Griffin SmartTalk Bluetooth Earpiece review: Griffin SmartTalk Bluetooth Earpiece

 

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good The Griffin SmartTalk Bluetooth headset has a slim design and comfortable fit. It also features voice prompts and noise canceling.

The Bad The Griffin SmartTalk Bluetooth headset suffered from the occasional static and crackle, plus the voice-prompt quality could be improved.

The Bottom Line The Griffin SmartTalk Bluetooth headset is a decent noise-canceling headset for the price, but we would've preferred better call quality.

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Griffin has put out a slew of iPhone accessories in the past year, from cases like the Clarifi to in-car chargers and extended batteries. But it has never come out with a Bluetooth headset. That is, until January 2009, when it introduced the Griffin SmartTalk Bluetooth headset. It has the slim, black appearance of Apple's own Bluetooth headset, plus numerous additional features like dual-microphone noise canceling and voice prompts. Of course, the Griffin SmartTalk doesn't only work with the iPhone; it'll work with any Bluetooth-enabled device. The Griffin SmartTalk Bluetooth headset retails for $99.99 or you can get it in a bundle with the PowerJolt, Griffin's in-car charger.

Like we said, the SmartTalk looks like a slim, black stick, similar to the Apple Bluetooth headset , but it's really quite a bit bigger. Measuring 2.1 inches long by 0.7 inch wide by 0.4 inch thick, the SmartTalk has a very minimal and discreet design. On the front is a big multifunction button, while the volume buttons are on the right spine. All the buttons were easy to press, though the volume decrease button felt a bit too flush to the surface. The charger jack is on the top.

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Griffin SmartTalk Bluetooth Earpiece

Part Number: 9411SMTLKBT Released: Feb. 13, 2009

MSRP: $99.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Feb. 13, 2009
  • Additional Features Noise-canceling dual microphone
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear