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Review of Samsung HM3600 Bluetooth Headset
In the box:
This product is positioned as an inexpensive, but stylish headset belonging to the mid-price segment according to Samsung. Nevertheless, we can see a general Samsung approach, so Bluetooth 3.0 was added here. It should influence the energy consumption and connection speed, but the best combination is achieved with Samsung Galaxy S II and similar models with the same profile. Is this power necessary for a small headset? Maybe not. On the other hand technically savvy consumers will be attracted to the product, because apart from 3.0 there are other interesting solutions in this gadget.
Design and Construction
The package of all Samsung headsets is generic – transparent plastic box with the smaller paper case inside to host the adaptor. You will not find many things in the box, but instead of the USB cable we get a more useful adaptor. The main part of the body is made of brown plastic with the carbon looking element in the middle. The back side is finished with black textured plastic. The headset is tiny with the microphone at the front and another one near the multifunctional key. MicroUSB jack is capped. In general the looks are fine. The same applies to the build and materials. Even during the active use the headset is unlikely to suffer from mechanical damage.
Convenience of Use
The main feature of the model is a small speaker podium. In fact you do not have to insert a sizable object into your ear. The speaker fits the ear well, but due to this you will need a headband at all times. There is only one tip and it comes installed into the device by default. The headband can be altered the way you like and you do not have to take it off to change the location. All in all HM3600 is easy to use as soon as you place the podium properly in your ear. It can be used in a gym.
At the top we see volume rocker and luckily there is a dedicated on/off button. The long multifunctional key is at the front. The light indicator is small and barely visible due to its location at the top. During the first run the headset goes into the pairing mode and you do not need a password. Interestingly, volume rocker hosts other features – one press and hold mute the microphone and in the pairing mode the pressing of the button activates multipoint. It can even be used to disable the light indicator.
The manufacturer claims up to 9 hours of talktime and 300 hours on standby. MicroUSB jack is standard. In terms of the operation time this headset is one of the best on the market and in real life with one hour of daily operation HM3600 can go strong for one week or more. A huge advantage is the dedicated on/off button for quick start of operation.
Connection with the Phone and Sound Quality
The headset supports multipoint, i.e. simultaneous connection to a couple of phones. I quickly connected the gadget to iPhone 4 and had no interruption with the operating range of seven meters, which is a good result. There are two microphones and my contacts never complained about the connection quality. They even did not think I was using a headset. In general we can give an A- grade for the speech reproduction. The only issue is that to my mind voices were not authentic enough. It is a trifle though. Samsung HM3600 can be used in an office, a convertible car or in the street.
Samsung HM3600 will appear in summer and will approximately cost $35. It looks fine, but the main attention is paid to the contents with Bluetooth 3.0, noise suppression based on a two microphone system, excellent operation time, handy controls, proper charger in the box and the use with two phones at a time. To my mind we have the best of latest headset tendencies, but the black version would have been welcome too. I have to mention the issue with the podium as not everybody is happy to use the headband all the time.
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Published — 20 June 2011
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