Taking the cue from its successful first generation Clip Radio Bluetooth headset, i.Tech has built upon the winning formula and now introduces its second iteration of its i.Tech Clip D-Radio Bluetooth headset with a few spruces on its specification front.
To state the obvious, the Clip D-Radio's naming convention is a dead giveaway about its petite clip design, which allows one to easily attach the base unit to your bag strap or any other suitable surfaces. Interestingly, the Clip D-Radio utilizes an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen for display purposes and which includes track information, caller-ID notification and a battery indicator. Accompanying the OLED screen is the five-way navigation pad that includes the standard Forward and Back keys, a Play/Pause button at the bottom and finally a dedicated button for FM Radio/Voice Commander access. Located at the rear of the device is a 3.5mm audio jack and a USB charging port for direct to PC charging purposes.
As one of the first Bluetooth headsets to utilize the latest Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR Class 2 connection, the Clip D-Radio does not disappoint with its audio clarity. With both music and voice functions activated, the Clip D-Radio had no tinny quality to its voice functionality, aided in part by its DSP technology with CVC echo and noise cancellation features. Passing through high-noise areas along the streets and on public transportation, conversation was clear for both parties, though heading into tunnels presented us with a slight amount of static. As for its range, the Clip D-Radio got cut off at slightly less than 10 meters, which could be affected by walls and other obstructions separating the Clip D-Radio from its paired device.
Doubling as a Bluetooth stereo headset, A2DP profile is supported on the Clip D-Radio and this will be a boon to any user wishing for a wireless connectivity to their Bluetooth enabled devices. Alternatively, with its integrated FM receiver, you can opt for a FM transmitter and tune to the respective frequencies for devices without Bluetooth connectivity.
Even with the bundled 3.5mm earpiece, the Clip D-Radio manages to deliver a solid audio experience, though obviously you won't get a state-of-the art audio experience. Battery performance is of no issue here, with the Clip D-Radio lasting for up to 7 hours as stated in its specification sheet. This is unsurprising due to the power saving features of the OLED display.
Do not be mistaken in thinking that the i.Tech Clip D-Radio is just a Bluetooth headset with an integrated FM receiver. Winning our hearts with the inclusion of its 3.5mm audio output for a variety of audio peripherals and an easily attachable clip form factor, the Clip D-Radio presents a truly hands-free solution for a sweet price of S$169.