Danish headset makers GN Netcom are campaigning for safer driving with the Freeway, a hands-free gizmo that can be hooked up to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously – a cell phone, iPod, iPhone or iPad or laptop – while also making calls (with HD voice clarity, they claim, though that’s really up to the network that you’re on) over a three-speaker (2.1) surround system. Call options include dial, answer and end, redial, call back, ignore and reject – all voice-operated (it also reads out stored caller IDs) – apart from functions to check on battery status, and start and control the music player. A Noise Blackout Extreme feature kicks in for noise cancellation, and a built-in motion sensor turns the device on only when you’re in the car, to save charge (the makers promise 14 hours talk-time in all, and up to 40 days standby), apart from switching to a night driving mode that disables the LED display. The best part – the installation is snappy (save for pairing each device individually), and you can finally directly stream music and podcasts from your laptop or pad to the car radio.
R7,499 (with one-year local warranty). Visit www.jabra.com
By Time Out on October 27 2011 6.30pm