We see so many Bluetooth headsets here at LTG that most of them seem the same after awhile but this one carries a bevy of features that seem to stand out from the rest. That’s why we sit up and notice when a unique one comes along. Compared to many Bluetooth headsets, the ML7000 is one of Samsung’s most feature rich and advanced headset to date.
The headset is best optimized for an Android phone – more specifically a Galaxy phone. When paired up with one you can manage text-to-speech settings as well as seeing the variety of voice commands you can assign your headset to all thanks to Freesync app which is available in the Android Marketplace. I do would like to note that I got a chance to try this app on a friends phone and it seemed to work fine. However, the app was inconsistent. It would read your text messages but if you want it to read your Gmail, expect some issues if the message is more than 50 words long. This is, of course, in no fault of the HM7000 but the latest build of the Freesync app. The app also can send speech versions of your social media feed updates along with Caller ID and other novel features.
Even if you don’t have an Android device, the headset also has its own voice commands built-in to the device itself. Commands like “redial”, “pair mode”, “cancel” and “power off” are available on the device all with a touch of a button. The device also let’s you know if the device is activated and paired all through the HM7000′s female robotic voice. Pairing with the device worked instantly. Once I turned on Bluetooth on my handset, all I had to do was press the sync button on my headset and I was in. Under this review, I hooked up the HM7000 with my Windows Phone 7 HTC Arrive and it worked really well. I’m currently running on the Mango update of the phone and it works perfectly with the speech-to-text and text-to-speech features on Windows Phone 7.5. Replying to text messages through the headset worked beautifully.
The headset has some other impressive specs to back it up:
- 4 hour talk time – and I’ve experienced it to work on longer intervals as well
- 160 bours of standby time (but more like 200) just based on my casual use alone.
But what is a pleasant surprise to me is the charging cradle that doubles as the headset’s storage case. The charging cradle holds up around 2-3 charges for the headset. The cradle can be charged (opened or closed) and it even has a nice little door for the micro usb port along with a charge indicator and a built-in slider power switch in case you dont want to sap away power from the cradle for just storing the headset. The cradle can be setup like a stand for the headset as well.
The headset comes with two earhooks and several ear plastic pieces to fit a variety of ear types. Looking at the available hooks and earpieces, some ear shapes may have issues. However, in my own experience, the headset was comfortable throughout my drive around town. So far, I have not encountered any uncomfortable positioning of the headset. I could wear this thing a couple of hours in and not know I’ve had it on.
Audio quality is excellent and the text-to-speech voice as well as the built-in voice commands are clear. Receiving calls is just as impressive. Around town, I had the window down as the car was going against the wind, I received a couple of calls and all my recipients didn’t have any issues listening to my voice. I’ve also asked my callers what they thought of my voice’s clarity and they all responded to me with some interesting answers clearly indicating that the noice cancelling feature on the headset is working. At one point, I had my radio blasting and one of my callers was able to discern between my voice and radio. This same caller complimented on my radio station at one point as well.
The volume rocker and command buttons are all easily accessible (as they should be).
The headset itself is an attractive fashion-forward two-tone grey and black stripped-like design with the grey strip extending as the boom mic for the headset and a seamless micro usb cover on the other end. The headset looks like a real mic instead of a piece of costume jewelry that many other headsets (especially smaller ones) seem to resemble nowadays.
The charging cradle is a good looking storage piece wrapped in a graphite style cover with rounded chrome edging that looks good next to similarly styled smartphones. It can fit easily in some of the smallest pockets without much trouble. Next to my HTC Arrive, they looked like they were long lost brothers with only their logos reminding you of their allegiance to their brands.
Overall, the headset as well as the charging cradle/storage are well constructed . The HM7000 comes in a beautiful design and it comes with several ear-fit options. It has many advanced features, including an built-in voice commands which extends even with more functions with FreeSync. We were very impressed with the call quality in almost all situations. The HM7000 does a good job at minimizing background noise and emphasizing the voice, which was a great help in a noisy environment. Its outstanding features and improved quality definitely makes the HM7000 the best headset of the year so far–and it’s very competitively priced at $99.