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Bluetake BT400 GL Bluetooth headset review: Bluetake BT400 GL Bluetooth headset

The Bluetake BT400GL is a compact and comfortable headset, and we definitely like the portable power dock for additional battery life. However, the BT400GL simply doesn't deliver when it comes to audio quality.

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Nicole Lee

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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.

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The Bluetake BT400GL has a simple rectangular design, with a slight outward curve toward the top to accommodate the curvature of the ear. It measures a very compact 1.53x0.68x0.47 inches and weighs a light 0.29 ounce. The headset's controls are laid out on the front on a vertical bar, with the volume-increase button on top, the multifunction button in the middle, and the volume-decrease button on the bottom. Underneath the multifunction button is an LED, which flashes blue when the headset is activated or blue and red when in pairing mode. The buttons are all raised above the surface, making them easy to press when you're wearing the headset.

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Bluetake BT400 GL Bluetooth headset

The Good

The Bluetake BT400GL is a tiny Bluetooth headset with easy-to-press buttons and a simple yet attractive design. It comes with three earbud pieces for a better fit, plus a portable power dock.

The Bad

The Bluetake BT400GL suffers from mediocre sound quality.

The Bottom Line

The Bluetake BT400GL is a compact and comfortable headset, and we definitely like the portable power dock for additional battery life. However, the BT400GL simply doesn't deliver when it comes to audio quality.
It seems that are getting smaller and smaller. From the jewel-like Nokia BH-800 to the tiny Samsung WEP200, it appears that headset manufacturers are finally waking up to the idea that most people don't want a large headset on the sides of their face. The Bluetake BT400GL is a pretty little headset, and it comes in both pink and silver. However, despite its comfortable fit, the audio quality is underwhelming. So even though it retails for a very reasonable $65, you might be better off with one of the aforementioned headsets.

On the back of the headset is the earpiece, and it's the kind that is placed deep in the ear, much like an earplug. The BT400GL comes with three earbud pieces in different sizes, so you can choose which one is right for your ears. Bluetake says they're made from an antibacterial material, and though we can't exactly test this claim, these earpieces remind us of the ones from the Sony MDR-EX71SL earbuds, which we liked quite a bit. The BT400GL felt quite comfortable in our ears, though we could see how this could irritate those who aren't used to earbuds. There is no need for an ear hook as the headset sits comfortably without one.

The BT400GL comes with a portable power dock, which works great for extending the headset's battery life. First you charge the headset in the dock while it's connected to an AC adapter. Once the battery life is full, you can simply remove the entire dock and carry it with you. Since the dock measures only 2x0.75x1 inches, not much bigger than the headset itself, this won't be a problem. If you keep the headset in the dock, incoming calls will cause the device to vibrate.

We paired the BT400GL with a T-Mobile Sidekick 3, and the process was smooth and easy. However, we were quite disappointed with the audio quality--while we could hear others just fine, callers repeatedly had to ask us to speak up, and they said we sounded faint even though we were speaking in a quiet room. The situation was worsened on a busy sidewalk and under windy conditions, as we struggled to hear our callers' voices. Features of the headset are fairly standard. There's answering, rejecting, and ending calls, last-call dialing, voice dialing support, and transferring calls from the headset to the cell phone and vice versa.