FREETALK Everyman (USB)


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For today’s review we will be looking at the FREETALK Everyman from Skype. Designed to be light and portable, the FREETALK Everyman comes with fold up headphones. It is a super wideband audio headset meaning it can tag advantage of Skype’s SILK codec for better audio quality. While it was created to operate using Skype; it functions and works nicely with any program requiring a microphone and/or headset.

This modestly priced ($22.88) headset features Neodymium speakers, a unidirectional microphone, 3.5 mm jack and a USB connection. The dual input system allows the FREETALK Everyman to be used with either a computer or connect to a portable media player. It is designed to work with either Mac OS X or Windows.


The FREETALK Everyman comes in inauspicious brown cardboard box with a Skype inspired design on the outside. By using plain recyclable brown cardboard material, Skype does a nice job keeping the packaging “Green”. It’s always nice to see companies who are environmentally conscious.

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Inside the package we find the headset and an instruction/care sheet. The headphones come folded flat on a cardboard insert. Upon initial inspection we see the FREETALK Everyman headset is primarily composed of black plastic and weighs 124 grams.

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A soft black foam material covers the earpieces and coming off the left side of the headset is an adjustable flexible metal arm with a boom microphone at the end. This microphone can be rotated 180 degrees to move the mic out of the way when using the FREETALK Everyman with a media player.

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The headband is made of a relatively thick piece of plastic and is adjustable to accommodate different head sizes. The cable measures about four feet in length and Y-splits into a USB dongle and a 3.5mm headphone connection. The USB connection allows audio recording and playback via the PC or Mac.

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On the outer part of the right headset is the Everyman logo in white. This same logo is found on the USB dongle. The ear pieces fold in towards the headband and rotate 90 degrees inward allowing the FREETALK Everyman to fold up for travel.

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Specifications:

FREETALK Everyman (USB)

Super wideband audio headset for excellent Skype calls.

FREETALK Everyman is a state of the art, super wideband audio headset for Skype calls to everyone, everywhere, every time. Impeccable call quality when you talk to the world for free and the perfect soundtrack for me time when you use it with your MP3.

Features:
-Developed with Skype for optimal performance.
-Super wideband audio.
-Unidirectional microphone helps eliminate background noise.
-Neodymium speakers for rich full range stereo sound 20Hz-20KHz.
-Innovative, light fold-flat design.
-Plug & Play instant use with excellent USB sound quality.
-Handy optional 3.5mm jack allows MP3 connection when travelling.
-Adjustable headband and microphone.
-PC and Mac compatible.
-Weighs only 124 g.

Contents:
-1 x FREETALK Everyman USB stereo headset with fold flat feature.
-1 x Instruction and care manual.

Price: $23.00

For testing I used the FREETALK Everyman with my MacBook Pro, Desktop PC,iPhone and iPod. To obtain the proper fit, adjust the headband and boom mic to the optimal position. The flexible boom mic is easily adjustable and the mic’s metal arm was able to retain its position even with multiple wearings and removals of the FREETALK Everyman.

The sound quality of the FREETALK Everyman was quite good especially it’s low price. My experience has been sub $50 microphones are usually not that good. The FREETALK Everyman seems to break my preconception. Call made using Skype were crystal clear as the audio quality sounded good on both ends of the conversation. Using the headset with iChat provided similar results.

Listening to music using the FREETALK Everyman as regular set of headphones was another pleasant surprise. I was expecting “muddy” sounding audio from these “cans” but that was not the case as the mid range and bass response was crisp.

The only problem I experienced was the headset felt a little tight especially after wearing the FREETALK Everyman for a prolonged period. The headphone foam seems thick enough but I felt it did not provide enough cushion on my ears.

As a headset for music playback the FREETALK Everyman is a bit bulky. I don’t see myself using it as my everyday iPhone/iPod headset, but having that ability if definitely a nice bonus.

The headset is compact and folds up making it great for travel. Simply throw it in your laptop bag and go. Although it is constructed of plastic it feels sturdy and seems like it would handle the abuse of travel relatively well.


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Conclusion:

The FREETALK Everyman is a low priced solution for the Skype user or anyone who uses audio/video telecommunications programs. The audio quality is excellent when used in conjunction with Skype. If you desire to use the FREETALK Everyman with a media player, the built 3.5mm jack makes that a possibility.

For the price, the FREETALK Everyman is a good headset and worth the investment especially if you use Skype frequently.

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Pros:
+Low Price
+Collapsible
+Good sound quality
+Optimized for use with Skype

Cons:
-Headband a little tight
-Too bulky to use as everyday music headset

Grades:
Overall score-9-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-9-10

This product was given to technogog for review by the company for review purposes only, and is not considered by us as payment for the review, we do not, and never will, accept payment from companies to review their products. To learn more about our review policy please visit this page HERE.

  • dicdoc

    This is a terrible headset. Sound is ok but it feels soooo cheap and plastic-like. It is the least elegant design ever with the most unwieldy cable and earcushions that will make your ears sweat within minutes.

    Needless to say I do NOT recommend the FREETALK Everyman Skype Headset.

  • Gizzmo

    This headset sucks. For VOIP one needs a headset with a mute button and a sound control. This one has neither. So if it is too loud you gotta get to your computer and fiddle with the software in order to change. You might be deaf before that happens. Really really bad. And imagine that Skype claims that this is Skype Certified!!!! Makes me totally loose my belief in that label.. bad bad bad.

  • Billbo

    I hear the headset works great for some people, and more thatn a few bloggers gave their free complimentary headset rave reviews. Mine doesn’t work. Worse yet, there is no tech support. Skype should be ashamed.

  • JRR

    Sound quality, incoming and outgoing, is excellent, and the price is right. Not the most comfortable headset of all time, but not bad. I do a lot of long conference calls and haven’t suffered permanent damage. No complaints.

    Yes “dicdoc”, it is cheap and plastic-like, because it is cheap ($22.00 including shipping direct from Skype) and it is made of plastic! Let me know when you find a good headset made of wood, leather or precious metals.

    Yes “Gizzmo”, if the sound is too loud “you gotta get to your computer and fiddle”, but this is not a wireless gizmo, so just how far to you gotta get?! Mute and volume control are a couple of mouse clicks away.

    “Billbo”, you have my sympathy. My headset didn’t work at first and then I realized that I had to adjust the Audio setting in Skype/Preferences to Freetalk Everyman. Then it worked! True… Skype tech support is a slow e-mail slog, but you can get answers and you still can’t beat the price.

    Some folks just love to complain. Get a life you guys!!!

  • rodders

    It’s OK for all of you but I ordered one on 14th March andas at 1st April it hasn’t arrived. I saw nothing on the Skype Shop pages to say that delivery can take up to one month but that’s what they are now telling me! It’s a disgrace. Also under PayPal rules the T’s and C’s should be clearly available but, not being an internet guru, I was unable to find them.

    Shame as I love Skype and use it all of the time (when I have a headset) but the sho[ lets them down badly.

    R

  • brian whitmore

    my headphones will not work when pluged in the usb, why.everyman headphones.

  • http://www.team-pegasus.com beth

    I can’t make it small enough to fit my head. I am a small female but with an average sized (?) head. When I am wearing the headset the speakers are down by my jawbone and the headset feels loose. Not quite for EVERYman…..

  • Afig On

    Rewview costs 0 – everything is a lie. Sound was terrigble. Worked 1 month, seller does not response.
    Better give your money to homeless.

  • Bobbi

    So when the foam cushion wear out on the Freetalk Everyman: where do you recommend getting a new cushions?

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