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Nextlink Invisio G5 - Nextlink Invisio G5

By Benny Har-Even



  • Recommended by TR
Nextlink Invisio G5


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Along with a small manual, also included are two earpieces, (one is a spare) that you place over the end of the earpiece. This is the difference then with most headsets, which use a hook, which you place over the ear. This instead is an in-ear headphone, which initially filled me with concern. I personally have never got on with an in-ear headphones and I have been accused by Riyad of having ‘mutant ears'. Initially then, I felt as if there was no way I was going to get on with the Invisio.

Instead of a hook, the headset is inserted into the ear and is held in place by what Nextlink calls a ‘Soft Spring'. This is actually quite a good name and refers to the extended bit of plastic that extends out of the earpiece like a small tail. This is meant to actually curl round the contours of your ear to keep the thing in place. The manual even suggest snipping off the end if it's too long, to ensure a perfect fit. It was a bit fiddly at first, but I got quite adept at putting it on quickly and once in place it didn't fall off. I did feel a little discomfort from the pressure on my ear canal I was able to keep the headset on for a whole morning.

However, don't think that because of its size it will be that discreet, it still sticks out some way from your ear, and wearing it put me in mind of Uhuru's earpiece from the original Star Trek series, though not nearly as bulky.

The headset itself has one button on the side that's used to answer and end calls. On the sides are two very small, buttons for raising and lowering volume. There are lights to indicate when it's on, but sensibly these are on the inside so you don't have to worry about wearing a naff flashing earpiece.

All-in-all, it's a very nifty bit of design from the Danish company but it doesn't stop there. Nextlink has a background in providing crafty noise cancelling technology to SWAT teams and Special Forces and as such you'd expect a good performance from the headset in the real world. The G5 doesn't actually sport the Bone Conduction Technology used in its more extreme headsets, but I had no complaints in day-to-day use.

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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