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Finally, A Bluetooth Headset That Works

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I finally found one that works! One last shot, I thought I’d have a look at the Jabra FreeSpeak 250. They’ve been in the market for a while, and seem to be pretty popular, so they must be doing something right.

Eventually, I got the FreeSpeak to work perfectly with Skype on my iBook (you can even set Skype to use it, but the system to use normal audio out which is very cool). I also got it to work on my iPAQ, but it’s shaky at best, and requires me to drop into a completely open Bluetooth profile, with all security and encryption of any kind turned off… but it works. It works beautifully on my Nokia 6230, even re-connects when the handset goes out of range and then comes back in (although if it’s away for too long, then it won’t).

I am yet to get it to work reliably with the Logitech diNovo Bluetooth Hub, but I am now resigned to the fact that the Hub sucks. I think either the Hub, or the WIDCOMM drivers don’t really support the correct profiles to make the headset work, which is a pity, but I can live with that. I’m moving to a PowerBook soon as my main machine anyway, so then it won’t be an issue.

Go to hell Logitech.

Written by Beau Lebens

December 20th, 2004 at 4:00 pm

Logitech Bluetooth Headset

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Logitech Bluetooth Mobile Headset @ Amazon.com

I had to do it.

I’ve just ordered a Logitech Bluetooth Headset from Amazon.com, which I should be able to use with:

  1. My PC (diNovo Bluetooth hub) – Should be great with Skype!
  2. My Mobile/Cell Phone – For normal calls, and for listening to the radio/mp3s (radio doesn’t work without a headset for some reason)
  3. My iPAQ H5550 – For listening to mp3s mainly, since it doesn’t operate as a phone, although I suppose I could use it for PocketSkype as well

I looked at a Jabra EasySpeak (250), but decided on the Logitech headset (despite it’s size), based largely on all the comments and user reviews around the place saying that the audio quality on the Jabra isn’t that great, and that it is excellent on the Logitech one. I’m not really expecting to use it much for my mobile phone anyway, so being invisible isn’t of great concern to me at this point 🙂

Written by Beau Lebens

July 24th, 2004 at 4:00 pm

It Finally Arrived!

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Well, believe it or not, I finally received my Logitech diNovo Media Desktop (keyboard and mouse)!!! I have to say, it’s pretty darned cool – looks totally awesome and works a treat.

On the suggestion of a couple of reviews I’d read around the place, I didn’t bother installing the Logitech Media Desktop, which looked like a bit of a joke, and I skipped using MusicMatch Jukebox because I’d rather use WinAmp, but I suppose I can live with Windows Media Player (so that I can use the Media Pad to control playback etc).

So – the installation you ask? Well, it wasn’t too bad, but I did get a bit frustrated because at the end of the process (I actually did install MusicMatch, but then removed it again), the installation of MusicMatch, which is supposed to be completely integrated… crashed. Nothing nasty like a BSOD, it just sat there for an inordinate amount of time, until I called in the friendly neighbourhood Task Manager and politely asked the installer to leave. On top of that, it doesn’t currently appear to want to uninstall cleanly, so I might actually have to run the install again, just so that I can get it to install properly… so that I can uninstall it. The irony.

Apart from that – it’s a very cool combination, and so far I’m liking it. I think the control of Media Player from both the Media Pad and keyboard (they both have the media wheel thing) is awesome, and the display of current playing details on the Media Pad is a very nice touch. It’s also pretty cool that you can hit a button and turn it into a navigation pad (Windows key, arrows etc) or a stand-alone calculator, but they are just extras given the package you’re getting already.

Now I just have to wonder if there’s anyone out there snooping every letter I type?…

Written by Beau Lebens

March 30th, 2004 at 4:00 pm

Bluetooth Logitech diNovo Coming Soon

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Logitech's diNovo Bluetooth Keyboard (+ MediPad) [Picture stolen from OverClockers Review!]
Looks like next week some time, I should have one of these bad-boys to go along with a new PC. This keyboard is a pretty cool-looking thing, and it’s bluetooth to boot 🙂 It comes with a mouse (also bluetooth), to provide a complete wireless desktop.

The best review I have found of it is this one at OverClockers.com.au. Sounds pretty impressive, even if it does mean that I’ll probably have to use Windows Media Player to control all my audio files etc – oh well.

One of the coolest things that I’m looking forward to using is the MediaPad, which acts like a remote for your computer, allowing you to control media playback, get email alerts and even MSN Messenger notifications. That should be interesting to try out.

I wonder how ‘stumble-able’ the signals between the keyboard, MediaPad, mouse and base-station are?… security problem?

Written by Beau Lebens

February 11th, 2004 at 4:00 pm