Product Review (April 2005) - SHURE
QuietSpot™ Inline QSHI3 Headset

We've been big fans of SHURE's in-ear design since our first experience with the E Series products. The design and sound quality of the in-ear technology are great and the earpiece fits snugly into the ear canal without being uncomfortable. In addition, the implementation greatly reduces background noise, resulting in an intimate experience. SHURE introduced the original QuietSpot® Boom (QSHB3) last year and the performance was great. This year they have introduced the new QuietSpot® Inline (QSHI3) with the new VoicePort™ inline microphone attached to the cord. The design uses the same in-ear technology as the E2c earphones, so you are getting a quality driver for your ear. Sonic performance is similar to the QuietSpot® Boom we reviewed last year minus the Boom microphone. The new VoicePort™ inline microphone works exceptionally well considering it is not directly in front of your mouth. It is a little more sensitive to the placement, so users need to be aware of this when using it. The QuietSpot® Inline includes an assortment of interchangeable foam and silicone sleeves for the earphone to accommodate personal preferences and ear canal variations. Both the QuietSpot® Inline and the QuietSpot® Boom are priced at $39.99 making them very affordable for any user. The missing Boom microphone is actually a nice change on this design.

Performance
Our tests were made using an inexpensive LG VX3200 cell phone that we have been using for several month now. The VoicePort™ has a small opening or port that feeds the inline microphone. We did not encounter any problems with wind noise when using the new earphone. However, it does not get very windy here, so it was difficult to test this aspect of the product. A soft ear support included with the earphones is reversible (and removable) and helps keep the earpiece in place, especially during long conversations. The Personal Fit Kit comes with a variety of different sized sleeves.

Our phone uses the standard three conductor 1/8" jack, so we did not have any compatibility problems. If you happen to have a Nokia with the four conductor plug, you will need an adapter to use this product. The new design worked well and those on the other side of the phone conversation did not experience any difficulty hearing us. Much like the earlier design, the QuietSpot® Inline greatly reduces the background level. The other ear is completely free to hear normal sound levels.

Conclusion
The latest QuietSpot® Inline is a nice alternative to the QuietSpot® Boom and may be less intrusive to some users by not having a microphone placed in front of the user's mouth. SHURE is confident that you'll like the new QuietSpot® Inline design and is backing the product up with a 30-day, no-questions-asked, money back guarantee. The product also includes a full one-year warranty on materials and workmanship. We are glad to see SHURE offering both designs to users who have a personal preference. For us, the QuietSpot® Inline offers a simpler solution to hands-free cell conversations. For under $40, you get a quality product unlike many of the cheap earbuds flooding the market.

- Kevin Nakano


Review - At a Glance


SHURE - QuietSpot® Inline (QSHI3) Headset


Product Overview

  • Sound-Isolating Earphone
  • VoicePort™ Inline Microphone
  • Lightweight, Secure In Ear Design
  • Personal Fit Kit
  • Flexible Ear Support
  • Money-Back Guarantee and Two-Year Warranty NoiseBlocker Earphone
  • General
    Connector 2.5mm gold-plated, right-angle, 3-conductor plug
    Length of boom arm 4-7/8 inches (12.4 cm)
    Cable Length 50 inches (127 cm)
    Weight 0.8 oz (23 g) including cable and ear support

    Company Information
    SHURE Incorporated
    222 Hartrey Avenue
    Evanston, IL 60202
    Phone: 847.866.2200
    URL: http://www.shure.com/quietspot

    Source: Manufacture Supplied
    MSRP: $39.99
    Warranty: 30-day, no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee, plus a two-year warranty on materials and workmanship

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