When it comes to Bluetooth headsets, we often recommend higher-end models like the Aliph Jawbone Icon or the because of their proven audio quality. However, we understand not everyone is willing to spend more than $50 for a Bluetooth headset. Here's where something like the Samsung HM1000 comes in. Even though it doesn't have quite the same sound quality as our highest-rated models, it does come reasonably close, especially for a single-mic headset. The HM1000 also features quick pairing and multipoint technology. The best part is that the HM1000 is only around $39 retail, so it's affordable as well.
The Samsung HM1000 looks like an ordinary Bluetooth headset from the outset. Measuring 1.8 inches long by 0.75 inch wide by 0.4 inch thick, the HM1000 has a basic rectangular design with a contoured front surface. It's clad mostly in black, though the top edge and multifunction button are coated in silver. The multifunction button is in the form of a skinny raised bump in the middle of the headset, and is easy enough to find by feel. The volume rocker is on the left, and there is a power toggle on the right. We definitely like the dedicated power switch, as it's easier to conserve the headset's battery life.
On the back of the headset is a simple in-ear earpiece clad in a silicon ear gel. The headset comes with three more ear gels, making a total of four. Two of them require the use of an ear hook for stability, while the two others have loops that help stabilize the headset without the use of a hook. We found the headset's fit to be quite comfortable in the ear, though wearing it for more than a couple of hours can lead to ear fatigue.