by Al Sacco

BlueAnt Q1 Bluetooth Headset at CES: Details and Images

Jan 09, 20092 mins
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Earlier this week, I showed you the first image of Australian-electronics-maker BlueAnt‘s upcoming Q1 Bluetooth headset, which is expected to become available in the United States in mid-2009. As promised, here are some technical specifications on the cool new gadget, along with a couple images of the BlueAnt Q1 in the fles…err, plastic?

BlueAnt Q1 Bluetooth Headset (front)
BlueAnt Q1 Bluetooth Headset (front view)

Key Features:

  • Patent-pending acoustic design virtually eliminates wind and road noise
  • Dual Microphone Wind Noise Reduction / Echo Cancelling
  • Voice Control uses the BlueGenie Natural Voice Interface
  • Custom-designed Digital Signal Processing software makes conversations crystal clear
  • Automatic pairing and reconnection to your phone with notification
  • Handles wind speeds up to 10 mph
  • Receive Processing for Headset User
  • Automatic Volume Control
  • Dynamic Receive Signal Frequency Equalization
  • Packet Loss Concealment
  • Multipoint Technology – Connect two phones at once
  • 2 Year Replacement Warranty


  • Product Type: Mono Headset
  • Form Factor: Over Ear or In Ear (removable ear clip)
  • Dimensions: 55 X 16 X 7 mm
  • BT Version: 2.1 + EDR
  • HFP Version: 1.5
  • HSP Version: 1.1
  • Talk Time: Up to 5 hours of talk time and 120 hours standby time
  • Standby Time: Up to 300hrs
  • Chipset: Qualcomm/BTS5045
BlueAnt Q1 Bluetooth Headset (top view)

BlueAnt Q1 Bluetooth Headset (top view)

I’ve got to say, I’m impressed with the Q1, and not just for its noteworthy feature set—it’s darn good lookin’ and is a great size and shape. My personal favorite Bluetooth headsets are the BlueAnt V1 and the Jawbone II from Aliph; I love the V1’s functionality and the Jawbone’s aesthetics. Fortunately for me, the new Q1 has all the features of the Z1 and more, and it looks very similar to the Jawbone.

BlueAnt Q1 Bluetooth Headset (bottom)
BlueAnt Q1 Bluetooth Headset (bottom view)

BlueAnt is pricing the headset at $129.99, but you can expect retailers to drop that price a bit shortly after launch. The Q1 still isn’t listed on the company’s website, but I imagine it will be shortly.