Sony Smart Wireless Headset Pro
|Sony Smart Wireless Headset Pro|
|Features and Specifications|
|Pairing and Software Setup|
|Smart Wireless Testing|
|Testing and Final Thoughts|
Bluetooth headsets are handy. Let me rephrase that: Good Bluetooth headsets are handy. They have changed the way we talk on the phone, the way we drive and how we do business and entertain ourselves. Today, we are looking at a product from Sony that is geared toward their own Xperia phones. It has an accompanying Android Application that lets you use the headset control as a remote control. The display will show caller names, text message and more; but let's not get ahead of ourselves.
As you can see right away, the Smart Wireless Headset Pro is not a standard in-the-ear headset that goes in one ear and makes you look like a Cyborg/Nerd. This is a stereo Bluetooth headset that has some nice and comfortable ear-buds to complete the picture.
The Smart Wireless Headset Pro has a lot of features and ability to push your Twitter, Facebook, RSS, GMail and a lot of other feeds from your phone to the Smart Wireless Headset Control. In addition to this, it also functions as a standard headset, a stand-alone MP3 player and an FM Radio. All of these are combined in a package that tries to impress.
The Sony Smart Wireless Headset Pro is a pretty shiny piece of hardware. This is both a blessing and a curse. It looks pretty awesome for sure, but the downside is that it shows dust, fingerprints and smudges very easily. Still it looks pretty attractive - when it's clean.
The front of the unit has a single multifunction button that completes different tasks depending on whether you do a long or short button press. The volume controls are on the "bottom", with the "back", "Play/Pause, Forward & Reverse" controls on the top. On the right end of the unit is the headphone jack as well as a microphone and the power button. It's a pretty simple layout and everything is well within reach.
The left side has a shiney cap that covers up the MicroUSB charger jack as well as the MicroSD card slot. The headset comes with a MicroUSB card reader so you can dump your music on the card and then use it as a stand-alone MP3 player. Sony has included a 2GB card. I think they could have included something a little larger, but the main purpose of this is to stream audio off your phone so I guess, the MP3 player serves up a distant second when it comes to functionality.
On the next page we'll take a look at the features and specifications of this headset before we jump into pairing, setup and testing.