TOY BOX: Cell phone fans will adjust well to MX100

The MX100 headset from Plantronics is an inconspicuous option for hands-free cellular use. Without an overhead component to adjust, the single bud can easily be placed inside the ear with one hand. The microphone rests at a comfortable level, so there is no need to continually lift it to your mouth for the person on the other end to hear you.

The MX100 headset from Plantronics is an inconspicuous option for hands-free cellular use. Without an overhead component to adjust, the single bud can easily be placed inside the ear with one hand. The microphone rests at a comfortable level, so there is no need to continually lift it to your mouth for the person on the other end to hear you.

Conveniently, I received my sample headset just before a six-hour road trip from New York to Cape Cod. Since there is so little bulk or need for adjustment, I could leave the ear bud out when not talking, and quickly put it back in to answer incoming calls. The flexible rubber tail that fits under your earlobe kept the bud secure, and I could actually hear more clearly through the MX100's microphone than I could when using my phone (a Motorola V.60) regularly. My one complaint about the product is that my ear started hurting if I used the headset for more than 20 minutes at a time. The verdict: A quality and user-friendly hands-free option, but comfort is compromised. 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, Circuit City, Best Buy, and plantronics.com Specs The MX100 is compatible with most cellular phones made by Audiovox, Kyocera, Motorola, and Samsung with 2.5mm jacks. (The company's MX103-N1 and N2 headsets work with Nokia phones.)

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