Review posted May 8, 2005 by Tong Zhang,
Tekkeon is a newcomer in the mobile solutions
space. Their product lineup includes Bluetooth headsets,
power and battery solutions for the Apple iPod and other
mobile devices. The ezTalker mini Bluetooth headset is
the second generation design from Tekkeon and is very comfortable
to wear. The ezTalker mini has the Windigo Bluetooth headset
module, weighs 0.5 ounces and supports both Hands-free
and Headset profile mobile phones.
The Tekkeon ezTalker
mini comes in a small size at only 2.1 inches long.
It's housed in a shiny black plastic casing with
a silver and clear plastic cover on the front face
of the headset. The clear plastic also functions
as an LED that indicates power, battery status and
pairing mode. There is a silver multi-function button
that powers on and off the headset, puts the headset
in pairing mode, initiates/ends/rejects calls and
performs other phone functions. On the left side
of the headset, there are two small silver buttons
for adjusting the incoming call volume. There is
a charging port on the top left side under a rubber
door and you can charge the headset by plugging the
AC adapter in the charging port. On the back of the
headset, you will find an earpiece that's raised
and molded to fit in your ear. The ezTalker mini
package comes with several gel pieces that will seal
the ear hole for maximum noise reduction and sound
clarity. The earpiece design on the ezTalker mini
is the most comfortable one among non-in-ear style
headsets we've reviewed. Below the earpiece is the
ear hook that can be installed for either left or
The ezTalker mini paired easily with
all the devices we tested and supports both Hands-free
and Headset profiles. We tested the headset with the
HP iPAQ 6315 (Pocket
PC Phone Edition), the palmOne Treo
650 (Palm OS smartphone),
the Nokia N-Gage QD (Symbian Series 60 smartphone)
and the Audiovox
SMT5600 (Windows Mobile Smartphone).
To pair the headset, hold the multi-function button
until the LED flashes blue and amber alternately, find
the headset on your device and use "0000" as
the pass key to connect. The call transfer between
the headset and the devices was quick and reliable:
the headset rings almost simultaneously with the handsets
when a call comes in. The only exception in the lot
was the Treo 650 which delayed the headset ring for
a few seconds after the phone rings. When you have
an incoming call, you will hear a ring tone playing
on the headset and you can answer the call by pressing
the multi-function button. The headset also supports
voice dialing, mute during calls, rejecting calls in
addition to call transferring.
The voice quality is good on the Nokia
and the Audiovox, only decent on the iPAQ and the Treo
650. There is some occasional crackling sound on the
outgoing voice when using the iPAQ and Treo 650 making
calls. The volume for the incoming and outgoing calls
is good for all devices, but not terribly loud. It's
certain more than good enough if you work in quite
office but it needs to be a bit louder for environments
like noisy restaurants or not very sound insulated
cars. You can mute the outgoing voice during a call
by pressing either volume buttons. However do be careful
not to hold the button for too long since it could
mute the call which I have done a few times by accident.
You will hear a repeat beep sound if the call has been
mute. You can hold either volume button for 3 seconds
to un-mute. Land line test fared pretty well with good
voice quality, good sound volume and no echoing effects
hear on the other end of the call.
The ezTalker mini has
a sub-par range when compared to headsets such as Cardo's
scala-500. The range between the headset and the
iPAQ, the Nokia and the Audiovox can reach about 15 feet
before the sound starts to crack and add artificial noise.
The Treo 650 gets notoriously short range when working
with 3rd party Bluetooth headsets and could only get
about 8-10 feet at the best.
The ezTalker mini has a middle of the pack talk time and standby time. The claimed
5-hour talk time is almost on target in our tests where the headset lasted for
4-4.5 hours talk time. The standby time just made the claimed 120 hours. The
headset has a charging port which connects to an AC adapter for charging. It
usually takes about 2 hours to charge the headset when power runs low. You will
get both visual notification (the LED flashes amber) and an audible warning (the
headset will beep every 32 seconds) when the power is running low.
Pro: The ezTalker mini has the most comfortable design
among the headsets that don't use the in-ear style like
the Jabra BT250. It's small and lightweight. It pairs well
with all devices and the voice quality is pretty decent.
The battery life isn't the longest among the Bluetooth
headsets we've seen, but it should satisfy most users.
Con: The range between the phone and the headset could
be better. The volume buttons could trigger mute function
too easily by accident.
Package contains the headset, power adapter, ezEarHook,
two extra ezFit gel pads, the User Guide and a Quick Start