Cirago Mini Bluetooth Headset HS-450 ReviewThe Smith - September 17, 2008
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To test the Cirago HS-450, I will first begin by trying each and every function it has. Then, I will make and answer calls using a Sony Ericsson z550a and a MSI Wind, with the VoIP application Skype. To test the sound quality, I will also listen to music. 160kbps MP3s and MIDI files will be played using Winamp v.5.54
- 10" MSI Wind 3-cell XP Home SP3
- Sony Ericsson z550a
The music quality was not very good compared to standard iPod earphones. Both MP3s and MIDIs were sounding as though they were played from a turntable. There was also no bass present, which also contributed to a poor sound quality.
The HS-450 performed very well when making calls. Both with the mobile phone and the laptop, there was no difference in sound quality than in any telephone. The button for answering calls works very well. To use it, when the phone is ringing, just push on the main button. You can even reject incoming calls by holding the same button for about two seconds! Another great feature is that you can mute the microphone. That way, the guy on the phone with you won't hear if you have to briefly talk to someone beside you. However, it does not act as a "Mute" button on a phone, because you can still hear that guy even if he cannot hear you.
The buttons worked very well. After a few minutes, you will already be used to them. Raising the volume without pushing on the main button which would end the call is not hard at all. As for the comfort, I can't say anything other than good things. Since there are three different size earbuds provided, the HS-450 will fit into most common ears. I also tested the range at which it loses communications. Cirago says 33' on the package, but unfortunately, when over 20', the sound begins to lose quality. As for testing the battery life, I listened to power metal music at maximum volume, which turned out to be loud enough to be heard in adjacent rooms. Obviously, I began the test at full charge, and it lasted 3h24 min. It is far from being the 6h advertised by Cirago, but this test was under extreme conditions. I made another test by listening to classical music at the lowest headset volume but at the highest volume in Windows audio manager, which turned out to be a reasonable final volume; not too loud, but loud enough to be easily heard. This time, it lasted 4h05 min. It is still far from the 6h, but the key point is that this is supposed to be 6h of talk time, not listening time. So depending on the usage you make of the headset, the battery can last a lot less than 6h.