Motorola HS850 Bluetooth Headset
Manufacturer: Motorola Part number: 98656H
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Kent German
- Edited by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 05/10/2005
The good: Comfortable fit; attractive design; decent sound quality.
The bad: Hard-to-press buttons; somewhat loose on the ear.
The bottom line: The Motorola HS850 offers Bluetooth fans a stylish, well-performing headset that you won't mind wearing.
I love this thing!!
by woody1570 on March 19, 2008
Pros: Comfortable to wear and stylish. I love the fact that once I manually pair it with my phone (LG enV VX9900) it automatically pairs and unpairs when I open or close the boom. Great sound quality!!!
Cons: I don't have any....
Summary: I have been using a Motorola H500 for the last couple of years. Compared to that, this headset it awesome. People always complained of feedback on the other end, and ...
Summary: I have been using a Motorola H500 for the last couple of years. Compared to that, this headset it awesome. People always complained of feedback on the other end, and sometimes I could hear it, too. Everyone I talk to say this is 1000 times better! If there were improvements to be made, I don't know where it would be. I would def recommend this headset to anyone in the market for one.
Best bang for your buck!
by gnrtoney on March 3, 2008
Pros: A good fit, even if your ear isn't shaped the best.
Cons: No noise cancellation technology
Summary: I love my HS850. I have had this type of headset for about two years now and recently have tried to upgrade. I have been disappointed with the fit of ...
Summary: I love my HS850. I have had this type of headset for about two years now and recently have tried to upgrade. I have been disappointed with the fit of the newer headsets I have tried such as the Jawbone and MotoPure H12. It is a shame that almost every headset requires an in the ear speaker because my ears just are not the normal design. The HS850 does not care if your canal is big, small, hidden, or accessible because it hangs on your ear, not in it. This headset is by far the best headset I have ever used and I will buy another one when I need it.
One Tough Bluetooth
by krisco5387 on February 24, 2008
Pros: Survived being washed and dried with my winter coat
Cons: Sound quality is a bit poor
Summary: Yes, I accidentally washed this headset with my winter coat (left it right in the pocket!) Once I found it in the bottom of the dryer, I took it out, ...
Summary: Yes, I accidentally washed this headset with my winter coat (left it right in the pocket!) Once I found it in the bottom of the dryer, I took it out, hooked it up to the charger just for kicks and giggle, AND IT LIT UP SIGNIFYING THAT IT WAS CHARGING!!!! I let it charge overnight (usually takes 3 hours to charge) and when I got ready for work in the morning, put it on and watched my phone light up "Bluetooth Audio Device Now Connected." Even more curious, I called my boss to tell him I was on my way in for our meeting...it worked normally...UNBELIEVABLE!!!! This is one tough Bluetooth!
Great, durible product!
by goldenballer on February 22, 2008
Pros: Easy to use, comfortable fit, good sound
Cons: Kind of cluncky and big, main button can be hard to push.
Summary: I have had mine for over 2 years and it has survied hell. I accidently took it with me to the beach and got sand all over it, then I ...
Summary: I have had mine for over 2 years and it has survied hell. I accidently took it with me to the beach and got sand all over it, then I renced it off and let it dry and it continued to work. I accidently left it on one of my shirt pockets and it was found in the washing machine and after letting it dry it contiuned to work.
I have had mine for a while and I have had moments were I know I bork it and it continues to work, it is still on my ear as I write this. I am very happy with this headset. I feel like I have gotten more then my money's worth with this set. After 2 years and a cupple of accidental baths it still sounds great and works just as good as the day i brought it. Paring, answering calls, making calls, and talking works great. I pair it with 2 phones my T-Moble MDA and my T-Mobile Wing andwith works gret with both phones.
Not loud enough
by richpasco on February 21, 2008
Pros: It works, but....
Cons: But it's too quiet to hear in a moving car
Summary: Even with its volume control all the way to the max, it is way too quiet to use in a moving car, unless I completely cover it with my hand, ...
Summary: Even with its volume control all the way to the max, it is way too quiet to use in a moving car, unless I completely cover it with my hand, in which case I might as well use the phone handset (a Mot E815, so compatibility is not an issue).
Only good if you are standing in a quiet room
by happykook on December 4, 2007
Pros: If you are in a totally quiet room where there is no background noise, it works good
Cons: The headset does not sit against your ear well, and you do not get a seal around your ear, so if you are in a car, in a windy area, or a noisy room, you can't hear anything.
Summary: I drive a soft-top Jeep Wrangler, and use my Razr phone all the time when i'm driving. Having a soft-top means there is a bit of wind noise in ...
Summary: I drive a soft-top Jeep Wrangler, and use my Razr phone all the time when i'm driving. Having a soft-top means there is a bit of wind noise in the car when i'm driving. I have to hold the headset firmly to my hear in order to barley hear anything, which i might as well just use the handset at this rate.
This is obviously meant to use in a quiet area. What a waste!
MORE GARBAGE FROM MOTOROLA
by DESIGN-STUDENT on October 11, 2007
Pros: folding boom mic saves energy, does seem to have a at least a 30 ft range
Cons: terrible sound quality, static on every call, cheap build quality
Summary: what happened to the days when motorola put out quality products? everything motorola puts out these days, from their phones to their headsets, is absolute junk! the h850 has muffled ...
Summary: what happened to the days when motorola put out quality products? everything motorola puts out these days, from their phones to their headsets, is absolute junk! the h850 has muffled sound quality, horrible static on every call, and feels rickety and cheap. i gave the h700 the same review. it flops around on your ear, besides the fact that it looks rediculous. it looks like one of those fold out spoons you use when camping. i tried two of these at the local cingular corporate store so i it's not like i was dumb enough to buy a counterfeit one off the internet for $15. i've bought and returned probably 20-30 bluetooth headsets trying to find a decent one and the h850 and h700 are two of the worst. (cingular and best buy have a 30 day return policy). don't waste your money, this, and the h700, are crap.
Works great for me!
by keetta98 on September 10, 2007
Pros: Easy to pair, lots of standby hours, lots of talk time, comfortable fit (sometimes I forget it's there)
Cons: Could be louder, some callers complain of an echoing sound
Summary: Overall, I'm pleased with this headset. I know others who have other makes and theirs suck big time. Once I left my charger home and went out of town ...
Summary: Overall, I'm pleased with this headset. I know others who have other makes and theirs suck big time. Once I left my charger home and went out of town for the weekend (by accident). I left on Friday and still had juice on Monday. I only wish it were a little louder. It's great for the price that you pay for it. I recommend it.
by Galenn20K on September 7, 2007
Pros: It looks nice
Cons: It does NOTHING WELL that its SUpposed to>>>>
Summary: I was Sooo EXcited when I bought this HeadSet a year and a Half ago, it was sooo Shiny PRetty and Its MOtorola so it MUST work really well aLso ...
Summary: I was Sooo EXcited when I bought this HeadSet a year and a Half ago, it was sooo Shiny PRetty and Its MOtorola so it MUST work really well aLso right??? WRONG! Dead Wrong!
I have NEVER been MORE disappointed by such a nice looking HeadSet from a Good Reputable Company.
Its call quality was Soooo Bad and I got annoyed none of the people on the other line could EVER hear what I was saying and I got VERY Tired of SCreaming into my Phone....
Frustrating for BOTH me and the Listener, and of course when I first bought it when it first came out it was a 100 dollars almost so yeah.
HORRIBLE Experience EvER!!!!
I"ve since FOund a Nice Middle of the Road Jabra and it has AMAZING Clarity and sound for half the Price!
Just goes to show you Expensive isnt always Better>>>>>
Not nearly as bad as others have made this out to be!
by danisnotstan on August 20, 2007
Pros: Boom controls power, comfortable fit, good audio quality, low price
Cons: havent found much to complain about yet
Summary: I have seen a TON of bad reviews for this headset and I can only assume that there are either WAY too many people who are expecting the world out ...
Summary: I have seen a TON of bad reviews for this headset and I can only assume that there are either WAY too many people who are expecting the world out of a headset, using it in less than optimal conditions or they have just flat out never held this unit in their hand, let alone actually used it! I have been on the hunt for a good headset over the past month...I have tried just about every headset I can get my hand (or ear) on. This Motorola is hands down the best I have found for my intentions. Is it perfect? Nope. Nothing is. I have literally purchased (and returned) 8 (EIGHT!!) headsets in the past 2 months...From the "best" and most expensive I could find, to the cheapest one in the store. This is one case I can say you dont always get what you pay for! I have a Jabra VBT135 (got for free w/ a phone) WAY too much static, so I decided to buy a headset. I bought the LG HBM-730, Jabra BT5010, Jabra JX-10 Series 2, JawBone, Plantronics 330 and 510, and the Samsung WEP410 as well as the Nokia...I had a big enough gripe w/ each to bring them back to Best Buy (yes they were all real..not the fakes people keep talking about). Most headsets did not do what they promised... the ones that claimed "noise reduction" didnt reduce noise enough to validate a quadruple price increase! Others sounded good but just didnt fit right. This Motorola HS850 is the one that I settled on...figures...the Jawbone was $140 and a few others werent far behind...The Moto HS850? $39.95 at Costco! Alot of people complain it is way too quiet...are these people standing behind a jet at take off? I have had a few headsets out of the bunch that were a bit quiet, but this was not one of them....if I cant hear on the headset, there is a good chance I wouldnt be able to hear the phone if it were against my ear! ALot of people also mention that it flops around on your ear....are these people playing basketball while wearing the headset?!? I intentionally shook my head around to see if this was true and I can say that this is definately not true in my case. I started getting a headache when I gave up the "test"...the headset never fell off. I love the folding boom mic...other headsets are impossible to transfer a call back and forth between the phone and headset if you are on a call...this one is a breeze..open and close the boom and thats it! Also saves battery life. I use this headset (and tried all of the other headsets) on the Helio Ocean. I highly suggest anyone in the market to try this....besides, if you dont like it, return it! You will eventually find the right one like I have.Updated
I finally gave in and got rid of this headset...it honestly wasn't that bad but the low volume got to me. I have a few friends who like to mumble and talk too quiet so I got tired of saying "what?" while in my car....I switched to the LG 730 which was one of the first headset I had bought and returned before the Motorola. The LG is louder, but is a little less comfortable and has half of the talk time, but I don't use it that often so I guess its fine for me...I would still suggest this Motorola for anyone looking for a good all-round Bluetooth on a budget.
- Manufacturer: Motorola
- Part number: 98656H
- Description: Enjoy the freedom of wireless communications while adding a touch of style! Small size, big power: less than 21g with approximately 8 hours of talk time and approximately 200 hours of stand-by time. Compatible with Bluetooth enabled phones from Motorola and other manufacturers.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Headset - Bluetooth
- Width 3 cm
- Depth 2 cm
- Length 5 cm
- Weight 20 g
- Recommended Use Cellular phone
- Additional Features Volume control,
- Headphones Form Factor Over-the-ear mount
- Headphones Technology Dynamic
- Connectivity Technology Wireless - Bluetooth
- Sound Output Mode Mono
- Type Boom
- Type None
- Connector Type Bluetooth
- Power Device Battery charger
- Battery Headset battery - Rechargeable
- Included Qty 1
- Run Time (Up To) 8 hour(s)