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Our Score

9/10

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The previous Motorola H15 Bluetooth headset we looked at was a bit of an ugly duckling, but thankfully the H780 is an altogether different affair. Measuring 47mm x 18mm x 12mm it's got a more traditional short and thin boom design and its grey and sliver finish is much more pleasing to the eye.

The headset is also very light, tipping the scales at a featherweight 11g. In fact it's so light that after you've had it in your ear for a while it's easy to forget it's there. In part this is also because the H780 is so comfortable to wear. Motorola supplies a range of earpiece covers so you can pick one that fits snugly in your lug hole. One of these has a small hoop on the back to allow you to use the headset without the over the ear hook, which is more comfortable if you wear glasses or are using the headset while you've got your sunnies on.


Most headsets make do with a minimum of buttons and switches, but with its four controls the HS780 is like the space shuttle's control panel in comparison. Along with the main call handling button there's also a volume rocker switch, an on/off switch and a button to control the noise cancelling feature. The volume rocker has a different numbers of raise dots on each side so you can tell by touch which side you're about to press. However, the headset also gives you an audio cue by producing ascending and descending tones as you increase and decrease the volume.

The dedicated on/off switch is handy for saving battery life, but the presence of the button to turn on and off the noise cancelling feature is a bit bizarre because you can only turn it off during a call - the headset always enables noise cancelling by default when you pick up a call.

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