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Gadget Review

MX - 100 Headset

By Kailas Narendran
COLUMNIST

Pros

* Very comfortable yet secure attachment to ear.

* Good quality sound, even in noisy environments.

Cons

* Price

The Lowdown

The MX-100 from Plantronics is an innovative headset design that provides you with a comfortable and secure method to use your cell phone in a hands free mode. The innovative, soft rubber tail on the MX-100 holds the bud snugly in your ear, without making you feel like an African bushperson, with a half inch ear plate.

The sound quality is excellent, allowing your conversations to go uninterrupted even as you stroll past the jackhammer symphony that is campus construction. The headset even gives you the option of switching out the color of the body shell, allowing you to maintain color coordination literally from head to toe.

Comfortable operation

My biggest complaint about most ear pieces for hands-free cell phone use is that they are held in place by being squished into your ear. After a while, it gets really uncomfortable (if it fits at all).

The rubber tail on the MX-100 allows the device to be held securely in place, but you don’t have to squeeze it in. It’s really the coolest feature on this gadget, and such a simple one, I’m surprised no one thought of it before.

Bottom line

I couldn’t really find any significant drawbacks on this device (it does one thing and does it well), except the price. If you buy this guy through Plantronics Web site, you’ll be set back about $40.

If you aren’t chomping at the bit for this device, I’d suggest you take the time to watch eBay. These aren’t a really hot product, and I’ve seen them close for as little as $10 (plus shipping).

You can find out more information at http://www.plantronics.com/.