First Looks:i.Tech Clip Naro 601

Three-Point Turn

Three-Point Turn

For many, the i.Tech name has been quite prominent recently. The Bluetooth headset manufacturer has seen a strong following with its earlier offerings such as the i.Voice Pro. As a followup, we see i.Tech going back to its more commonly associated clip form factor in the guise of its Clip Naro 601.

Confusing Buttons

Unlike its Clip-D series of Bluetooth stereo headsets, the Naro 601 is designed with a slimmer form factor. Minus away the bulk and you get a Bluetooth headset that remains as inconspicuous as possible. However, if you are more of a wireless person like us, the Naro 601's dangling wire will probably not appeal to you. The Naro 601 does keep its design minimalistic. A small plastic cover protects its USB charging port from the elements and that's about it. The only other obvious button that you'll notice is the Call/End button on the clip.

Unfortunately, this is where some confusion arose. Our attempt to power up the device was, in short, frustrating. As we repeatedly pressed and held the Call/End button on the clip, the Naro 601 just refused to respond. After some deliberation and advice (plus a little research done via the user manual), we noticed a second button on the earpiece. This turned out to be the elusive Power and Multifunction button, and with that, all was well when we embarked upon our test.

Three's Not a Crowd

Voice clarity is of utmost importance when you are running the show with a Bluetooth headset. The Naro 601 performs well in this aspect, even in a crowded environment. Ambient noise was nearly negligible, as reported by the receiving party. Conversely, using the Naro 601 in a closed and quiet environment, we found its audio clarity to be top-notch.

Whilst most devices out there allow you to connect a single Bluetooth unit to two separate units, the Naro 601 adds one more to its repertoire. A simultaneous connection of up to three devices is supported by the Naro 601's Triple Point function, which is considerably useful for the office executive with multiple Bluetooth devices. i.Tech has also added some bells and whistles in the form of a buzzer alert. This acts pretty well in reminding one to turn back for their paired devices if they were to leave it unattended beyond a range of up to 10 meters.

Talk time won't be of much worry to the user. The Naro 601 is rated for up to 120 hours of standby and 6 hours of talk time. In truth, the Naro 601 lasted for up to 2 days in our testing.

Ending the Three-Way Conversation

i.Tech has brought itself up to speed when it comes to the technological race. With the introduction of its Triple Point function, it does present a higher level of flexibility for the user to switch between not two, but three devices with ease. Though it won't be making a fashion statement, it does come in a petite form factor befitting the images of Bluetooth headsets. Its pricing is also unlikely to be an issue with most consumers out there, as the i.Tech Clip Naro 601 comes in at an affordable S$88.