Review of the Motorola HS850 Bluetooth HeadsetMotorola has introduced the HS850, an upgrade to their HS810 headset for Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones.
Immediately out of the box, we took a liking to the HS850. This thing is small and light. Dimensions are 5cm x 3cm x 2cm folded. Weight is 20 grams, which is about the same as 20 small paperclips.
With many Bluetooth headsets, the user must go through many steps to turn the unit on, take a call or end the call. To power on the HS850, just unfold it. That's it. To take a call, just press the button on the side. Nothing tricky, and we think that is very attractive.
It always surprises us how many manufacturers make a product that operates, but not well. But with the HS850, we were pleased that such was not the case: Outgoing and incoming voice quality was excellent. Also, many headsets transmit sound well in quiet environments, but as soon as they are used in a noisy environment, they are worse than worthless. Again, the HS850 transmitted a minimum of background noise.
Free to Roam
For such a small package, the HS850 has a very long talk time of about six hours. Motorola says the standby time is greater than 200 hours.
One thing we did not like about the HS850 is the flashing blue light while the unit is used during a call. Most headsets do the same, but we think this common design feature will go away in the future. We understand the light tells others that the user is on a call. But we think headset users do not want to obviously call attention to themselves like an ambulance or blue-light special.
MPN: HS850. UPC: 723755986565