updated 05:20 pm EDT, Wed August 30, 2006
Teling X-Sport Headset
Bluetooth headsets are often plagued by batteries with short talk times or else the substantial bulk needed to provide enough power. Though adopting a one-piece shape similar to many other compact sets, Teling's X-Sport BTH-11 can sustain a long 15 to 18 hours of conversation between charges of its lithium-ion battery while still weighing only a third of an ounce. Standby time is 450-500 hours. Charging the battery is straightforward: a cradle charger (pictured) prevents the headset from being lost, and owners of Nokia phones can power the headset through a standard Nokia charger. A BTH-11 will cost $90 in Australia but is FCC certified for the US, where its price translates to a more reasonable $69.