Sena's outstanding Bluetooth headset range has a new flagship – the 20S. Now touting a giant 2-kilometre (1.25 mile) intercom range, the 20S also features voice control, 8-way conferencing and dual Bluetooth chips for audio multitasking, so you can keep your music playing and just duck the volume when your riding partner talks to you. We were big fans of the previous model, the SMH10
, and the 20S is an incremental improvement in just about every way.
The Sena SMH10 Bluetooth headset
we reviewed in December was absolutely fantastic – but it's certainly a bulky unit to have on the side of your helmet. If that's a concern for you, Sena has just released the SMH10R, a similar unit designed for "sports riding" with a much slimmer profile to aid with "aerodynamics." And when I say "aerodynamics," I mean "looks." But while the SMH10R is certainly nicer to look at, and works well, it suffers in comparison to the chunky SMH10, which is functionally superior in almost every way.
I'll admit I wasn't looking forward to testing another Bluetooth helmet system. In the past they've proven clunky, unintuitive and annoying. But the Sena SMH10, which clips on to most helmets in a minute or two, has changed my view on these devices. The SMH10 is simple to use, relatively cheap and it adds a whole new dimension to the otherwise antisocial sport of motorcycling.