"Motorola Endeavor HX1"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
Motorola Endeavor HX1
>> Nicole: I'm Nicole Lee, Associate Editor for CNET.com and this is a first look at the Motorola Endeavor HX1, which is one of the first ever bone conduction headsets we've ever seen. What that means is that it translates the vibration of the jaw to speech without the use of microphones. As you can see here it's a very traditional looking headset, a very simple businesslike design here. On the top here is a multi-function Call button. Underneath that you do get the external microphone which helps pick up outside noise to help eliminate it later. Underneath that you also get a Self Mode button. Self Mode is essentially Motorola's term for bone conduction, so hitting this button will activate bone conduction. On the back here is a rather large protruding ear piece that fits very snuggly in the ear. Some of you might not feel comfortable with that but it takes getting used to. Attached to the ear piece is this ear loop cover here. The loop helps nestle it in the folds of the ear. The HX1 comes with a variety of different ear fittings. We especially like the ones with the spring instead of the loop for a much more secure and snug fit. There's also an optional flexible ear hook. Underneath the ear piece here is a small rubber nub which is the key to the bone conduction technology of this headset; this is essentially the self mode sensor or the bone conducting sensor so when you place the ear piece in your ear it will sense a vibration of your jaw and translate that to speech. The HX1 has multi-point technology which means it could connect up to 2 different phones at once. It also has Motorola's proprietary crystal talk noise canceling technology which helps cancel out background noise in everyday situations. Callers always sounded clear and natural. There was some background noise but nothing too bad. However, for extremely noisy or very, very windy situations you can turn on the self mode or the bone conduction mode. When you turn it on it completely eliminates background noise. We stood in front of a fan, for example, and callers couldn't even hear the fan in the background. However, in bone conduction mode or self mode your voice calling will not be as good our voice sounded a little bit digitized and gargled at times. However, when compared to not having self mode in these situations the call quality is definitely a lot better. The Motorola Endeavor HX1 is coming out later this year but we do not have a definite time and the price is to be determined. You can check my review of the HX1 for more information. I'm Nicole Lee; this has been a first look at the Motorola Endeavor HX1 Bluetooth headset.
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