Samsung SBH700 review: Samsung SBH700

CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.3
  • Design: 5.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The Samsung SBH-700 is a lightweight stereo Bluetooth headset good for sports activities. It also has decent audio quality.

The Bad The Samsung SBH-700 is quite uncomfortable, and its volume rocker and track shuttle keys are located inconveniently in the back of the headset.

The Bottom Line Despite its sporty and lightweight design, we think the Samsung SBH-700 feels a little too awkward and uncomfortable.

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As much as we like regular wired earbuds for listening to music, we would probably go for a stereo Bluetooth headset instead if it was an option. Not only does it free you from dealing with wires, but it's also easier to use in the gym or when running in the park. And thankfully, a lot of music phones come with stereo Bluetooth capabilities these days, and many stereo Bluetooth headsets also have call-handling capabilities. The Samsung SBH-700 is one such headset, and it's designed for sports activities, similar to the Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active Headphones from a couple years ago. It works with both phone calls as well as streaming music and costs around $60.

Like the Motorola S9, the Samsung SBH-700 is designed to wrap around behind the head for a secure fit, especially when running or jogging. The thickest part of the headset is the rearmost battery compartment, which measures about 5 inches long by 1 inch across and less than 0.5 inch deep. The silver-and-red chassis then tapers down on both left and right sides toward the ear buds via flexible wires. The ear buds themselves are connected to the wires via U-shape ear hooks and flexible hinges.

The charger jack is on top of the rearmost chassis along with the LED indicator, while the volume rocker and track shuttle keys are on the bottom. The Play/Pause key is on the front of the right earbud while the Call key is on the front of the left ear bud.

We won't lie to you--we found this arrangement quite uncomfortable. We thought the ear buds did not fit in the ear too comfortably, and as a result of this, they sometimes fell off. We really would have appreciated a variety of earbud sizes here. Also, having the volume rocker and the track shuttle keys all the way at the back of your head is not very convenient. We'll concede the buttons are easy to press, but that's about it.

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Samsung SBH700

Part Number: ASBH700JSECXAR Released: 3 Jan 2008
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  • Regional specs shown for US. AU specs are unavailable.

  • Release date 3 Jan 2008
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor behind-the-neck
  • Weight 1.3 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo