Logitech Mobile Freedom Headset

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INTRODUCTION

    As more and more mobile phones offer Bluetooth functionality, Bluetooth-enabled wireless headsets have become increasingly common. Logitech joins the pack with its Mobile Freedom Headset, a relatively inexpensive offering aimed at consumers looking for a stylish headset and a light price tag.

WHAT’S HOT

    This headset stands apart from other as it is based on the Bluetooth v1.2 compliance standard. As a result, it is much more likely to integrate with some of the features already in place on mobile phone handsets. In most cases, this gives the end user a good shot at activating voice dialing through the headset itself.

In the package is the Logitech Mobile Freedom Headset, AC adaptor (for recharging), and Quick Start Guide.

SETUP

    Setup was effortless. The headset comes with minimal packaging, and a extremely brief quick start guide. Don’t think that Logitech was just looking to save paper, the headset really is a cinch to use and even easier to set up. Pairing the phone means you’ll have to hold down the multi-function button for 10 seconds.

Once that’s happened, the phone LED flashes red and blue and the headset enters pairing mode.

At this point, it’s time to put the mobile phone into pairing mode. For the purposes of this review, I used an Audiovox SMT5600 Smartphone.

The headset is immediately recognized. No problems at all.

To pair with the headset, the 4-digit passkey must be entered (which is disclosed in the Quick Start Guide).

The Smartphone realizes that the Logitech is a hands-free device.

The Mobile Freedom Headset has finished pairing quickly and effortlessly.

PRODUCT FEATURES

    The product has an extremely simple design, and this couldn’t be more appreciated. All too often Bluetooth headset manufacturers make the mistake of trying to include as many buttons as possible on the headset, but often I strike the wrong one. In a business scenario this could be disastrous as calls can be inadvertently ended when trying to complete a different task (like changing the volume level).

According to Logitech, the Mobile Freedom Headset can operate at a range of up to 10 meters from the mobile phone it is paired with. It’s also important to know that you can expect up to 7 hours of talk time, or about to 250 hours of standby time with each charge (according to Logitech). Surprisingly, this was very consistent with our battery test results.

The headset has a multi-function button which answers and ends calls, and also activates Voice Dialing (where applicable). Around the Logitech logo is the up and down volume control toggle.

The headset maintains a relatively small size, and the widest points are its speaker and nose-muffling microphone.

The back piece swivels all the way around the earphone perimeter so that users can find the optimum tilt at which to clip the device to their ears.

HELP SUPPORT

    The product literature, as mentioned earlier, is extremely brief. However, this is completely fine since the device is so simplified and intuitive to the end user.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    The Mobile Freedom Headset should work with any Bluetooth-enabled mobile device. We tested it with a Sony Ericsson T68i, Motorola RAZR V3, and Audiovox SMT5600 Smartphone and all functionality worked without any issue.

BUGS AND WISHES

   
Overall, this product is fantastic, especially when considering the price. My only complaint is in regards to the ear clip. At times, it felt as if it pinched the device against my ear, and I would imagine that continued wearing would lead to a bit of discomfort.

PROS


  • Light weight, only 23 grams


  • Ten meter
    range


  • Bluetooth v1.2 Compliant, supports voice dialing

  • Great price

CONS


  • Ear clip sometimes pinches ear during extended wearing

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OVERALL IMPRESSION

    Overall, this is a fantastic bluetooth headset, and one terrific value. If you are looking for a headset that’s design is as extensive as its features, this may be the headset for you. Devices like this put hope back in my heart for the future of Bluetooth. For once, it just simply works!

 

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Derek Snyder