What’s Bad: The Baby-ai volume buttons are tiny, and the optional ear hook is not as comfortable as I would like, although be the end of the week I did not even notice it.
What’s the bottom line: The Baby-ai has a great functional design that offers excellent clear sound quality.
Reviewed By: Bruce Downs
Reviewed On: December 15-26, 2008
The Baby-ai Bluetooth headset is an upgrade over many Bluetooth headsets on the market especially in this price range. The headset retails at $79 which I would say is a good price for an excellent headset.
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Design: The Baby-ai has a tear-drop design and is reasonably compact at only 1.65 by .87 by 1.34 inches and weighs a slight 0.31 ounces and fits directly in either ear with a rubberized ear gel. Overall the fit was comfortable and secure, and it even comes with six additional earbuds in 3 different sizes. With 2 different size optional ear hooks for increased stability.
The controls on the Baby-ai are simple; just a multifunction button on the front and a volume controls above and below. While I liked the multifunction button, I wasn’t a fan of the volume control as the tiny buttons were a little tricky to press. The multifunction button flashes blue when the headset is on, then alternates between red and blue when the headset is in pairing mode, and red when charging. The Baby-ai comes in black, pink and white.
As previously mentioned, the Baby-ai comes with a selection of charging options. With the first option, you insert the included charging/USB cable into the headset, which then connects to the wall charger. There are also other charging options made specifically for those constantly on the go. While at the office you can use the included charging/USB cable, so you can easily charge your headset with your computer. Finally, there's the Car Charging Adaptor.
In the Box: The Baby-ai headset, AC Adaptor with universal USB Interface, USB Charging Cable, Car Charging Adaptor, User Manual, Neck Strap, Warranty Card, 2 Removable Ear Hooks, Ear Foams and 2 Ear Gels.
Call Features Include: normal answering, ending, rejecting, and making calls; call mute; last-number redial; and voice dialing. The Baby-ai has a rated talk time of 6 hours with a regular charge and a rated standby time of just over 8 days (200 hours).
Performance: I tested the Baby-ai with the T-Mobile G1 phone and my wife’s Samsung t429. The pairing process was smooth, and I was up and running within seconds. Audio quality was great, perhaps due to the revolutionary "I-Voice Technology" for noise suppression and echo cancellation, which separates the desired voice signal from background signals. Another reason for the incredible audio quality is that the Baby-ai automatically adjusts the voice and listening quality when having a conversation in a noisy environment insuring every word can be heard on both ends of the calls. So out of all the Bluetooth headsets I’ve tested and used over the years I would say this has the best audio quality and by far. It’s well worth the price and a must have gizmo if you are in the market for a hands free Bluetooth device, which I would recommend if you use your cell phone while driving.
Cost: The Baby-ai retials for $79 USD is now available in a variety of colors at J&R stores (www.jr.com) and online at www.eCOST.com, www.CellularAccessory.com & www.AmericaneSuperstore.com. For more information, please visit www.theivoice.com