It's week #6 of ZDNet's Deputy Tester of the Week program and so far, we’ve named 11 ZDNet audience members as deputy testers who get to keep whatever technology I send them. Here’s a list of what we’ve given away so far:
- Three copies of Balesio’s PPTMinimizer (value $30 each)
- Two copies of GuardID’s ID Vault (value $50 each)
- Four Sun Spot Java Development Kits from Sun’s Labs (value $550 each)
- One Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 (value $80)
- GoodHope Bags G-Tech fabric wireless keyboard (value $165)
The program is still going strong and now that we've go our video camera back (the fuse blew, I wonder if that's customer serviceable), we're back in business in terms of using video to show our giveaways. So, what's this week's giveaway? It's Cardo's Scala 700LX Bluetooth headset. Me personally? I like the stereo Bluetooth headsets. Maybe it's me, but I have a tough time hearing in one ear when the other ear has unbridled "access" to other ambient noise. What would really be cool is a Bluetooth stereo headset with noise-canceling capability. Last Christmas, my wife got me Bose's Quiet Comfort 3 (where's the earcups on the QC2's completely enclose the ear, the headphone cushions sit on the ear with the 3s).
Enough with the digression. The 700LX appears to have a combination of features not found in many other Bluetooth headsets. According to Cardo's pitch, it sounds the Ginsu knife of Bluetooth headsets:
- It can keep track of multiple pairings so you can switch to other phones or bluetooth devices without having to re-pair the device (and delete the other pairings); a cool feature that I wish some of my other Bluetooth gear could do.
- If you can't find it (if you've misplaced it), you can page it and it will respond with an audible sound.
- It supports hands-free call answering
- It does one-button call-back of the last inbound number (in case you missed the call)... and it has a missed call indicator.
- Has a battery-level indicator (something I wish more Bluetooth headsets had)
- Includes hands-free auto-answer
It comes with some nice extras too. For example, it can be charged via included USB cable or with the included AC adapter and it comes with a nice little belt-attachable carrying case. I haven't even given this little guy a try yet which is why we need one of you folks out there in ZDNet's audience to help us give it a thorough workout.