The category of stereo Bluetooth earbuds is still growing, so it's nice to see a newcomer to the market focusing on just that. JayBird debuted in 2007 with the JB-100 headset, a compact stereo earbud set, as well as complementing adapters for the iPod and other audio devices (sold separately). At $129.99, the JB-100 falls comfortably between two close competitors: the Etymotic Ety8 and the Plantronics Voyager 855. This headset has its pitfalls, but if you can get a comfortable fit, it's a worthwhile consideration. Read the JB-100 review.
JayBird Bear focuses on one thing and one thing only: stereo Bluetooth solutions for portable audio devices. The company debuted this year with three complementing products for music phones, iPods, and other MP3 players. The headliner is the JayBird JB-100, a stereo Bluetooth headset with an ultracompact form factor. This product makes a fine companion for any cell phones using A2DP Bluetooth, or for the small handful of MP3 players with that wireless capability (the Samsung T10 and Insignia Pilot, for example). However, for most other MP3 players--including the iPod--you'll need a little more help with cutting the headphone … Read more
It seems like I waited forever to get my eager little reviewing hands on the Samsung T10, and actually, CNET had to sweat it out a lot longer than consumers. It's hard to blame Samsung--you are the ones with the cold, hard cash, after all. In fact, the company almost got some of my cold, hard cash once I grew sufficiently weary of the delay. I finally received the coveted package the day before a scheduled trip to Best Buy. Was it worth the wait? You be the judge.
If you live in Florida or Southern California, this might be the Bluetooth speaker phone for you. With an integrated solar panel, the Anycom Solar Car Kit gets a boost to its already impressive battery life from basking in the sun. Its slender design also recommends it, but its fiddly and difficult-to-master controls make it a challenge to use without some time with the instruction manual. Read our review of it here.
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
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
Now this is the kind of application that makes Bluetooth worthwhile.
We've observed the trend toward motorized skateboards with a combination of curiosity and dread, envisioning massive injuries caused by jet-fueled skater boys--especially those who get tangled in the wires connecting their remotes to the boards. But "GroundSurf" is a new three-wheeled model that's controlled by a "touchsreen Bluetooth mobile phone device" or, if you're really adventurous, by sensor pads embedded directly onto the board. ("You lean forward to accelerate, backward to slow down or brake," its Web page says.) The … 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