Bluetooth headset candidate #4: Logitech Mobile Traveller

Mobile Traveller

Specs:
Bluetooth version - 1.2
Range - 33 ft.
Talk time - up tp 7 hours
Stand-by - up to 300 hours
Charging time - up to 4 hours
Weight - 0.3 ounces
WindStop noise cancellation

MSRP: $79.99

Logitech's offering is a reasonably priced headset packed with a noise-cancelling capability not usually seen at this level. The Mobile Traveller is actually an improvement/evolution from their previous Mobile Freedom headset (which was reviewed by a fellow contributer of MobileGadgetNews.com Eric "GrYph0n" Jones). It has been reduced in size and boasts improved sound. I'm hoping this could be the one that'll past my convertible test!

At first looks can be deceiving. The device is actually larger than most headsets nowadays, yet it is actually quite light being that it is 0.5 ounces, The fit was quite snug and was held quite well against my ear accomodated by a rubber coated plastic ear hook. It is easily adjustable for use with the left or right ear. The generous speaker, sits over the ear much like a headphone.

Controls on the outside of the unit consist of one long and thin multi-use button on the outside, and a rocking volume control that is in the form of a disc with the Logitech logo. These buttons are unique and incorporated into its exterior styling. The buttons were responsive with good tactile feedback; however, the multi-use button may be troublesome for people with wide fingers.

In real world mixed usage I found the battery to allow me to go 5 days between charges. Charge time seemed to be about 3+ hours.

As for sound quality, I found the speaker to be very good. From the opposite end, I would be told that there was no difference between the headset or a standard receiver when used around the house, at the office, walking down a not so busy street, and even at a supermarket. My test in using it while driving in my convertible with the top up on the freeway was next - and although the sound came through quite loud and clear, the person I would be talking to would report me getting muffled as I entered onto the freeway and approached the speed limit. Again, driving around the city was possible, but on the freeway, the noise cancellation just couldn't overcome the roadnoise. In busier environments and meeting halls, although I didn't have to press unit against my ear to hear the caller, the person at the other end would report some slight echoing. In truly windy conditions, WindStop seemed to really be doing some work as callers did find me to be quite decernable when it seemed to be doing some compensating for the noise. I'd be told that I sound a little faint as compared to non windy environment, but still clear.

This headset is quite a performer and seems to be worth it's price. With the exception of my use in my convertible with the top up, it does meet the expectations in what you would expect to come out of the features promoted. It is admittedly large in appearance campared to the newer designs from other competitors, and I will admit that I can't be comfortable wearing it throughout the day because it isn't too unnoticeable an accessory, even though the weight was not really worth me complaining about.

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