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Unical RF3Now Next Generation Headset RF3-205C review:

Unical RF3Now Next Generation Headset RF3-205C

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The Good Comfortable; good sound quality; tangle-free cord; cutting-edge design.

The Bad No integrated answer/end button; mike is a little heavy; expensive.

The Bottom Line With its cutting-edge design and unique sound-delivery tube, the Next Generation Headset is the Porsche of headsets, but it's missing an in-line answer/end button.

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CNET Editors' Rating

7.0 Overall

RF3's Next Generation headset incorporates a few features that other headsets simply don't have: a special AirCom sound-delivery tube that may reduce electromagnetic radiation, a tangle-free cord, and a unique earpiece system. Overall, this is one of our favorite headsets, but its mike is a little heavy, and it's missing an in-line answer/end button. RF3's Next Generation headset incorporates a few features that other headsets simply don't have: a special AirCom sound-delivery tube that may reduce electromagnetic radiation, a tangle-free cord, and a unique earpiece system. Overall, this is one of our favorite headsets, but its mike is a little heavy, and it's missing an in-line answer/end button.

Supersleek
With its sleek metal parts and black hook, the headset looks a little like something that you might see a doctor wearing while making rounds. Style aside, the earpiece is highly adjustable, so comfort isn't an issue, and it's also easy enough to slip on. The only thing we didn't like was that the mike, which is a tad heavy, tugs a little on the earpiece. In extended conversations, this might become bothersome to some users.

As noted, instead of a wire, there's a sound-delivery tube that may reduce electromagnetic radiation between the mike and earpiece. We don't know how the tube will endure over time, but it does appear to be fairly sturdy. The unit also incorporates a tangle-free cord. (Note: Within the next six months, the company is planning to introduce a unit that has a smaller mike and includes an integrated answer/end button.)

Decent sonics
We're happy to report that we have no complaints in the sonics department. Callers sounded loud and clear, and they said they didn't have any trouble hearing us so long as the wind wasn't blowing too hard. In those instances, we sounded as if we were in a tunnel.

At $50, this is one of the more expensive headsets on the market. Though we'd like to see it cost less and expect it to get there soon, it's not outrageously priced, considering its list of features.

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