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Motorola H9 Miniblue Headset Review

The prospect of using the lightest and smallest Treo Bluetooth headset quickly prompted me to test the new Motorola H9 Miniblue – a headset that weighs a mere 7 grams and whose front is barely larger than a quarter coin.

Motorola H9 Miniblue

The front of the diminutive Motorola H9 includes the Call Button (where the “M” logo is located), the microphone and an indicator light while the sides provide the Volume Buttons – all of which can be easily accessed when fitted in your ear.

 Motorola H9 Miniblue Front Motorola H9 Miniblue Top

The conical design of the H9 offers an earpiece speaker and eartip (four different sizes are provided) extending out.  There is no ear loop included and the H9 is therefore very much an “in-ear” headset.  To find your perfect fit you will in fact find that you need to literally push the H9 deep into your ear canal – something which I personally very much dislike and find incredibly uncomfortable.

 Motorola H9 Miniblue Side Motorola H9 Miniblue Face

The in-ear design is not the only thing that I have an issue with.  Evidently, to achieve this level of miniaturization a great many compromises have had to be made – too many in my opinion.  For starters the H9 provides a mere 1.5 hours of talk time – a ridiculous performance which can only be enhanced to 7.5 hours by using a “portable” charging base which has a built-in battery (pictured below) but the base weighs a full 50 grams (seven times the weight of the headset itself). 

Motorola H9 Miniblue Kit

Additionally, the H9 does not have a built-in charging connector which means that the only way to charge it is again by always having to carry the bulky and heavy charging base and wall charger (another 69 grams).  By the time I added all the bits up the H9 had been transformed from the smallest and lightest headset to the largest and heaviest that I have yet come across…

Motorola H9 Miniblue Fit

To make matters worse, when fitted (deeply) in your ear the H9 looks decidedly like a very large earring – not exactly the most appealing design for a man…

Motorola H9 Miniblue Comparison

To be fair though, the H9 does offer very good inbound and outbound call quality (in quiet environments) while its size also makes it an extremely pocketable headset (as long as you don’t need the charging base).

Overall however you will have gathered by now that I am absolutely not impressed (an understatement) with the Motorola H9 Miniblue and I will therefore not make a full comparison with the best Treo Bluetooth headsets (pictured above).

If you want the absolute best I cannot more highly recommend the Aliph Jawbone Noise Shield Headset which is the cream of the crop with an unequalled noise cancellation technology – it’s not cheap but I use it daily and it’s worth every penny for me.  The next three best options at different price points are the increasingly popular Sony Ericsson HBH-GV435, the highly successful Jabra JX10 and finally very pocketable Motorola H700

Additionally, please also see my review of the terrific Motorola S9 Stereo Bluetooth headset which I recently added to my collection.

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Posted by Andrew on May 24, 2007 at 07:39 AM

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by Matt | May 24, 2007 1:24:27 PM

Finally, I was about to email you to request a review of this headset. I'm glad I didn't jump the gun and buy one. I was very excited when I heard about it, I've been missing my WEP-200 since I lost it and the prospect of an even smaller headset sounded great. Then I learned that the H9 does not have an ear canal mic, it instead has a regular external mic. I actually thought that the rechargeable charger was a novel idea, but its been panned by nearly every reviewer. Given that the only real innovation here seems to be size I don't think its worth the price and I'll likely be getting a new WEP-200.

by Carl | May 24, 2007 7:40:13 PM

I bought a new Motorola H700 to pair-up with my Treo 700p. The two paired OK, but NO AUDIO heard in the headset (yes, the volume was up, and the battery was charged). I returned the item to the store.

by Lawrence | Jun 3, 2007 1:57:24 AM

I actually like my h9, never does that wierd disconnect think with my treo 700p. the only complaint i have is that of most bluetooth headsets, ( with the exception of the jawbone) is that when you arent talking the noise cancelation does not black out ambient noise. the talk time i got was 3 hours continuos and about 1.25 hours to charge.

by kam | Jun 12, 2007 2:12:01 PM

There is a coupon for the Motorola Miniblue Bluetooth Headset H9 to get it $94.45 shipped. at dealjunky.blogspot.com this is a hott bluetooth!

by Barry | Jul 18, 2007 2:37:05 AM

I like the H9 I don't have the gift of gab so the estimated 1.5hrs isn't a big deal for me. I wear mine up and towards the back of my ear not down like an earring due to the fact that my ears don't lay flat against my head a wearer must find his/her own best fit place so don't tie youself down to one way maybe horizontal my be good for you. It's the one I have been waiting for and I'm happy with the performance. Anytime something new comes out there's a premium to pay I'm sure a year from now it'll be $75.00. I have talked to friends and family with it and they told me it's super clear. I give it 5 Stars out of 5.

by Greg | Oct 11, 2007 10:49:21 AM

I use mine like Berry, it fits well, I like it because I hate having one hanging off my ear, I lost one that way while swatting at a bug. While driving I like the Blue Parrot headset, great sound quality, as I drive a semi-truck.

by Elsa | Nov 12, 2007 9:51:25 AM

I have a problem with the H9 not always connecting to the call. I turn it on, it blinks fast, then goes to a solid blue and then it may or may not go to a slow pulse. If it does go slow pulse, I am or may not be able to hear a call through it. Any one else having this problem?????????? I love the size, it fits my ear really well and the talk time is not an issue for me. I work with loud machines so I like the fact that I can hear a call coming in without a bulky earpiece.

by Kudzu_Kid | Nov 20, 2007 10:47:38 PM

I've been using the H9 fairly intensely for the past 3 months or so.

In that time I've been through 4, now going on 5, charger bases (that black tube-like thing you park the H9 in to charge - you actually charge the charger!).

Just to lay the groundwork here, I'm a former senior service technician for a major service provider in to Fortune 100 corporations, former network engineer for a major telecom company, broadcast engineer for two 50KW radio stations, and a senior staff technologist for Bell Communications Researh (Bellcore - pre-merger), I think I am qualified to say there is a major design flaw with the H9 charger base. There are 4 extremely small / fine pins that make contact with circuit pads on the H9 while charging. Unfortunately, if you press the H9 in the charge at anything other than a PERFECT 0 degree angle, you'll most likley critically bend and/or snap off one or more of the pins. Why Motorola opted for using these "pins" instead of a ball-bearing contactor is beyond my comprehension. I usually equate Motorola with superior durability (fond recollections of their 2-way radios, repeaters, early cell phones, etc.). Absolutely not the case with this device. I bet they get a LOT of warranty returns for this problem. I can say without reservation, this is the weakest Motorola device I've ever personally owned.

by TWA74 | Nov 23, 2007 8:21:54 AM

I have used several Bluetooth ear pieces and find the Motorola H9 a VERY GOOD choice for me. I have been using a Plantronics Discovery 640 and consider it to be "The Best" that I have used up to now. I do however feel that for my use the Moto H9 is right there as well. I like the "in ear" part of this ear piece. I feel like it is going to stay in place and I have NO problem hearing my callers. The sound quality is crisp and clear, and the buttons are user friendly as well. I like the pocket (kind of big for that) charger and do use it to keep things going. My only real complaint would be the short talk time of the unit, but I can live with it for sure. Overall I would say this will end up as my favorite ear piece and will end up using it everyday !

by Tony | Nov 30, 2007 3:29:22 AM

What is the diffrence between the H5 and H9 MiniBlue headset?

by Stacy | Jan 8, 2008 1:39:43 PM

I have the new H9 and I am getting complaints of echo from the incomming caller...Any advice out there Guys?

by Eric | Jun 13, 2008 1:16:33 PM

I've recently purchased the H9. Only been using it a couple of days and already getting frustated with the device. When I answer or even sometimes making a call it either dosent connect or theres about a 4 to 5 second delay. Which leaves the caller saying "hello,hello, HELLO". Now on the third I can't get it to sync at all I just get a fast blink constantly. I think I will be returning it for a new and see what happens.

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Could someone tell this knucklehead that his bluetooth earpiece is upside down?
Thank you.
Why the heck would you wear it like an earring like that anyway?

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