Skype is a great way to stay in touch, but if you don’t want to be tethered to your computer by wires you’ll need a good wireless headset. Traditionally these have been expensive or required a sacrifice of quality but at first glance it looks like the Skype Freetalk Wireless headset can deliver quality without an astronomical price tag.
The Freetalk Wireless Headset is available from Skype for $80 and in addition to working as a Skype, and other Voip, headset it can handle any audio from your computer allowing you to rock out to your favorite tunes or catch up on the latest show via Hulu without alerting those nearby.
The wireless headset is comes with a USB dongle that allows it to use Avnera Audio for a higher quality connection than over Bluetooth and it is a Superwide band headset which means you should be able to enjoy enhanced clarity.
The headset is rated for 5.5 hours of continuous use, either music or chatting, and can be used while charging. Charging is accomplished by way of a mini USB cable that plugs into the dongle.
The headset is rated for a 15 meter range and so far we have been impressed with the ability to stray far from the computer. The Freetalk Wireless headset was able to work through the cinderblock walls of my office (which used to be a dorm room) and even halfway down the flight of stairs nearby without cutting out.
The only problem we have found so far is that the mic is active at all times. This means when you are chatting you can hear yourself so that you don’t start yelling, but it also means that if you are listening to music you’ll hear your keystrokes and nearby noise. We’ll be looking for a solution to this before we offer our final review but because the noise is built into the headset, muting it on the PC doesn’t fix the problem.
If you have any questions about the Skype Freetalk Wireless headset leave a note in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer them in our final review.