i.Tech Solar Voice 905 Bluetooth Headset review: i.Tech Solar Voice 905 Bluetooth Headset

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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The iTech SolarVoice 908 has a photovoltaic cell, so it can charge via solar power. Features include multipoint technology, A2DP streaming, and noise canceling. It comes with a variety of earbud covers.

The Bad The iTech SolarVoice 908 needs direct sunlight for the solar charging to work. The multifunction button is located on the bottom left, which may be awkward for some people. The ear fit felt a little odd, as well.

The Bottom Line Despite a few quirks, the iTech SolarVoice 908 is a good headset that has acceptable call quality, especially if you're into solar-powered gadgets.

7.7 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0

When we reviewed the Iqua 603 Sun a couple of years ago, it was the first and only solar-powered Bluetooth headset on the market. The idea was a smart one; if you're going to wear the headset all day long, you might as well charge it at the same time. Now there's another solar-powered headset, and it's the iTech SolarVoice 908. Not only does it have that telltale solar panel, but it also has multipoint technology and is A2DP compatible. The iTech SolarVoice 908 retails for around $75.

If it wasn't for the slab of photovoltaic cell covering the entire front surface, the SolarVoice 908 would look like a fairly normal Bluetooth headset. Measuring 2.15 inches long by 0.68 inch wide by 0.49 inch thick, the SolarVoice 908 is long, lean, oval, and weighs around 0.42 ounce. It's encased in black plastic, with a silver chrome edging. The volume rocker and charger jack are on the right.

To make room for the aforementioned solar cell, the multifunction button and LED indicators are located on the left spine. This feels odd at first, but we soon got used to it, especially since the button is raised above the surface so it's easy to find by feel. There are two LED indicators: one for the Bluetooth status and another for the solar-charging status. The latter flashes green when the headset is solar charging.

According to iTech, the headset will charge under direct sunlight. We tried to do this, but the light did not flash green, so we assumed it wasn't working. That said, we were in foggy San Francisco at the time with little sunlight. We'll have to revisit this in sunnier weather.

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