- Bluetooth 1.2, simple operation
- Hard to hear in high noise conditions
An entry level headset from Motorola that includes just about all the functions you could want.
Price$ 129.00 (AUD)
The Motorola H500 is a small and sleek little Bluetooth 1.2 headset that requires just three small buttons to operate.
Weighing just 17 grams, the H500 isn't the smallest Bluetooth headset we've seen, but it is close. The visual appeal of the unit is somewhat reduced however, by the presence of a rather large and unsightly ear hook. At first we thought this hook was detachable, like on the Jabra JX10 so you could wear the H500 without it. However, unlike many other Bluetooth headsets, the H500 doesn't sit inside your ear or use an ear plug. Instead, it sits just outside your ear, with audio provided by a little speaker - meaning you must always have the ear hook fitted to the unit to wear it.
We were a little dubious about the sound quality this would provide, but were pleasantly surprised to find that it functioned quite well indoors. Outside was another matter, and on a road with high traffic, it did become a little difficult to hear and this is where an 'in the ear' headset might have made a little bit of difference. On the whole though, call quality was reasonable and the omni-directional microphone helped our callers hear us more clearly.
We soon discovered the reason the ear hook is detachable - so you can wear the H500 on either ear. Once you swap the headset to another ear however, you have essentially turned it upside down and the position of the volume buttons is reversed. Motorola has accounted for this and cleverly allowed users to customize the volume buttons as they see fit, so you can always make the topmost button increase the volume for example.
In addition to the volume buttons, the only other control the H500 has is a Call button. Pressing this button does just about everything from answering, rejecting, transferring or ending a call. We paired the H500 with our Nokia 6230. To pair the phone, all you have to do (you guessed it) is press and hold the Call button down. Once paired, we were able to both send and receive calls from the headset as well as make voice dials using voice tags stored in our phone. The only problem we had was placing our phone in Silent mode - the headset didn't notify us of the call. We found the range on the H500 to be a fairly standard 10 metres.
The only indicator light on the H500 is a blue light that flashes when pairing, in a call or in standby mode (the light can be turned off). The light doesn't flash when the battery is low though - a series of audio tones is used to communicate this. There are in fact 11 different types of audio tones, but no doubt you will get used to these as you use the device more often.
Motorola promise 8 hours talk time with this unit and 130 hours of standby time, which is above average.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 2 Google Daydream View VR full, in-depth review
- 3 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
- 4 Apple iPhone 7 Plus review: including Portrait Mode
- 5 MSI GS70 laptop review
Latest News Articles
- Google releases Android 7.1.1 images for Pixel and Nexus devices
- Lenovo promises 12 new Moto Mod add-ons per year
- The Samsung Galaxy Note7's extreme thinness may be behind battery explosions
- Random iPhone 6s shutdowns due to faulty battery component, Apple says
- What happens when you send a text message to a landline telephone?
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- Best phone of the year 2016
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCSME Senior Financial Planner - MelbourneNSW
- FTSME Senior Financial Planner - MelbourneVIC
- FTTechnical Business AnalystQLD
- FTPMO Coordinator - Permanent Opportunity!NSW
- FTSenior Financial Planner - GeelongVIC
- FTSenior Projects Engineer | Systems Integration and IT Managed ServicesNSW
- FTCampaign AnalystVIC
- FTDesktop Delivery Team LeaderVIC
- CCHFC Quality Assurance Delivery Specialist | 6 Month ContractVIC
- CCUNISON Analyst Programmer (Contract) FinanceNSW
- FTDevOps EngineerQLD
- FTMarketing Automation DeveloperVIC
- CCFacilities Coordinator - Multiple RolesVIC
- FTJava Security SpecialistNSW
- TPFull Stack .NET DeveloperWA
- FTManager Integration PlanningNSW
- FTPractice AdvisorQLD
- CCInfrastructure Architect - CloudVIC
- CCTechnical Application Specialist (Cerner) - Brisbane BasedOther
- FTBusiness Development ManagerQLD
- FTPortal Project ManagerNSW
- FTWeb Developer/ DesignerSA
- TPSenior Test Analyst - Data ReconciliationQLD
- CCTest EngineerNSW
- FTService Desk AnalystNSW