Verbatim Bluetooth headphones 

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The Verbatim Bluetooth stereo headphones product reference 44403 are comfortable to wear, provide a nicely balanced sound, have convenient controls and are light in weight.

Verbatim 44403 Bluetooth Headphone
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They provide one with the freedom to move around the room and listen to streamed music or even the TV (from appropriate Bluetooth enabled devices) without bothering anyone else in the family. They are very convenient to put on as they are not designed to fold -- as one would expect with headphones intended for use on the move.

The main portion of the headband is covered in black faux leather with the position of the phones being adjusted by smoothly sliding then along the stainless steel wire mounts which allow about 35mm of adjustment each side. The bodies of the ear cups and the adjacent portion of the headband is white in colour while the ear cushions are in the same black covering as the headband.

They weigh just 180g and I found that wearing them for quite long periods was comfortable. The over-ear cushioning reduced outside noise without leaving the wearer in complete isolation so that one does not lose contact with the outside world.

All the controls are on the rear of the left hand earphone. There are two pairs of push-buttons: on one side is the power/pairing button and the play/pause/call button; the volume increase/next track and the volume decrease/previous track buttons on the other. Here, a momentary press on the appropriate button changes track while continued holding increases or decreases the volume. I found it disconcerting, but one soon gets used to it, that the upper button reduces the volume rather than increasing it. Similarly, for track changing, the upper button goes to the previous track rather than the next.

On the other hand, I found that having the lower button for power and pairing, and the upper one for call control/music pause, was intuitive. Here, to answer a call, just press the button once; and then, to end it, press again.

There is also the status LED and, on the rim, there is the micro USB charging connection which is concealed behind a rubber cap and the aperture for the microphone.

The 40mm neodymium drivers are behind a red fabric covers and there is a matching red styling stripe between the black and white portions of each phone.

The built-in lithium battery is claimed to give up to 20 hours playing time on a 4 hour full charge. It is difficult to quantify this as it would be influenced by actual sound volume. However, I never found that I needed to have anything like the full volume setting. A 75cm USB charging cable is provided.

The specification states that it supports Bluetooth version V4.0+EDR and profiles A2DP and AVRCP. Consequently, it will possibly not be compatible with legacy devices.

These stylish headphones are available from Verbatim at a list price of £55 but are also available from Amazon and other retailers.

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