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Nextlink Invisio G5
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.