Palm Treo Ultralight Wireless Bluetooth Headset Review
As is usually the case with “Official” Treo and Centro accessories, the Palm Ultralight Wireless Bluetooth Headset has been one of the bestselling products in our store for a while now and is currently ranked #2 in the Treo Bluetooth Headset category after my preferred but more expensive choice of the Jawbone Headset.
The Palm Ultralight Headset (manufactured by Plantronics) comes in an elegant aluminium presentation/carrying box (above) which includes three soft gel ear tips, an ear loop, a charging sleeve and a portable AAA battery powered charger.
Combining a shiny silver and gloss black casing the design of the Palm Ultralight Headset (only 0.33oz/9 grams) is both simple and elegant. The relatively large Answer/End button at the top of the unit (with the Palm logo) as well as the Volume Up/Down buttons at the front are both easy and practical to access.
The soft gel ear tip (pictured above) can be rotated so as to conveniently fit in either your left or right ear with a choice of three sizes. Additionally, you can also fit a solid ear loop (metal covered in rubber pictured below) which in my opinion provides some more comfort when wearing the headset for extended periods.
In terms of sound quality I found both my inbound and outbound calls to be loud and clear thanks to the headset’s DSP (Digital Signal Processing) chip but I was rather disappointed by the extremely limiting 3 hours of talk time.
Arguably, the talk time can be enhanced to 9 hours thanks to the included AAA Battery powered charger (below) but I don’t exactly find this a convenient solution when other headsets in this price range such as the excellent Jabra BT5020 offer up to 10 hours of talk time on a single charge without the hassle of having to carry a bulky charger.
Even one of the top selling benefits of the Palm Ultralight Wireless Headset – the fact that it can be charged using your standard Treo or Centro wall charger or car charger – falls short of my expectations since it fails to include a USB charging cable which I now consider fairly essential with any headset.
Overall, the Palm Ultralight Wireless Bluetooth Headset is a very light and extremely comfortable to wear plus it delivers very good audio quality. However, given its rather poor battery performance and bulky charging options I would be considerably more inclined to recommend the Jabra BT5020 or still better my Editor’s Choice Jawbone Headset.
Treonauts don’t like to compromise…