TOY BOX: FM-Xtra's faults stifle its sweet sound

Digisette's FM-Xtra Mobile is a hands-free cell-phone device with a built-in FM radio. The lanyard cord goes around your neck. The radio portion hangs like a medallion, just above the waist, from which a cell-phone plug sprouts. The talk microphone, attached to the lanyard cord, has a button for answering and ending calls.

Digisette's FM-Xtra Mobile is a hands-free cell-phone device with a built-in FM radio. The lanyard cord goes around your neck. The radio portion hangs like a medallion, just above the waist, from which a cell-phone plug sprouts. The talk microphone, attached to the lanyard cord, has a button for answering and ending calls.

The radio sounds shockingly clear - probably better than any portable radio I've ever listened to with headphones. Unfortunately, that's about the only thing the FM-Xtra has going for it. The radio swings all over the place when you walk (never mind jog, which Digisette's promo materials suggest), and the cord keeps getting twisted. Attaching a cell phone takes the impracticality of the product to a whole other level. The added weight makes the apparatus swing even more, plus, the lanyard cord starts to dig into the back of your neck. Now, not only do you look ridiculous, but you are also in pain. The verdict: A great sounding radio built into a nonsensically constructed piece of equipment. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com
  • Sara Calabro writes Toy Box. She is a New York-based staff reporter for PRWeek ----- Price $24.99 Available at RadioShack Specs The FM-Xtra Mobile comes packaged with a battery and a set of foam coverings for the headphones. It connects to any cell phone with a standard 2.5mm audio connection, and the radio frequency is 87.5-108 MHz.

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