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Thursday, January 20, 2005
Sony Ericsson HBH-660 Akono Bluetooth Headset

1. Introduction

Sony Ericsson HBH-660 Akono Bluetooth Headset - Page 1

- Introduction

Sony 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...

- Features

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. The headset, 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 high manufacturing 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 (V800, S700i, P910i, K700i, Z1010, T630, P900, Z600, T610, P800, 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 Bluetooth 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 ~ €110 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 Handsfree profiles.

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