Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset Review

In today’s review I’ll be taking a look at the Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset. Since I recently got a Bluetooth compatible phone, the LG GT365, I wanted to get a Bluetooth headset to go with it. I decided to give the Motorola H790 a try due to the reputation of Motorola and that this headset seemed to be slim and affordable. Here’s what I found…

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First, let’s take a look at some of the stats for the Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset. This unit is the thinnest dual mic headset from Motorola at only 7.1 millimeters. In uses their CrystalTalk™ technology to provide noise cancelation and reduced wind noise. The device is multipoint, which allows you to pair it with two phones at the same time, great for those who have a personal phone and a business phone. It uses voice prompts and buttons for its user interface. It weighs in at about 0.34 ounces, making it lightweight enough to wear comfortably for an extended period.

Perhaps the most important thing to consider with a Bluetooth headset like the H790 is the call quality, can you hear callers and can they hear you. Of particular concern to me was how well wind noise was cut down. Unfortunately, I have sinus problems sometimes and with old style cellphone headsets I could sound awful over a headset mic. Well, from what I’ve heard from callers, wind noise from me or the natural environment has been minimal. Another common problem with some Bluetooth sets has been them having a tinny metallic sound. The H790 doesn’t seem to have this problem, the sound is good and clear.

The other important factor is the comfort level of the Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset. Sound quality won’t matter much if the headset is uncomfortable to wear. Fortunately, the thin size and light weight make it reasonably comfortable to wear. The fit is snug, so you don’t feel like it’s about to fall out all the time, but it doesn’t feel like it’s trying to burrow into your head either. I don’t like to wear ear devices like this for long periods but I could live with it. You can also wear it with the less secure ear bud method but I haven’t tried this.

The usability of the H790 is good although there is some compromise on the size of the unit vs. the size of the buttons. While the buttons were easy enough for me to use someone with larger hands might find the tiny button size troublesome. The voice prompt system will walk you through setup, muting, calling and inform you about power status. The dedicated power button is also a nice touch along with other power indicators which helps prevent you from leaving the unit on, draining the battery when it’s not in use.

Speaking of power, the battery life on the Motorola H790 seems pretty good. They advertise 5-8 hours of talk time but I suspect that this is a little on the optimistic side. The rapid charge seems to work well though. The unit typically comes packaged with a car charger but you will want to make sure that this is included if you’re buying a refurbished unit. The recharge port is a standard micro USB and the headset should be able to be recharged that way as well.

Bottom line, the Motorola H790 is a good, basic, Bluetooth headset. It’s functional but doesn’t have every bell and whistle in the book. It’s quite affordable if you take the time to  look for the right deals. For your basic Bluetooth headset today, this is probably one of your better choices on the market today.


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Comment by Berg
2010-02-23 04:38:55

Maybe I’ll give this a try. I recently sat on my Motorola Endeavor HX1 and broke it.

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