Sony Ericsson HBH-IV835 Bluetooth Headset Review

As already noted, 835 features an exceptionally extended and very narrow corpus which makes its shape seem quite out of proportion. To add style, the front panel is made of an interesting, smooth, and light reflecting material, which is good looking indeed and pleasant to touch but, unfortunately, easily marked by fingers – which is noticeable at light.

The entire front panel is removable (one must proceed so in order to attach the neck strap directly to the headset) and replaceable – in case it has been damaged or another color scheme is needed. Unfortunately there are no different-colored panels for this model on offer by the manufacturer at present. The back is made of mat black plastic and the narrow separating line between both is contrastingly silver. The same color scheme has been applied to the ring between the earpiece (also black) and the corpus.

The weight of IV 835 is only 10 grams (0.3 oz.), but unfortunately one can feel even that little unless the device has been constructed so as to distribute the load evenly on the head. The earpiece is a black mushroom-shaped rubber that can be easily bent and is very soft because it is not made of solid material. It resembles the shape of the rubber pieces of Sony Ericsson’s Walkman phones and one must insert it inside the ear, thus cutting off the outside sounds. It is in fact the only mechanism to attach the headphone to one’s head, so in the set there are rubbers of three different sizes for better results. Since they are all round-shaped you can use them on either ear without the need to alter anything – you simply insert then in the standard way.

We were very strongly surprised indeed when we were examining the set’s buttons, simply because there were only two of them: a calling key and a power key! There are not any sound controls whatsoever (perhaps the manufacturer had decided to eliminate them in view of inability to make them easy to use) – so the device is solely controlled automatically by the DSP system. Unfortunately Sony Ericsson did not do a good job of making the only headset control button usable; it is very small, difficult to detect and there is hardly any tactile feedback after pressing. Moreover, the set is unstable on the head which makes the button usage nearly impossible unless one is holding the device by hand. We may add the unpleasant feeling at doing so because one has to push it to the ear.
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