you love your iPod® or similar type of portable music player, but hate being
tied to it with the corded headphones? Most do, so Logitech created a solution
with the new FreePulse wireless headphones. The FreePulse leverages
from Bluetooth® (v2.0) with Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) technology to provide
listeners with a clear signal up to 33 feet away from the transmitter according
to the manufacturer. The small, lightweight design makes it comfortable to use
while on the go. The transmitter as well as the headset come fitted with rechargeable
batteries, both of which can be charged simultaneously with the included AC adapter.
According to Logitech, the system can play for up to 6 hours on a single charge.
FreePulse includes six plastic music player adapters to interface the transmitter
to some of the common iPod® products. We are not aligned with the rest of
society and lack the more common iPod® music player in our arsenal. Instead,
we have a Neuros music player, which comes equipped with a 20GB internal hard
drive for storing music. The clever design of the FreePulse has an output
plug that slides back and forth to accommodate different audio players' connector
placement. Our unit has the audio output jack towards the right side of the unit.
The FreePulse plugged right in and still was able to be positioned right
in the center of the player.
the transmitter and receiver have LEDs for status. Red indicates the unit is on
and once both synchronize, the LEDs turn blue. Audio level is controlled by tapping
the upper and lower portion of the right earpiece using a simple tapping action
on the users part. The top increases the volume while the bottom decreases the
volume. A special tone is heard when the maximum volume is reached. There are
a total of 20 discrete volume levels for surprisingly fine level control. Holding
down the volume up while pressing the pause/play button enable or disables the
bass boost feature.
FreePulse wireless headphones worked well with good range and few interruptions.
Audio performance was impressive and the system offered more than adequate sound
levels in typical settings. We used the FreePulse in real-world settings
and found that it performs very well. The headset is not adjustable and is a one-fits-all
design that actually requires the spring loaded band to sit on the back of your
head instead of on top. The attached rubber ear clips keep the headset in place.
Some may have issues with the headset design, so I would recommend trying it out
first. The initial comfort and fit was not the best for me, but soon I forgot
about it and enjoyed the music. Logitech has created a real winner here with a
price that is easy to swallow.