Bluetooth headsets seem to finally be gaining some ground in the style department, and the Motorola H680 is no exception. There are two versions of the H680: a “midnight black” version and “Ice/Frost,” a silver, feminine style headset that still looks quite nice.
The first thing that struck me is how small the headset is. At just a bit over 1.5 inches, this thing is SMALL. The H680 is also an extremely light headset, coming in a just .42 ounces. You truly can’t grasp it until you actually use the headset.
The design is dead-simple: 3 buttons, a switch, an a multi-color LED. That’s it. On the face of the headset, you have your answer/end button. On the back-side you have your power switch and on the top (or bottom, depending on which ear you use it in) you have your volume buttons.
The case itself has an elegant silver look with chrome accents around the side and also displaying the design. You couldn’t tell it’s a Motorola headset on first glance because the “M” logo is barely there.
The ear clip (which can be reversed if needed) is a firm plastic that is easy enough to form to your ear. Even wearing for hours, the headset doesn’t get uncomfortable.
Another design aesthetic that you can either love or hate is the way the headset charges. On the underside, there are two contacts for you to lay the headset onto the magnetic cradle. The LED glows while charging and shuts off when it is fully charged. While many people will love the cradle, the downside is that there is no port to plug just a cable into while traveling. This means that charging your headset while in the car isn’t possible unless you have a DC-to-AC power converter.
Calls sounded clear with just a hint of digital distortion at times, but were overall very good. Callers couldn’t tell that we were using a headset, although it does pick up background noise at times (music primarily). Voice recognition also worked well with my BlackBerry 8130.
The headset lasted about 20 feet between floors before gaining lots of static. Having your phone across the room (line-of-sight) or in your cup-holder should prove no problem for signal quality.
The rated talk-time is 7 hours while the standby time is 8 days. Unfortunately, it is difficult to test call length in my current setup.
Overall, even though it has it’s quirks, the H680 is a very nice headset, especially for $80. Lightweight, small, and stylish, the H680 has a lot going for it.
~Nice desktop cradle charger
~Very good sound quality
~Comfortable for long durations
~No separate charging cable for traveling/on-the-go
You can purchase the H680 at the Motorola Store, available here.