With New York leading the way, more and more states threaten to outlaw that familiar sight, the driver with one hand on the wheel and the other pressing a mobile phone to his ear. Be ready. Get a headset that uses that nifty new Bluetooth technology to connect you to one of the currently available Bluetooth-ready phones, no wires necessary (and no hands, either). These products all have a range of 30 feet and weigh less than one ounce. One tiny headset, so many advantages.


Ericsson HBH-15
Available early this year for about $200.
Pros: New lithium battery gives tons of talk time before recharge (five hours). Streamlined, fluid design.
Cons: You’d better like blue, because that’s the only color plate available to jazz up the looks.
Bottom line: Ericsson is part of the Bluetooth consortium and has a lot invested in the technology’s success. With this second-generation device, they’ve improved the design, lowered the weight, and upped the talk time. A great accessory, especially if you have an Ericsson phone, though it will work with any phone equipped with a Bluetooth chip.
More info:www.sonyericssonmobile.com/us
GN Netcom Bluetooth phone headset Available now under the Motorola name for about $180.
Pros: Microphone arm folds into headset to turn the unit on and off when not in use. Includes GN Netcom’s well-known noise-reduction technology.
Cons: If you don’t have a Motorola phone, you’ll have to wait to buy one.
Bottom line: The Danish GN Netcom is one of the oldest and biggest players in the headset market and in this case, experience counts. This sleek second-generation headset is one of the most stylish and compact around, and includes proprietary perks like volume orientation (senses when user switches ears and adjusts volume accordingly).
More info:www.gnnetcom.com
Plantronics M1000 Expected to hit market early this year for about $150.
Pros: Adjustable boom for convenience and multiple users.
Cons: First-generation device (although it uses a second-gen chip) so it has none of the improvements others boast, such as longer talk and standby time, or lightweight, non-bulky design.
Bottom line: A fine option at a good price, but shorter talk time is a drawback. Plantronics, however, is also an old-timer in the headset business and likely to catch up with the competition quickly.
More info:www.plantronics.com