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Headphones on a walk: awesome. Headphones worn under or over a warm beanie on a cold day: not awesome. Must you decide between being warm and bored or listening to music or a podcast while freezing your ears off?
That’s where the SoundBot SB210 HD Stereo Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Smart Beanie Headset comes into the picture. This is a soft, comfortable, one-size-fits-all winter hat with a great-sounding and rechargeable stereo headset. It comes in four types: acrylic rib-knit, reflective lycra/spandex, rib-knit topped with a pom-pom, and acrylic cable-knit, all in a variety of colors. All are stretchable and able to fit virtually any head size and shape.
These are not the first headset beanies to hit the market, but they are definitely among the best. That’s because of the advanced digital sound: balanced and deep bass, dynamic mid-range, and crystal-clear high notes delivered by a high-performance stereo loudspeaker driver.
And unlike many other Bluetooth headset beanies, the SoundBot has adjustable headset placement with velcro tape for maximum comfort and ear-to-phone contact. The speaker driver and battery component are also easily removed, which allows you to wash your beanie without worrying about frying any of the electronics.
The Universal Bluetooth 4.0 technology allows the SoundBot beanie to connect with any Bluetooth-enabled device you want it to, from smartphones and iPhones to laptops, tablets, PCs, you name it. You can wear the lighter lycra/spandex model indoors while you work out at the gym or stream on your tablet, and the heavier cable-knit ones are perfect for winter sports.
There’s also a built-in microphone with crystal-clear technology for hands-free calling while on the go. The Bluetooth range is about 33 feet, so you can move about the room without dropping your call. And whether you’re using your beanie to listen to music, podcasts, or phone calls, the buttons interface is simple, easy to reach, and fully able to control your calls, music, and volume.
The SoundBot beanie is rechargeable with an included micro-USB cable, with the charging port easily accessible at the bottom of the button interface. Each full charge of the 100 mAh Li-Polymer battery (about an hour) gives you five hours of music playtime and up to 60 hours of standby time.
SoundBot also backs up its beanie with a 100% risk-free one-year manufacturer warranty, which is included for purchases made from authorized resellers (like Amazon).
The SoundBot beanie keeps ears warm and entertained at the same time. It’s a great cold-weather gift idea, but it’s also something worth sneaking into your own stocking.