06. 29. 2007
Argard M10 Bluetooth Headset
This tiny, futuristic-looking Argard M10 Bluetooth Headset is the first Bluetooth device I've ever been madly in love with. It not only looks lovely (even the charging cradle and packaging are well done), it also works beautifully, holds a charge better than any Bluetooth headset I've ever used, and stays comfortably (and discreetly) in my ear.
Much careful thought has been given to the design, both in terms of usability and aesthetics. While most Bluetooth headsets come with a charging cord that lies sloppily on your desktop or night stand, the Argard M10 comes up with a pyramid shaped cradle that you slide your headset into for charging. A ring of red light turns on to let you know it's charging - a nice little acknowledgement that yes, I am properly connected and sitting here for your friends to admire. A pretty ring of blue light comes on when you turn the device on, and a ring of red when you turn it off. The headset itself weighs just 5 grams, is smaller than a quarter, and comes with silicone covers in three different sizes so you can get a more exact fit for your ear. Its unique in-the-ear design requires no behind-the-ear clip (which I always considered to be an eyesore).
The Argard M10 is elegantly simple to use. The big center button turns the headset on and off, and picks up and ends calls, so you don't have to fumble around your ear for the right button. The two tiny buttons on the side are the volume controls. Using it with my Helio Ocean, I got great sound quality from my end, and confirmed that it delivers clear sound on the listener's end. With three hours of talk time, and 100 hours of standby time, you're not likely to encounter situations where calls are inadvertently cut short by your battery life.
The Argard M10 is available starting today at its exclusive launch pad, Charles & Marie for $149. A perfect companion for your new iPhone investment, I think this Bluetooth headset is one of the more exciting launches accompanying the iPhone release.