening while doing housework and working on my computer. During the day, while I am spending time with my baby daughter, I keep the headphones plugged into their charging cable, so they are ready for the next bed time.
After using the headphones for four days, I am pleasantly surprised with their comfort, range and reasonably good sounding audio quality. Although I am new to Bluetooth headphones, I have to say that my first experience has been quite positive with this product.
I would recommend the LG Tone Pro Bluetooth headphones for most people, especially those who want a reasonably priced way to listen to their iPhone 7 while charging its battery.
Someone said the iPhone 7 would be a boon to accessory makers, and, after spending just over $200 so far, I am inclined to believe them.
Best Buy Price (as of Sept. 15): $69.95
- Long battery life.
- Self voicing of battery, connectivity and pairing status.
- Sufficient wireless range to listen around the house.
- Surprising audio quality in a Bluetooth headset.
- Latency, especially when interacting with iOS while listening to VoiceOver.
- Excessive beeping while editing or typing text with VoiceOver enabled.
- Confusing way of interacting with Siri by pressing, rather than holding, a button on the headset.
- Inaccessible paper and PDF product manuals.
- Potentially complicated Bluetooth pairing process when connecting to another device.