In the world of Bluetooth headsets, you often wind up in the land of the unknown. Beyond the big names such as Jabra and Logitech are a variety of smaller companies that can produce a gem product now and then. Take, for example, the EzTalker Mini from Tekkeon. Though this is the first Bluetooth headset we've reviewed from the company, we were impressed by the unit's comfortable fit, its compact form factor, and its quality performance. Moreover, the price is fair at $79.95.
Measuring just 2.1 by 1.0 by 0.8 inches and weighing a minuscule 0.5 ounce, the EzTalker Mini is one of the smallest headsets we've seen. And with Bluetooth headsets, usually the smaller a design is, the better. We like that the unobtrusive form factor doesn't make us resemble a telemarketer, and the minimalist black-and-silver design is pleasing to the eye.
Though we're not big fans of a protruding earpiece, the EzTalker's comes with two rubberized tips that slide comfortably in and out of the ear. You can wear the headset in either ear with or without the flexible ear hook. We preferred using the ear hook; the overall fit was more comfortable, and the headset felt more secure. In either case, the EzTalker is so light that you hardly know you have it on.
Controls are minimal and easy to use, though they are a bit small. A multifunction button turns the headset on, manages calls, and readies it for pairing. A single LED light behind the button indicates the headset's status. There also are two tiny volume buttons on the side of the device. It took a couple of tries, but we were able to locate them during a call. Support for voice dialing is included, as long as your phone is compatible. (For a list of cooperating mobiles, check the company's Web site.) Just press the multifunction button, and you can fire away.
We tested the EzTalker Mini with the and the . The pairing process was straightforward and took only a few seconds. Likewise, call quality was very admirable. We enjoyed clear conversations and adequate volume on our end, and callers reported the same. The Tekkeon EzTalker has a rated talk time of 5 hours and a promised standby time of five days. We recorded four days of standby time on a single charge. Fortunately for road warriors, the headset comes with a compact travel charger.