BlackBerry HS-700 Bluetooth Headset Hands-On Review

Al Sacco puts RIM's brand new BlackBerry HS-700 Bluetooth headset through the paces. The verdict: It's RIM's best headset to date, and the HS-700 could even give the leading headset-makers a run for their money...but it's a bit pricey and those voice-calling commands still need work.

Research In Motion (RIM) is known first and foremost for its BlackBerry smartphones, but the Canadian company also manufactures and markets a wide-variety of related software and accessories, including its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) and BES Express for corporations and a number of cases and holsters for devices, along with audio-video peripherals, like Bluetooth headsets and media streaming gadgets.

RIM's BlackBerry HS-700 Headset on Desktop (Image Credit: Brian Sacco)
RIM's BlackBerry HS-700 Headset on Desktop (Image Credit: Brian Sacco)

RIM's latest BlackBerry accessory, the BlackBerry HS-700 Bluetooth Wireless Headset, is small and light, sleek and unobtrusive. It supports third-party Bluetooth devices, not just BlackBerrys. And with its handsome "faux-leather" front surface and matte-silver edges, the BlackBerry HS-700 is less of an accessory than a business tool; instead of screaming, "Look at me" via blinking lights and shiny edges, the BlackBerry HS-700 is designed for subtlety and function.

In other words, if you're looking for a Bluetooth headset to compliment your Saturday-night-getup at the clubs or otherwise grab the eyeballs of passersby--think "Bluetooth Johnson"--you'll want to look elsewhere.

Overall, I'm quite impressed with the BlackBerry HS-700 Bluetooth Wireless Headset, and despite a few minor complaints, it has become my go-to Bluetooth earpiece.

RIM's BlackBerry HS-700 Headset Package Contents (Image Credit: Brian Sacco)
RIM's BlackBerry HS-700 Package Contents (Image Credit: Brian Sacco)

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