Sony Ericsson HBH-660 Akono Bluetooth Headset - Page 1
Ericsson has for some time now been producing quality products for mobile users.
I personally have been a great supporter of (Sony) Ericsson phones, being
among the first
who ever bought the famous T68 and the newest K700i models. Since I use
my mobile phone daily, the need for a bluetooth handsfree was a basic necessity.
For quite sometime, I have been monitoring the market and after sometime
I decided to buy Sony Ericsson's latest Bluetooth headset, the Akono HBH-600.
In this review, we will see why I decided to buy it, how it performs
and if it was worth buying after all. Lets begin...
Sony Ericsson doesn't need flashy advertising for this new model, since its
stylish appearance is the first thing that will catch your eye's attention.
among other things, includes a small backlit LCD screen that is mainly used
to display the headset battery condition and of course, the most important
thing...who's calling :-)
Lets see the headset in greater detail. Below we can see the Akono HBH-660
in its full glory.
(Courtesy of Sony Ericsson)
The Headset includes, as we mentioned before, a backlit LCD screen, the
accept/reject button next to the screen, two buttons at the top which can be
used for a variety of funtions and the ear loop which holds it firmly attached
to our ears! The headset seems well built and confirms Sony Ericsson's
standards. Below you can see the exact location of all the control buttons:
(Courtesy of Sony Ericsson)
According to the specs, the headset weights 23gr, its internal battery can
hold up to 5hour talk time and up to 150hours standbye without recharge. The
phone will work with all of Sony Ericsson's previous models that support Bluetooth
T68i) and comes in two colours (Silver / Grey).
Despite the fact that Sony Ericsson guarantees that it is fully operational
with its phones, the HBH-660 works with any Bluetooth phone that supports the
Headset or Handsfree profiles. What might not work with models other than Sony
Ericsson, is the call ID function.
- The Package
We bought our Akono HBH-660 from a local store at the retail price
of €119.00. The headset can be found on the internet for around €100
Euro, depending on the
region. The European
package included, the Akono HBH-660 headset, its charger, a necklace strap
and manuals in 16 languages. The included charger is exactly the same as that
being used with all Sony Ericsson models, which is a plus for Sony
Ericsson phone users, since you don't have to carry around a second charger
for the headset.
When the phone rings, you just check the Info Display to see who is calling
and decide whether you want to take or reject the call. The HBH-660 can be
used with any brand of Bluetooth mobile phones that support the Headset or
2. Headset Operation
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- Headset Operation
After charging the headset for almost 1.5~2 hours, we turned it on, by pressing
the "Call Handling Button" for 5 seconds. The LCD screen powers up
and the "Akono" logo comes up.
Sony's Ericsson's manual describes in depth, how to exactly connect (pair)
the headset with your mobile phone. Although the instructions are
mainly for Sony
Ericsson phones, they should be more or less the same for other brands as well.
As we mentioned earlier, before being able to use the headset, you have to "pair" (aka
connect) the headset with the phone. This takes only a few seconds and as
Sony Ericsson suggests, you have to be very close to the phone:
By pressing the "Call Handling Button", the headset will connect
to the phone. After typing four zeros (0000) for the password, your phone
will pair the headset with its ID (Akono HBH-660)
The performance of the headset, mainly depends on your position with regard
to the phone. The Bluetooth protocol has as maximum range, 10meters.
However, no obstacles should
be between you and the phone. The following graph shows the headset's optimal
You can swivel the ear brace 90 degrees to fit it to your ear.
Or even 180 degrees if you want to place it on your left ear. Note that
LCD screen display can be turned up or down too!
When someone calls you, their number is displayed on the LCD screen.
If the number is stored in your address book, the name will appear instead
We noticed however, that this is valid only for contacts with only a single
entry (mobile) and not multiple...
The headset recognizes voice commands that can be used to dial, redial, answer
and reject a phone call. Of course, you first have to make the corresponding
entry in the phone's memory.
To master all headset features, it is adviseable to read carefully the included
manuals...There is also a big online FAQ in
case you still have some questions.
haven't had any previous use with other Bluetooth headsets, but the headset
seems to fit very comfortably around the ear, although I would like it to
have a more stable feeling and the earpiece could me more comfortable. After
having placed it on your ear, you tend to forget that it's there, thanks to
weight, although there are much lighter headsets available on the market.
The sound that comes from the headset speaker is loud and clear, and can
be turned up/down with the corresponding buttons, which is convenient.
The 6 digit LCD
is very useful when someone calls, since it lights up with the phone icon,
warning of an incoming call. However, since it's very small, the number will
scroll left/right very qucikly making the idenfication rather difficult in
case you had a phone call from an unknown source.
The battery seems very good, so far had it turned on 40 hours, talked over 2hours and still haven't seen it drop at 50%, so i assume that the numbers which Sony Ericsson claims, are more or less true. The battery gauge indicator at the LCD screen is very useful, we want to know when we run out of battery so we can re-charge it for another hard day.
In real life conditions, we were able to talk after walking away from the
phone, around 4-5 meters with two thin walls in between, although
with a little distrortion. We didn't notice any delay in the voice and in
the performance so far. While we didn't test the headset with any other phones,
we read various reports around the net, showing that the headset will work
fine with all bluetooth enabled phones and even display the caller ID on
the LCD screen.
The headset cannot be used to hear music (mp3 files, radio) or other audio
(recorded messages/video files), unfortunately! As a last negative, the end
of the rubber grommet
on the swivel brace may eventually wear out after long
time use... ours has already started showing traces of wear.
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Akono HBH-660A is Sony Ericsson's latest Bluetooth headset and has
something unique that seperates it from the competition, a backlit LCD screen!
Hopefully soon, other headset manufacturers will include such a feature too,
and maybe even larger than 6 digits. In general, we were very pleased with
the headset's performance under everyday, real life use and the comfortable
operation on either the left or right ears.
As usual, unique features cost, and so Sony Ericsson wants €100 ~ €110
for HBH-660, which might be a drawback for most users, since "normal" headsets
cost around half the money. Of course, someone who wants to have and use the
lastest technology gadgets will pay the extra money and buy the
HBH-660 headset. Overall, a highly
recommended Bluetooth headset for all mobile users!
- The Good
- LCD Screen with caller ID
- Very attractive design
- Can be rotated for either left or right ear use
- Sound is loud and clear
- Strong battery
- Works with all Bluetooth enabled mobils including LCD caller ID fuction
with several mobiles
- The Bad
- HBH-660 cannot be used to hear audio from mobiles music/radio function
- Earpiece could be more comfortable
- Like To Be Fixed
- Bigger LCD screen - in an upcoming, newer model perhaps :-)
Value For Money