Creative HS-930i iPhone Headset Review


Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £89.99

Sifting through my record collection this morning I found an interesting broken one. It’s called, ”Did you know that the iPhone’s bundled headset is pretty terrible? You should really think about replacing it.”

Lame witticisms aside, it’s a point as true as ever. Fear not, however, because there are plenty of alternatives available for those with a little common sense and some spare cash. The latest to enter the TrustedReviews labs is the Creative HS-930i.

Unlike some more recent “Made for iPhone” headsets, the HS-930i’s in-line remote doesn’t have volume controls, instead featuring only a microphone and play/pause button. Although that button will also work for skipping tracks and activating voice-control, so perhaps ‘play/pause’ isn’t the right name for it. A notable positive is that the HS-930i works fine with older iPhone models – a feat the V-Moda Remix Remote couldn’t realise.

Interestingly enough the industrial design of the HS-930i looks like it could have come from the workshop of Jonathan Ive himself, with the intention of being paired with the original ‘2G’ iPhone. The earpieces are constructed half from metal and half from black plastic, with a thin red and blue band denoting right and left, respectively.

The entire arrangement – cable and all – only weighs 12g and as a result the earpieces are practically unnoticeable when worn. This weightless feel is in spite of the in-line remote being placed on the right hand side, similar to the Apple headset. It’s arguably a better placement than the common alternative placement at the split in the cable’s ‘Y’ shape, as it puts the microphone closer to your mouth. I’m not given to a preference either way.

Creative supplies the (so far as I am aware) unique addition of a splitter cable turning its single 3.5mm jack into separate microphone and headphone connectors, for use with a PC.

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