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Motorola H15 Noise Canceling Bluetooth Wireless Headset review: Motorola H15 Noise Canceling Bluetooth Wireless Headset

MSRP: $129.99

The Good The Motorola Pure H15 has a stunning design, a unique flip boom mic, and a comfortable fit. As for audio quality, it does cancel out background noise, though see below for what we didn't like.

The Bad The voice quality on the Motorola Pure H15 sounds robotic and unnatural, and we were sometimes plagued with crackly static.

The Bottom Line The Motorola Pure H15 is an attractive and comfortable headset, but the audio quality could be improved.

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7.0 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 7
  • Performance 8

A year ago, Motorola released the Motorola H12 Bluetooth headset, which promised superior audio quality, thanks to Motorola's patented CrystalTalk technology. While we appreciate the H12's design, we were less than impressed by the call quality. Now Motorola has released the Motorola Pure H15, which is also a CrystalTalk headset and offers an improvement over the H12. Also dubbed the Adonis, the H15 is quite the fashion statement, and we rather like the flip boom mic. Again, though, we don't think the sound quality is quite up to par with its promises. The Motorola Pure H15 Bluetooth headset is available for $129 retail.

Even though the H15 is a successor to the H12, it has a totally different design. It has a rounder, flatter shape, a bit like a roundish pebble. Measuring 1.54 inches long by 0.94 inch wide by 0.47 inch thick, the H15 is compact and lightweight. On the front is a large circular Call button with the Motorola logo underneath it. On the right spine is a silver volume rocker with a LED indicator light embedded in the middle. Though we don't mind this arrangement, we admit we didn't notice the light at first because LED indicator lights are usually placed on the front of Bluetooth headsets. As for the button and the rocker, they are not at all stiff. They are easy to press even when worn on the ear. The charger jack is on the top of the headset.

If you're wondering how to turn the H15 on, look at the back of the headset. There you'll see a U-shape boom mic folded close. Just flip the boom mic open, and the headset will automatically power on. Though we've been skeptical of extendable boom mics in the past, we do like it in this case because it makes it really easy to power the headset on and off. If you power it on for the first time, the headset goes automatically into pairing mode; if you power it on after you've paired it, it will automatically connect to the last paired cell phone.

Also on the back of the headset is a small earpiece clad in rubber, plus a very thin and flexible plastic ear hook. The ear hook can be fitted for either ear and is thin enough that it'll fit around eyeglasses. The earpiece sits gently inside the ear, and we found it fit quite comfortably. We don't think the ear hook is optional; the ear hook is required for security and stability.

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