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Review: Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset 11

by Derek Kessler Fri, 02 Oct 2009 10:15 am EDT

Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset

There are headsets that are stylish, and headsets that sound great, but the Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset is one of the few that successfully combines the two qualities. Sporting the diamond-shaped base of the preceding Discovery 925, the Discovery 975 has a sleek boom packed with microphones and windscreens that give it surprisingly good voice quality. It’s sleek, it sounds good, but is it comfortable? Yes. In fact, it’s not hard to say that the Discovery 975 is one of the best headsets on the market.

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Review: Nite Ize Leather Cargo Clip Case 8

by Derek Kessler Mon, 28 Sep 2009 10:47 am EDT

Nite Ize Cargo Clip Case

If you’re looking for something more durable and versatile than the standard leather case but don’t need the seriously hardcore  protection of an OtterBox, then consider the Nite Ize Leather Cargo Clip Case. It’s not the sleekest or most stylish case ever made, as the Cargo Clip Case is an exercise in function over form. But with niceties like a headset strap and an interior card slot, this case is packed with function found in few others.

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Review: Jabra BT2070 Bluetooth Headset 5

by Derek Kessler Fri, 25 Sep 2009 5:34 pm EDT

Jabra BT2070 Bluetooth Headset

With the Jabra BT2070 bluetooth headset, Jabra set out to bring a stylish and functional headset down to mass market prices. Featuring a black cylindrical with an eye-catching glowing yellow activity ring, the BT2070 certainly hits the stylish mark, though in a much more in-your-face manner than its more understated upmarket rivals. Unlike those upmarket rivals, the Jabra BT2070 dispenses with fancy voice isolation tools to offer a straightforward calling experience that works relatively well.

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Book Review: Palm Pre: The Missing Manual, by Edward C. Baig 7

by Jonathan I Ezor#IM Wed, 23 Sep 2009 9:31 am EDT

O'Reilly's Missing Manuals, a series created together with tech journalist/author David Pogue, are supposed to represent "the book that should have been in the box." Given that the Pre's box is too small for a book, it's no wonder that it didn't have a book inside. Happily, Ed Baig has set out to remedy that situation, with the new Palm Pre: The Missing Manual.

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Review: Jabra BT2020 Bluetooth Headset 12

by Derek Kessler Tue, 22 Sep 2009 11:02 am EDT

Jabra BT2020 Bluetooth Headset

Despite a strange design, the Jabra BT2020 bluetooth headset has a battery that will last and last.

While Jabra attempts to describe the BT2020 headset as being discrete, it frankly is anything but. While it may not show nearly as much as a traditional headset, the design is so thoroughly different that it actually draws your attention. That said, the oddness does have its benefits: the BT2020 has both excellent battery life (thanks to the large behind-the-ear design) and a relatively inexpensive price. If you’re willing to deal with the weirdness of it all, you’ll get a decent bluetooth headset for less than two Jacksons.

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Review: Egrips for Palm Pre 19

by Derek Kessler Mon, 21 Sep 2009 7:17 pm EDT

Egrips for Palm Pre

The Egrips for Palm Pre easily compensate for one of the biggest gripes with the Pre’s slick river stone design: it is too darned slick. While we all love our shiny gadgets, the Pre - especially with the slippery default back and slider design - is just ripe for falling out of your hand, getting bumped across the table, or slipping off the dashboard. With a simple application to the back, Egrips adds much needed traction to the Pre, allowing it to stay put under most any conditions.

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Review: Body Glove Landmark Universal Case 8

by Derek Kessler Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:01 am EDT

Body Glove Landmark Universal Case

While just a plain simple case, the Body Glove Landmark Universal Case is both an attractive and useful hip case. Not designed with the Palm Pre specifically in mind, the Landmark Universal case is a near perfect fit for the phone. Unlike some cases made for the Pre that invariably end up a very tight fit, the Pre fits in the Landmark Universal securely, but is still easily inserted and removed.

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Review: BlueTrek BIZZ Bluetooth Headset 12

by Derek Kessler Tue, 15 Sep 2009 2:45 pm EDT

BlueTrek BIZZ Bluetooth Headset

Most bluetooth headsets do one thing and they do that one thing well: wirelessly relay voice to and from your phone, though there are some like the BlueTrek BIZZ bluetooth headset that aim for something more. While there are all sorts of more advanced features available, like voice dialing and noise cancellation, they’re still meant to enhance the call-making experience. Every now and then we get a headset that veers away from the area of pure voice to something markedly different. And in that area we find the BlueTrek BIZZ Bluetooth Headset and its mighty morphin’ USB thumb drive alter ego.

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Review: BlueTrek METAL Bluetooth Headset 4

by Derek Kessler Mon, 07 Sep 2009 11:31 am EDT

BlueTrek METAL Bluetooth Headset

Few headsets feature the allure of quality materials, but the BlueTrek METAL bluetooth headset is such a device. A metal headset is a rarity, and even then you’d expect such a headset to come with bulk or mass. The BlueTrek METAL is indeed a metal bluetooth headset, with a matte finish metal casing. However, this headset is also very much very thin, about two inches long, half an inch tall, and a touch over an eighth of an inch thick. The BlueTrek METAL is small, but is it any good? In short, yes and no.

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Review: Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset 15

by Derek Kessler Wed, 02 Sep 2009 4:36 pm EDT

Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset

The Jawbone has been consistently held up as the gold standard of Bluetooth headsets. In its latest iteration, the Jawbone Prime, Aliph has added new features that enhance the praised headset’s superior noise cancellation abilities. The Jawbone Prime now performs admirably in the face of wind noise (a major sticking point on previous versions), as well as providing decent noise cancellation even when the vibration-sensing activity sensor is not touching your skin.

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