Bluetrek Carbon Bluetooth Headset
|Bluetrek Carbon Bluetooth Headset|
|Close Look at the Carbon|
|Pairing, Testing and Conclusion|
As more and more people make the move to hands-free calling in their vehicle, companies that make affordable and feature-rich solutions have a great opportunity to capture some market share. This is where a company like Bluetrek comes into play. They have a full range or products that range from feature-rich to feature-limited and are proudly touting their carbon fiber "Carbon" headset today. Today we are looking at the Carbon and are going to find out if it's more than just a pretty face. My first thoughts are that it should be light and pretty classy, but if it doesn't have a lot of features, or it has poor performance, I wouldn't really care what material it was made from. Stick around as we take a closer look at the Carbon. Before we dive in, we'll find out a bit more about Bluetrek.
Bluetrek is a global technology company specializing in the design and manufacturing of wireless communication accessories including Bluetooth headsets and hands-free car kit speakerphones.
With the close collaboration of its industrial design team in Europe, software and hardware engineering teams in the US and Hong-Kong, and a manufacturing team in China, Bluetrek has been incorporating leading-edge technologies into contemporary and fashionable wireless accessories for nearly a decade. Bluetrek products are currently available through distributors and retailers in more than 40 countries worldwide.
In 2009, Bluetrek launched several new, advanced noise-cancelling hands-free Bluetooth headsets that deliver clear communication even in noisy environments. This includes the newly introduced Crescendo, the world's first Bluetooth headset with voice-activated Bing 411 search function.
Bundle & First Look:
The Bluetrek Carbon includes a pretty standard bundle of goodies. In the bundle are three sets of extra earbuds as well as a USB charging cable, earhook, pocket clip, manual and a handy-dandy carrying case for everything (other than the manual). The earhook that comes with the Bluetrek Carbon is NOT carbon fiber and it actually feels very flimsy. If you follow the comfort guidelines included with the Carbon - you probably won't need the earhook anyhow, but with such a high-quality headset, I'd have hoped for a more sturdier hook...
I'm happy to see that the USB cable is a fairly standard micro-USB connector. This makes it easy to carry around a single charger or USB cable to charge multiple devices. This is great for those traveling and don't want to pack a whole bag of charging gear for all of your various electronics.
In the picture below, I've attached the earhook and you can see by the little green spot on the back of the Carbon that the unit is switched on. I do like the fact that Bluetrek uses a mechanical switch on the headset instead of a long button press to power cycle the device. It is quick and easy to see that the device is on or off - without waiting to see if the status light will flash indicating that it is powered up.
On the next page we'll take a closer look before we jump into the features and specs of the Carbon.