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Logitech Bluetooth Mobile Freedom Headset

Posted Nov. 2, 2004 by Tong Zhang, Senior Editor

Logitech is an established brand in the mobile accessory world. Their last generation Bluetooth wireless headset had amazing battery life, beating out most all other Bluetooth headsets we’ve tested in standby time and talk time. Logitech recently released their next generation Mobile Freedom Bluetooth wireless headset that features WindStop technology, a sleek design, Bluetooth 1.2 chipset, good battery life and an affordable price.

The Logitech Mobile Freedom headset comes in a sleek gunmetal color with silver highlights. It’s smaller than the last generation headset and measures 3" long. The headset has an earpiece that covers your ear comfortably with the help of soft foam wrap. The ear hook is mounted on a silver ring that can be moved to fit either ear. This is a very cool design that looks great and is very functional. The ear hook can also be moved away from the earpiece so that you can put the headset on your ear quickly. The boom is about 2 inches long with the WindStop mouth piece installed on the tip of the boom. The Logitech headset has a very clean design with only a multi-function button and a raised volume up and down button. The multi-function button also doubles as the LED to indicate battery, charging and pairing status. There is a small charging port located on the insider of the headset. The Logitech headset weights less than 1 oz. and is light and comfortable enough for you to wear it throughout a day.

Logitech Bluetooth Mobile Freedom Headset

The Logitech Mobile Freedom headset has the latest Bluetooth 1.2 chipset which should reduce the interference from WiFi radio signals. It supports both Hands-free and Headset profiles. We’ve tested it with the HP iPAQ 6315, the Sony Ericsson P800 and the Nokia N-Gage QD, and the headset paired with all devices quickly. The voice hand-off between the phones and the headset was graceful on all devices, and the headset works well with Microsoft Voice Command on the Pocket PC and the voice dialing feature on used on the other phones tested.

Along with this new generation of Bluetooth wireless headsets; Logitech introduced a patent-pending wind noise reduction technology called WindStop. It utilizes a special material for the mouth piece that reduces wind noise dramatically without using too much power that the noise-reducing DSP (Digital Signal Processor) requires. The result? A much quieter outgoing sound environment in general. You will notice that the background noise caused by car engines, busy public environments and wind often heard from wireless (and even wired) headsets is much lower. Your voice stands out more above the background noise. However, the outgoing voice volume is also somewhat reduced, so the folks receiving your calls will hear you best if they are in quiet environments. But if you are mostly calling into office environments from the noisy road or conventions, this headset will help your outgoing voice quality noticeably. The incoming voice quality is quite good. Even MP3s and videos sound very decent through the headset when I tested it with the iPAQ 6315.

The Logitech Mobile Freedom headset has better Bluetooth range than many of the last generation headsets. I could get 30 feet between the phone and the headset without losing voice quality or connections. It supports voice dialing which worked perfectly in our tests, mute calls and volume up and down during a call.

The Logitech headset has a rechargeable battery and comes with an A/C charger. The headset offers 5-7 hours of talk time and 250-300 hours of standby. That’s about as long as their last generation flagship headset’s battery time. Logitech will release the next generation high end wireless headset that’s projected to have even longer battery life.

Conclusion

Pro: A very nice entry-level headset that features the new Bluetooth 1.2 chipset and Logitech’s WindStop technology. Stylish design, comfortable and lightweight. It has solid software for Bluetooth pairing and call transferring. Supports both headset profiles and has excellent Bluetooth range. The voice quality improves under windy conditions dramatically from the last generation technology! The price is nice!

Con: The LED under the multi-function button cannot easily be seen when you hold the button. The noise canceling and the WindStop seem to have lowered the outgoing voice volume as well.

The package includes the Bluetooth headset, an A/C power adapter for charging the headset, two extra ear-pad foam cover and a printed quick start guide.

Price: $69.99
Web site: www.logitech.com

 

 

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