Two years ago, Jabra wowed us with the Jabra JX10, a tiny yet elegant Bluetooth headset with plenty of power behind its design. This year, Jabra has done it again, with the Jabra JX20 Pura. Designed by Jacob Jensen, the same famous European designer that designed the JX10, the JX20 Pura simply oozes luxury. It is made with brushed, anodized titanium and has a glossy black trim all around, plus it has an innovative gel earbud for better comfort. As for features, it comes with digital sound enhancement via DSP, as much as six hours of talk time, adaptive sound, … Read more
In the perfect utopia that exists only inside my head, all cell phones and MP3 players incorporate A2DP, also known as stereo Bluetooth. As a result, they're all compatible with stereo Bluetooth headsets like the Plantronics Voyager 855, which CNET rated 8/10, and which Newegg currently has on sale for $57.99, shipped. That's a pretty big savings over the $149.95 list price.
During business hours, the Voyager 855 functions as a fairly standard headset, albeit one with a cool sliding boom mic. When you want to get your groove on, you just connect the second … Read more
Time may choose its person of the year, but here at CNET we take our time compiling lists that really matter. So recently I joined with my fellow cell phone reviewers to pick the best and worst handsets of 2007. Out of the 123 cell phones we reviewed this year (that number doesn't include all the smart phones we examined), we had some definite winners, and some definite losers.
We get drawerfuls of Bluetooth headsets in that claim to be the smallest in the world, and of course most of them aren't. Whether or not it's the smallest isn't really important--it's how comfortable a headset is in your ear that makes a big difference.
Nextlink claims it's made the smallest Bluetooth headset ever in the form of the Invisio G5, and while we can't definitely confirm that it is, it certainly looks incredibly wee. It weighs a minuscule 7 grams, or less than a quarter of an ounce. But is it comfortable to … Read more
As mobile phones continue their march in to the music world, their accessories increasingly resemble those previously reserved for media players. Just yesterday we saw a pair of Bluetooth headphones designed for both music and phone reception, complete with touch-sensitive controls.
Now Nokia, which has been among the more aggressive phone makers to market music equipment for its handsets, has come up with a couple of new headsets that will let you listen to MP3s until a call comes in, then automatically shut them off so you can talk. Even better, it'll pick up where the song left off … Read more
When we saw a touch screen recently on an external hard drive, we knew there'd be no stopping the touch revolution. The latest category to succumb to the trend is the Bluetooth headset.
Developed for mobile phones and PDAs, the Genius BT-031 has a built-in touch-sensitive panel and slide control to adjust volume, according to Gizmag, as well as a wireless range of up to 30.
We appreciate the efforts of Genius, which is always trying something different, but we often find ourselves dubious about some of its achievements. (Witness the solar-powered keyboard, hybrid speaker-camera, and combo mouse VoIP phone.) … Read more
You may remember Crave had a gander a while back at a Sony Ericsson Bluetooth headset that looked much like a small smoking pipe. It's now months later and it seems like this riotous pipe headset craze isn't over just yet.
This petite wonder is called the Bluetrek Sense and aside from being small--weighing only 8 grams (about 2.8 ounces)--and very comfortable to wear, it lets you answer calls by simply tapping the touch-sensitive section on the outside.
Now, you may be thinking, so what? Well, the majority of Bluetooth headsets require you to press or … Read more
Contrary to popular belief, some of us at Crave are easy to please. Long before gadgets began mutating into all manner of lab freakism, we were happy with the simplest of inventions, such as a wireless mouse that stowed its USB dongle in its hull (this was well before Bluetooth, mind you).
That's why we can't quite understand it when manufacturers want to cram every possible feature into their products when just one or two will do nicely. Take, for example, this mobile phone on the Asian market that stores a Bluetooth headset in its case for convenience, … Read more
Callpod has just announced the Dragon Bluetooth headset, which claims to have 100+ meter range (that's 328 feet for you nonmetric types) plus dual-mic noise suppression technology. Like the SoundID SM1000, the Dragon also has a walkie-talkie mode that you can use if you have two of them. It also features two reversible earwraps for comfort, plus the ability to upgrade the firmware in case there are feature updates in the future. The Dragon is rather pricey as far as headsets go, but if it delivers on all its promises, it sounds like a good deal. It's available … Read more