Anycom is a big name in mobile Bluetooth
products, and we've reviewed several of thier offerings. The Anycom
Blue HS-700 headset is the lightest and smallest Bluetooth headset
we've reviewed. For users who like to wear belt clip cases, Anycom
provides a leather case that has a built-in belt clip and can act
as a charging station as well.
The HS-700 headset has a very compact design with
the earpiece measuring in at only 1.2” and the small boom
at 1/3” long. Compared to the oval sharp of the Motorola
HS810, the Anycom has more of a rectangular shape with curves
at the end of the earpiece, making the boom look like an extension
of the headset. The HS-700 has a silver finish with the boom
in black color. The ear clip loops around and rests on top of
your ear. Although the shape is very similar to the Motorola
HS810, the ear clip on the Anycom headset is not user-adjustable,
so you can only wear it on one ear (the review sample we received
works only on the right ear). The HS-700 weighs only 15g. Once
you put on this headset, you'll notice that it's so lightweight
that it's easy to forget you're wearing it.
Instead of separate button, the Anycom Blue HS-700
has only one jog-dial style button that can function as volume
control as well as start/end calls, mute/unmute controls. The
economical button design fits the small size well. The included
leather case is also very compact and comes with a belt clip.
You can carry the headset in the case when you are not using
it, and charge it using the connector in the case. There is an
LED that indicates when the headset is fully charged. The headset
comes with an international power adapter as well as the US standard
Pairing with the Nokia
3650 and HP iPAQ 5555 is
equally as easy as with other Bluetooth headsets tested in
this round up. When you are not using the headset, it will
go into standby mode. The voice quality is good in short range,
but it deteriorates faster than both the Motorola and the Logitech Bluetooth
Headsets we reviewed. You still can hear at 30 feet range,
but the voice seems choppy with significant background noise.
On the iPAQ 5555, the recording voice volume plays back much
lower than the other two headsets.
The claimed 3.5 hour talk time seems on target
in our test and we get about 4 days of standby time. The battery
power seems comparable with the Motorola HS810, it doesn't come
close to the Logitech's battery power.