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Have you met Bluetooth Headset man? You know the kind, the guys in middle management that wonder around the office, down the street, on the train, and everywhere they go with a Bluetooth headset strapped to their ear. More often than not they shout into their earpieces, communicating in a bizarre sub-language of acronyms and management slogans. Suffice to say I'm not a fan, and I doubt I'm alone.
Mr. Bluetooth Headset has a lot to answer for too because they've rendered the Bluetooth headset a pariah, despite it being a genuinely useful piece of technology. Anyone whose been caught using their mobile phone while driving ought to understand this, and with any luck should have learnt their lesson as well.
With all this said there's no shortage of choice in this market, thus making it a competitive one for any company to enter. But, that hasn't stopped Qstik from doing just that with its EVOQ Bluetooth Headset. It has been kind enough to send us one to look at, along with a USB Dongle. Together they retail for £46.80, placing the EVOQ in the mid-range of Bluetooth headsets, which can cost anywhere between £20 and £70.
Its selling point is the use of a bevy of noise processing technologies, which eliminate echoing, background noise, protect against sudden loud noises and prioritise speech to enhance the audible quality for uninterrupted conversations. Qstik is by no means alone in offering such features, though obviously it would claim its technology is the best.
As part of the package you get the headset itself, along with a robust charger stand, mains adapter, manual on CD, a pair of earphones and a replacement ear clip and cover for the in-ear fitting. The included earphones plug into the headset, and are rather like any ordinary set you'd get bundled with a mobile phone. Presumably they're meant for listening to music when using the supported A2DP streaming profile, though in traditional style the sound quality is so abysmal they're more likely to make your ears bleed than please them with beautiful melodies.
Dodgy earphones aside, there isn't a great deal to complain about and the replacement accessories are a generous addition that many will appreciate. The USB dongle, which is sold separately, includes the BlueSoleil Bluetooth software for PC. It's quite a useful piece of software, allowing you to pair with the headset and any other Bluetooth enabled devices. One potential use is for synchronising your phone, and overall the software is another added bonus.