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Bluetake BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset Review

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Bluetake BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset Review
 
 

published: 04/04/05 last updated: 04/04/05

The Bluetake BT400 G5 is the third Bluetooth headset we reviewed (Other Reviews: Bluetake BT400 G3, 8Com Wireless BH220). It is the most stylish headset we got our hands on so far. I also got from BlueTake the Bluetake BT007Si Bluetooth Dongle to test the headset also on my Notebook. The BT400 G5 can manage multiple pairings, so I can use it for skype on the PC and also use with it with my Sony Ericsson T630 Mobile phone. Read below how the new BT400 G5 performs.

SuperMediaStore has the Bluetake BT400 G5 on sale for $64.95 (MSRP: $120).
The BT400 G5 comes in three colors.
The Bluetake BT007Si Bluetooth Dongle sells for $34.95 on the SuperMediaStore.
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BT400 G5 Photo Gallery

Overview
The BT400 G5 makes good first impression. It is stylish and light. To get started the Bluetooth headset needs to be charged for 2 hours. 250 hours standby and 5 hours talk time should be possible with this headset. Pairing is easy. I just press the power button on top for seven seconds and the indicator LED starts to blink blue and red. On the Sony Ericsson T630 I search for new devices and use 0000 as pass-code to finalize the pairing.
The new Bluetake fits comfortable. The ear hook can be rotated to fit left or right. On top are the on/off/mute switch and the talk/transfer button. On the left and right side are the volume controls. This distribution of buttons makes it easier to find the right buttons with my fingers. Some headsets have all buttons on top and its more difficult to press the right one.

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The Bluetake marketing associates fish with the BT400 G5 and it kind of makes sense.

I have a IBM Thinkpad X40 that has built-in Bluetooth, but I could not get it to support the headset profile of the BT400 G5. This is I think a general problem with the IBM Bluetooth software. The software that comes with the Bluetake BT007Si Bluetooth dongle supports the headset profile without a problem. The VT BlueSoleil Bluetooth software is actually quite nice. It shows all connected devices like a solar system (see screen-shot below).

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The Bluetake BT007Si is a small white Bluetooth dongle bundled with the cool VT BlueSoleil Bluetooth software.

Using the BT400 G5 on my mobile phone works well. The speaker is loud and clear. The microphone works also decent. I still would like to compare a bone-conducting headset. When using the BT400 G5 on the Notebook the quality is good for using it with VO|P services like Skype (Bluetake has instructions on how to use their headset with Skype). I used the standard Microsoft recorder to record some voice samples and those sound well too. Listening to music on the headset is of course possible, but the quality is low.

Conclusion
The Bluetake BT400 G5 is a stylish and comfortable Bluetooth headset that is very easy to use. To be able to use the headset without changing the pairing with multiple devices is convenient. My wife already snagged it, that says it all. The BT007Si is a great working Class-II Bluetooth dongle that comes with excellent software.


How to Buy
SuperMediaStore has the Bluetake BT400 G5 on sale for $64.95 (MSRP: $120).
The BT400 G5 comes in three colors.
The BT007Si Bluetooth Dongle sells for $34.95 on the SuperMediaStore.

More Photos
Hi-Res Photos in the BT400 G5 Photo Gallery

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backside of the BT400 G5 with the turn-able ear hook


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Our I4U Gadget Model Christine wearing the BT400 G5.

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VT BlueSoleil Bluetooth software displays all connected devices like a solar system.


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side view with the big volume (+) button


Specification BT400 G5

General Radio
Carrier Frequency : 2.4~2.480GHZ

Radio Performance – Receiver
Rx sensitivity < -80 dBm

Radio Performance
Bluetooth Class 2, up to 5~10 meters (in open space).
(The maximum operating range depends on the paired phone model, battery power, and environmental factors.)

Spread Spectrum
FHSS (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum)

Bluetooth Profile Supported
HSP (Headset Profile)
HFP (Hands-Free Profile)

Antenna
Chip Antenna

Input Power
5V, 200~500mA, AC adapter

Battery
3.7V / 120mA / Li-Polymer / Rechargeable


Standby Time / Talking Time
250 hours / 5 hours
(The maximum operating time depends on the usage frequency and environmental factors. A long distance wireless connection and use with a mobile phone will increase the power consumption.)

Speaker
Diameter: 13mm
Frequency Response : 300Hz ~ 3.4KHz
SPL (Sound Pressure Level) : 112 ± 3dB @ 1KHz
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) : 5%
Impedance: 150 Ω ± 20% @ 1V, 1KHz
Power Rating : 5mW (Normal) / 10mW (Maximum)

Environment
Operating Temperature -10 ℃ ~ +55 ℃

Dimensions
82mm(L) x 53mm(W) x 24mm(H)

Weight
20g

LED Indicator Status
Blue: Power on mode or Full charged
Red: Low power or being charged
Blue & Red: Pairing mode

Specification BT007Si

General Radio
Bluetooth Class 1, 100 meters (in open space)
Carrier Frequency : 2.4 ~ 2.483GHz
Data Rate : 1 Mbps
(The maximum operating range depends on the environmental factors.)


Bluetooth Standard
Chipset: Bluetooth v1.2


Spread Spectrum
FHSS (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum)

Modulation Method
GFSK (Gaussian Frequency Shift Keying)

I/O Interface
USB v1.1

Input Power
DC 5V, USB Power

Sensitivity
< 0.1% BER at -80 dBm

RF Output Power
13 dBm (typical)


System Support
Windows XP/2000/ME/98SE
(The BT007Si is driven by the bundled IVT BlueSoleil Bluetooth software or Windows XP SP2 Bluetooth stack)
Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later
(The BT007Si is driven by Apple Bluetooth software)

Dimensions
47 x 19 x 10 mm, 10g

LED Indicator
Single LED


Advantage Functions
Serial Port Profile
Dial Up Networking Profile
File Transfer Profile
Human Interface Device Profile
Hardcopy Cable Replacement Profile
Object Push Profile
Synchronization Profile
LAN Access Profile (only available in Windows)
FAX Profile (only available in Windows)
Personal Area Networking Profile (only available in Windows)
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (only available in Windows)
Basic Imaging Profile (only available in Windows)

Bundled Bluetooth Software
IVT BlueSoleil (for Windows O.S. only)
(Language Supported: English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, Italian, German, Spanish)

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi Lugmayr (Google) is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com.

 

 

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