LG HBM-760 Bluetooth Headset (Blue) review: LG HBM-760 Bluetooth Headset (Blue)

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LG HBM-760 Bluetooth Headset (Blue)

(Part #: HBM-760) Released: Apr 1, 2007
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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The LG HBM-760 is a very basic Bluetooth headset with a dedicated power button and easy to use controls. We also like its flexible ear loop.

The Bad The LG HBM-760 doesn't have call mute and call quality was on the mediocre side.

The Bottom Line The LG HBM-760 is a simple and affordable Bluetooth headset, but we wish the call quality was a little better.

6.3 Overall
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0

LG has been really good about putting out plenty of Bluetooth headsets to go along with its wide array of phones, and the LG HBM-760 is just one of many. Its shape and form factor is similar to most of the other LG headsets, with a slight twist in design. Also, it's one of the more affordable headsets on the market at only $59.99.

The LG HBM-760 is similar in shape and size to most of the other LG headsets. Measuring 1.74 inches long by 0.75 inch wide by 0.37 inch thick, the HBM-760 has slightly curved edges and a shiny blue exterior with a silver border trim along the top. The multifunction button is subtly located on the top third of the device, with the blue LED directly on top of it. While the button itself is completely flat with the headset's surface, it's still easy to press, even when the headset is worn on the ear. However, we do wish the LED was located elsewhere, as the LED is not viewable when the button is pressed.

On the back of the headset is the typical in-ear style earpiece with a rubbery earbud cover. We didn't think it felt as comfortable and as snug as we would like, perhaps because of the earpiece's slightly hard edges. There's also a thin, flexible ear loop, which can be rotated to fit either ear. We really like how thin it is, since it can accommodate eyeglass handles. A dedicated power key sits on top of the headset, the volume rocker is on the left, while the charger jack is on the right. We like having a dedicated power key, so that there aren't too many functions associated with the aforementioned multifunction button.

Features on the LG HBM-760 are pretty basic, which is par for the course for a headset at this price range. They include answering, rejecting, and ending calls, voice dial support, call waiting support, last number redial, and the ability to transfer calls from the headset to the phone and vice versa. It doesn't appear to have call mute function though.

We paired the LG HBM-760 with the RIM BlackBerry Pearl, and it was a success. However, call quality was rather mediocre. There was noticeable static in the background, and callers said we sounded a little muffled and sometimes had to ask us to speak louder. We could still hear each other, but there's little noise cancellation. It doesn't have protection against windy environments either.

The LG HBM-760 has a rated battery life of 6 hours of talk time and 6.25 days in standby time.

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