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Samsung HM1610 Review

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Fancying some kind of voice control and guidance features, are you? Well, you’re not going to find them with the Samsung HM1610 as you're literally left out on your own in what to do. Although it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to find that holding down its power button will place it in pairing mode, issues arose when trying to pair it with a second device – since it features multipoint technology. After reading the manual, we finally got both an iPhone 4 and HTC Incredible S to connect simultaneously. Since it’s delegated as being the primary phone, we’re able to access the voice control service of the iPhone 4. Now as long as the phone has its own built in voice control program, pressing the multi-function button on the headset will activate it.

Unfortunately, the headset doesn’t announce incoming calls by name or phone number, but instead, it basically emits a notification tone to inform you. Volume output appears to be boisterous enough through the earpiece and provides ample tones for general conversations, though, it becomes extremely sharp when it’s placed at the highest setting. Regardless, it still proves its worth under noisy conditions.

While walking briskly, our callers say that our voice is rich and distinctive on their end of the line. However, it begins to sound choppy in tone under windy conditions or while driving in the car with the window down. At times though, it seems to adjust accordingly with the wind for a brief moment, where it clears things up, but it’s soon lost and we’re left with choppy voices once again. Ultimately, it doesn’t quite manage to completely drown out the background noise.

Samsung HM1610 Review
Samsung HM1610 Review

Thankfully though, it’s able to retain a solid connection since we’re able to stream music from an iPhone 4 that’s placed 30 feet away in another room.

In our testing, we were able to get 7.5 hours of continuous talk time with the Samsung HM1610 after fully charging it – which slightly edges out the 7 hours of talk time stipulated by the manufacturer. Albeit, it would’ve been nice to get actually hear announcements about its current battery level, simultaneously pressing down the volume down and talk button will light the LED in three distinct colors to indicate its level – blue for above 80%, violet for 80% to 20%, and red for below 20%.


Conclusion:

You really can’t ask too much out of a $39.99 Bluetooth headset, but with the Samsung HM1610, it seems to be making a futile attempt in being a feature rich headset. In fact, it very much decides to take the typical approach that we’d come to expect out of any headset on the market, but it doesn’t quite excel when noise or wind are present. However, for stationary use or music streaming, it’ll get the job done without much falter. All in all, we can overlook its mediocre performance and minimal set of features primarily because you won’t be spending a fortune on it.

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Pros

  • Inexpensive cost
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Wind noise reduction doesn’t quite work at times
  • Irritating feel with its earpiece
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