As promised I am doing a little write up on the bluetooth headset UCLEAR
that I purchased about a month ago. The retail for about $180.00.
What first attracted me to UCLEAR was the fact it does not use a boom mic.. Thats right... The microphone and the speaker are one in the same.
When I first opened UCLEAR I immediately put it on the charger and it was ready to go in about 2 hours.
The contents of the package were pretty simple, it had a couple of speakers that attach via wires to a main controller. Installation was pretty simple.. They give you two options to mount... One way is a very heavy duty clip and the other is a super adhesive which is what I used. You can click on the link above and it will show you the installation in detail.
The speakers go into the ear cavity of your helmet. They use a velcro/sticky to stay in place. You can easily run the wires under the lining and out the side to the main unit. Installation took me about 15 - 20 minutes and thats only because I was being extremely careful to do it right.
Next I paired UCLEAR with my iphone.. Extremely simple.. Took seconds.
Now I was ready to ride... So I slap my helmet it and off I went.
I first tried listening to music. Woaaaa.. it was loud.. I cut it down to about
70% at 55-60mph speeds and raise it to 85-90% when I went faster. The quality here was great. Simply Great. With a quick double tap on the play button the music automatically started while I was on the road and I had no complaints.....
About 5 minutes down the road my brother called me... I simply said "Hello" and it answered the call.. I talked to my brother for about 5 minutes before letting him know I was driving 60mph on my motorcycle.. He was blown away. He had no idea I was on my motorcycle.. He did say.. that I sounded "Different" but he could here me extremely well...
Now let me take a side note on the phone conversations.. You can here PERFECTLY.. its very loud... But I did have to work a little bit to make sure I was speaking clearly. What I mean is that my helmet is VERY tight.. Maybe slightly too tight and it pushes my cheeks in.. So It made it harder to form my words.. When I took my time to make sure I was speaking clearly there was NO Issues with them hearing me.. If I talked to fast I became a little garbled and would have to repeat myself.
So far not 1 person I spoke too believed me when I said I was on my motorcycle driving... And for anyone who is interested in the system I would be happy to set up a time where you could call me while I am driving and see for yourself how it sounds.
I have foudn 2 drawbacks of the UCLEAR system. The first is the way it feels against my ears... Again I think this is because my helmet is super tight on me.. But it is "uncomfortable" if I don't get it positions well on my head. Since the speakers are in your ear cavity.. Your ears press agains them pretty easily.
The second drawback is signal strength. You need to put your phone as close to your helmet as possible to ensure a clear signal. At first I would put it in my front right jacket pocket and since the receiving unit was on the left of my helmet I would get "skipping" in my music. Once I started putting my phone in the left top pocket of my jacket this problem went away. I emailed UCLEAR and they informed me the bluetooth signal the Iphone sent out was not as strong as other phones(True or not true? I don't care). Either way I fixed the issue.
If you had a helmet built for bluetooth or just a little bigger I don't think this would be an issue.. I have been looking at a Nolan helmet that I think will help me out in terms of comfort.
Lastly... The unit has three buttons that take a little getting used to pressing when you have motorcycle gloves on... At first I did not like it but now I can press them with no problems. Just like most things.. Takes a little getting used too.
Please remember as you read my review that I have NEVER tried any other form of motorcycle communication as I have only been riding for 8 months or so. I am just stating I do not have a frame of reference to compare this unit to.
Am I happy with the purchase? Absolutely. I am glad I purchased it and use it every time I get on my bike.. I have a 20 minutes ride to work down some nice quiet backroads and it is great. My lady loves it because she can call me if she needs something on my way home.
I will not get into the debate of if its safe or not.. You can decide for yourself if you feel this is something you could use and safely drive.
Let me know if you all have any questions..