Iqua 603 Sun Bluetooth Headset review: Iqua 603 Sun Bluetooth Headset

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good The Iqua Sun is a solar-powered headset that has a theoretically infinite standby time. It also fits securely in the ear and has decent call quality.

The Bad The Iqua Sun doesn't perform very well in windy conditions and is a little on the bulky side.

The Bottom Line Though the Iqua Sun may not look like much, its solar power source makes it a great choice for those wanting a Bluetooth headset with an eco-friendly bent.

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Editor's note: The above rating is based on a short-term review of the Iqua Sun, as we have not been able to conduct long-term tests at the time of the review. The rating may change after longer term tests are conducted.

Though Iqua is quite an unknown brand in the U.S., it's popular in Europe and is known for making stylish, well-made Bluetooth products. We've reviewed both the Iqua BHS-302 and the Iqua BHS-303 favorably in the past, for example. Now Iqua has introduced a new Bluetooth headset that is surprisingly eco-friendly, dubbed the Iqua Sun. This is the first solar-powered Bluetooth headset as far as we know, complete with a tiny solar panel right on its front face. It has pretty standard Bluetooth headset features and it doesn't look like much, but Iqua promises practically infinite standby time depending on ambient light. If that alone is enough to get your wallets out, prepare to cough up around $100 for one.

By most measures, the Iqua Sun looks like a pretty ordinary headset. Measuring 1.88 inch long by 0.98 inch wide by 0.47 inch deep and weighing a little under 0.5 ounce, the Sun is certainly not the smallest headset we've seen, but it's not that much of a clunker, either. The defining feature of the Sun is, of course, the slab of photovoltaic cell that lies right on its front face. Iqua says that it uses any available light--indoors or outdoors--to extend the talk and standby time of the headset. Theoretically, you may only ever need to charge the Iqua Sun once if you live in a sunny climate. We'll discuss this a little further along in the review.

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Iqua 603 Sun Bluetooth Headset

Part Number: BHS-SUN Released: Jan. 1, 2008

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jan. 1, 2008
  • Weight 0.4 oz
  • Additional Features Bluetooth
    Mute button
    Volume control
    Answer/end button
  • Type Headset
    Wireless bluetooth earphone
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-bud
About The Author

Nicole Lee is a senior associate editor for CNET, covering cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and all things mobile. She's also a fan of comic books, video games, and of course, shiny gadgets.