The controls on the headset are controlled mainly by a multifunction button that controls most call function like pick-up, hang-up, redial, and more. There are volume buttons on the top and bottom of the headset. The manual has instructions on how to configure which button is â€œvolume up.â€ The HS850 is rated for 8 hours talk time or 200 hours standby. In practice, however, closing the boom will turn it off completely and the boot up time is short enough that it is rarely in standby mode, thus saving power, easily allowing for a week of regular usage.
Audio quality was overall good, but could be improved. Although range was good at 7 meters line-of-sight and 3 meters obscured by the head, the audio did have a somewhat “hollow” sound to it. Wind was not a major issue, but background noise reduction could be improved. The former may also be related to the flapping problem, as pressing the headset gently against the ear noticeably improved audio quality.
The Motorola HS850 is small, light, stylish, long-lasting, and very convenient. The battery life is one of the longest due to the ingenious folding design. Audio quality is the weakest part of the HS850 although not great but still very decent. For the recommended price of $99.99 the headset is a steal and we highly recommend it.