Review: The E8 Bluetooth stereo A2DP headset

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If you own a mobile device and drive a motor vehicle, you must already be aware of the dangers of using your mobile while driving. Some of those risks can be mitigated with the use of a Bluetooth handsfree device.

A Bluetooth handsfree device lets you take your calls without having to take your eyes off the road and your hands off the steering wheel.

I have used a handful of them over the years. I thought I’d share what I currently use. Its a basic, beautiful piece named the E8.

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Quick Specs:

  • Bluetooth v2.0 with Downward Compatibility all the way to V1.0
  • A2DP
  • Frequency Response: 2.4 GHz-2.480 GHz
  • Weight: 10 g/pc
  • Talking Time: 6 hours
  • Standby time: 120 hours
  • Transmission distance: 10M
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable Li-Battery
  • Accessories: Adaptor, Binaural line, User Guide, Binaural Tubing

E8

The E8 is has a very sleek-looking design that got my attention immediately. It certainly looks more expensive than it really is. It also comes with a hook and earpiece extension that allows you to use it a stereo earphone for listening to music (it has both headset and hands-free profiles integrated).

I have used this particular model with a range of mobiles from different manufacturers, and it has performed beautifully well. Pairing it with a phone is as easy as holding down the power button till its a steady red, then initiating a pair action from your mobile. Once completed, the LED light blinks a steady blue and you are good to go.

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Despite the “Nokia” label, the E8 is clearly a Chinese product and is certainly not listed in Nokia’s line-up of products. However, paired with the Nokia N8 or E7, it certainly looks cool on you – and gets the job done nicely.

The E8 cost N3,000 only when I purchased it about 6 months ago.

Do you use a handsfree headset when driving? What model do you use?

3 comments

  1. I would prefer the alternative of the system that allows you use your car sound system instead. Or, just put the phone in vibraphone when driving. That way, i can checkfor missed calls/sms. Even the President of US does not have to respond to EVERY call & EVERY sms / email IMMEDIATELY. ‘Important things are seldom urgent. Urgent things are seldom important’. I refuse to be a slave to Technology!

    How safe is the handsfree headset? Far as I know, they make use Of microwaves (as in MicroWave Ovens). Alarmist? Could having it in such permanent close proximity to your head have negative long_term health effects? Doctors_in_the_house?

  2. Engineer here…not a Doctor. The frequency at which your Microwave oven operates is way above that of your bluetooth device…there might be some health concerns but I don’t think it’s enough to “fry” your brains…yet

  3. I use the sonyericsson MW600 and it’s a great device. It had an LED screen that can allow you view the title of the ding you are listening to. I use it even while at work sometimes. The main reason for going all out for this is because of the sound production while listening to music, it’s the unbeatable sony quality. They seem not to be available here in lagos, had to buy from the US.

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