The Good The Samsung HM3700 Bluetooth Headset Kit is a compact mono-to-stereo convertible headset. It comes with a pair of stereo earbuds, and a 3.5mm jack adapter so you can use your own pair. Features include multipoint support, voice controls, and compatibility with Samsung's FreeSync Android app for additional functionality like text-to-speech for incoming messages. Sound quality is excellent.
The Bad The FreeSync Android app can sometimes cause the Samsung HM3700 to disconnect, and the text-to-speech feature is unsatisfactory. The HM3700 lacks music player controls.
The Bottom Line If you can look past the failings of the Android app, the Samsung HM3700 is a useful and attractive mono-to-stereo Bluetooth headset.
Samsung HM3700 Stereo Bluetooth Headset
Many mono Bluetooth headsets these days have A2DP functionality, meaning they can stream audio wirelessly. However, mono headsets don't offer nearly the same listening experience as stereo headsets, especially for music. You can get a stereo Bluetooth headset, of course, but mono headsets are more convenient for making calls in certain situations, in the car, for example.
Enter the mono-to-stereo convertible headset, such as the, the , and the latest one from Samsung, the HM3700. The HM3700 looks like an ordinary Bluetooth headset at first glance, but it comes with a pair of stereo earbuds that connects via the Micro-USB port on the top. You can then wear the HM3700 like a pendant, or attach the optional clip so you can clip it to your shirt. What sets the HM3700 apart from the other headsets is that it offers voice controls and it's compatible with FreeSync, an Android application that adds additional features like text-to-speech, caller ID, and alarms. The Samsung HM3700 is $59.99 retail.
The HM3700 is shaped like a regular Bluetooth headset. It's rectangular with curved corners and tapered sides, measuring around 1.9 inches long by 0.7 inch wide by 0.4 inch thick. On the front is a noise-cancelling microphone. On the right spine are the power slider switch, the talk button, and a tiny LED indicator. We like having a dedicated power switch as it's much easier to turn the headset on and off this way. The volume rocker is on the left, while the primary microphone is on the bottom. On the top is the Micro-USB port, protected by a removable cover.
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