Samsung WEP200 (Black)
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: 226514
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CNET editors' review
price range: $29.95 - $49.00
- Reviewed by: Nicole Lee
- Edited by: Kent German
- Reviewed on: 08/01/2006
The good: The Samsung WEP200 is a great compact headset that fits comfortably in the ear; buttons are tactile and easy to press; comes with a black charging case; has good sound quality.
The bad: The Samsung WEP200 has a rather unintuitive pairing method.
The bottom line: The Samsung WEP200 is a delightfully small headset that fits comfortably in either ear and features quality sound.
Keep an eye out for fakes!
by theroyalwe on November 7, 2006
Pros: Small, lightweight and a solid performer
Cons: Easy to get a fake unit that will underperform
Summary: I had ordered a WEP200 from what I believed to be a good online store, for a steal of a price ($27 + shipping). When it arrived I was just generally ...
Summary: I had ordered a WEP200 from what I believed to be a good online store, for a steal of a price ($27 + shipping). When it arrived I was just generally displeased with it. I had the same trouble getting it to charge as one of the other reviewers and the range and clarity were lacking. Being my first bluetooth headset I didn't know what to expect.
I read a note on ebay about fakes existing and I started to question mine once I noticed it had some of the telltale signs of a counterfit. These signs are:
No hologram or very shallow hologram on the outside of the package (mine had no hologram)
a stapled manual instead of a bound/glued manual (this is a BIG indicator)
Multiple rubber earpieces, but upon closer inspection they were only one size, not M and L as they should be.
There was also an over-the-ear attachment in the package. Samsung doesn't sell theirs with this. it is NOT an extra bonus or anything like that. In fact, it just said 'bluetooth' on it.
Knowing this I went to Best Buy and paid full price for a genuine article. Upon comparing them side to side it was not too easy to tell the difference, but they were certainly different in performance!
The plastic and everything look almost exactly the same. they even say samsung on the chargers and charging case. What I found to be the real telltale signs in person (besides the manual) was that the charging case for the real samsung had a clear plastic/rubber piece that holds the headset against the charging contacts, where the fake had flimsy black plastic. The fake charger plug also went in further without a definitive locking snap when plugging into the charging case.
My suggestion to everyone that feels you may have received a fake is to return it immediately! This is one case where saving a few dollars will not help you. In fact, I'd say that any price under $50 should be regarded as very very likely to be a fake!
I hope that this will help someone researching this headset, because the difference in quality and performance is huge.
As I said this is my first bluetooth headset so I have nothing to compare the samsung WEP200 to except the FAKE WEP200. However, I have not once had a problem with the real unit and it works very well within 20-30 feet (the fake didn't go further than 3-4 feet!)
51 out of 53 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good, stylish headset
by cwq on September 8, 2006
Pros: Sound, style, small size.
Cons: Ear buds worthless.
Summary: I almost wrote a worst review yesterday, but I wanted to be fair. The first one I got had a battery problem. It wouldn't take a charge and it ...
Summary: I almost wrote a worst review yesterday, but I wanted to be fair. The first one I got had a battery problem. It wouldn't take a charge and it was brand new. I exchanged it and the second one is working much better. My impressions from two days of use:
1. Good style, small size (1.5" long). The case is black which makes it fairly discrete. The only thing is the LED flashes about every 3 seconds. I've never been a fan of flashing LED's. They attract unwanted attention. This should have been placed in the rear of the unit.
2. The sound quality is good. I have good hearing, so I thought the volume was good even at middle settings. I called my wife and she said I sounded fine even in my car, so that was a good sign. I've yet to try it in windier conditions.
3. The charging case is a plus. Not only does it charge the battery very conveniently, but it provides good protection when the earset isn't being used. The case can be used by itself and only needs to be plugged in when charging. It has a plug-in for the power jack, so there are no long cords attached directly to it.
4. The earbuds, at least for me, are worthless even though they come in small, medium, and large. I don't see how they can provide any additional support. All I can see that they do is cover the speaker enclosure. I tried all three sizes and I could never get a secure fit. Fortunately, I had an old Jabra eargel, which I have read that a lot of people are using successfully, and it does work well. I called Samsung tech support and they were worthless. They really don't know their products. One of the techs thought the hook went AROUND the ear. I got transferred to Tier 2 support and they weren't any better.
5. Overall, other than the useless earbuds, Samsung has a stylish, well-designed product that sounds great. It's much better than others I've tried.
18 out of 18 users found this user opinion helpful.
A real users opinion- a lot of hype out there!
by bulletbobj on October 18, 2006
Pros: small, sounds fair inside
Cons: voice overamplified, bad sounding in cars
Summary: I am a heavy cell phone user (10-12,000 minutes a month for business). I have always used a cheap Sprint corded headset, everybody says it sounds fantastic and 90% ...
Summary: I am a heavy cell phone user (10-12,000 minutes a month for business). I have always used a cheap Sprint corded headset, everybody says it sounds fantastic and 90% of the time nobody knows I am on a cell phone. I have used the Samsung wep200 for three days and EVERYBODY knows I am on a cell phone.
In quiet rooms I am told I sound good but very loud and they need to adjust their volume.
In three different cars I have driven everybody says I sound bad. My wife refuses to speak to me while I am in the car unless I remove the bluetooth because it sounds so bad.
I have come to the conclusion that there is no bluetooth that compares to corded quality. As for all the other features I really don't care - I just want excellent audio quality on both ends of the call.
I have ordered a Plantronics 510 based on what I have read in reviews, I am hoping those reviews are more truthful on audio quality and not more hype.
19 out of 31 users found this user opinion helpful.
Takes a licking and keeps on ticking...
by mitsu124 on December 1, 2006
Pros: Clear noise canceling sound quality, small, and stylyish
Cons: Hard to pair at first because of shoddy user manual, or it could be user error
Summary: I've had this thing for 3 months now and it's the best investment I've made. What got me first was how small it was. I like to ...
Summary: I've had this thing for 3 months now and it's the best investment I've made. What got me first was how small it was. I like to have something on my ear that's not too attracting or look like a hearing aide. Also this thing has a sleek and classy design to it. Clarity of sound quality is what got me next. People I talk on the phone say that it sounds no different then if I were on the actual cell phone itself. I use the Samsung t629 with my headset. The best hidden feature I found out about this headset is that it can survive a full cycle in the washer and dryer without getting damage. I couldn’t believe my eyes and most of all.. EARS. But rests assure I'm never going to that again. It fits snuggly without any pain; and there are times I forget it's in my ear. The lowest prices I've found the WEP200 at a legitimate e-store were at New~Egg and Tiger~Direct for 42.99. I ended up buying an extra 1 year warranty on top of the manufacturers for the just in case moments. Highly recommend this product for headphone enthusiasts...
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good Lawd, can it get any smaller?
by djustd on September 14, 2006
Pros: Sound quality and Design.
Cons: Nothing yet.
Summary: I thought when the Motorola H700 came out I would be done with earpieces for a while. I saw the review for this and then saw it at my nearby ...
Summary: I thought when the Motorola H700 came out I would be done with earpieces for a while. I saw the review for this and then saw it at my nearby Cingular store and for the past two days you can't get me off of it. Out the box, charged in about two hours and paired to my Samsung D807 and on. Nice fit and great look. I'm happy with it to this point.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
One of the best I've tried
by lexthor on December 9, 2006
Pros: size - they don't come any smaller
Cons: volume, cheezy ear piece but that's easily fixed
Summary: I’ve tried at least 20 bluetooth headsets and have kept & use 3 (this, the Sony HBH-608 & Parrot Driver’s Headset). For all-day-wearing on a business day when ...
Summary: I’ve tried at least 20 bluetooth headsets and have kept & use 3 (this, the Sony HBH-608 & Parrot Driver’s Headset). For all-day-wearing on a business day when expecting a lot of calls, this is my favorite. It’s so small & light, it’s hardly noticeable, to me or others. Battery has never died on me & have never had reception problems.
Only 2 cons: #1 is volume. Wish it was louder both in sending & receiving. But it’s not bad enough to return it. And it definitely is as loud as any other headset. Only ones louder are the other 2 mentioned above. #2: comes with a cheesy rubber ring that supposedly keeps it in your ear. For me it feels loose. Easy fix: I took an ear gel left over from my Plantronics wired headset, cut a bigger hole in the middle to match the output holes of the Samsung and got a nice snug fit. That also isolates outside sound. Can wear it all day & forget about it.
But like all Bluetooth headsets, don’t expect to use it in a noisy environment, a convertible or even with the wind blowing. Think about: any mic that is sensitive enough to pick up your voice from a tiny hole in a unit placed 5 inches from your mouth is bound to pick up all that background noise.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very small headset for a decent price
by LUUzer on August 18, 2006
Pros: It is the smallest/lightest headset that I have seen so far. There are some nice features (that work with my phone) like answering a 2nd incomming call and ignoring a call without touching your phone.
Cons: It can be get uncomfortable after a few hours. The redial feature is a neelessly long procedure.
Summary: For the 12+ hours that I have been using this, I have not had any problems with it so far. The user's manual gives some instructions as to how ...
Summary: For the 12+ hours that I have been using this, I have not had any problems with it so far. The user's manual gives some instructions as to how you should position the earpiece for it to fit properly. However, I had to play around with it to find the position that made it fit more securely. The included ear hook was pointless in my opinion. The ear hook actually just floated just above my ear (rather than resting on my ear) with the earpiece in.
I am using this headset with a Samsung A900. Even though the headset and phone are made by the same company (some people have asked me this), there was not really any improvement in the sound quality in comparison with my previous headset (Plantronics Explorer 320). The headset still needs to be in close proximity with the phone though (the user's manual states that it should be near the phone when in use anyways).
Something to keep in mind when purchasing this headset is that the user's manual states that the features on the headset are only available for phones that are compatible with those features. Fortunately for me, all the features of which the headset is capable are functional with my phone. The only feature that I will not be using will be the redial feature since it is a needlessly long procedure just to simply redial.
I have yet to use the headset in a noisy environment like a restaurant or something. I did use the headset in my car on the freeway. There is usually a lot of outside noise in my car and I did not have any difficulties hearing nor did the person on the other line have difficulties hearing me.
I had no difficulties charging my headset inside the travel/charging case. However, the contacts that are used for charging the headset are exposed and I can imagine them wearing out or something that will eventually make it difficult to charge.
I hope this helps anyone out there who is debating whether or not to get this headset. The first few user opinions weren’t so great. My experience so far has been good. I will repost if something happens with the headset that diminishes my opinion of it. It is also a good idea to purchase Bluetooth headsets at a place where you can return or exchange the item. No headset is perfect for every phone or user.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
I really like this headset.
by blasjw on October 20, 2006
Pros: Very compact, looks great, good audio, Bluetooth 2.0.
Cons: Can fall out or your ear.
Summary: I really like the way Samsung designed this headset. I think it's great how it has a little case that also acts as the charging cradle. That way, it'...
Summary: I really like the way Samsung designed this headset. I think it's great how it has a little case that also acts as the charging cradle. That way, it's not just laying around somewhere when it's charging and the case is convenient when traveling or for keeping in your car. It has the latest Bluetooth 2.0 technology which is a big plus. The audio also actually quite good, better than what I expected. I had a Sony Ericsson HBH-662 before but I much prefer this headset. It's great for wearing sunglasses while driving since there is no ear hook. Also, I feel more comfortable wearing it out because it is so small and looks great with the gloss black casing and blue LED. The call handling button is nice and big which is ironic considering how small the headset is. I also like the audible queues that tell you when the headset had been turned off or on or the call has disconnected. The only downside I've found is that in certain more extreme circumstances the headset can fall out of your ear since it doesn't have an ear hook. Also, it can be slighty uncomfortable at times but not too bad. Overall I think this is an excellent headset, actually the best one I've had so far.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very good headset
by chili_dawg on October 7, 2006
Pros: Very good size - clear call quality - very minor static issues- easy to push buttons - very comfortable - excellent price point - very good battery life
Cons: after some usage, some commented that they hear themselves "echo" -
Summary: I'm pairing my devices to an LG VX 9800 (the V phone). I figured if I'm going to buy a small headset, I should compare it to it'...
Summary: I'm pairing my devices to an LG VX 9800 (the V phone). I figured if I'm going to buy a small headset, I should compare it to it's only true rival. So I bought this headset and the Nokia BH800.
I've had them both for about a week now. The call quality has been very good thus far. This headset also seems to have less static when my phone is on the opposite ear of the holster compared to the more expensive BH800. When the phone and holster are on the same side there is no static at all. This headset has been said to be louder and clearer at times. I also like the fact I only need to push the multi button quickly to activate the voice commands. On the BH800 a 2 second hold is necessary.
There's only two drawbacks so far. One is the echo people say they hear when they are talking. They hear themselves. The echo is intermittent and I've yet to figure out what causes this. The second is the expected wind noise with non noise cancelling headsets like both of these.
I'm a 5'11" male with an average size melon. So my ears are "normal" I guess. I love the fact that they are both very secure in my ear. The earpiece for the WEP200 is slightly smaller and the earhook does a really good job staying secure. NO need for any earloop with this headset. The BH800 also stays secure, however the earpiece is slightly bigger. So for those will smaller ears, the earloop might need to be used.
They both look really nice. I've asked a lot of co-workers (men and women) and almost ALL have said that they like the WEP200 when side by side.
I've had a very good experience with both of these headsets. I'm going to return one of them soon and I hate making this choice. I like the appearance of both as well as the performance. EITHER one would be a GREAT headset for you. Still, I can't afford to keep both. VERY tough choice.
Hope this helps!
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Small & Comfortable, but HORRIBLE sound!!
by jleonard711 on October 2, 2006
Pros: Small, Comfortable, easy to pair. That's about it, it's a very simple unit.
Cons: Horrible sound quality, poor range, needs the case to be able to charge it.
Summary: The sound quality & range on this headset leave much to be desired. And keep in mind that I have a SAMSUNG phone, which should be the perfect match for ...
Summary: The sound quality & range on this headset leave much to be desired. And keep in mind that I have a SAMSUNG phone, which should be the perfect match for this headset since they're the same brand. The sound is so horrible that it sounds like one of those "telephones" you used to make when you were a kid, where you would take 2 soup cans and attach a piece of string in between them and then stretch it out really far and talk into one can and you can hear it in the other can. That's the best way I can describe it, because that is exactly how it sounds! As for the range of the headset, it's rated at 30 feet but I would give it maybe 5 feet at best. If I set my phone on my desk and stand up to walk around the front of the desk, the signal starts breaking up. And if my phone is in my left pocket and the headset is in my right ear, I can't even use it because there is too much static. It only works if I have my phone in my pocket on the same side as the headset and then it's fine, but that is absurd. I have never experienced such poor signal quality or sound quality on any headset, and I've tried at least 20 different ones over the past few years. I guess I am still in search of the "perfect" headset with excellent sound quality, range, and small size. The best I have found so far is the Plantronics Voyager 510, but that is a very large headset and it isn't very discreet. But if you don't care about size and you want pristine sound quality and exceptional range, then the Plantronics Voyager 510 is the way to go (make sure to get the new updated version, it has the better noise-cancellation on it).
The only thing that could change my opinion on this is if maybe I just got a bad unit and it's defective. I'll try to swap it out at the store, and if anything changes then I'll post a follow-up.
4 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: 226514
- Description: Soft as a sigh, light as an undertone, slim as a murmur and as mobile as you are, the Samsung WEP200 brings Bluetooth to your ear. So wear its style for constant, comfortable communication. This product is designed for the following systems: Samsung SGH-D600; Samsung SGH-D600E; Samsung SGH-D820; Samsung SGH-E340E; Samsung SGH-E360; Samsung SGH-E370; Samsung SGH-E720; Samsung SGH-E730; Samsung SGH-E760; Samsung SGH-i320; Samsung SGH-X700; Samsung SGH-Z140; Samsung SGH-Z140V; Samsung SGH-Z150; Samsung SGH-Z300; Samsung SGH-Z400; Samsung SGH-Z500; Samsung SPH-I300.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Headset - Bluetooth 2.0
- Weight 0.3 oz
- Color Black
- Recommended Use Cellular phone
- Additional Features Voice dialing,
- Headphones Form Factor Convertible
- Connectivity Technology Wireless - Bluetooth 2.0
- In-Cord Volume Control Included
- Type Built-in
- Connector Type Bluetooth
- Included Accessories Earhook,
- Battery Headset battery - Rechargeable
- Run Time (Up To) 4 hour(s)
- Standby Time 70 hour(s)