The new, discreet mini Bluetooth ear piece

Alison Young
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July 20, 2007
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There are so many Bluetooth headsets out there, and these days they seem to be a dime a dozen out on the market. Motorola’s H9 Miniblue caught my eye because it’s so small and discreet (barely larger than my camera’s memory card). It weighs less than an ounce and I can pop it into my ear and walk around “talking to myself” like a crazy lady and no one would ever see the H9 in my ear with the hair covering it.

The H9 sits deeply in your ear, which can be good and bad. It’s good because this design feature creates a seal around your ear to help reduce the ambient noise in your surrounding environment. It is bad if you feel uncomfortable having things deep in your ear. Despite the fact that it does not include a piece to go over your ear, the H9 will stay in place securely. The only way it came out of my ear was when my mischievous parrot pried it out while sitting on my shoulder.

As long as you have a Bluetooth 1.1- or 1.2-enabled cell phone that supports headset and hands-free profiles, it will work with anything.

It has a large call button that performs multiple functions: voice dialing,answering calls, hanging up, call-waiting and three-way calling. With the way it’s built, you can use the H9 on either ear and it comes with an array of interchangeable ear tips to ensure your personal fit and comfort.

The portable charger base included with your H9 is quite handy since it slips right into your pocket or purse.You can receive 7.5 hours of talk time using this portable charger (or 1.5 hours with the headset only), and 100 hours of standby time.While in the charger base the headset will stay charged up to 20 days. The blue indicator lights keep you updated with your headset status information. As with all Bluetooth devices, you can use it up to 33 feet away from your phone.

Overall it’s a decent headset, but a bit pricey with its ~$150 price tag. I do enjoy the portable charger, the small size and the stylish black and silver color scheme. The fact that it sits deep in the ear does not bother me at all,but

I would imagine it’s uncomfortable for others.

Find the Motorola H9 Miniblue at or your nearest CompUSA ( or Best Buy ( com).

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Laptop Desk Futura You may remember me writing about the LapWorks’ Laptop Desk 2.0, the heat-reducing laptop desk stand. To add to its line of products, LapWorks announced the Laptop Desk Futura last week.

As with its predecessors, you use it on your lap to reduce the heat coming off your laptop, or fold it into a wedge-shaped stand to use on your desk (adjustable to five typing angles). The difference with this one and the previous versions is that it is a more chic design with an oval shape and comes in bright colors (to be available in a few months) similar to the colors of Apple’s iPods.

With this Futura design, open ventilation slots were created (that were previously closed channels) so cool air can enter from under your Futura. These slots are elongated by two inches so hot air has a better pathway to escape from under wide-screen notebooks. Additionally, the new 1/8-inch air space allows cool air to circulate under your laptop with rubber pads that lift and separate it from the Futura.

The Laptop Desk Futura is very compact with its just-over-a-pound weight (16 1/4 ounces, and folds into 11 x 10 3/4 inches. At this size you can easily slip it into your laptop bag - perfect for traveling.

Check out to find the laptop protection you’re looking for. The Laptop Desk Futura sells for $29.95. Until the colorful units are available, you can purchase it in a gun-metal gray color.

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