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PERIPHERALS

Soyo FreeStyler 600 Bluetooth Headset
By: James Steele
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    2007-10-24

    Table of Contents:
  • Soyo FreeStyler 600 Bluetooth Headset
  • Technical Specifications
  • The FreeStyler 600
  • A Closer Look
  • Testing and Conclusion

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    Soyo FreeStyler 600 Bluetooth Headset - Testing and Conclusion


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    Now that we've seen everything there is to see about the Soyo FreeStyler 600 Bluetooth headset, it's time to give it a run. The manual says to let it charge for a minimum of six hours, so the 12 hours I gave it to charge should be more than enough. Following the manual, I turned on the headset and put it into pairing mode (the big round button turned it on, then I held the + volume button down for a few seconds until it started flashing blue and red, indicating it was in pairing mode).

    I have a Motorola cell phone that supports the Bluetooth 2.0 specification. It was really simple to search for Bluetooth devices, and find the FreeStyler pop up in just a few seconds. I selected the FreeStyler and entered the passkey of '0000' in the prompt, and the phone instantly paired with the headset.





    From there, it was a matter of making calls, answering calls, and so on. I can tell you that the headset was clear and loud in all conditions. Not only could I hear the other person clearly, but they reported that I was also loud and clear, and we could have conversations without me having to raise my voice to be heard. I could answer and hang up a call without ever touching the telephone itself. I could move about 20-25 feet from the phone before the signal began to degrade and my conversations became broken and garbled. I was able to access voice dialing without a hitch, and was able to turn the volume up and down at the simple touch of a button. Using this headset could not be simpler.

    As far as standby and talk time. I cannot tell you if talk time is truly 8 hours, and if standby actually lasts the 200 hours it promises. I can tell you, however, that I was able to use the headset for a whole week between charges, and it never even gave me the low-charge indicator alluded to in the manual. Did I ever reach 8 hours of talk time? No, probably not. Or 200 hours of standby? Nope. But this tells me if you are the kind of person who actually remembers to charge their devices nightly, then this unit will probably never lose power unexpectedly.





    After using this device in action for a few weeks, I feel it's time to offer my final opinion and a list of pros and cons.


    Pros:

    • Very Lightweight (could barely feel its there)

    • Fits snugly (shaking my head did not loosen it, and it did not shake around)

    • Crystal clear audio on both sides of the conversation

    • Easily pairs

    • Excellent battery life

    • Good price ($39.99 at the time of this writing)


    Cons:

    • A couple of mistakes in the manual, but that doesn't take away from the product quality

    • Retractable charging cord is only 2 feet long


    Based on the above ratings, you can see that the pros have it. This is a solid piece of hardware and a well functioning Bluetooth headset. That being said, I give the Soyo FreeStyler 600 a rating of 10 out of 10, and the Dev Hardware Platinum award.




    If you're in the market for a reliable Bluetooth headset, the Soyo FreeStyler 600 is definitely a product I would recommend without hesitation.

    I would like to thank The Soyo Group for sending the FreeStyler 600 to us for review, and also a thanks to Dev Hardware for allowing me to reviewing this great product. For more information about the FreeStyler 600 or any of Soyo's other fine products, you can visit them their website at: http://www.soyogroup.com/  


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