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Simple no-nonsense bluetooth headset that works well with the PS3
on 28 April 2008
I needed a headset for on-line gaming with my shiny new PS3.
Due some of my experiences with (namely) the PS2, Xbox and Xbox 360, I now to play the safe option with game console accessories. These days I tend to bite the bullet and buy the corporate branded gear to ensure decent support if trouble arises.
Therefore, my instinct was to buy the retail box of Warhawk that comes bundled with an approved bluetooth headset. However, when investigating what the retail box contained, I noted that Sony have elected to bundle the game with the Jabra BT125 headset. It was then a simple matter of sourcing the same product separately in order to save a bit of money.
Pairing the device with my console was about as easy I've ever had it with a bluetooth device. However, it's still not perfect. I can imagine that some people are likely to have trouble setting it up because they will plug in the charger and not realize that the device won't go into it's pairing mode unless it's able to run off it's own battery (actually, it's the fact that it won't activate at all whilst in "charging" mode - the power light is even re-purposed to indicate the status of the battery's charge). I found though that you can charge the battery for about 10mins, and that's enough to get it through the pairing procedure. You can leave it on charge later at your pleasure.
The product itself needs a bit of TLC when being to fitted one's ear. I would say that the Xbox 360's overhead-band design is more comfortable, but on the plus side you'll look much less like a berk when wearing the Jabra BT125. Also, since it's completely wireless you won't find yourself being yanked when you put the controller on the coffee table and walk away (forgetting to unplug the headset from it).
The sound quality is hard to assess as when I've used it it's been in an on-line game that uses a typical ultra-low bit rate codec for communication. What I can report is that I couldn't detect any latency or echoing feedback whilst talking, which is what you want.
This product is so cheap, it's hard to knock it.
To summarize: Excellent value.