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Logitech Bluetooth Headset Review

Highs

  • Comfortable ear design
  • multi-function button
  • noise cancellation

Rating

Our Score 8
User Score 6

Lows

  • Rare sound issues
The overall experience with the Logitech Mobile Bluetooth Headset was one of pleasure and relatively few drawbacks.

Summary

The overall experience with the Logitech Mobile Bluetooth Headset was one of pleasure and relatively few drawbacks. The $99.95 price point is low compared to other headsets on the market, and the features you get make it a solid buy despite the rare sound glitch.

Things Logitech might want to consider in future development of these types of headsets include a car charger as part of the retail package, longer talk time and a better placed multi-function button.

For those looking to step up to quality wireless accessories for the wireless world, the Logitech Mobile Bluetooth Headset is definitely a solid start.

Introduction

Those seeking a step up from the traditional hands-free driving experience involving a cellular phone and a wired earpiece may be ready for the onset of Bluetooth wireless headsets. While a Bluetooth compatible phone or add-on for your existing phone will be necessary, models like the new Logitech Mobile Bluetooth Headset are worth taking a look at.

Logitech is a well-heeled, creative computer accessory company which has been putting out truly outstanding products for years. Mainly known for their mice, trackballs, keyboards and gaming controllers, Logitech has recently begun to expand several of their product lines to offer wireless Bluetooth functionality, hoping to help their customers work and play safer and easier.

One of their most recent Bluetooth releases is the Logitech Mobile Bluetooth Headset, priced at around $99.95. Designed to be wirelessly paired with Bluetooth compatible phones, the idea behind this product is to provide a true hands-free cellular experience while driving without having to sacrifice audio clarity.

The Logitech headset, stylishly designed in a relatively small, compact way, provides a fairly clean wireless audio connection for you to listen or talk. An intuitive multi-function button bundles several important basics and a flexible ear clip adjustor allows the device to sit comfortably on most ears.

Features and Design

The Logitech Mobile Bluetooth Headset comes with a number of features Logitech believes will help make this product easy to use. Chief among these is a multi-function button which, depending upon the use can turn the power on or off as well, answer and end calls and synchronize your headset with your phone. When not in use, the headset automatically will set itself to standby to preserve battery life.

Volume control during calls is handled via a ‘+’ and ‘-‘ button for up and down, respectively. A mute function is also available, which triggers a clever audible tone heard every two seconds to remind you of the current talk status. Logitech claims the talk time to be seven hours on one charge of the rechargeable battery, which can be powered up again by plugging the headset into a grey, oblong carrying case which doubles as a charger.

Those needing to know the current status of their phone will be able to check a multi-colored LED light, which flashes at different speeds and intervals to indicate anything from in-use to low battery.


The Logitech Bluetooth Headset features a comfortable behind-the-neck design.

The overall design of the headset is compact and easy to carry, though it is somewhat larger then comparable products from other manufacturers. A foldable microphone boom can be adjusted to different angles for close proximity to a person’s mouth, while the button adjustable clip-on ear design makes it possible to wear the headset on either ear. The slightly circular, well constructed design makes the piece sit comfortably, while it’s stylish look and multi-gray colors don’t make someone wearing it look too much like a space explorer.

Setup and Use

As with any Bluetooth device, the first thing to do is establish a wireless partnership with another Bluetooth item. In the case of the Logitech headset, setup with a compatible cellular phone is not an incredibly complex process. After turning your headset’s discovery mode on, you then do the same for your phone (how you do this exactly depends upon the model of phone you have – the Sony T616 tested with the headset was a few simple menu clicks). The two devices will then talk to each other and in a few moments should be ready to use.

When a call comes in, a ring is heard in the earpiece. Pressing the multi-function button will connect you, though trying to find it can be somewhat frustrating since it is quite small.

In tests under normal operating conditions (for example driving and talking), the Logitech headset performed fairly well. Most people on the other end said the voice quality was good, though several complained about a buzzing and/or echo sound. However, it wasn’t clear to us whether this is a condition of the headset’s Bluetooth connection or normal cellular usage.

On the owner’s side of things, sound quality was strong and fairly clear with only some once-in-a-while crackling. A touted background noise cancellation feature worked as advertised, blocking out exterior noise effectively from one caller who was inside a noisy mall.

Another claim made by Logitech of a 30 foot maximum distance from phone to headset before the signal dropped out was somewhat accurate. Tests showed the signal starting to get choppy around 15 or 20 feet, with callers having a difficult time hearing.

Conclusion

The overall experience with the Logitech Mobile Bluetooth Headset was one of pleasure and relatively few drawbacks. The $99.95 price point is low compared to other headsets on the market, and the features you get make it a solid buy despite the rare sound glitch.

Things Logitech might want to consider in future development of these types of headsets include a car charger as part of the retail package, longer talk time and a better placed multi-function button.

For those looking to step up to quality wireless accessories for the wireless world, the Logitech Mobile Bluetooth Headset is definitely a solid start.

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