- LED display, caller ID, phonebook, A2DP Bluetooth profile, decent battery life
- Bland design, display could have been a little larger, sound quality not up to scratch for music, noise and wind cancellation not the best
The Sudio Brio offers an excellent list of features for a Bluetooth headset, headed by caller ID and phonebook synchronisation.
Price$ 149.00 (AUD)
Buy now (Selling at 4 stores)
Featuring caller ID, A2DP Bluetooth for wireless music streaming and up to six hours talk time the Sudio Brio is a hands free Bluetooth speakerphone with plenty of features.
As it has an LED display, the Brio features caller ID through a built-in phone book. To use this feature, you'll need to synchronise your phonebook with the Brio; a process which is as simple as choosing "sync phonebook" from the menu. The Brio then automatically downloads the phonebook records from your mobile phone. For our 183 contacts, the Brio took about two minutes to upload all the entries, which isn't too shabby.
The LED display is clear, and its brightness can be adjusted. In addition to caller ID and phonebook entries, the Brio display as shows a battery life indicator. The screen is particularly good for night time use, as text is crisp and clear and there are minimal graphics. With the amount of spare space on the unit though, we feel it could have been a little larger.
Performance is average. The Brio isn't quite as effective as the, the BlueAnt Supertooth Light in terms of noise isolation or sound quality but it does the job. Wind noise can be an issue though; you'll need to close your driver's window to be able to hear clearly, as the microphone does tend to pick up noise. That being said, the Brio is definitely in-line with most other hands-free speakerphones we've reviewed.
Pairing the Brio to your phone is a simple process, achieved by navigating to the main menu, selecting "enter pairing mode" and entering the default passcode (0000). Conveniently, the Brio can pair with up to eight devices at one time. Once paired, there is support for voice dialling, call waiting and conference calling, although these features are all dependant on whether your mobile phone supports them.
The Brio also has A2DP support, meaning you can stream wireless music from your phone through the speaker. We wouldn't recommend this though, as the speaker really isn't loud enough for listening to music, nor is it of a good quality. Sudio includes a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, although this is fairly pointless, as the appeal of a Bluetooth device lies in its wireless capabilities.
Unfortunately, the design is fairly bland; the Brio is finished in a dull grey and black plastic. It certainly doesn't feel like it should command the price tag it does, although the features offered are very reasonable. An excellent part of the design is the sunvisor clip - it connects via two magnets attached to the back of the unit, so it's easy to remove. There is also an air vent clip included in the sales package.
Sudio claims the Brio offers up to six hours of talk time and 550 hours of standby time. Both quoted figures quite reasonable for a speakerphone, especially one with a display and phonebook capabilities.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z3 review: The no-frills flagship
- 2 Samsung's Galaxy Alpha review: A peek into the Galaxy S6
- 3 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: The busiest, biggest and best Samsung phablet
- 4 Aldi's $279 Bauhn Sphere review: Disappointing
- 5 Nokia Lumia 735 review: Perfectly ordinary
Best Deals on GoodGearGuide
Latest News Articles
- Startup SQLdep aims to help DBAs stay sane
- BlackBerry's deal to buy voice crypto company Secusmart blessed by German government
- France, Germany want EU to take a tougher stance on tech firms
- Divoom Voombox-Travel rugged Bluetooth speaker
- Distracted? Slap this Hitachi gizmo on your forehead to focus
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTStudio Design ManagerVIC
- CCTech Support | IT Services Firm - Ad hoc Projects - Port Augusta / Whyalla AreaSA
- FTDigital Marketing Manager | Online Marketing ManagerNSW
- CCTech Support | IT Services Firm - Ad hoc Projects - Echuca AreaVIC
- FTPartnership Manager - MediaNSW
- FTSEO Content ExecutiveVIC
- FTDigital Account ManagerNSW
- FTAccount ExecutiveNSW
- FTProgram Manager - Integration & SolutionsNSW
- FTClient Services Manager | Digital Client Services ManagerNSW