Samsung Modus HM6450 Review

Introduction and Design
Introduction and Design:

In our experience with the Samsung Modus 3500, a convertible style Bluetooth headset, we weren’t all too thrilled about its less than engaging performance in the calling quality department – which is of course one crucial area for any headset. However, the Samsung Modus HM6450 is seemingly a step up as it boasts all the same features as the Modus 3500, but seems to pack it all in a new stylish body. Combining it with an Android powered smartphone, you basically uncover some additional functionality that’s not usually akin to a headset that’s priced between $60 to $100. Included with the packaging are 3 ear gels, 2 ear hooks, stereo headphones, wall charger, user manual, and a 3.5mm stereo headset adapter.

Although it sports a conventional design, its implementation of a shiny blue patterned exterior combined with some lovely adorning chrome accents enables this mostly plastic headset to be one head turner. Lightweight due to its choice of materials, we’re still nonetheless satisfied with its overall solid build quality.

Sure you’ve got three different ear gels to choose from, but we’re not particularly too fond of their extremely rubbery feel – which is non-irritating to the ear, but doesn’t provide a snug fit. That’s where the ear hook comes to mind as it provides a substantially better fit without feeling too restrictive over a period of time.

If you happen to be button hungry, you’ll surely appreciate the wealth of buttons clinging to the various sides of the Modus HM6450. On one side you’ve got a reasonably sized volume rocker and a button that activates the headset’s built-in voice command service, while on the other, we basically find an easy to move power switch. Narrow in size, but raised slightly, we find the multi-function talk button place prominently on its front side. Meanwhile, you’ve got one microphone close by, while the other is at its usual spot near the end of the headset.

Rarely used by headsets in general, we find a tiny LCD display on the front that displays the headset’s battery level and connection status – which is nice, especially when you have quick access to it. And finally, the microUSB port in the rear is hidden beneath a plastic flap, but instead of simply charging the device, it also allows you to connect the included headphones to turn it into a stereo Bluetooth headset.

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