Some weeks ago - after the CeBIT, Innovi Technologies sent me their latest Bluetooth headset, the Bluetrek G2 for a review and since that, I was using it more or less every day - together with my i-Mate Smartphone2 and i-Mate Pocket PC Phone Edition.
The Bluetrek G2 weights around 12 grams only while it provides up to 9 hours talk-time with 400 hours stand-by time. That's fantastic values but is it worth the money?
- Operating distance: 10 meters
- Weight: Around 12 grams
- Capacity: Up to 9 hours talk-time and 300 hours stand-by time
- Bluetooth: Single-chip solution; Complies with Bluetooth specifications v1.1
- Ear compatibility: Reversible hook for either ear with smooth material for long hold
- Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion with low battery indicator
- Noise: Cancels background noise
- Volume: Adjustable volume
The Bluetrek G2 is a typical headset which covers the complete ear but the almond-shaped grey/silver and quite good looking headset is super small, compared to other Bluetooth headsets.
The retail package itself is fully equipped with all the things you need to use it right away and contains the headset itself, the charger, a nice looking pouch and a manual:
Thanks to the swiveling and bendable ear loop (which is non-exchangeable) the the G2 gets most things right and can be used with the right or left ear. Even for me as a spectacle wearer it fits, thanks to the slim and bendable ear loop.
Because the G2 can be waered on both ears, it looks - on the first sight - if some buttons are doubles which isn't. The volume up and down controls have been placed on top and bottom of the headset but only one button is working, The other one is just to improve the grip.
The main button of the headset, for pairing, switching on/off accepting and ending calls is facing away from the ear and placed on the top. This button also includes a dual-color LED (red and blue) which indicates the status of the headset.
Pairing the headset with a mobile phone is a simple procedure by pressing and holding the main button until it switches into the bonding mode. Now all you have to do is searching for it from your Pocket PC Phone Edition or Smartphone. After it was found, the Bluetrek G2 uses the same PIN as all headsets: 0000.
That's it and you are ready to use it.
As said before, the main button on top of the headset allows to accept and end calls, as well as it would initiat voice dialing (if supported by Smartphone and Pocket PC Phone Edition) and switching between calls. All of this worked as expected and without any major issues.
While the charger itself doesn't needs an adapter to charge the battery of the headset - because it is directly plugged into the headset (a real advantage for travelers because you don't need to carry an adapter/lose this adapter) the charger delivered with the headset is completely useless for globetrotters because it supports 220V only.
That's something hard to accept, especially in today's business behaviors and as good the stand-by/talk-time of the headset is, in Seattle - 3 weeks ago - I ran out of power and hadn't had the chance to recharge it while I was in the U.S.
However, that's the only complaint I have but something you have to keep in mind if you are traveling internationally (not to mention that there is a U.S. version available also which supports 110V only so be aware if you order it online).
The headset offers excellent audio quality at a range of 10 meters (standard - even if it is less with the Smartphone). Also - not often supported today - the Bluetrek G2 supports both Bluetooth profiles: the Headset and Handsfree mode.
The Innovi Bluetrek G2 is available from a lot of online shops and costs around US$ 80, which is - in my opinion - a great deal for such a small and feature-rich Bluetooth headset!
Overall I'm impressed about the ease of use and during my previous use I haven't touched the manual while it is still feature-rich, small sized with a great stand-by/talk-time. Also it works well with the tested Pocket PC Phone Editions and Smartphone. Nothing to blame here. The sound is clear and fresh as well as the counterpart can hear you clear!
A little bit disappointing is the fact that the charger - which I like for its size and that it can be plugged in directly into the headset - is supporting either 110V or 220V only which might makes it a hard choice for world wide travelers.
However, if you are not traveling that much or if you travel more local, the Innovi Bluetrek G2 might be the right choice for you. At least for me it's the choice today and I'm not using my other Bluetooth headsets anymore! I always have a hard time to find a compact headset which incorporates with my glasses and with the G2 I found a light and wearable solution which features everything I expect for a Bluetooth headset. A job well done!
Cheers ~ Arne
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