Motorcyclists who are on a tight budget will fall in love with this reliable headset by Thokwok that’s available for a price that will work for most budgets. The Thokwok motorcycle Bluetooth headset comes with some nice features that you wouldn’t normally expect to find on a model in this price range, including an intercom feature, a decent range, and noise-canceling technology. The tradeoff here will be the headset’s range, but most riders will find that the limited range is worth the low price and the headset’s reliable performance.
Our Verdict: If you’re on a budget and you’re looking for a basic headset that comes with a straightforward design and simple controls, then your search is over. This model offers a short range of half a mile for the voice conferencing feature, which may be a problem for some riders. The hands-free operation allows you to take calls, make calls, or switch functions using basic voice commands, so it’s a much safer option than taking your hands off the handlebar to answer a call or switch the radio station. The lightweight compact design allows you to use this model for most styles of helmets.
Overview and Features
The fact that the headset is available at such an affordable price may cause some to wonder just how reliable this model is, after all, you get what you pay for, right? But Thokwok is a company that’s known for producing low priced, yet high-quality Bluetooth headsets that can work for most budgets. While it may not have all the features that you’ll find on headsets that are going for twice the price, it does come with all the features you need for a long-distance ride or for a headset that you want to use to stay in touch with family, friends, or work. This is easily one of the best motorcycle Bluetooth headsets in this price range, and also one that’s very intuitive and beginner-friendly.
This is a Bluetooth enabled headset, which means it will work for any type of Bluetooth compatible device you have including MP3 players, smartphones, and earpieces.
If you’re riding on a freeway, highway, or busy street, the last thing you want to do is take your hands off the handlebar in order to answer a phone call, make a call, change the radio station or access the voice conference feature. This model offers a hands-free operation, which allows you to use simple voice commands in order to switch stations, access GPS, or make or answer a call.
This model supports the popular voice conferencing feature and supports up to three riders, however, only two riders will be able to speak at the same time, which is common for most headsets. For some, the limited amount of riders that can use the voice conferencing system can be a dealbreaker, especially for riders who travel in larger groups. If you’re looking for a headset that allows you to connect to more of your riding buddies when you’re on the road, then I recommend reading my SCS ETC S-9 Helmet Intercom Motorcycle Communication System review. The SCS is a model that has a voice conference limit of six riders.
Noise Canceling Technology
This model comes with noise suppression and DSP echo cancellation technology, which allows you to clearly hear music, GPS directions, phone calls, or your riding buddies, via the voice conference feature. You can even hear a conversation when you’re riding at a high speed or you’re stuck in traffic. Models that don’t come equipped with voice canceling technology are basically useless in certain road conditions and will require you to pull over in order to hear calls transmitted through the speaker. Because of this, the fact that this low-priced headset comes equipped with this feature is a big deal.
The headset is compatible with all types of half-face and full-face helmets, however, if you have a helmet that’s short on interior space, check out your helmet size and ensure that there’s enough space to accommodate a headset. Many of the major motorcycle helmet brands offer helmets that are designed to work specifically with these types of headsets.
The large push-button controls will allow you to control functions even if you’re wearing gloves.
The headset utilizes a buckle style connection between the clip and the headset, so it’s easy to attach and detach the headset.
The headset is waterproof, not just water-resistant. This means you won’t have to remove the headset if you find yourself caught up in a heavy downpour. While it’s not safe to submerge the headset, it can easily withstand inclement weather. This is due to the all-silica gel waterproof material incorporated in the design.
Most riders will complain about a headset’s audio quality, especially if they use their headset primarily to listen to music. Because of this, many buyers were blown away by this model’s high definition speakers, which allow you to listen to your favorite music the way it was meant to be heard.
The high def audio, combined with the noise-canceling technology allows you to hear your music, the radio, or phone conversations when you’re riding. The speaker audio quality is impressive, providing the ultimate listening experience even in loud environments. However, you’ll find that it can be difficult to clearly hear the audio when you’re traveling over forty miles per hour.
When using the voice conferencing feature you’ll have a range of half a mile, which is much lower compared to higher-priced systems, however, for the price, it’s better than I expected. If you’re traveling across the country with a group of other riders, then this shorter distance may be an issue, especially if you’re riding for several hours a day in traffic. Like most headsets, this model offers a half-mile range but only if there are no obstacles. If there are several cars between you and another rider then the range is significantly less.
Tired of losing track of your friends on the road and having to pull over in order to meet up with your team? Then you’ll find yourself relying on the system’s GPS navigation with the voice conference feature. This will allow you to stream the GPS directions in the headset of the other riders in your crew.
The built-in FM radio will allow you to catch weather bulletins, traffic reports, listen to your favorite music station or radio talk show, and it will do so using the best frequency based on your general location. The scan feature allows you to quickly breeze through any available local radio stations, for a clearer listening experience.
This model offers an impressive standby battery life of three hundred hours, ten hours of battery life if you’re streaming music, eight hours of talk time, or six hours of battery life if you constantly use the intercom feature. The battery will take approximately three hours to charge, which is about average for a model in this price range.
The DPS echo cancellation will prevent the echo effect that can make it difficult to clearly hear a phone conversation or it can make it almost impossible to hear your riding buddies on the voice conference. This technology provides a crystal clear listening experience even when you’re riding at a higher speed on a highway or freeway. Using the intercom and the other features this model has to offer is fairly simple, thanks to the basic controls that are easy to access and use. The headset’s design is pretty straightforward, making it very beginner-friendly. The battery life is better than average, as is the range for a headset in this price bracket. Overall, this model is a great buy for the rider on a budget that doesn’t need all the fancy bells and whistles that you’ll find on higher priced models.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Long battery life
- Noise-canceling technology
- FM radio
- GPS navigation
- Intuitive controls
- Short range
- Can be difficult to hear at speeds over forty miles per hour
Conclusion and Rating
One of the lowest priced headsets on the market that earned a high user rating, this headset can give even some higher-priced models a run for their money. This headset by Thokwok is offered at a reasonable price, comes loaded with some great features, and has simple controls that make it easy for you to easily switch functions or use the hands-free voice feature. While this is a pretty basic model, it does come with all of the features most riders will rely heavily on when they’re traveling across the country. I gave this model a rating of four and a half stars out of five.