Samsung WEP870 Combo Mono/Stereo Bluetooth Headset
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Mono and stereo headset in one, good voice quality with many phones.
Battery life is subpar, the range isn’t stellar.
The Samsung WEP870 is a combo Bluetooth headset that includes two parts: a small mono Bluetooth headset and a wired stereo headset that can plug into the mono module via a connector at the bottom. With this “convertible” set up, you can use the WEP870 with your cell phone via Hands-Free/Headset for calls or via A2DP/AVRC for stereo music playback. When you only need the mono headset, unplug the stereo wire and you’ve got a light and portable Bluetooth headset that fits either ear. The Samsung WEP870 has Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR with multi-pairing and multi-connect technology, dual-mic noise and echo cancellation and a small LCD for call status and headset status. The mono headset has good voice quality with most phones and loud volume, and the stereo audio quality is also good with balanced tracks and good channel separation. The stereo music playback can sound a little tinny on some phones but for a two-in-one solution it’s not bad at all.
The Samsung WEP870 has a very nice design for a two-part headset. Measuring 1.77 x 0.7 x 0.47 inches, the mono headset is just slightly bigger than the Samsung WEP470 and it has a similar design. The WEP870 has a raised earpiece with a clear plastic hook to secure the headset on either ear. The talk button sits on the top front, and though it’s hidden its from view, when you press it you can feel the key press. The volume rocker is on one side and the power on/off button is on the other. The WEP870 adds a small LCD screen that flashes incoming call alerts, pairing status, battery level and more.
The mono headset has a connector at the bottom that links to the wired stereo headset, and the connector feels very tight and secure. For carrying the mono headset securely, the wired headset comes with a neck lanyard.
Pairing and Features
Samsung’s latest generation Bluetooth headsets have Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, and the WEP870 is no exception. It has multi-pairing and multi-connect features that allow the headset to pair and connect with multiple devices. The headset goes into pairing mode automatically the first time you turn it on, and displays a Bluetooth symbol on the LCD while it’s in the pairing mode. For subsequent pairing, turn the headset on using the power on/off slider, and press and hold the Talk button until the LCD displays the Bluetooth symbol. Use your phone to find and pair with the headset. We tested the WEP870 with several phones, and it paired with all easily.
The WEP870 supports most calling features including answering and rejecting calls, redialing the last number, mute during a call, answering a second call, putting a call on hold and voice dialing. We tested the Hands-Free call management features and found they worked well with most phones.
Voice Quality and Range
Working as a mono headset, the WEP870 had a good voice quality with most phones. The voice isn’t super clear but it’s usually good enough for carrying on conversations smoothly without any digital distortion. The Samsung WEP870 has dual-mic noise and echo cancellation technology, and the DSP worked much better than the lower-end Samsung WEP470, cancelling out background noise and wind noise. The voice volume is usually quite loud on most phones. The range between the headset and the phones isn’t that stellar, reaching up to 15 feet. Here is some of the data we recorded in our tests:
When working with the BlackBerry Curve 8530:
The WEP870 had good voice quality when working with the BlackBerry Curve 8530 on Verizon. Both incoming and outgoing voice sounded good though not crystal clear. The volume was very loud. We had no trouble carrying on smooth conversations using the headset. The DSP was very effective, filtering out highway noise and other road noise (like a garbage truck picking up trash bins), and it was also quite effective against wind noise. The range was about 15 feet.
When working with the Nokia N97 Mini:
The Samsung WEP870 works well with Nokia phones, and it had very clear voice when working with the Nokia N97 mini. Both incoming and outgoing voice quality was great, perhaps the clearest among all the phones we tested the headset with. The volume isn’t terribly loud as it was with the BlackBerry Curve 8530. The DSP was very effective filtering out most road noise and wind noise. The range was about 10 feet.
When working with the iPhone 3GS:
The Samsung WEP870 did not work well with the iPhone 3GS: call recipients complained about crackling sounds and the incoming voice sounded a bit muffled. We could carry on a conversation but digital distortion was noticeable. The DSP worked reasonably well and the range was about 15 feet.
For music playback via A2DP, the WEP870 did well with most phones. The audio quality was good with balanced audio (treble, bass, etc.) and pleasing channel separation. Music can sound a little tinny on certain phones.
The Samsung WEP870 has a rechargeable battery and it comes with a small microUSB AC travel charger. The battery life isn’t very good, as our real life battery tests didn’t achieve the claimed talk time and standby. The claimed talk time is up to 6 hours and the claimed standby is over 6 days. Our tests showed the talk time was about 4 hours and the standby time was about 3-4 days. One thing you can do to help conserve the battery: turn the headset off with the power slider when you are not using it. The headset had no trouble remembering and reconnecting with its previous paired partners after powering off/on in our tests.
Thanks to the unique design, you can get a mono and stereo Bluetooth headset in one small package. The Samsung WEP870 works well as a mono Bluetooth headset, yet can also seamlessly connect with its wired stereo ear bud module. The headset is easy to carry and comfortable to wear. The voice and audio quality for both the mono mode and stereo mode is good when working with most phones, and the volume is usually loud. The dual-mic noise cancellation and the DSP have good performance. Because the range isn’t stellar this isn’t a headset for those who walk away from their phones during calls. We also wish the battery life was better.
Pro: Mono and stereo headset in one, good voice quality with many phones.
Con: Battery life is subpar, the range isn’t stellar.
Package contains the Samsung WEP870 Bluetooth headset with a detachable ear hook, a microUSB travel charger, stereo ear bud headset lanyard and printed user manual.
-Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
-Profiles supported: Headset, Hands-Free, A2DP, AVRCP
-Claimed talk time: Up to 6 hours
-Claimed standby time: Up to 6.3 days
-Headset size: 1.77 x 0.7 x 0.47 inches
-Headset weight: 0.42 ounces
-AC adapter: 100-240V
List Price: $89.99
Web site: www.samsung.com
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