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Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset

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What's hot: Ultra thin and sleek design. Very strong DSP.

What's not: Range isn't stellar.


Review posted September 2009 by Tong Zhang, Senior Editor

Motorola may have its ups and downs in the mobile phone business, but the Bluetooth accessory group has been steadily churning out stylish Bluetooth headsets with good performance, and the Motorola H790 is no exception. Built on Moto's CrystalTalk technology, the Motorola H790 is impossibly thin and light. The headset has Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and works with cell phones via Hands-free or Headset Bluetooth profiles. It has a super strong DSP that can filter out road noise and room noise, and its audio quality is clear and loud. As a mid-range headset with list price of $80, the Motorola H790 offers good features and quality for the money.


Good designs come in all shapes and forms; just look at the Plantronics Discovery 925 and the Jawbone headsets. The pancake thin Motorola H790 has a different style. Measuring 2 x .08 x 0.3 inches, the H790 has a matte silver front with a chrome band on the rounded edges. The back of the headset has ridged vertical stripes for better handling. The earpiece sticks out and sits very comfortably in the ear and the clear ear hook is thin and works on either ear. The Moto H790 comes with several rubber earpiece tips in different sizes, so be sure to try them out and find the one that suits your ear the best. Though the Motorola H790 has a very thin body, the side and top buttons are large enough to press. The call button sits on top of the Bluetooth headset while the volume buttons live on the right and the power on-off slider lives on the left. The charging port lives just below the Call button and the LED lights shine through the top front LED holes. Weighing 0.34 ounces, the Motorola H790 is so lightweight that you will hardly notice it even if it's on your ear all day.

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Pairing and Features

With newer versions of Bluetooth, headsets are easier to pair with phones and computers than ever. The Motorola H790 has Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and it can auto pair with your cell phone with voice prompts. When you slide the power button to turn on the headset for the first time, the H790 will go into pairing mode (LED flashing solid blue) and the voice prompt will tell you the headset is "ready to pair". Use your phone to find and pair with the headset - the headset actually tells you the default pass code "0000" in case your phone doesn't have an auto-pairing feature. The voice prompt will notify you when the pairing is complete. The Motorola H790 can work with two Bluetooth devices simultaneously, a handy feature for users who separate their work phones and weekend phones.

The Motorola H790 Bluetooth headset supports all Hands-free features including last number dialing, call waiting, accepting or rejecting calls, as well as muting outgoing voice during a call. The headset also tracks the two phones you have paired it with and can simultaneously work with both and give voice prompts for activities on both phones.

Voice Quality and Range

The Motorola H790 has CrystalTalk technology and dual microphones for noise canceling and generating clearer voice on both incoming and outgoing ends. The DSP works very efficiently at blocking almost all road noise, outdoor and room noise. The voice quality is very good: it sounds clear and loud. We tested the H790 Bluetooth headset with many phones including the iPhone 3GS, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, the Sony Ericsson C905 and the Samsung Omnia HD unlocked on AT&T. In our area, the T-Mobile phones sounded as clear as a cell phone can sound via the Motorola H790 headset, and the volume was very loud. The AT&T phones had some audio distortion and the volume wasn't very high compared to the TMO phones, and this is likely the network's fault. Sprint and Verizon phones also sounded good but had a little distortion as well via the Motorola. The overall voice quality via the Moto H790 was very good and the DSP worked very effectively on all phones in our tests.

The range between the Moto H790 and cell phones is middle of the road, reaching about 10-20 feet before voice quality starts to deteriorate and generate audio distortion.


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Battery Life

The Motorola H790 has a built-in rechargeable battery that has very good battery life by small headset standards. The claimed talk time is 5 hours and the claimed standby time is 7 days. Our battery tests showed that these numbers were mostly on target. The Moto H790 takes about 2.5 hours to charge and the LED light will turn green when the headset is fully charged. The headset comes with a micro USB style world charger that has Rapid Charging technology that can generate about 2-2.5 hours of usage time in a 15-minute charging session.


If you are looking for an ultra-thin and light headset, the Motorola H790 should be on your short list. The headset has very clear voice and loud volume as long as your phones and carrier provide the best audio quality. The DSP is amazing and it worked well with all the phones in our test group. Battery life is good and the charging time is short. Most of all, this headset is for those who want to wear something that's sleek, attractive and super lightweight.

Pro: Ultra think and light, sleek design, easy pairing with voice prompts, and strong DSP.

Con: Range isn't stellar.


Package contains: the Motorola H790 Bluetooth headset, the AC charger, 4 extra earpiece tips in different sizes and a printed user guide.

Technical Specs:
-Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
-Profiles supported: Headset and Hands-Free profiles
-Claimed talk time: Up to 5 hours
-Claimed standby time: Up to 7 days
-Headset size: 2 x .8 x .3 inches
-Headset weight: 0.34 ounces (9.5grams)
-AC adapter: 100-240V


List price: $79.99

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