Motorola Endeavor HX1
Manufacturer: Motorola Part number: HX1
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CNET editors' review
price range: $163.44
- Reviewed by: Nicole Lee
- Reviewed on: 07/24/2009
The good: The Motorola Endeavor HX1's bone conduction completely eliminates background noise when needed, while the CrystalTalk noise-cancellation technology works well in most everyday situations. It also has voice prompts and multipoint support. We like the feel of the controls and the snug fit in the ear.
The bad: The Motorola Endeavor HX1's bone-conduction mode can result in poor voice quality, and the HX1 might fit too deep in the ear for some.
The bottom line: Though the call quality isn't perfect, the combination of bone conduction, CrystalTalk, and other features make the Motorola Endeavor HX1 a fantastic headset.
Pretty good 1st iteration
by schmenge123 on October 5, 2009
Pros: great controls and feedback; good build quality; clear noise-cancellation; decent bone-conduction
Cons: stealth mode could work better; awkward to put on or wear for extended periods
Summary: The military applications of bone conduction mics has been proven in the spec-ops community for years, providing clear, intelligible communications even under very demanding circumstances. Motorola's version of Invisio'...
Summary: The military applications of bone conduction mics has been proven in the spec-ops community for years, providing clear, intelligible communications even under very demanding circumstances. Motorola's version of Invisio's Q7 has been eagerly awaited and feared as vaporwear. But the wait appears to be worth it. The HX1 is a very credible (albeit imperfect) version of true bone-conduction technology for wireless BT.
Motorola got it right to boot the HX1 into CrystalTalk, its version of noise-cancelling mic. It is clear and loud, and perfectly fine for most applications. As the default mode, this works. But for noisy or windy environments, Stealth mode, using bone-conduction, is a revelation. Standing near loudspeakers with both music and voices at high levels, callers just couldn't hear it. I could hear them perfectly (the earpiece sits in the ear canal, shutting out lots of ambient noise) and they could hear me fairly clearly as I spoke in a normal voice (though not as well as through CrystalTalk).
The trick is in the fit. I found the HX1 did not stay tightly in my ear canal. It has a tendency to work its way out to sit more loosely in my ear than is optimal for Stealth. Switching to Stealth would be frustrating for callers because I had little volume and sounded very muffled. But if I repositioned the earpiece, callers reported 50-60% for volume and intelligibility. However, if I held the earpiece (finding the sweet spot took a little time), callers reported 80-90% volume and clarity. That's pretty good. Of course, nobody really wants to be holding the earpiece for optimal sound, but it sure beats pushing my old BT to my ear, a finger in my other ear, and shouting as loud as I could to be heard. I'm more than happy to use a headset that actually WORKS in noisy environments. This is the best BT I've tried in this regard, bar none (and I've tried plenty).
The controls are very clearly laid out and easy to find and activate without inadvertently pushing something else. The audio chimes and feedback are very nice (it even gives you the battery level upon startup), and pairing is simple for up to two phones. The on/off switch actually toggles, which I find much less prone to accidental power-ups or shutdowns in my pocket. And it's easy to locate and turn on unless you have very large fingers. Talk and stand-by times are pretty good, and the earpiece, while not as sleek as some, is not heavy.
Putting the headset on was a challenge at first. The earhook, necessary to keep the unit in place, was awkward to put on. I finally found that if I keep the earhook vertical to the speaker, and pushed the earpiece into my ear, I could take a finger and lift the earhook up and over my ear, and push it into place. With a little practice, it wasn't too hard to put on, but certainly not as easy as other headsets I've use.
The earpiece is not the most comfortable to wear for long periods, although it seems to be less of an irritant now than when I first started using it.
This is an excellent first try for Motorola. If I had to rate it only for its Stealth ability, I'd give it 5 stars in that it actually works. There's room for improvement, and I'm excited to see where Motorola takes this in the future.
7 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Not As Advertised
by tkevinh on January 8, 2010
Pros: The battery life is quite good. Style and ergonomics are fair. Easy to connect and operate.
Cons: The Stealth mode, and to a lesser extent, the Crystal Talk mode . Discomfort with reasonable usage.
Summary: The Crystal Talk (standard noise reduction) option cannot cancel a very gentle breeze. The Stealth mode/bone conduction (advanced noise reduction) option is nearly unusable. My voice is either very ...
Summary: The Crystal Talk (standard noise reduction) option cannot cancel a very gentle breeze. The Stealth mode/bone conduction (advanced noise reduction) option is nearly unusable. My voice is either very muffled or entirely inaudible. The device can be a bit difficult to put on and some ear pieces can be quite uncomfortable after 10-15 minutes of wearing. The HX1 is a great idea that is clearly not ready to perform well especially in the Stealth mode. I would not recommend purchasing this product.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Agree with the Editor's review
by stealthgeek on October 12, 2009
Pros: Works as advertised; good battery life, good quality both incoming & outgoing audio. Had the best results for Voice Dialing with my Blackberry Storm with this headset out of all other headsets tried (including Jawbone, Zivio, Plantronics, etc..).
Cons: The Achilles Heel of this headset it is the placement of the small, nub-like bone conduction sensor; it stands prominently out near the tip of the ear insert. I can see this being easily damaged if you drop the headset and it lands on the nub sensor
Summary: I have a small drawer full of bluetooth headsets. Name a brand and type, I probably have it or one of its ancestors. I even have the older wired ones, ...
Summary: I have a small drawer full of bluetooth headsets. Name a brand and type, I probably have it or one of its ancestors. I even have the older wired ones, pre-bluetooth age, back when I was using the Kyocera 6035 Palmphone. Yes, I am old. I also watched the Invisio Q7 announcements and the Motorola news releases over the years until I finally got an early version. I was a bit dubious at first, but the pleasant surprise is that this headset works as advertised. Nothing magical about it, just does the job properly. You can make a call from your Datacenter or Machine Room on Stealth Mode, and the caller will be able to hear you despite the crazy fan noise. One thing I should mention is that the functional usefulness of being able to use this headset is not limited by whether the person on the other side of the call can understand you, but whether it is so loud that you cannot hear the caller. While testing the headset, I found that I had difficulty understanding the caller (e.g. guinea pig) when using Stealth Mode and standing next to an extreme noise source even when using the Max Volume on both the phone and headset. To be fair, I doubt I would have even *considered* making a call with any other headset while standing next to such extreme noise coming from a fan generator. I started thinking that it would be cool if the bone conduction could work both ways, to sample my voice as well as conducting headset sound back to me...
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Noise cancellation PERIOD!!!!!
by bus3001 on February 4, 2010
Pros: Stealth Mode, fit and incoming volume Battery life( went 4 days B4 I had to charge)
Cons: Crystal talk (who needs that when you have stealth mode)
Summary: I drive for a living I've owned them all you name it Buleant V1 & Q1, Plantronics voyager pro,Jawbone 1,2, prime and now the icon and none ...
Summary: I drive for a living I've owned them all you name it Buleant V1 & Q1, Plantronics voyager pro,Jawbone 1,2, prime and now the icon and none can cancel out the background noise like the HX1. I've did all the testing i even had the window down on the freeway in my big rig going 55 MPH and there was no background noise( i called my son's voice mail) Love the fit it stays in my ear without the hook. I found my Last blue tooth headset!!
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Living up to the hype (so far)
by amateriat on October 22, 2009
Pros: Most secure fit of ANY BT headset I've used; Sound quality is solid using CrystalTalk mic, "good enough" in stealth mode; a *real* on/off switch; Send/end. stealth, volume buttons have "just right" sensitivity.
Cons: Getting the right fit can be somewhat fussy; not cheap. (But you get what you pay for.)
Summary: Like others, I've been champing at the bit for this to finally ship. I spend a lot of time getting around by bicycle, and my experience with previous BT ...
Summary: Like others, I've been champing at the bit for this to finally ship. I spend a lot of time getting around by bicycle, and my experience with previous BT headsets have been dismal. Very happy to say that the HX-1 seems to deliver on the bone-conduction hype. Yes, according to one person, I sounded a wee bit like Stephen Hawking, but every word was intelligible, which is the main point of stealth mode; it's not for crooners. It also means that I no longer have to hastily slow down and head for the curb every time I get an incoming call, which I reckon is where the greatest risk of an accident lies with Driving While Yakking. (I'm not much of a yakker: whether riding or walking, I tend to keep my conversations short, sweet, and to the point, preferring to save the long convos for face-to-face encounters.)
Aside from the Killer App of stealth mode, the headset is one of the more comfy-fitting sets I've used, and by far the most-secure: Bouncing around on uneven pavement doesn't seem to make the unit budge a millimeter. Fitting the unit to the ear *does* take some work, and it's easy to get the setup wrong (I gave myself an earache after about 45 minutes of wear, then found out I was using the left-ear "spring" for my *right* ear...like they say, RTFM). Once it's done right, I imagine most people will have a decent fit, but if you don't care for things protruding into you ear at all, you might not like this headset.
Controls are superb: The Send/End and stealth mode buttons, IMO, require just the right amount of finger pressure to actuate, not so much that you're pushing the headset into your ear (uncomfortable), nor so little that you risk accidentally actuating a function (annoying). The Volume rocker-button is quite intuitive in use, and that on/off switch...what else is there to say? Far better than some tiny push-and-hold-to-activate-or-deactivate number.
This may be one of the products where Moto has apparently gotten its mojo back. And not a moment too soon.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Get what you pay for, NOT in this case!
by romr on September 2, 2010
Pros: Appearance, it does look good and that's about it.
Cons: PAINFUL!!! Um, how is one supposed to talk for 7 hrs if it freaking feels like you're going to die??
Advertised "stealth mode" does not work.
Summary: So I decided to go ahead and shop for a new Bluetooth headset. I am SO brand loyal that it is not even funny, if you build something good I'...
Summary: So I decided to go ahead and shop for a new Bluetooth headset. I am SO brand loyal that it is not even funny, if you build something good I'm there and I will be there if you continue to do so. Anyway, I did my homework, Cnet, CR, etc. I read some reviews that made me giggle with regards to being probed.
So I was very happy to see that Costo carried the HX1 and ever happier to see that the bundle came with the wall charger AND the car charger (love Costco).
To make a long story short, if you're in the market for one of these make sure you buy it from a place that wont give you grief if you want to return it (did I say I love Costco?)
To make a long story short here are the things I could not handle with this thing.
1. I can not even start to explain the pain, I feel like (you know what) probing would be a cake walk compared to wearing this thing. And I tried ALL the little tips it comes with on both ears, doesn't make a difference.
2. The ?stealth mode? is a JOKE, I tried it and no one can understand you.
3. The most expensive out there for what??
If you don?t believe me like I said buy it from a place you can return it if you need to?.you have been warned :)
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Waited many moons for this...
by 2l82xlr8 on October 1, 2009
Pros: Easy to wear - earhook and loops a good add on for those who do not like the Spring hooks (a Q7 feature from Last year). Stealth Mode (Bon Mic) is best noise cancelling technology out there, although sound quality needs some work.
Cons: Stealth Mode can be unclear to listeners (unless proper insertion of mic is achieved)
Summary: I have been on top of this technology since the Denmark - Based Nextlink introduced the HX1's Predecessor, the Invisio Q7. If you want to learn more - check ...
Summary: I have been on top of this technology since the Denmark - Based Nextlink introduced the HX1's Predecessor, the Invisio Q7. If you want to learn more - check out my Video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrFKuw1sdqg
You will find my review pretty interesting, as I am actually recoring my voice WITH the headset. If you have any questions, simply leave your comments on my video comment area. ENJOY!
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
best one yet
by alfaista on April 18, 2011
Pros: Good for the very active user, good sound quality, all callers said the sound on their end was great
Cons: wish it had some of the options that BlueAnt has with called id and answer, ignore. And, well, don't send it through the washer and dryer!
Summary: I am very active, and have had a horrible, I repeat, HORRIBLE time finding a headset that stays put. I've been through every Jawbone, and one BlueAnt. The Plantronics ...
Summary: I am very active, and have had a horrible, I repeat, HORRIBLE time finding a headset that stays put. I've been through every Jawbone, and one BlueAnt. The Plantronics Pro was great, but didn't go well with sunglasses and riding helmets. I don't want a full headset, again, too much stuff for what I do. This "spring" ear bud was the answer! I am looking for another one, or another earset that will fit as well as this one did.
Good solid Bluetooth headset
by smoky69101 on January 3, 2011
Pros: Big buttons compared to other headsets, very easy to use.
Cons: Might not fit certain users with narrow or shallow ear canal.
Summary: Overall this is a great headset and I'm very happy with it. The sound quality is great, battery life is good, and most importantly the main functions such as ...
Summary: Overall this is a great headset and I'm very happy with it. The sound quality is great, battery life is good, and most importantly the main functions such as volume +/-, power, answer & hang-up have their own dedicated, easily accessible, button. As such this headset is very is easy to use compared to other headsets that have limited buttons (a big plus for people that like to be able to actually use their headset's functions while using it versus other headsets that you have to take off to figure out what's going on). Additionally you can still wear your sun glasses while using this headset.
Sound quality is very good (I haven't had anybody ask me if I'm using a headset or have them on speakerphone).
Busted in two weeks
by bilingualdiva on October 10, 2010
Pros: Like everyone else who gave this headset a thumbs up it does what is says it does and does it very well. Was really getting into the device and was a bit skeptical when I first got it ( bluetooth#9) but it worked great. Until it broke. See cons!
Cons: The head set hook arm broke off after the second day of use and after two weeks it stop working totally. All you can do with it is use it as a speaker. Also the ear bud thrusts deep into ear canal.
Summary: Overall for me this headet was a waste of 40 bucks. While it worked for it's two week period it was great... but it was only two weeks and ...
Summary: Overall for me this headet was a waste of 40 bucks. While it worked for it's two week period it was great... but it was only two weeks and now it is useless as its intended use. Very dissappointed. Not sure if it is from where I bought it or if I was the unfortunate soul to buy the one that was a dud. I gave it a 2.5 out of five only because when it did work it worked very well. Hope others have a better run with it than I did. Had to buy a new one and went for the Motorola H15... hope this one lasts WAYYYYYYY longer!
- Manufacturer: Motorola
- Part number: HX1
- Description: Motorola Endeavor HX1 is the first headset to combine Motorola's CrystalTalk noise cancellation technology with a stealth mode so you can hear and be heard in the fiercest environments. When the stealth mode is activated, true bone conduction technology relays only your voice while knocking out the most extreme noise and wind for a revolutionary premium headset experience. This experience makes Motorola Endeavor the only Bluetooth headset to use true bone conduction technology, all without compromising comfort.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type - Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
- Width 0.7 in
- Depth 0.5 in
- Height 1.9 in
- Weight 0.5 oz
- Recommended Use Cellular phone
- Additional Features CrystalTalk technology ,
Auto volume adjustment ,
Rapid Connect technology
- Connectivity Technology Wireless - Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
- Bluetooth Profiles Hands Free Profile (HFP)
- In-Cord Volume Control Included
- Type Built-in
- Type None
- Compliant Standards Bluetooth Class 2
- Power Device Power adapter - External
- Battery Headset battery - Rechargeable
- Run Time (Up To) 7 hour(s)
- Standby Time 240 hour(s)