I use a Bluetooth headset and I'm no Nathan Barley, claims reader

Sysadmin defends style choice

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A reader strongly disputes our claim that wearing a wireless Bluetooth headset makes you look like a chump.

Yesterday we reported how impressed we were with the progress Bluetooth had made, having used the TDK's Blue5 Palm sled, Nokia's Connectivity Battery, and Ericsson T39m (and not 29m, as we said earlier) phone. But we were sceptical that anyone would want to own the other piece of kit we looked at: Ericsson's Bluetooth earpiece.

An article in Monday's Guardian describes the adoption of headsets as a cultural revolution, but gives the last word to a sales assistant who said "they're sweaty, they're cumbersome, they make you look like a twat." Headsets, he means, not Guardian journalists.

But reader Marcus Giles, a sysadmin at DeltaGold in Western Australia, begs to differ.

"I'm not going to try and tell you that your opinion sucks, as stating the obvious is never a clever trick," he writes.

"But personally I have found the Ericsson Bluetooth headset an absolute godsend. In my line of work the ability to be mobile, in full and easy communication with tech support, internal customers, and significant others, while still using the keyboard/internal PC component with both hands - without getting a kink in the neck or ionising my brain, is just the bee's knees."

"Personally the little flashing light on the end and the fact that it looks a little trashy means bugger all to me. They work well, they weight bugger all and they have a great range on them."

So there. Marcus doesn't sound like Charlie Brooker's iconic comic creation Nathan Barley [warning: strong language blah blah] at all, but to make sure we requested proof.

Can I take if off yet? - Marcus sports the headset

So here is Marcus, replete with headset, and we agree that no, he doesn't look like he's about to spend £40 on an astoundingly functionless four-inch-high limited edition plastic figurine of Money Mark.

That's better

It's horses for courses, reckons Aaron, who says that the sales assistant quoted in The Guardian feature probably didn't really need one.

We promised him we wouldn't be snidey, and with the Reg mark looming at the end of this paragraph, we think we've almost kept our word. There. ®

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