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5 Reasons You Need Bluetooth Headphones for Your iPad

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While all three generations of the Apple iPad come equipped with a 3.5mm headphone mini-jack that allows owners to connect earbuds and other audio devices, wireless bluetooth headphones are far superior to their wired predecessors. After all, the point of using a sleek, mobile tablet like an iPad is to enjoy mobility and freedom from wires, isn’t it?

Along with being cumbersome, wired headphones can be risky to use with any tablet device. Attaching any wires to your iPad while using it is simply an accident waiting to happen, since it is all too easy to inadvertently send the tablet crashing to the floor (and no, this type of mishap is not covered under AppleCare). The best Bluetooth headphones allow users to enjoy music, have conversations and watch movies in complete wireless bliss – exactly the way the iPad was meant to be used.

Here are 5 reasons why you need Bluetooth headphones for your iPad:

1) Freedom From Wires

Simply put, wireless is the way to go. Anybody who has switched to a wireless computer mouse or keyboard can attest to the instant freedom they experience – no more desktop clutter or wrapping the wires around coffee mugs and table legs. The same thing goes for Bluetooth headphones: free from cumbersome wires, these lightweight listening devices let users move about freely without the annoyance of an electronic leash.

2) iPad Audio Jacks Can Be Buggy

One of the most common complaints iPad users post in discussion forums is about difficulties with the onboard 3.5mm mini-jack. Some comment on loose connections while others have had difficulty achieving stereo sound through the jack, being left to listen in mono only. While iPads that are still under warranty can be returned to have outstanding jack issues repaired, using a Bluetooth headset is a sure-fire way to avoid these issues altogether.

3) Bluetooth Headphones Can Replace Your Bluetooth Headset

Some of the best headphones include microphones, allowing the unit to do double-duty as a comfortable, wire-free audio device and a replacement for traditional single-ear Bluetooth headsets. This can be a great option for people who have trouble finding a comfortable earpiece for their phone, or those who like products that have multiple uses.

4) Bluetooth Headphones Deliver Privacy in Public Places

Many iPad owners use Facetime, Apple’s video conferencing tool, to connect with friends and family as well as conduct business meetings. Using a set of Bluetooth headphones connected with your iPad allows calls to remain private while blocking out distractions from ambient sounds. The same goes for listening to music or viewing videos on an iPad, particularly while traveling. Chances are good your fellow flyers may not share your taste in music, and even if they did, failing to use headphones with your iPad in a public space is downright rude.

5) Bluetooth Headphones Offer Exceptional Audio Quality

The sound quality provided by Bluetooth headphones has evolved over the past few years, with many current models delivering a better audio experience than their wired counterparts. Features like ergonomic designs, noise canceling and integrated audio controls are now standard on many Bluetooth headphones.

by +John-Scott Dixon, Outdoor Technology