Not everyone is seeking the best in the market, since often they come with a hefty price tag. But that doesn’t mean one doesn’t look for quality, and we decided to make the search easier by testing a number of products. Finally we chose Samsung HM1700 for its affordable price tag, but also for the features it provides at this price. What are they ? Read on.
Design and Comfort
The design of the HM1700 is as simple as mono designs get, with an earbud connected by a flexible piece of plastic to the main unit, which is a small and rectangular. The device comes with the usual accessories for ensuring sure fit and comfort. The volume buttons are situated so as to provide easy access.
However our review revealed that the power button is inconveniently placed so that you may end up cutting calls while trying to re-adjust the headset. Overall however the ear-hook and earbuds fit nicely and securely and the design is quite comfortable. Finally, the device feels rather light, and combined with the design and easy fit, make it a pleasure to make calls on.
Performance and Battery Life
Since this is a budget Samsung headset, performance cannot be expected to match a Bose Series 2, Jawbone Era or Plantronics Voyager Pro. That said, transmission range is good enough, and the sample call during review gave excellent quality – clear and loud. Noise cancellation is great, unlike some of its budget peers from Plantronics. Audio can be played with great clarity, but is devoid of bass.
The headset comes with features like automatic pairing and multiple pairing. The first provides ensures that when you turn it on, it automatically enters pairing mode and pairs with nearby devices. Our review showed that this works flawlessly for the iPhone and Android. Multiple pairing means the device will pair to more than one device, taking responses from them as required.
While this worked fine, an annoying feature of the HM1700 is that the paired Android devices didn’t realize when it was switched off, and bluetooth had to be turned off. However, this may not be the case with all handsets. Along with these the headset under review comes with built-in voice prompt, so that you know when it needs to charge, etc. Text-to-speech reads out your emails, SMS messages, etc when used with relevant Android or iPhone applications.
The Samsung HM1700 gives excellent battery backup, with around six hours of service on a full charge.
Coming at an economical price ($31 on Amazon, frequently with discounts), the Samsung HM1700 is a great device for making clear calls, listening to music without distortion and wearing comfortably for hours on end. Like all budget headsets, it cannot match up to the market leaders.
However, Samsung partially makes up for them by providing its multipairing and some other features, which although found on many higher headsets, increase the utility of this device. If you’re looking for a mono headset and don’t want to spend a fortune, the Samsung HM1700 is your best bet.