Bluetooth headset candidate #2: Motorola H500


Bluetooth version - 1.2
Range - 33 ft.
Talk time - up tp 8 hours
Stand-by - up to 200 hours
Charging time - less than 1 hour
Weight - 0.55 ounces

MSRP: $69.99

Motorola is a well-known brand, releasing several stylish headsets to compliment their equally as stylish line of phones. The H500 prices itself into the midrange of the selection of available competng headsets out there.

At 0.55 ounces, weight is hardly an issue. I had no complaints about the weight when wearing it through a workday. I had very little difficulty with the overall fit. Although at some angles it did tend to hang away slightly. At times the curve of the hook I found to be a bit unforgiving as it doesn't easily conform to the natural curvature of around the top and back of my ear resulting in some slight discomfort. The ear hook is easy to manipulate for use with the left or right ear. The speaker is slightly raised and sits outside the ear while angling the audio toward the ear canal.

Controls are handled through one multi-use button on the outside and two volume controls located on on opposite sides of the unit - one for up and one for down. The buttons were responsive with good tactile feedback. Pairing with all my phones occurred quite easily.

Real world mixed usage I found the battery to allow me to go 3-5 days between charges.

Sound quality is about on par with other headsets at this price. My girlfriend thought the sound was as if I wasn't using the headset - that is until I started using it in other situations outside of the office or from within my home, such as driving with road noise being picked up in the cabin, as well as when going shopping, or running errands in un-roomed situations. At those times, issues of me sounding distant would occur. Simultaneously, I also had problems hearing her in those settings and would find myself pushing the headset into the side of my head - when that happens, I might as well just use the phone directly!

This model does not posess noise/echo/wind cancellation, so the wind was known to overpower my voice when carrying a conversation outside.

This mid-priced headset, tends to be quite comparable to the aforereviewed Jabra BT125. The only immediate advantage in comparison is the longer standby time, but I'd have trouble justifying the additional $30 just for that and I'd gladly put that extra money into improving the volume and/or integrating a noise cancellation feature. Again, if you don't plan to use it in the situations I had problems in, then this would be a capable headset, but for the money and the newer innovations coming down the pipe, I'd be hard-pressed to choose this over Jabra's offering.

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