Reviewing the PalmOne Treo Bluetooth Headset

I have been wearing Bluetooth headsets for, well, about as long as they have been available. My favorite have been the Sony Ericsson HBH series, but my HBH-60 died (well, the battery did, and it can’t be replaced) so it was time for a new one. I do not like the Plantronics and Jabra headsets, they tend to be bigger and bulkier, and not as comfortable as some of the smaller devices. There is a new HBH out, but there is an advantage in using a phone and headset from the same vendor, one less adapter to have to carry around. Now that I carry a Treo 650 with me, and thus a Treo charger, I bought PalmOne’s Treo 650 Wireless Headset, and have been using it for a couple of days. This is a very small device, one with controls configuration and LED indicators identical to SE’s HBH devices, and a similar form factor to those devices too.
Here’s the verdict:
Pros: very lightweight, good sound quality, shares Treo charger, pairs easily, seems to connect to the Treo far more consistently than other devices, ear loop switches between ears without needing to be removed (this is a problem with the SE devices).
Cons: a little *too* light (it feels like it is almost about to fall out of my ear), not loud enough, tip of ear loop is not rubber coated (making it less comfortable to wear for extended periods of time).
One bonus worth noting, Bluetooth devices come with their own chargers, and this one is no exception. But what is unusual is that the charger that ships with the headset is an international charger complete with interchangeable adapters for different outlets. This is a very nice bonus.
Bottom line, if you already have a Bluetooth headset that works with your Treo 650, I’d not run out and buy this one (primarily due to the low volume and it not being the most comfortable unit I have worn). But if you are a Bluetooth headsetless 650 user, you should definitely treat yourself to one of these babies.

One response to “Reviewing the PalmOne Treo Bluetooth Headset”

  1. Randy Avatar

    Have you noticed any problems with the Treo 650 device not muting when using the Treo bluetooth device? My Treo screen shows the red X on the microphone, but I’m not muted. If I go to the speakerphone option, the mute works fine.

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