Review: Inatek BH1001 Bluetooth headset

 Sometimes, you have to review gear that makes you run to exhaustion, sweat profusely, and call your mom. This is one of those reviews.
Inateck isn’t known for gaming tech so much as general life and work tech, so yeah, the connection to ‘gaming’ here is pretty threadbare. On the other hand, you can use the Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth ear buds to game on a Bluetooth-enabled laptop, tablet, or smartphone, so there’s my desperate gaming tie-in.

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And believe it or not, exercise gear still has a respectable crossover demographic with gamers/geeks/nerds. We’re not all chip-swilling soda-sucking troglodyte stereotypes after all—especially in the Seattle area. We’re one of the top-15 fittest cities according to ABC news. And the number 1 ‘techiest’ city according to Travel and Leisure, and #3 for Game development according to Game Job Hunter. (There are actually quite a few ‘best gaming cities’ lists out there, but rest assured Seattle is almost always in the top 10, if not the top 5.)

Stick and move

So now that I’ve barely managed to justify writing this review for a column largely dedicated to PC gaming, know that the Inateck BH1001 stereo Bluetooth 4.1 headset is primarily aimed at the workout crowd—the folks who like stick some ear buds into their heads, crank some tunes (or maybe an audio book), and then go for a run. (If you’d like to ‘game-ify’ your run a bit, consider the Android App Zombies Run!)

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BH1001 Ear Bud. (Credit: Bryan Edge-Salois)

The Inateck BH1001 is a simple Bluetooth 4.1 headset with an inline mic and volume controller. One earbud houses a micro USB connector for charging. The ear buds themselves are good for up 20 hours (idle) and around 6-8 hours of continuous use.

One interesting feature is that the ear bus are also magnetized. When you’re not listening to music or taking calls, you can connect the earbuds magnetically and wear them like a necklace. This design addresses my most immediate concern with these types of headsets, i.e. losing them, misplacing them, etc.—so well done, Inateck.

For travel, the Inateck BH1001 comes with a nice carrying case as well as short USB charging cable and an extra pair of ear buds.

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Audio performance

The BH1001 headset provides good noise isolation and the microphone does its job, i.e. it works as well as any other solution in its price range. The volume buttons are pretty small, but I rarely used them. As far as listening to music goes, the only real issue with the BH1001 is weak bass.

Overall clarity is good (and for this type of headset, arguably more important), but music sounded tinny to me. There’s not a lot of thump for your buck here.

Overall: 8/10 Recommended

The BH1001 is well-designed and overall a great Bluetooth headset for general mobile use, and it’s a solid workout buddy. At around $32 on Amazon it’s a solid value.

Inateck BH1001 Stereo Bluetooth headset Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: CSR 8645
  • Bluetooth Version: 4.1
  • Supported profiles: Headset, Hands-free, A2DP, AVRCP, Apt-X
  • Charging time: about 3hrs
  • Continuous usage: 6-8hrs

Package

  • 1* Inateck Sport Bluetooth Eearphones
  • 2* Silicone Ear Plugs (ML/ SM)
  • 1* USB Charging Cable
  • 1* Customized Ribbons
  • 1* Headphones Carrying Case
  • 1* Manual
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