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Sony Ericsson HBH-IV835: This is not a pipe

The Sony Ericsson HBH-IV835 is a Bluetooth headset that's designed for comfort and ease of use, but despite it looking remarkably like a pipe, we strongly advise you don't use it to smoke

'I've got to break free. God knows, God knows I want to break free...' from my huge Bluetooth headset. Yes, that's right, you hear that too much mobile phone radiation is bad for your health, so you go out and buy a Bluetooth headset. The only problem is that when you get to the high street, lo and behold, the Bluetooth headsets on offer are about the size of a side-car.

Bluetooth headsets are starting to get smaller though, and some are getting so small that you don't even need a hook around your ear to support the weight. One such headset is the Sony Ericsson HBH-IV835, which as you can see, looks a lot like a mini-pipe, but we don't advise smoking with it -- we tried it and it made us ill. The correct way to use it is pop it into your ear like a Babelfish, where it sits quite happily taking your calls.

The HBH-IV835 weighs a measly 10g and features an impressive 160 hours of standby time and up to 3.5 hours of talk time. It also runs on Bluetooth 2.0, which means better transmission speeds and lower power consumption. The only flaw we've spotted so far is the tiny power button, which can be difficult to use, but overall we really like the design and audio quality. It's currently available for £65 from www.se-store.co.uk. But remember kids: smoking kills -- make a nice safe phone call instead. -AL