Samsung HM3300 Review

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The Samsung HM3300 combines appealing features, such as voice prompts and NFC for tap-and-pair, with excellent audio quality while managing to land with an entry-level price.

The Samsung HM3300 may lack spiffy features, but reviews say this entry-level Bluetooth headset delivers where it counts: quality audio. According to an expert at TechHive, voices sound natural and crisp, free of the robot-like tones that sometimes mar the Bluetooth experience, and wind whooshing by is nicely dampened. Users mostly agree but with a tad less enthusiasm. Whereas many Samsung HM3300 reviews posted at Amazon describe clear and "true-to-life" audio at both ends of a call, some report mediocre sound quality, occasional skips, and insufficient volume.

Still, the Samsung HM3300 (starting at $30, Amazon) claims other points in its favor. Reviews generally praise the budget price, small size, and attractive styling. And support for NFC (Near Field Communication), which lets users tap the device to another Bluetooth-enabled device for pairing, is a user-friendly boon. The expert reviewer applauds the inclusion of three different-size soft eargels, a feature that maximizes the chance that one will fit comfortably. A good number of users, however, complain that none of the earpieces suit their anatomy and several add that the ear hook is too big.

The Samsung HM3300 features several basic voice prompts that indicate, for example, when you're connected to a device, when it's time to recharge the headset, and how to use it. The headset streams music using A2DP technology and sports multipoint technology for connecting to two devices at once. Although rated for four hours of talk time -- on the low side compared to others in its class -- a number of Samsung HM3300 reviews grumble that actual battery life is far less. This model uses a microUSB port for recharging and weighs 11 grams.

This is an inexpensive headset with a basic assortment of practical features. The relatively short battery life is a drawback but minor when stacked against the price and commendable sound quality.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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