Palm Releases Its 3rd Generation Bluetooth Headset
While Palm is not widely known as being an accessory supplier, their line of Bluetooth headsets has quietly reached the 3rd generation with the release of the new Palm Wireless Headset Series 3. This unit is most likely a rebranded offering, much like how the 2nd-generation Palm 3265WW was a re-branded Plantronics Discovery 640/645.
Palm's prices for their branded Bluetooth headsets have come down tremendously in the past year, with this latest release sporting a reasonably MSRP of only $69.99, although this version omits the bundled AC charger of both previous Palm headsets as well as the generous accessory bundle found in the package of its predecessor.
The Palm 700p and 700w/wx devices are strangely absent from the compatible devices mentioned by Palm. Officially. Palm claims that the device will work on the Palm Centro, 755p, 750, 680, and 650 as well as most Bluetooth 1.1 or better mobile phones. No word from Palm if this is a typo or if the often-flaky Bluetooth capabilities of their 700-series Treos have prevented these devices from being officially compatible with this headset.
Like the previous 2nd generation Palm Bluetooth Ultralight Headset, the Series 3 Headset does not feature a standard Palm Athena/MultiConnector connector tip integrated in to the device. Rather, it uses a charging “pocket” that any Palm MultiConnector charger can plug into.
Palm bundles three soft gel ear tips with this headset to ensure a proper fit for all sizes of ears. In addition, reasonably-sized buttons are present on the side of the headset for controlling volume and call handling. Being an owner of the first-generation Palm Bluetooth headset (the 3206WW model), I would imagine the sound quality, comfort and ergonomics to be improved tremendously over Palm’s first wireless headset but not drastically different from Palm’s second-generation release. The Series 3 headset does appear to have a flatter, easier to manage design than the contoured casing of the 2nd-generation headset.