Sony Ericsson HBH-35

Sony Ericsson HBH-35

Summary: The HBH-35 offers good, if not outstanding, features and performance, but it's priced too high compared with other Bluetooth headsets.

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  • Editors' rating:
    7.0
  • User rating:
    7.4

Pros

  • Well-balanced
  • sleek styling
  • uses standard Sony Ericsson charger

Cons

  • High price

Sony Ericsson has designed a sleek and stylish headset that manages to be reasonably unobtrusive, despite having a boom microphone. Also, although it's at the heavier end of the range of headsets, its design means its still quite comfortable. It's also one of the highest-priced Bluetooth headsets we've seen.

The HBH-35's battery is used as the ear clip, so that it could be hidden depending on the size of your ears. Because this is also where much of the headset's weight resides, this makes it quite well balanced. The battery rotates so that the headset can be worn on either ear, but this does mean that the volume reduce button will be on top when worn on the left ear.

The volume controls are placed far enough away from the call button to avoid accidental disconnection, and their raised profile makes them easy to find by touch. The call button has a raised spot, although this isn't quite so easy to feel. You'll also find you may have to use a couple of fingers to balance the headset when pressing it to stop it digging into your ear.

An incoming call produces a short bleep initially, then a full ringing sound. A short press on the call button answers the call, while a longer one rejects the call. You can mute the microphone during a call by pressing both volume buttons simultaneously.

You can get an indication of the HBH-35's battery level by holding down both volume buttons. The indicator LED will then flash one to three times as a loose guide to how much life is left. You're supplied with a mains charger for the headset, but if you have a Sony Ericsson phone you can use the same charger for both devices. It plugs directly into the headset itself -- there's no cradle for the HBH-35. You do get a small stick-on dashboard holder for the headset, but you should really have the headset in place before starting to drive, since putting the headset on while driving is dangerous. You also get a belt pouch, which will be of more use to a pedestrian than a driver.

The HBH-35 is a nice headset, but it's priced far higher than the others we've looked at without offering much more in the way of features. If the styling of this headset particularly appeals to you, or you already have a Sony Ericsson phone and only want to travel with the one charger, by all means buy the HBH-35. Otherwise, you can get a headset that's just as good for less money.

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  • 7.0

    Works well, & much better-looking than the other Bluetooth headsets I tried; the dashboard holder is convenient when leaving the headset in the vehicle between jobs.
    anonymous
  • 9.0

    I had a Nokia HDW-2 Bluetooth headset. I found the battery life very very poor, hard to feel the control buttons (especially the volume controls), voice quality was poor and it does hurt you ear if you wear it for a couple of hours. I replaced it with the SE HBH-35 and had it on throughout the day, and it did not bother me much. It is miles ahead of Nokia in terms of battery life and comfort. One thing missing in Nokia and SE is an earpiece adapter similar to the one offered by Jabra's Mini ear gel that helps hearing in noisy environment. But after using the Nokia Bluetooth headset, I am convinced the SE HBH-35 is a great headset. It is a bit pricey though.
    anonymous
  • 5.0

    Bought this for use with a P900. Poor sound quality from 1.5 meters let alone 15! Not happy at all. Can't rely on making a connection with phone everytime. Taking it back. NB: could be just a faulty unit -- we shall see.
    anonymous
  • 4.5

    I had problems with my first HBH-35, including bad sound quality and people on the other end complaining the couldn't hear me and echoing of their voice. So I returned and, after being assured it was a fault with my particular headset, I took ownership of another. It was very frustrating to find it had the same problems. Maybe I've been extremely unlucky, or maybe Sony's build quality isn't quite what I thought it was.
    anonymous
  • 7.5

    It's better than the HBH65, which is discontinued by FIDO Canada. But not as comfortable, where my ear sticks out. With the Siemens S55 cell phone, the reception is excellent, much better than the HBH65, again, much better. Voice command with 75% less errors, clear and no echo.
    anonymous
  • 8.0

    Easy to use, good sound and battery life, uses same charger as Sony Ericsson phones.
    anonymous
  • 9.0

    anonymous
  • 4.0

    This would be a great headset if it worked properly. It was bundled with my SE Z600 and does all the things it's supposed to -- but the echo at the other end of the line is so severe that people beg me to call them from a landline so they can speak without hearing their voice echoed.

    Vodafone Australia exchanged it without a moment's hesitation -- and the second one behaves identically. The Vodafone rep called SE who told her I should turn the headset volume down (made no difference) or bring the phone in for a s/w upgrade. But the Z600 is at the end of its life, so I'd be surprised if it didn't already have the latest s/w).

    This should be a great headset -- audio, battery and volume are excellent, it's easy to use, comfortable to wear and still does a good job on my voice even in a strong wind or with the car windows open... but it's still hard to recommend.

    Buyer beware!
    anonymous
  • 8.7

    anonymous
  • 5.0

    I have never been able to get consistent connection between the headset and any of the Nokia phones I have had whilst I owned it. When it was working the sound quality was fine but coonecting and disconnecting was hit and miss.
    Now I haven't used it for 2 weeks and it simply will not charge again. Wouldn't buy another.
    anonymous
  • 8.0

    I have never had a problem with this (on a Siemens S56) and, contrary to the review, found it very inexpensive compared to other headsets. Bought it on eBay.
    anonymous
  • 9.5

    anonymous
  • 9.5

    Recommended!
    anonymous
  • 9.5

    anonymous