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RAZRWIRE Bluetooth Eyewear
Peripherals | First Looks
Sun 06 Nov 2005



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The RAZRWIRE charges via a power adapter to its mini-USB connector.

 
The RAZRWIRE doesn't have a protruding microphone like most other headsets.

 
The sunglasses offer Oakley technology in an ultra-lightweight 0-lumium frame.


For convenience and safety reasons, Bluetooth wireless headset/handset paired with a mobile phone allows one to make phone calls effortlessly while both hands are freed to focus on the immediate tasks at hand. It also gives users the freedom to chat with the other party for up to four hours (if your phone's battery can last that long) and at a distance of up to 10 meters away from the mobile phone.

As you can see, using a Bluetooth headset has many advantages among those cited above, but apart from the very busy professionals and those who are always on the move, these Bluetooth headsets have not been as widely adopted as their usefulness underpins. Apart from the added cost to invest in these, the other main reason why people (especially the ladies) avoid them is because they do not favor the design. Most such headsets come with an unsightly protruding microphone that stretches towards the mouth area so as to pick up voice clearly. Yet another common reason is because the headsets can be too difficult to secure or too uncomfortable/heavy to be clasp around the ear. To counter these issues, here's an innovative solution from Oakley and Motorola:- 

Fusing Oakley's Technology…

The RAZRWIRE Bluetooth Eyewear is a collaboration that combines the technology from Motorola and sunglasses from Oakley. Oakley produces fashion eyewear for athletes of all kinds of sports and is well known for its quality and unique designs. The RAZRWIRE can be used separately as a pair of sunglasses and you can expect the goodness of an Oakley. It features the patented XYZ Optics that maximizes clarity at all angles of vision and the optically pure “Plutonit” lenses improve impact protection as well as filter out 100% of all harmful ultra violet rays. The frame is made up of “O-Luminum”, which is 40% lighter than pure titanium. To reduce the weight of the Eyewear even further, Oakley has removed the frame around the bottom half of the lenses so that the total weight of RAZRWIRE is a mere 37g. For a comfortable fit, the sunglasses have spring-loaded hinges to ensure it fits your head..


... with Motorola's Technology.

Pairing up with Oakley's ever-popular Wire series, Motorola provided a Bluetooth module that attaches to the leg of the RAZRWIRE sunglasses. The Bluetooth module is designed such that it can be used on either the left or the right side by simply twisting the connector around. There are three main buttons on the Bluetooth module:- volume up, volume down and a multi-purpose button to answer, reject and power on/off the device. The RAZRWIRE does not have any protruding microphone and relies on a small but sensitive microphone which is integrated on the Bluetooth module itself. 

After making a number of calls using the RAZRWIRE, we were pretty impressed with the call quality and we didn't get many complaints from the calling parties of not being able to hear us clearly. There were certain moments of course when it picked up unwanted environmental noise such as the wind that distorted our voice while cycling along the beach. This is certainly beyond the technology's limits so this is no part of the unit's shortcoming. Rather, this is to emphasize where and how to best use the RAZRWIRE. Overall for normal use, the RAZRWIRE fared well in our books.

Final Thoughts

The RAZRWIRE is just as good as any other Bluetooth earpiece/headset in the market based on Bluetooth V1.2, Class 1 standards as far as call quality is concerned. Where the RAZRWIRE stands out is its eyewear design concept that looks very natural on any user unlike other standard Bluetooth devices. As the name implies, the RAZRWIRE was meant to pair with Motorola's RAZR V3, which has garnered much attention for its cool and slim form factor design. For those who don't own this phone, fret not as the RAZRWIRE is compatible with other Bluetooth phones from Sony Ericsson, Siemens and Nokia. For now, if you want a Bluetooth headset with style, there's only one choice and it's yours for US$295 (RRP).

 
The Bluetooth module doesn't fit well with other Oakley sunglasses.

 
Bluetooth phones from Sony Ericsson, Siemens and Nokia will work with the RAZRWIRE too.

 
The RAZRWIRE comes with the charger & a MicroClear bag for cleaning and storage.




  Product Specifications

  • Bluetooth V1.2
  • Integrated rechargeable Li-Ion Polymer
  • Connectivity: Built-in port for USB (Mini-B) cable connection 
  • Standby Time: Up to 100 hours
  • Talk Time: Up to 6 hours
  • Profiles: Handsfree, Headset
  • Weight: 37g
  • Price: US$295 (RRP)