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Motorola H790 review

£49 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Motorola

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Lightweight, comfy, and unobtrusive: that's how we would describe the fit of the Motorola H790 Bluetooth headset.

Lightweight, comfy, and unobtrusive: that's how we would describe the fit of the Motorola H790 Bluetooth headset.

The attractively priced £49 inc VAT Motorola H790 bluetooth headset sports an over-the-ear plastic loop. This clear plastic loops lacks flexibility to curve around the ear, so it remains in its fixed loopy shape. Admittedly, the loop looks chintzy, but to my surprise, it gripped my (small) ear just fine.

The earbud felt snug inside my ear canal, and people with larger ears can try out the assortment of replacement earbuds to get a better fit. The Motorola H790 barely touched my cheek, and yet stayed securely attached to my ear as I walked around and flapped my head in all kinds of directions.

The Motorola H790 has a separate sliding power switch - showing orange when turned off and black when powered up - and that makes it easy to know whether the headset is on or off at all times. When turning the unit on, we like the headset's voice announcement indicating the battery status ("Battery level is medium," for instance).

The Motorola H790's call quality was very good; in some instances, it was even better than handset quality. Conversations sounded loud and clear to recipients' ears, and the Motorola H790 eliminated a good amount of background noise, such as chatter, music, and typical traffic antics.

When the noise level increased considerably, callers could hear indistinct sounds in the background - particularly when we stopped talking. While call quality was mostly good, we had a few bad calls. One party said that a call sounded like it was coming from under water, and other call experiences came across as shaky, where my voice broke up.

At this end, callers' conversations came through clearly, but we consistently picked up a noticeable amount of static - irritating, yes, but the crackling wasn't bad enough for me to want to nix the headset and use my handset.

We like that the Motorola H790 is compact, but its buttons are a tad too dainty for me. Donning the headset, with the power switch on one side and the volume buttons on the other, required a little fumbling around to get a feel for the controls. The main call button, which activates your phone's voice commands and lets you accept/end calls, is perched at the top of the headset and is easy to maneuvre.

NEXT: our expert verdict >>

Motorola H790 Expert Verdict »

CrystalTalk dual-microphone noise cancellation
Audio voice prompts
Multipoint for easy pairing with multiple devices
Rapid Charge for 2.5 hours of talk time in 15 minutes
EasyPair technology
TrueComfort design
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

At £49, the Motorola H790 is well priced for a headset with solid call quality and acceptable background noise elimination. Plus, the fit was anything but cumbersome.

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