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Review: Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset 0

by Derek Kessler Fri, 01 Jan 2010 7:00 pm EST

Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset

Too often it’s seemed like a Bluetooth headset could be tiny, or it could sound good, but few headsets have blurred those lines like the Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset. This silvery thin headset not only looks great, but it sounds great too. Combine that with a surprisingly comfortable design and none-too-high price tag and you’ve got a winning combination of a headset.

Voice Quality

No matter how sleek and stylish a Bluetooth headset may be, what matters most is how good it sounds. The Motorola H790 Bluetooth headset delivers on this front, in spite of its thin profile. When switching back and forth between the headset and my Pre, callers reported that my voice actually sounded more broad and full over the headset than on the phone itself. The same could be said for incoming audio, though it does help that the headset’s speaker ends up closer to my eardrum than the phone’s. Only a few headsets have managed that level of audio clarity, and most of them cost significantly more.

Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset


On that same front, once you have a good sounding headset, it must be easy to control. In a move that runs counter to common headset design, the H790’s call button is located on the rear end of the unit instead of on the outer face. The thin button tactilely blends in with rest of the headset, making it a little difficult to trigger if you’re looking for a button with your finger. If you just pinch the headset with your thumb and middle finger and press the back with your index finger you’ll easily answer and end you calls.

If worn on the right ear, the volume rocker is on the top and a physical on/off switch is on the bottom. There are no voice isolation buttons or other miscellaneous controls - only what you need is there, and that really is all you need. The power switch is a bit stiff, so it is at least difficult to inadvertently hit when answering a call, and the headset does power on and reconnect quickly if you choose to turn it off when not in use.

Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset


The Achilles Heal of most thin headsets is comfort. Again, not so with the Motorola H790. The five included ear gels ensure that you’ll find a comfortable fit. The thin clear plastic ear hook is required wear no matter which gel you choose. Surprisingly, the ear hook was exceedingly comfortable and never felt like it was digging into my skin. The only problem with the fit is that the ear hook and even the looped ear gels do nothing to keep the headset turned in towards your face. While I never had the headset fly off or end up pointing drastically away, it didn’t take long after putting it on for the H790 to be noticeably tilted away from my skin.


The inner face of the H790 is a piece of ribbed black plastic covered in all sorts of certification logos. Thankfully, the ribbing obscures the logos unless you’re looking right at it. The bezel around the outside is shiny black plastic on the inside and chromed plastic on the outside. While to top face appears to be brushed metal, it is also plastic and covered with a layer of extra gloss. Three holes form a short line near the rear of the headset - only the front one holds the tiny indicator light.

Despite its metallic appearance, the rounded and smooth design of the H790 makes it a surprisingly discrete Bluetooth headset. If it were capable of staying close to the face it’d be even more discrete, but for all the good sound quality packed into the thin body we’ll take what we can get. Speaking of the thin body, the H790’s black and chrome bezel plays a neat visual trick that makes it seem even thinner than it really is, which is quite the feat considering its already sleek design.

Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset

In the Box

In the box with the Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset you’ll find four replacement ear gels, the standard compliment of manuals and safety guides, and an AC-to-Micro USB charger. As expected, the charger works just fine with the Palm Pre.


It’s very rare to find a no compromises headset, especially at this price. The Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset is both attractively sleek and astoundingly clear. This perfect storm of good design makes the H790 a near perfect headset.

The Motorola H790 Bluetooth Headset is available in the PreCentral Store for $69.95, a savings of $10 (13%) off the list price of $79.95.


Excellent sound quality