The EZX 60 is a BT 2.1 +EDR set with compatibility with BT 1.1, 1.2 and 2.0, and the talk time is rated at up to 7.5 hours.
Introduction. Having been always impressed by Sennheiser’s audio quality in their headphones, I was eager to take their shot at Bluetooth headsets for a test drive. I was not disappointed. I’ll break it down by a few key areas.
Weight, Size and Comfort. The EZX 60 is lightweight at 12g (0.4oz) and I pretty much forgot that I was wearing it even after long periods of time. But what I liked even more was how easy it was to put on and take off. The EZX 60 has an earhook that swivels away from the headset, so it’s easy to put on your ear with just one hand.
Construction and Buttons. The whole thing feels solid, even the ear hook and especially the main multifunction button. When you press it, you know whether or not you clicked it. Like pretty much every other small headset, the volume buttons are tiny and hard to access when you’re wearing it, so I would advise getting the volume right and forgetting about it.
Pairing. A snap to pair with my phone. Took less than a minute, probably less than 30 seconds.
Sound Quality. This is the acid test when it comes to Bluetooth headsets, and the Sennheiser passed with flying colors. My typical test is to make/receive some calls and not say a word to the other person as to where and what I’m using. I’ll then ask them at the end of the call whether they noticed. I’ll also make some calls in my car.
Indoors, no one could tell the difference between the headset and my handset. The EZX 60 did really well in the car with most people not noticing at all that I was on a headset. Obviously its noise-cancelling and echo cancellation works and works well.
Issues. This headset focuses on the sound quality. The other headset features are pretty standard: call accept and hang up, redial, mute, volume adjust, etc., so don’t expect it to do your laundry too.
Packaging. Oh so much packaging. Sure it looks pretty, but there is just so much paper and plastic, not to mention that there are *instructions* for unpacking it! If I didn’t read those, I could have damaged the set before I even tried it. On the other hand, I did appreciate that they didn’t include the whole manual, but instead put a link to their website for downloading.
The Charger. I think every accessory maker whose device is charged via USB needs to stop including a DC-powered adapter, and just include a converter of USB Type-A to whatever connector their gadget has. But that’s another story for another day.
Conclusion. Although I had high expectations of Sennheiser going in, I also would not have been completely surprised if they fell short, given that Bluetooth headsets have not traditionally been their forté. But they lived up to the claims and produced an excellent product. I highly recommend it.
You can pick one up right now for $79.99.
(Disclaimer: Gizmos for Geeks received a complimentary review copy of this product.)