Product Type: Sony Ericsson headsets
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Sony Ericsson Bluetooth HBH-PV702
Member Name: ChewyBacon
Sony Ericsson Bluetooth HBH-PV702
Date: 07/09/10, updated on 08/09/10 (30 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, Build Quality.
Disadvantages: Noise Cancellation.
This is a good headset, but there are better options available. It has got a nice design, and is very compact so it is very comfortable to wear. It's cheap and good value for money, with a good build quality, but the noise cancellation isn't very good meaning that others can have a difficult time hearing you.
First, the packaging is nice, as it includes lots of detailed information about the product and is easy to read. It's easy to open, with no hard plastic that needs to be cut, just a simple box. Inside, the instructions are clear, and easy to read. They are also very easy to understand and follow, meaning that anybody can set up the product.
The design is really nice, as it is compact and lightweight. This means that you can't tell that you are wearing the product. However, due to the solid plastic hook, it can become quite annoying after a while. For short time periods, it's fine. The buttons on the device are really good, and make it easy to use. These include a power button that can be used to accept and hang up on a call.
The build quality of the headset is really good, as it is durable and feels like it will last through the physical use. However, the ear hook does usually come off, so it could fall off your head.
The sound quality of the speaker is really good, and the other person will sound exactly the same as it you were using a mobile phone speaker. However, the microphone quality isn't as good, as other people can sometimes struggle to hear you. The noise cancellation is also very poor, with people hardly able to hear you if you are in a noisy place.
The price is really good, making it good value for money. However, there are better options available for a similar price.
The LEDs and sound on the device can be very confusing, as you have one button to control the headset. You press the button in different combinations, such as 3 quick clicks to get the device to work. The LEDs flash, and a sound is created to confirm your command. However, it's difficult to know how long you have to press the button or if you have pressed the right combination as the sounds and LEDs flashes are very similar and hard to learn unless you have the manual.
Also, the USB port has no cover on it. Since it is positioned at the top, this puts it at risk from water damage. Water can enter and short circuit the headset, stopping it from working.
Compared to the PV703, this isn't a very good choice. They are lightyears apart. First, the reception isn't as long. With the PV703, you can go twice as far from your device, about 10m before the line becomes distorted. With this, the best you can hope for is around 5m. Also, the battery is much worse, as you get about half the battery life as the PV703. The plastic hook on the PV703 has also been redesigned, so you can move it to your tastes.
I would compare this to an internal microphone on a computer. For Skype, it doesn't improve the quality of conversation, due to the poor reception. It can also drop the reception if you have two devices connected to it at the same time, meaning that you have to set it up again with the other device after you use it.
With the W801i, set up is easy and it works really well. All of the controls work, but it just recognises it as a normal bluetooth headset and not the unique model like it does for other products.
For the PS3, this device works fine. All of the controls work, and set up is really easy. However, some games don't recognise the headset, and you have to go into the XMB settings again and connect it manually before use. Again, it also suffers from the reception issues, so you can't be more than 5m away from the PS3.
Overall, a good product but first you should look at other products. It's cheap and has a high build quality but the noise cancellation isn't very good, and other people may find it hard to hear you. A better choice would be the BT250 from Jabra.
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