Sony Ericsson HCB-100 Bluetooth Car Speakerphone
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Review of "Sony Ericsson HCB-100 Bluetooth Car Speakerphone"
I rarely use my phone to make calls in the car but have missed important calls whilst driving and so I wanted to find a simple solution to being able to pick up my calls in the car.This bit of kit is excellent. No ear piece, no wires and no holes in your dashboard. The unit simply clips onto the sun visor and the microphone flips down when needed. The unit is very small and doesn't feel like it's 'looming over your head' in any way and is easily removable for when you leave the car.
In terms of set up, it couldn't be easier. It simply switches on and links to your mobile phone through bluetooth. Once paired, the unit will automatically connect to your phone when you switch it on so you can leave the phone in your bag / pocket and the unit will still be functional.The quality of calls is very good. The speaker is excellent and you can hear the caller as loudly as you want to with an simple adjustment. The reception for the caller is good, I have been told that they can tell I am in the car but my voice is crystal clear - it has Digital Noise Cancellation (DSP). Talk time is good at 15 hours and you can make calls via the voice calling function on your mobile phone handset.
It's also worth noting that you can connect up to 5 phones at a time (there is a colour indicator to tell which which phone a call is coming through on) and they obviously don't need to be Sony Ericsson (any bluetooth enabled handset should be compatible). The unit could also be used at you desk / at home as it is very small and sits well on a flat surface.Included in the box was a mains and car charger so it's easy to keep charge topped up.
I paid £59.99 from Carphonewarehouse which I think is good value for money, and well worth spending to avoid the increased penalties for illegal use of mobiles in the car.The only thing I can think of that's missing is a screen to display the caller as some other product have, but that's a pretty minor issue really.
This is an excellent product and I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking for a cheap but effective way to manage calling from the car.
Product Information : Sony Ericsson HCB-100 Bluetooth Car Speakerphone
Manufacturer's product description
Long Name: HCB-100 Bluetooth Car Speakerphone
Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson
Listed on Ciao since: 28/02/2007