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May 17, 2022
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So, recently I had a cunning plan to help alleviate the tendonitis issues that I have from being on a keyboard all day long. I decided that to save me time, I could dictate to my keyboard instead of typing.
Things like Apple Dictate have come so far that I figured that enabling them would give me a lot of opportunities to be able to just speak by enabling some hotkeys on my laptop, that I could just sit at my desk and even for short messages, slack messages, short emails, or long dictation, I had the option to let Apple do all of the hard work and give my hands a rest. It was brilliant.
As part of this process, I figured that I need a headset of note, a headset that would not only offer me comfort all day long but a strong Bluetooth connection to my computer so that when I wanted to use the dictation tool, it would just work.
I also thought that I only wanted a one-ear dictation headset because I wanted people to be able to talk to me if I had the headset on all day.
Sarevile KH-23 Trucker Headset / Call Centre Headset – Bluetooth
An affordable unit with decent sound and great noise canceling
The Sarevile Trucker headset is certainly not just for truckers. I’ve been using it for dictation, video calls at work on Zoom and Google Meet, phone calls and more.
It would actually make a great call centre or office Bluetooth headset.
An affordable unit and decent quality. The noise canceling is decent which will be important for truckers.
- Form Factor: On Ear
- Connectivity Technology: Wireless
- Wireless Communication Technology: Bluetooth
- Charging Time: about 1-2 hours
- Talking time: 35 hours
- Music time: 60 hours (70% volume)
- Bluetooth range: up to 30 ft（Barrier-free place）
What’s in the Box?
- 1 x Bluetooth Headset KH-23
- 1 x Charging Cable
- 1 x User Manual
Stuff I like
- Great battery life
- Can connect to two devices via Bluetooth at the same time
- Decent noise-canceling
- Comfortable enough
- 270 degree mic for left or right ears (it can be nice to change over long periods)
- Bluetooth 5.2 connection with lots of codecs
Stuff I like less
- Can feel a little tight on larger heads
Where to get it
Comparable products to consider
Simultaneously connect two devices with a 270° rotatable boom microphone.
With portable, ergonomic design and hands-free feature.
Sarevile KH-23 Audio Test
So, after a whole lot of looking, I decided that it would probably be better for me to spend very little money on this idea because if it didn’t work, I didn’t wanna be lumped with a headset that cost me a lot of money and just gathers dust.
To Amazon I went searching for call center headsets, I looked for dictation headsets, and I looked for Bluetooth headsets.
I went through ones that went over your head, I went through gaming headsets, I went through pretty much anything that had a microphone in front of your face.
What I avoided were typical Bluetooth headsets that you would use on a phone while you’re driving, because I wanted the microphone to be right in front of my face to offer a single-direction microphone, only picking up what I said, and offering some sort of noise canceling from any noise that might be coming in from the outside.
This kind of put me in the call center headset range. The unit I eventually landed on was the Sarevile Bluetooth headset, which was marketed to me as a trucker headset.
I guess if you’re a trucker and you’re in your truck all day and you wouldn’t be speaking on your phone, you need a headset that’s gonna leave one of your ears open to hear the traffic around you, it’s gotta be comfortable, and it has to have some sort of noise canceling to block the sound of your engine, and it has to have a solid connection because you don’t wanna be faffing around with your phone while you’re driving a truck.
This appealed to me and as it also had multiple other uses like call centers or office work, I figured that it was a great budget choice.
It was also ranked number one in new Bluetooth headsets, and I have to say that it arrived quickly and my initial impressions were pretty good.
I’ll include some speech audio samples of the headset below so that you can hear what it sounds like when I use it with the computer. So there’s not a lot of need for me to go into detail about the highs, mids, lows, soundstage, sibilance, or another audiophile rabble about how great the microphone is.
You can make up your own mind whether you think it sounds sufficient if you were using it for calls, dictation, transcription work, or anything similar, including the call center’s tech specs. The Sarevile comes with Bluetooth 5.2.
You can connect two devices to it simultaneously, so, that could be your phone and your computer, your phone, and your iPad, or any similar combination. It has noise canceling enabled on the microphone through software, which I’ve been pretty impressed with overall.
The total life in use is about 60 hours, which accounts for about 35 hours of talk time, up to 60 hours if you’re listening to music, although that’s a bit of a waste of time because you only get it through one ear cup and mono is never that much fun.
The charge time takes about 1.5 hours, and the range is a typical Bluetooth 5.2, which is up to about 30 feet or 10 meters.
The microphone has a 270-degree rotation option so that you can wear it on your left ear or your right ear, and the charging port on the headset is a USB-C.
The unit also has a range of buttons, which makes it easy to work with. There’s a power on/off button at the top, which also has an LED light in it, which gives you all statuses and indications of what state the headphone is in.
Below that, there is a rocker switch, which is your volume up and down options. These are nice and big and really easy to hit, which I really appreciated.
And if you were certainly operating any heavy machinery or in a call center where you had to take control of volume and external influences, the ability to reach up and hit these buttons is excellent.
The button below these is the mute button, and again, it’s really great having a dedicated mute button that you can reach up and touch because there’s no visual indicator of when you are muted or not.
The microphone itself doesn’t have an LED in it, which is no surprise at this price. So, it’s nice to know when you hit that button, it’s gonna do what you need it to do.
The microphone boom arm is relatively flexible and it’s easy to get it in a comfortable position.
Comfort, overall, the comfort is pretty good. It’s not particularly light on the head.
When I say light, I mean weight-wise it’s very light, but there is a good squeeze from the unit and the ear cup isn’t particularly large, so, while it does go over your ear in a circumaural fashion, it’s not particularly large or roomy.
There is a nice memory foam pad on the inside of the headband and it is easily adjustable. And as I mentioned, you can wear it on your left or right ear because the microphone will rotate on whichever side you wear it on.
So, if you’re in the market for a call center headset, a trucker headset, or a dictation headset, as I went for, this is a really good budget unit.
Again, you can make up your own mind by listening to the audio files that I’ve provided above as to whether this is right for you at the price, which is currently around 40 bucks, it’s hard to go wrong.
And with really decent battery life, you could use this all day in the office or in your rig and then just give it a good charge at night. If you’ve got any questions, fire them in the comments below, I’ll be happy to answer them.
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