All controls on the HBS-200 sit on the right earpiece. The multifunction and Play/Pause buttons sit in the middle of the circle while the surrounding circular border can be slid to and fro as track shuttle controls. Two volume buttons are on top of the earpiece, while the hold switch and charger jack are on the bottom. A blue-and-red LED is hidden underneath the Play/Pause button and lights up depending on what mode the headset is in. Though the multifunction button is a little small, it has a slight bump so we could press it easily. We did find the Play/Pause and volume buttons a little too skinny for our tastes, but they were raised enough above the surface so they were easy to press as well. The track shuttle slider was easy to slide back and forth, but we wished there was a grip of some kind for better control.
We paired the LG Bluetooth Stereo HBS-200 with the LG VX8550 Chocolate successfully. The pairing process was a breeze; within seconds we were able to listen to music and answer phone calls. Call quality was quite good, with little to no background noise on our end. Callers, however, did report some static and a slight hissing sound, especially in windier environments. Of course, the real test came when we tried out the HBS-200 with some music. The sound quality of the music was great--the songs sounded fantastic, with rich full sound and decent bass.
Other features of the HBS-200 include voice dialing, last number redial, call transfers from the phone to the headset and vice versa, call mute, and a low battery indicator. The HBS-200 has a rated talk time of 8 hours and a rated standby time of 10.4 days.