The BlueAnt Q2 suits its 'Smart Bluetooth headset' moniker. Matt black plastic finish and a chrome trim helps it to achieve an executive look.
A small power switch is located behind the ear bud. Turn on the BlueAnt Q2 and a clear voice welcomes you, requesting that you pair the headset with a smartphone and giving instructions on how to do so. When you turn off the device, three beeps signal shutdown, and the LED indicator on the front fades away. Up to two smartphones can be paired with the headset simultaneously.
Features-wise, the £69 BlueAnt Q2 is very similar to the £49 BlueAnt T1 rugged headset, with a few extras thrown in. Both headsets use Text-to-Speech to let you make and answer calls with voice commands. Here, you can also use commands to redial contacts, check whether your phone is connected and the voice-recognition sensitivity level.
Also like the T1, the Q2 features Wind Armour technology, cancelling background noise in up to 22mph gusts. It offers dual mics with BlueAnt's Voice Isolation, A2DP streaming for music, podcasts and directions from GPS applications stored on your handset, the ability to upgrade the headset's firmware, and a two-year hardware warranty.
The BlueAnt Q2 further enhances sound quality with automatic gain control, working harder to reduce noise in busy areas. And BlueAnt claims its unique design is able to disperse and reduce wind velocity, reducing microphone saturation.
The headset is provided with a detachable ear hook. Whereas the T1 comes with a clear plastic piece (plus a spare), the Q2's shiny black equivalent is less easy to conceal. This hook feels as though it provides a closer fit, however, and the device is more than stable without it thanks to a clever stabilising earbud. A variety of ear 'gels' provide a comfortable, secure fit.
A volume rocker with a subtle groove is used for, apart from the obvious, managing call waiting. As with the T1, you also get a multifunction button, although unique here is a soft rubber pad that sits against your cheek.
A Vlingo Safereader app is available for most BlackBerry and Android 2.x phones. This is able to read aloud incoming text messages - a useful feature if you're driving and unable to take your eyes off the road. The iPhone is not supported.
Battery life is slightly shorter than the T1's claimed six hours, with the BlueAnt Q2 providing just five hours of juice. A UK mains charger is provided in the box, along with a Micro USB cable for charging up the device via a computer. A soft, velvety bag is also supplied to protect the headset when not in use.