LG HBM-755 review: LG HBM-755

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LG HBM-755

(Part #: HBM755)
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The LG HBM-755 is an attractive, easy-to-use Bluetooth headset. It has a comfortable fit and is quite affordable.

The Bad The LG HBM-755 has subpar call quality.

The Bottom Line The LG HBM-755 is a simple and stylish Bluetooth headset, but beware of its call quality.

7.0 Overall

Though LG Electronics has plenty of Bluetooth cell phone accessories in its arsenal, they haven't always been too successful when it comes to style. The LG HBM-755, though tiny, satisfies the style quotient quite nicely with its compact size and reflective surface. It also helps that the HBM-755 is relatively cheap, about $50.

The smooth and reflective electric blue surface on the HBM-755 makes this one of the more attractive LG headsets we've seen. Measuring 1.75 inch long by 0.8 inch wide by 0.4 inch deep, the HBM-755 has a curved and lightweight body. It may not seem like there are any buttons on the device, but the top third of the front surface can be pressed down, and functions as the multifunction key. On the left spine is the volume rocker. There's a dedicated power key on top, and the charger jack is on the right. All keys were easy to use and press, plus we like that there's a dedicated power key. On top of the multifunction button is a blue LED that flashes when the HBM-755 is on.

Turn the headset around and you'll find a simple earpiece with a flexible plastic ear loop. We weren't thrilled with the size of earpiece--we would've preferred something that sank in a bit deeper in the ear--but it was a decent fit overall. We definitely recommend keeping the plastic ear loop, as it feels more secure than leaving it off. The ear loop is very thin and flexible, which we liked tremendously. We could even wear our glasses with the headset without any discomfort.

The features on the HBM-755 are pretty basic. They include answering, rejecting, and ending calls, voice dial support, last number redial, call waiting support, and the ability to transfer calls from the headset to the handset and vice versa. There's also a low battery status indicator.

We paired the LG HBM-755 with the RIM BlackBerry Pearl, and the process went very smoothly. Call quality was iffy--though we heard our callers just fine, they reported quite a bit of static and background noise. Often, they had to ask us to repeat ourselves. We had similar issues when using voice dialing or when calling automated voice systems. The call quality was OK in a quiet environment, but it worsened when we were in a windy environment.

The LG HBM-755 has a rated battery life of 9 hours talk time and 14.5 days standby time.

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