The voice quality varied dramatically depending upon which
device we used in the test. Here are the detailed results
of our tests:
HP iPAQ 6315:
The Actiontec had the best voice quality performance on the
HP iPAQ 6315 Pocket PC Phone. The noise canceling worked
magic in noisy environments to reduce most of the background
noise. We managed to put 15 feet between the phone and
the headset without any voice quality degradation. The
outgoing volume is quite high using the headset on this
The XDA II however did not manage 15 feet before it started
to generate static and echoing. However, it's important
to note that very few headsets have good range with this
phone. So the Actiontec performs better than some other
headsets we've seen. The voice quality isn't superb like
on the iPAQ 6315, but it's very decent and should fair
well in most environments.
Sony Ericsson P800:
The Actiontec headset did worse with the P800 compared to
the Pocket PC Phone Edition devices. Voice quality is acceptable,
but it does have noticeable background white noise and
some echoing. The outgoing volume is low; however the receiving
voice quality is decent with volume that's good enough
for most environments. The voice quality on both receiving
and outgoing ends suffered when we increased the distance
between the phone and the headset. The most range we could
get out of was 5 feet before the noise started to get louder
and voice volume lower.
Sony Ericsson T610:
The Actiontec Bluetooth headset had the worst voice quality
on the Sony Ericsson T610 and had no noise canceling effect
even in a relatively quiet environment. The outgoing voice
volume is very low there was some random static and echoing.
The landline test went well. The voice is pretty clear on
both receiving and outgoing ends. The noise canceling level
paled in comparison to the best results on the iPAQ 6315,
but bettered all other cell phones in that department.
The Actiontec Bluetooth headset supports voice dialing.
Press the large button quickly and speak after the beep to
dial in hands-free style. The voice transferring between
the phone and headset seems quite intelligent. The headset
also works with any Bluetooth enabled PDA or PC. You can
listen to system sounds or MP3s on Bluetooth enabled PDAs
that support headsets, and use voice command to talk to your
PDA via the headset. If you install the driver that comes
on the mini-CD with the headset, you can use the headset
with your desktop computer as well.
The battery life on the Actiontec headset is pretty good;
however it still can't beat Logitech's long battery life.
The Lithium-ion battery takes a couple of hours to recharge
and talk time is about 3 hours with 3-4 days standby time.
The headset comes with a wall A/C adapter with an extension
cord that will fit into the small charging port on the headset.
Make sure that you don't loose this short extension cord
as the Actiontec headset only takes the connector from this
An easy-to-use headset that's comfortable to wear.
Solid Bluetooth software makes pairing painless. Offers versatility
in working with phones, Bluetooth enabled PDAs, desktop/laptop
PCs. Good voice quality when working with high end Pocket
PC phones. Not the best, but good battery life. It's easy
to carry around with the neck strap.
It would be great if the package had included an in-vehicle
charger for those who talk longer than 3 hours on the road.
Only supports Headset profile so it won't work with Symbian
Series 60 phones like the Nokia 3650. Voice quality isn't
as good on the Sony Ericsson phones we tested. No mute function.
The package includes the Bluetooth headset, an AC adapter,
an installation mini-CD which includes User Manual, extra
earpads, a neck strap, a small accessory bag and a printed
Quick Start Guide.