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Makes a great headset for cycling
on 15 July 2010
I've had this headset for a few weeks now and I'm highly impressed. First off the audio quality is great, the sound is clear and doesn't get any interference from other sources. There is probably some loss over the bluetooth connection but only the most dedicated of audiophiles will notice. I use mine while cycling and commuting. Its particularly useful on the bike because it means I can listen to music and take calls with my phone is in my backpack, with no annoying wires to deal with. As a handsfree, the headset performs well again, the microphone is clear. I sometimes get complaints of background noise or my voice being quiet, but thats generally a feature of most handsfree kits. It can also be paired with up to 3 devices, so you can use it as a headset for your PS3 and for making Skype calls on your computer.
Battery life is good, I got over a week of light use between charges. I'd say with more regular use you'd be looking at 2 or 3 days without charging. One very useful feature is that if the headset dies or loses the connection, the music pauses on the phone, instead of blaring out at full volume on the train. The radio reception is alright at best, however I've generally been using it in a built up area, and I'm not using the headphones that were supplied with the headset. I don't use the radio much anyway so I can't really give a good opinion there.
There are however a few headaches that I should draw everyones attention to. First, and the biggest one, while the headset can display song titles, most phones don't have the correct bluetooth profiles for doing this. The profile you need is AVRCP v1.3 or higher, most phones only have v1.0. I'm using a Nokia 5800 and that won't display song titles.
Second issue is the caller ID, it displays the callers phone number, not their name or anything. I suspect its a similar problem to the song titles in that the bluetooth profiles aren't advanced enough yet to support this. Also mine sometimes drops the connection for a few seconds when I'm going over bumps on the bike, although that may be unique to my unit.
I sometimes get the same buzz that another reviewer mentioned, but again I'm using different headphones to the ones supplied, and you don't notice it unless the volume is muted. The volume slider isn't as annoying as others are making it out to be, it basically works like the scrolling strips on a laptop. My advice is to not look at the display when your adjusting the volume, you'll just keep missing the level your aiming for.
Overall though I have to say its a fantastic piece of kit and after buying one, you'll never want to see another wired handsfree kit again.