Hands-on with the LG HBM-585 Bluetooth headset
When using one of the ear buds, we didn't find it snug enough to close out any gaps – so we preferred using the ear clip to make sure it stayed tight on our ear. Fortunately you don't even notice the headset too much when you have it on thanks to its relative light weight. The LG HBM-585 employs a built-in DSP that supports noise reduction and echo cancellation, however, it already falls behind some of its rivals with its lack of complete noise cancellation. When we encountered windy conditions, the sound of it was prominent to our callers – thus making it rather difficult for them to comprehend our words. In addition, our callers did state that our voice sounded like it was in a cave with a slight echo being distinguishable at the end of our words. On top of that, there is a faint static sound in the background whenever we spoke, but it quickly disappears when there is silence. Since it's main physical attraction is its thin profile, it lacks a built-in port for charging – so that means you'll be required to dock it into either the small charging cradle or vehicle power adapter. Even though it will prominently stand tall while it's recharging and look good while doing so, you'd better make sure to not lose either of them since they are your sole options for charging the headset. One thing worth nothing with the vehicle charger is that it tucks away a USB port on its side which enables you to charge any USB handset simultaneously. The manufacturer has it rated for 5 hours of talk and up to 200 hours of standby time.
Priced at around $70 through various online sources, it may prove to be appealing to some people with its solid looks, but its lack of complete noise cancellation is particularly noticeable. Granted though we adore the charging methods it employs, but losing either one can prove to be even more costly seeing that you can't simply connect a cable to it and start charging. Sure you can pay more money out of your pockets to jump into something with more features, but being priced accordingly at $70 can be seen as a decent value for the money for others.