Sound ID 300 review: Sound ID 300

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  • Overall: 8.0
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The Good The Sound ID 300 is a simple headset with good call quality, noise cancellation, and three personal listening modes to better suit your preference. It has a comfortable fit and is reasonably priced.

The Bad The Sound ID 300 has really small buttons, and we would've liked an additional volume key.

The Bottom Line The Sound ID 300 is a great Bluetooth headset with good audio quality and ear comfort.

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We are usually big fans of the Sound ID headsets, not only because of the superior sound quality, but also their comfort. Sound ID recently released the Sound ID 200, which is a lot more affordable than the previous Sound ID headsets without compromising sound quality. However, it does not have as many features as the previous SM100 or the SoundFlavors headsets. The Sound ID 300, on the other hand, has all the features of the Sound ID 200, plus an additional Personalized Sound feature that lets you have up to three listening levels depending on your preference. The Sound ID 300's MSRP is a little higher at $119.99, but you can get it for $99.99 from AT&T Wireless.

The Sound ID 300 looks exactly like the Sound ID 200, except it comes in a glossy black coating rather than a blue one. It measures 2.1 inches long by 0.6 inch wide by 0.3 inch thick, and has a very sleek and slim appearance, almost like that of the now-defunct Apple Bluetooth headset. It has a lone LED dot on the front as a status indicator.

Like on the Sound ID 200, the Sound ID 300's multifunction call key is on the top, while the volume key is on the left side. Both buttons are skinny and small, though they are raised above the surface so you can find them by feel. The singular volume control is rather bothersome since you have to cycle through all the volume levels until you get to the right one. We understand you won't need the volume key as much thanks to the automatic volume adjustment, but it still would be nice to have a second volume key for more precise control. The volume key also doubles as the Personal Sound key if held down for about 2 seconds to cycle through the three listening modes.

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Sound ID 300

Part Number: 11002801A Released: Apr. 1, 2009

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Apr. 1, 2009
  • Color high-gloss piano black
  • Weight 0.3 oz
  • Additional Features answer/end button
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear
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Nicole Lee is a senior associate editor for CNET, covering cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and all things mobile. She's also a fan of comic books, video games, and of course, shiny gadgets.