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Impressions – BT400 Bluetooth Headset
Now this is the product I’ve been the most eager to play with. Basically, the BT400 is a handsfree headset for your phone without the wires. The retail package looks great and use of the headset is well documented in the manuals and on Bluetake’s website. Included in the package, other than the headset and manual is a travel charger. A desktop charger/cradle would have been preferred but I guess that’s a little too much to ask. Of all the Bluetooth headsets, I only know of one, the Bluespoon, which comes with a desktop charger. Desktop chargers seem to be a thing of the past as lots of mobile phones and PDAs ship with travel chargers.
In order to take advantage of this cool gadget, however, you have to have a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone which is currently relatively rare here in North America. I tested the BT400 with my Sony-Ericsson T39mc. Other phones which feature Bluetooth connectivity are the Sony-Ericsson’s T68i and P800, Nokia’s 3650 and 6310i, and the upcoming v600 and A835 from Motorola. There are a few more but they don’t work on the 1900MHz band which is the standard in North America.
Again, setup is a breeze. Once charged, you press and hold the one touch button on the headset until it beeps and the LED flashes to make it “discoverable”, meaning other Bluetooth devices, primarily your handset, can see it. After entering the password and pairing the headset to the mobile phone, that’s it. You can now talk to people on your headset without ever having to take your phone out of your pocket.
Again, what the heck is up with the green LED on a Bluetooth product? Bluetake sent me the grey headset as opposed to the white or dark blue/green ones which is probably a good thing. The white is slightly too girly and the dark blue/green…just doesn’t look very good.
However, when looking at something like this headset, you not only have to look at how the unit looks but how it looks on you. The BT400 is rather conservative looking compared to some of the other headsets on the market from Jabra, Plantronics and Sony-Ericsson itself. It’s probably doesn’t look as ridiculous as other headsets might on your head but because Bluetooth is still young, people will look at you like you’re from another planet…especially if the side without the headset is facing them so you look like you’re talking to yourself.
Comfort and Ergonomics
It’s incredibly important for a product such as the BT400 to be comfortable, since you’ll probably wear it for extended periods of time. I mean, the whole point of using one of these headsets is so that you don’t have to pull something out of your pocket so you’ll probably wear it all the time if you get a phone call every so often.
This is the good news though. The BT400 is very comfortable to use and easy to wear at a mere 10 grams. The rubber ear mount is similar to those of recent sport style Sony headphones in that they hang onto the back of your ear in order to maintain balance. The ear mount can be removed and re-attached to accommodate either ear.
While I did not have any problems with comfortability when using the BT400 over the last month or so, I did think of a thing or two Bluetake could improve on for their next headset.
The ear mount is rather soft and while it hangs well on my pointy audio receptacles, it also occasionally allows the headset to slide into a position where the mic isn’t facing your mouth. Also, the speaker is a plain, bare speaker. A light cushioning could provide extra comfort while dealing with another issue with this headset…
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