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Nextlink Invisio G5 review




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Nextlink Invisio G5
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If you've been paying attention to the news recently you'll have heard the reports suggesting that the punishment for using a mobile phone while driving could be increasing from a fine and points on your licence to something rather more severe - jail time. Whether this comes to pass or not and whether or not you feel it's an overreaction, there's no doubt that it more important than ever to pay attention to safety when using a phone in the car.

The simplest way to do this is to get a Bluetooth headset. However, many are still put off by the thought of having to put a large flashing Doctor Who prop over their ears. So when the Invisio G5 was punted to us as the world's smallest Bluetooth headset we were intrigued. Certainly when we saw the headset in the packaging, it looked as if it could be the tiny discreet headset we were looking for and at 3.3cm long and 1.6cm wide it is undoubtedly very small indeed. As such the talk-time of the headset is a not particularly impressive four hours. However, Nextlink is quoting 20 hours - how so?

It's because the Invisio G5 comes complete with a separate charging case. Shaped like a cigarette lighter but with a cool matt black plastic finish, at the press of a button the lid flips up to reveal a small housing for the headset. Place the headset inside, making sure to match up the contacts, and it will start to charge from the charging case, which is how it achieves the extended battery time.

The headset can't actually be charged directly but the charging case can be charged without the headset inside. It uses a standard mini-USB connector, so even if you don't have the supplied wall charger you can charge directly from your PC or laptop with a suitable cable. The charging indicator is quite cool. There are five small lights that run up the side and a button underneath. Press this button and the more that light up, the greater the case charge. They move upwards in sequence when the case is charging, and downwards when the headset is drawing power from the case. When you plug in and both are charging, the lights meet in the middle. It's pretty funky.

Ross Gibson

December 10, 2008, 12:10 am

I work as a field sales rep and as such I have covered about 30000 miles since I bought one of these about 11 months ago. The earpiece quality is in my opinion very good; even at motorway speeds, the person on the 'other end' is clear enough to easily understand. The microphone quality is excellent and reports from other people I have been talking to have been very positive. I would say however that if your car is on the noisy side or you tend to drive with a window slightly open, this can suffer as there is no noise cancellation system. The fitting style in the ear is as far as I can see completely unique. unlike many other devices, this does not rely on clamping the device to the pinna (outer part of the ear) or jamming the headset inside the canal, instead it uses what this soft-spring which bends along the inside of the pinna and holds the device in place very securely with very little movement even with rapid movement of the head. I would however highly recommend trimming (as the manual suggests) the spring to suit your ear as it is much more comfortable. I have found the battery life to be the best point of the headset. I frequently spend eight hours a day for 4 days in a row in my car and I make and receive many calls; Even with this heavy usage I still only need to charge the case and headset every 7-8 working days (remember to put it in the case when you are not using it!)

Overall I would highly recommend this headset with the only drawbacks being the high price tag and the matt finish on the charger easily wears away.

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