Bluetake provided us with a box full of Bluetooth goodies for this review. Their line of Bluetooth products is impressive, including Bluetooth USB adapters, headsets, LAN Access Point and Printer Adapter. In this article we'll talk about some of these products.
First of all I have to say I'm impressed with Bluetake's website. They provide a good range of information about their Bluetooth products, including guides on how to pair and use each product with other existing Bluetooth devices. For instance, you'll find a complete list of mobile phones and detailed guides on how to pair with each mobile and how to use it for different things, like dial up, GPRS, fax and printing. It's really worth a visit.
The first product I tried was the Bluetooth headset BT400 GII. This is a brand new product in their lineup, just released. It's a very small headset, and very light too. You may not even notice it is there. It fits nicely when adjusted to your ear, and the user can change it for left or right use. The headset is here pictured with a Sony Ericsson T68i and the optional USB Bluetooth adapter (not included).
One of the nifty features is the folding microphone. It actually gets even smaller, as you can see in the picture, making it ideal to store it in briefcases or other small spaces.
The headset comes in a nice package, including a CD. This disc contains a Flash animation showing what you can do with Bluetooth. This animation is also available from BlueTake's website, and you can access it by clicking the download link below (if asked what to do choose Open and select Internet Explorer - this will start the animation from your browser). The CD also contains the user guides in Acrobat Reader format and BTake PCPhone.
The BTake PCPhone software provides an interface to control the mobile phone from your computer (if you have a Bluetooth adapter of course). With this software you can dial any phone number from the mobile's address book, SMS (including send, receive, reply and forward of SMS messages) and mobile's phone book maintenance. Very nice software, but interesting enough it's only available with the headset. I think it should also be available with USB Bluetooth adapters from Bluetake, since it needs the adapters to link the computer to a mobile phone.
Users can personalise the headset, by changing its faceplate. Additional face plates are available in packs with five different colours.
This product implements the headset profile, making it compatible with Ericsson T39m and T68i, Siemens S55, and Nokia 6310 and 8910. It'll not work with Nokia 7650 or 3650, because these Bluetooth phones use the handsfree profile, which is a little different.
The sound quality is very nice, and even with the little microphone friends couldn't notice any difference in the sound on their side of the call. All in all, a very nice headset, comfortable to use, and non-intrusive .
The headset specs are:
Bluetooth v1.1 compatible
Supports Bluetooth Headset profile
Class II, 10 meters radio coverage area (in open space)