Cardo Systems Scala 700 Bluetooth Headset review: Cardo Systems Scala 700 Bluetooth Headset

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The Good The Cardo Scala 700 is a lightweight headset with great sound quality, and includes noise-reduction technology, swap technology, and a headset locator. The status light, as well as the orientation of the volume rocker, can be adjusted.

The Bad The headset comes with a large earpiece that fits awkwardly.

The Bottom Line The Cardo Scala 700 is a compact, lightweight headset with excellent sound quality. Extra features, such as a headset locator and swap technology, make it one of the better headsets we've tested.

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8.0 Overall

The Cardo Scala 700 is a great mini-headset from the makers of the Cardo Scala Rider, one of a few headsets made specifically for a motorcycle helmet. Though the Scala 700 won't help you chat clearly while riding your Harley, however, it'll work just fine when you're on your feet. The compact headset features noise-reduction technology as well as the ability to swap between two different mobile phones. The Scala 700 is available for $59.95--a very affordable price for such an excellent headset.

At 2 inches long by 1 inch wide by 0.75 inch thick, and just 0.41 ounce, the Scala 700 is very compact and lightweight. The headset is shaped like a teardrop and is cased in silver and black. A large control button with the company logo sits on the face of the headset, along with a status light. A slender rocker wheel sits at the top of the headset next to the charger jack. We found the control button easy to press, and while the wheel is small, it's sufficiently tactile--we had no problem rocking it back and forth or pressing it while wearing the headset.

On the back of the headset you'll find a contoured earpiece that rests against the ear, and a flexible ear loop that can be adjusted for either ear. The earpiece seemed a bit too large (at least for our ears) and fit awkwardly. What's more, the control wheel scratched our ears during testing.

One of the Scala 700's better tricks is its locating feature. If you misplace the headset, a few easy steps will locate it quickly. Once you place a call (with a cell phone that's paired to the headset), you have to press the volume controls on the phone up and down four times. At this signal, the headset will buzz loudly. This is a great feature if you're the type to misplace headsets easily; yet we did find it odd that you've got to actually make a call to find the headset.

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