Motorola may best be known as a cell phone manufacturer but the past couple of years they have been pushing into the headset market. When Motorola released the HS810 it was widely praised and accepted by many consumers with its sleek looks and excellent engineering. Motorola wishes to strike gold again with the release of the HS850.
The first thing you notice is that Motorola has changed the color of the headset from gray to black with blue accent. The next thing you notice is how light and compact the HS850, tipping the scales right at 20 grams. Its compact design is due to the folding boom which also acts as the power switch. This little piece of engineering is ingenious because it also handles call control. So instead of carrying the headset on your head all the time, you can have it in your pocket and when you receive a call open the headset and the call will automatically sync to your headset.
The over-the-ear loop design could be an issue with people that have odd shaped or sized ears because Motorola only provides one ear-loop size, although the majority of users should find the headset very comfortable. On the down side, it does hang a bit loosely which affects audio quality and causes some flapping.
Pairing is a bit clumsy with the Motorola HS850. It involves pressing and holding the call button while the microphone is folded closed, then quickly opening it up once the blue LED comes on to put the phone in discoverable mode. The headset is capable of pairing up to eight devices and provides BlueTooth 1.2 support.