Jawbone's ICON was our consumer Bluetooth headset pick back in early 2010, but more than 18 months later it's perhaps overdue a refresh. Along, then, comes the replacement, the Jawbone ICON HD and its new Bluetooth dongle accessory, The NERD. It might have a geeky name, but the promise is complete simplicity. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
It's time for some more Xbox bits and pieces! Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson, aka Larry Hyrb has a personal message for you in the video below, showing off the headset side of this equation, letting you know that the "Xbox 360 Wireless Headset with Bluetooth" will be available November 2011, just in time for the holidays, and it'll be US ERP (estimated retail price) at $59.99. This device, says Hyrb, will go on to replace the current Xbox 360 Wireless Headset, but whether or not that means the original headset will cease to work / degrade / explode into flames in November is still yet to be seen.
We've seen many cool-looking Bluetooth headsets from JayBird before, and now they're announcing the release of the JF3 Freedom Bluetooth Headphones, designed to fit securely with special cushions for sport. They were first shown at CES earlier this year and are now finally available with the new secure fit silicone sports ear cushions.
Earlier this month we mentioned that the Bluetrek Carbon Bluetooth headset had crossed the FCC. The Carbon is the world's first headset made from carbon fiber. The device has now landed on its official product page on the Bluetrek website.
The Bluetrek Carbon is the world's first Bluetooth 3.0 headset to be made from real carbon fiber. The choice of material along with an incredibly thin boom mic make the the Bluetrek Carbon feel almost weightless. The headset just passed through the FCC today signaling a launch coming soon.
The following is a review that, for any other product, might be considered short, but for this bluetooth headset, there's just really not that much to be said. And it's not just a pumped up yelling and screaming "I LOVE IT" situation either, though there is a little bit of screaming in the story. This is a review of a product that essentially does one thing, and it does it well. What this product presents is noise cancellation and comfort for a premium talking and listening experience both to and from your ear and mouth and via Bluetooth to and from your handset.
Jawbone announced today that they've successfully raised $49 million in funding from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. The mobile accessories company is perhaps most known for their fashionable yet high-performance Bluetooth headsets.
Samsung is introducing new features to its lineup of Bluetooth headsets for 2011. They announced today three new models, the HM1610, the HM3600, and the Samsung Modus 6450 that continue inline with Samsung's commitment to customer satisfaction in the areas of comfort, sound quality, and ease of use.
Mad Catz, a gaming accessories developer, has entered into a licensing agreement with Microsoft to produce a range of co-branded, licensed headphones for the Xbox 360. These will include a wireless headset with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. The headset will be produced under the company's Tritton brand.
The folks at Plantronics are celebrating their 50th anniversary by announcing some brand new communication devices, software, and services. Amongst them, two items stand out: the Voyager PRO UC Bluetooth headset and the Calisto 825 speakerphone set. In addition to these two, a Plantronics Unified Communications Toolkit has been announced, "the industry's first" totally complete set of tools, training, and documentation "for expanding the growth of unified communications solutions. Ken Kannappan, president and chief executive officer at Plantronics, notes the following: “We want to end the pain-points that people experience when trying to stay connected at work or home. We think everyone - from consumers to mobile professionals to the business world- should be able to simply communicate regardless of device or location. We want to deliver innovative products with uncompromising quality, an ideal experience and extraordinary service so everyone can simply communicate.”