World's slimmest Bluetooth headset
- Metal design, size and weight, excellent outgoing audio
- Buttons are tiny and difficult to press, incoming audio distorted, small microphone susceptible to noise from wind
The Bluetrek Metal is a stunning piece of industrial design that is unfortunately let down by poor incoming audio. It scores points for its fantastic design, but needs to improve in quality to compete with the rest of the market.
Price$ 69.00 (AUD)
Claimed to be the world's slimmest Bluetooth headset, the Bluetrek Metal is quite simply a stunning piece of industrial design. Although it’s without doubt one of the most stylish headsets we’ve reviewed, questionable incoming audio may turn many potential users elsewhere.
The Bluetrek Metal is light, compact and elegant. Available in silver and black finishes, the headset is constructed almost entirely of metal (hence its name). Bluetrek claims the material won't lose its finish. It is just 4mm thick and weighs only 5.5g but it feels surprisingly sturdy and well built.
Operation of the Metal is simple, with just three buttons on the unit. Unfortunately, the small size of the Metal doesn’t help in this regard; the talk and volume up and volume down buttons are incredibly small, and therefore best pressed with the edge of your fingernail. Even the smallest of fingers will find the buttons difficult to press accurately. Thankfully, the in-ear style means the headset is comfortable to use even for long periods. Bluetrek includes six different-sized ear buds in order to provide the best fit possible.
Pairing the Metal with your mobile phone is as simple as pressing the talk button for seven seconds. A tiny LED on the back of the unit will denote pairing mode by quickly cycling between short blue and red flashes. Search for the Metal in the Bluetooth menu of your phone, enter the default passcode (0000) and pairing is complete.
Performance is a mixed bag. Our callers had little complaint with outgoing audio, with our voice projecting through the microphone loud and clear. Unfortunately, incoming audio through the tiny speaker is a hit and miss affair. It fluctuated regularly, from passable to distorted. Depending on background noise, it can be difficult to hold a conversation, especially if there is any wind. The tiny microphone is affected by even the slightest wind.
The Metal has a flexible USB charger and adapter. Plugging into any standard USB port, the charger allows the base end of the Metal to slide into a special slot for recharging. A USB car charger is also included. There is no AC adapter in the sales package, although Bluetrek is generous with included accessories, offering a plastic belt clip and two ear hooks.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Witness a 241% Australian price hike: Dell Latitude 7370 review
- 2 Is this the best value phone on the market? Moto G4 Plus review
- 3 Sony Xperia X Performance review: Sony’s most disappointing product in years
- 4 Huawei P9 review: lifting photography to another level... sometimes.
- 5 Huawei Mate 8 review: probably the best all-round Android phone you can buy
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- Apple could stick a Digital Crown on the iPhone
- Blackberry announces DETK50, a secure US$299 Android phone
- Samsung files artificial muscle patent for use in flexible smartphones
- The affordable new Moto E grows in size, but not price
- Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 is now the company's fastest mobile chip
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTSocial Media AssistantQLD
- CCSystems AdministratorSA
- FTPortfolio Project Governance AnalystNSW
- CCLead Business AnalystNSW
- FTJava DeveloperVIC
- CCOracle Pl/SQL DeveloperNSW
- FT1st Level IT Support - Microsoft EnvironmentNSW
- CCSenior Systems SpecialistNSW
- FTAgile Coach / Training & Support ManagerNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/J2EE/SQL) 160726/AP/186Asia
- CCAssociate Engineer (Communications Engineering)Asia
- FTServicenow DeveloperVIC
- CCApplication Service TechnicianVIC
- CCChange Analysts - multiple rolesNSW
- CCPeoplsoft Technical SupportACT
- CCTrainer - Windows 10 / Office 2016ACT
- FTApplication Support AnalystSA
- CCDatabase AdministratorNSW
- CCBusiness Analyst / BillingNSW
- FTSOE Desktop Engineer - must have SCCM 2012NSW
- CCChange Portfolio ManagerNSW
- CCCommunication LeadVIC
- FTPortfolio Governance AnalystVIC
- CCAgile Delivery ManagerACT
- CCSenior Architect - CloudVIC