Motorola Oasis Bluetooth Headset review: Motorola Oasis Bluetooth Headset


Motorola Oasis Bluetooth Headset

(Part #: HX520)
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The Motorola Oasis fits comfortably in the ear, has multipoint, voice alerts, and a unique eye-catching design.

The Bad The Motorola Oasis does not have A2DP streaming, and the voice quality is not as good as we would like.

The Bottom Line The Motorola Oasis is a truly comfortable headset, but it's not much better than its competitors.

7.0 Overall

While Motorola has made plenty of popular Bluetooth headsets over the years--the Motorola H700 and the Motorola HX1 for example--they're not always known for their superior comfort. The newly released Motorola Oasis, however, puts comfort at the forefront of its design. Aside from that, though, the Oasis' features are not terribly exciting, and the sound quality isn't as great as that of its competitors. The Motorola Oasis is decently priced at $79.99 retail, but as it is not much better than the Voyager Pro Plus, we recommend spending the extra $20 for that instead.

The Motorola Oasis looks like a more stylish version of the Plantronics Voyager Pro. It has that same battery-behind-the-ear design, but it's far smaller at 1.97 inches long by 1.65 inches wide by 0.47 inch thick. The black-and-chrome finish gives it a more modern edge, and we like the flexibility of the soft rubber ear hook. The Oasis even has a rotating ear piece as well. The boom mic is not quite the same as the one on the Plantronics, though; the one on the Oasis has a magnetized hinge so it locks into place whether you have it folded in or out.

On the top of the headset is a sliding power switch; the mute and volume buttons are along the back. We like having the dedicated power switch, as it's easier to turn the headset on and off. The mute and volume buttons are rubberized, so they can feel a bit hard to press. It's also not terribly convenient to be reaching behind your ear when changing the volume. Right underneath the volume rocker is the microUSB charging port.

The Oasis is indeed a very comfortable headset, but it does take a bit of time to get it to fit right. First we had to place the battery housing firmly behind the ear; the headset would fall off otherwise. Then we had to press the earpiece so that it would nestle just so in the ear. The entire process shouldn't take more than a few seconds, but it's certainly not a pick-up-and-go sort of experience. The Oasis comes with a couple of different-size ear gel covers, and we highly recommend trying all of them out to find the one that fits you. Surprisingly, you can wear the headset while wearing glasses, as there is a bit of a gap between the hook and the ear, but it can feel a bit tight at times.

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