I have to admit I have a weakness for the extra bells and whistles that technological devices sometimes come with, and this definitely applies when it comes to wireless headphones, earbuds, or headsets. While all of these devices are designed to let you listen to music or take phone calls wirelessly, some of them do a lot more than that. The purpose of this article is to take a look at the little extras that you might want to look for when you’re in the market for a new set of headphones, earbuds, or a headset.

There are some common features that almost all of these devices come with these days, such as the ability to control the playback and volume of your device, but there are also some very specific features that aren’t common to all devices. How important these extra features are to you is something you’ll have to determine for yourself, but there are certainly things you’ll want to consider closely.

On-Ear Controls

If you’re considering the switch to a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones, earbuds, or headset, at a minimum you should be looking for a device that has on-ear controls. The idea of having wireless Bluetooth headphones that you can listen to music with and take phone calls on are that they’re convenient and eliminate the need to constantly be reaching for your smart phone to change the song or answer a call. The better devices come with on-ear buttons for playing songs, skipping through tunes, and pausing your songs as well as the ability to answer calls with a simple tap. If you’re really looking for a device that will make your life more convenient you should definitely look for one that has some type of on-ear controls.

Noise Cancellation Features

Some of the better Bluetooth wireless headphones, earbuds, or headsets also have something called noise-cancellation technology which essentially eliminates some of the distractions around you in the environment. We look at this topic in more depth in another information article on this site and you can check that article out here, but suffice it to say that this type of technology lets you hear your music more clearly and your phone calls more distinctly as well.

Vocal Notifications

A feature you’ll find in some of the more expensive devices on the market is something called vocal notifications. This is a technology similar to Siri, where a simulated voice notifies you of important information such as when your battery’s running low, or when you’ve got an incoming call. In many cases these voice notifications can even tell you who the caller is and what the phone number is they’re calling from. This is a really convenient feature that allows you to carry on with what you’re doing such as working out or concentrating on a project – you don’t have to look at your smart phone to see who’s calling, as the voice in your ear will tell you.

Connect to Multiple Devices

When you’re making the switch from a wired device to a wireless device you’re doing so because you want something that’s more convenient and will make your life easier; the problem with some devices is that you can only pair them with one other Bluetooth device at a time. That means that if you’re listening to music through your wireless headphones connected to your tablet and a phone call comes in on your smart phone you’re going to have to remove the headphones and answer the call, if it’s important. Some of the better wireless Bluetooth devices on the market today actually allow you to connect more than one device to them, which means you simply tap on a button to switch between your smart phone and tablet and you never have to remove the headphones, earbuds, or headset. Overall it’s a much more seamless experience and it’s a feature you should give strong consideration to when you’re searching for the perfect device.

Features Can Make the Difference

If you prefer to keep things simple you may not be concerned with some of the convenience features we’ve explored in this article, but if you’re anything like me the prospect of some of these extra features probably gets you a little excited. If you take a look at some of the reviews on this site you’ll find some products that include the features we’ve mentioned in this article. It’s a good place to start, and with a little bit of patience you’re bound to find one that suits your needs.