After enduring life in headset bondage, it appears freedom for some iPod users could be imminent. Swiss company Logitech announced Wednesday that its wireless headphones with Bluetooth technology will be on store shelves next month.
"Finally," "I've been waiting for this for a while," and "this product sounds GREAT," were among the mostly positive initial online responses to the product launch from users anxiously awaiting liberation from the cords that tether them to their iPods.
Logitech's headphones, which will sell for about $150, have the iPod look and let users walk 30 feet away from their music player. They feature integrated iPod controls to play, pause, adjust volume and track forward or backward. The behind-the-head headphones weigh 3.2 ounces and the wireless adapter, which connects the iPod through the headphone jack, weighs just over an ounce. The headphones are powered by rechargeable batteries, which play up to eight hours of music per charge, and can be fully recharged in 2.5 hours.
An iPodlounge review gives the headset at B-, noting that the headset is not so comfortable, offers sound quality that's "only okay," and lacks the auxiliary features included in competitors' wireless headsets. The iMuffs, for example, recently launched by San Francisco start-up Wi-Gear, also let you take a call through an embedded microphone if you have a Bluetooth phone.
Still, iPodlounge reader Clint Curtis, who awaits more reviews of Logitech's headphones, is already imagining how they could change his life. "How great will it be to mow the lawn with these things?" he asked.