“Imagine a world of crystal clear mobile conversations combined with unique state-of-the-art design. A world where the hectic pace of life doesn’t always have to intrude – where communication with someone miles away feels like you’re standing next to them.”
Based on this idea Qstik developers created this high-end Bluetooth headset initially designed for the Ministry of Defence, powered by an advanced Digital Signal Processor and featuring bi-directional adaptive noise cancellation, echo cancellation, automatic volume adjustment, stereo sound streaming, speech enhancement, VoIP support, and two Bluetooth profiles – Advanced Audio Distribution Profile, also known as A2DP, and Audio Video Remote Control Profile, in short AVRCP.
Qstik EVOQ was released on the market a while ago and you can find it at one of the developer’s partner online stores called Mobile Fun.
I had the pleasure to review Qstik today, after receiving one from the store, and would like to tell you a few things about it including how you can benefit from its features.
At the first glance, the headset looks big and bulky, which would be too much for a woman’s ear, even for a man’s, but after playing with it for a while and try it on I can say it’s not that problematic.
The black color with glossy finish makes Qstik fit with men’s style, while the round shape and the glossy finish make it suitable as a woman’s accessory, and as we all need practical gadgets like a Bluetooth headset that would allow us to keep talking on the phone and finish the work on the computer at the same time, I’d say it’s a useful product for anyone. Plus that it has the ability to adjust incoming and outgoing calls automatically, by removing background noises and enhancing speech.
The gadget measures about 45 x 10 mm, meaning no one will say you’re taking alone on the street. It comes with a small silver charging cradle that mounts on the included silver stand so you can keep it on your desk while it’s charging, or take the headset in the charging cradle and use it as an in-car holder. The cradle and the stand stick together via a magnet.
In the same box there are also a pair of stereo earphones for optional connectivity to the Qstik, spare earhook and earbud, the mains charger, a small brochure explaining the basic functions, and the complete user guide in PDF format on a CD. I wish there was a paper user guide with the instructions in addition to the CD, to be able to read it not only in the same room where I have the computer. Another thing that bothered me a bit, to say so, was the PDF file which recommended me to view the guide in full screen and, after finishing it, it just got blocked. I had to open Windows Task Manager to close the process.
If you’d get a Qstik you’d use it mainly for listening to the MP3s stored in your cell phone, which would be interrupted by incoming calls, and resumed automatically as the call ends. Also you can imagine yourself walking on the street, or searching things in a crowded mall, while talking on the phone hands-free, but in addition to this you could connect it wirelessly to your desktop or laptop computer via an USB Bluetooth adapter and listen to your playlist while doing some morning cleaning in the room. The wireless connectivity is based on the Bluetooth 2.0 technology, which works within the supported range and you can benefit from it not only using a laptop, but also other Bluetooth A2DP-enabled devices.
If you like jogging you have the possibility to use the included stereo earphone connected to Qstik for listening to the music.
More than that, you can use it for hands-free VoIP Internet calls via your computer.
I was saying earlier that Qstik might look bulky and too big for your ears. Well, I tried it on and, as you can see in the images, it doesn’t look bad at all. I didn’t keep it for many hours on my ear, but it’s lightweight and I don’t think you’d have a problem after long use, maybe only if you are very active and make fast, sudden moves. This way I guess it could lose stability. The earhook is made from a soft and flexible material, similar with your skin, and doesn’t slide on the ear.
I was interested in trying the headset and see how fast I can setup the connection with my cell phone and laptop, to be able to receive phone calls and listen to the music.
There are several simple steps you have to follow in order to connect Qstik to your computer. First you need an USB Bluetooth dongle, which you can find in any store selling computer accessories. It plugs into an USB port on your computer and is immediately recognized by the operating system, which in my case was Windows Vista.
Next, instead of turning Qstik on and then connect it via Bluetooth, I read the user guide and learned that in order to do it faster all I had to do was to keep the main button pressed for four seconds, until the two LED lights start to flash blue and green. As soon as you do that, it starts to search for compatible devices to connect to. The system will ask you to install the Bluetooth dongle software, which is located on the CD included in the package when you bought it.
Install the software and start searching Qstik on the computer. It will detect it automatically and then you’ll need to insert an access code, which is 0000 by default.
To listen to the music via the headset, and not via the computer speakers, just open your media player and choose the USB Bluetooth receiver as the synchronizing device, then check the speakers driver to see if it’s included there too.
If it won’t work from the first time, restart the media player.
On the Qstik you can find three buttons: the one on the front of it is used for turning on/off the device, or turning on and start searching for Bluetooth devices, by keeping it pressed for four seconds, and two buttons on top of it. The “-” button decreases the volume, while the “+” button can be used either for increasing the sound volume in the headset, or for searching Bluetooth devices in the close proximity while pressed simultaneously with the main button.
If you want to listen to the music having your cell phone as the source, you can set Qstik to start searching for compatible devices, while doing the same thing with your handset. The cell phone will detect Qstik and ask for the passcode. After this you can choose your favorite song or playlist and put the headset on your ear, or the earphones connected to it.
How to use Qstik for phone calls? –Press the main button to turn it on, keep the “+” button and the main button pressed to pair the devices, dial the number on the phone, wait for the call to be transferred to the headset automatically, then keep the main button pressed for two seconds to end the call.
To accept an incoming call you have to press the main button one time, and to reject a call just keep it pressed for two seconds.
For voice dialing you need to press both the “+” and “-“ buttons simultaneously.
There are also other basic functions you can perform using just the three buttons, such as disabling/re-enabling the automatic Speech Level Control and mute/unmute the microphone.
If you like Qstik and want one for yourself check Mobile Fun, where it’s available for only £11.95.
The review is the personal opinion of Ladies’ Gadgets based on the experience with the sample product sent by MobileFun, which is the only compensation we received.