Product Review (November 2006) - Logitech®
FreePulse Wireless™ Headphones

Do 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.

Adapters
The 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.

Operation
Both 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.

Performance
The 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.

- Kevin Nakano




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Review System

Neuros Audio (Digital Innovations) - Neuros HD 20GB Digital Audio Computer

Review at a Glance

Logitech® - FreePulse™ Wireless Headphones

Specifications:

  • Protocol: Bluetooth® v2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • Range: up to 33 ft
  • Frequency: 2.4 GHz
  • Transmission format: digital

    Includes:

  • Wireless headphones
  • Wireless receiver
  • International voltage AC power adapter (100 V - 240 V)
  • Custom fit iPod® adapters (6 in all)
  • Quick-start guide


    Company Information
    Logitech Inc.
    Corporate Headquarters
    6505 Kaiser Drive
    Fremont, CA 94555 USA
    Phone: 510-795-8500
    Sales: 800-231-7717
    Support: 702-269-3457

    Part Number: 980461-0403
    Source: Manufacture Supplied
    MSRP: $99.99
    Warranty: 2 year limited warranty

    URL: www.logitech.com

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