Nextlink.to, a Danish company, has
been making Bluetooth wireless headsets for a while. Their Bluespoon
product line was one of the first Bluetooth wireless hands-free
solutions. The Bluespoon Chameleon has an innovative design and
the form factor will change the way you wear headsets. The lightweight,
extremely compact and attractive design as well as good voice quality
makes this headset a good solution for mobile users.
Different from the ear loop clip-on headsets such
as the Logitech, Anycom and Motorola mobile
headsets, the Bluesppoon Chameleon uses an ear-bud style speaker
that will rest inside of your ear and completely block outside
noise. The speaker and the headset are angled so that the ear-bud
will stay in your ear while the microphone points toward your
mouth. To put on the headset, you will need to bend a thin wire
that extends out from the earbud into your ear. You'll twist
the headset so the earbud rests firmly inside of your ear and
the thin wire is lodged inside of your outer ear. The design
is quite ingenious as it uses the shape of your ear to fit the
headset, and its earbud fits nicely inside your ear. Nextlink.to
provides two different wires, so make sure that you try both
on to see which one fits you best.
The 2.2”x1.2” size will make those
who crave small and discreet headsets drool. The entire headset
is no bigger than your ear and .56 oz weight makes it easy to
wear this headset all day long. There is a small clear button
on each side of the Chameleon which act as LEDs and multi-function
buttons. You can use any of these buttons to answer calls, change
the volume or hit both buttons to end calls and switch between
waiting calls. There is a very small boom at the front tip of
the Chameleon and a strap loop at the back for you to attach
the carrying strap. The compact charging cradle has slots to
plug in the headset and secure it with a catch wing. I like this
design not only because it creates an interesting futuristic
look, but also because it keeps the headset in place even without
a flat surface. Nextlink.to provides three types of prong connectors
for the universal world charger.
Pairing the Chameleon is easy and you can pair
it with up to 3 devices simultaneously. The headset supports
both Headset and Hands-free profiles. We tested it with both Nokia
3650 and 6820, and it worked
flawlessly at the claimed 30 feet range. We also paired the headset
with an iPAQ 5555, which has a
headset profile. This is very handy if you wish to use the iPAQ
in a meeting or a public place but don't want to use the built-in
speaker. The voice quality on both in and out lines is excellent
when calling other mobile phones, but land line users may hear
a little noise and distortion. The volume of the speaker can
be turned up quite high thanks to the unique ear-bud design.
The outgoing voice quality of the unidirectional microphone performed
very well. The Chameleon supports voice dialing and call rejection.
The Bluespoon Chameleon has a Lithium Ion Polymer
battery and the claimed talk time is 4-6 hours and 200 hours
standby. Our tests show that this seems to be on target.
Above: the headset. Below: the
headset in the charging cradle.
The very compact and slick form factor of the Bluespoon
Chameleon will attract mobile users who seek lightweight and discreet
solutions. The unique ear-bud design makes this headset a very nice fit
for your ear, providing maximum voice quality through the speaker while
blocking noise. It's easy to pair with cell phones that support hands
free or headset profiles, as well as PDAs that support these profiles.
The battery life is good and comparable with other Bluetooth headsets
we've tested, except the Logitech Mobile Headset which outlasts everyone.
The voice quality on mobile lines is very good. The only issue we had
with the Chameleon is that it didn't sound as good to those who received
our calls on land lines.
The package includes a Bluespoon™ Chameleon Bluetooth
wireless headset, 2 exchangeable covers (red and black), a wind-blocker
for the Chameleon cover, a carrying strap, extra soft-springs, Bluespoon
Chameleon charging-cradle with AC-adapter for worldwide usage (3 types
of plugs), a USB charger cable and a printed User's Guide.