Samsung WEP430 Review
The new Samsung WEP430 Sporty Bluetooth headset offers one of the most original designs that I have come across to date with a unique ergonomic ear-ring that literally wraps around your ear to provide an ideal fit for outdoor activities such as running and is sweat and water resistant (not water proof).
The front of the Samsung WEP 430 is given a “carbon fiber” look around the logo while the Call Answer/End and Volume Up/Down buttons as well as the back of the unit (below) sport a silvery orange coating. The flexible ear-ring for its part combines a solid black plastic frame and light grey rubber lining to provide a comfortable fit around your ear. There is also a small and discrete indicator light just under the logo.
Measuring only 3” long by 1.75” wide and an ultraslim 0.75” deep (image below) the Samsung WEP430 is quite possibly the most pocketable Bluetooth headset around (alongside the Motorola H700). Also, it offers a pretty good 5 hours talk time with 130 hours of standby time and weighs only 15.3 grams.
In terms of performance, I found both of the inbound and outbound call quality (tested on Treo 680 and Palm Centro) to be very good and loud at maximum volume. The built-in noise reduction and echo cancellation technology is surprisingly good for such a mid-range Bluetooth headset – although the Samsung WEP430 will not completely cancel background noise as my favourite Editor’s Choice Jawbone does it nonetheless quite significantly reduces it to still allow your voice to come through intelligibly.
My biggest disappointment with this and most other Samsung headsets is the fact that they still have not standardized the charging connectors to mini or micro USB or even to a proprietary one that can be charged via USB. This means that the only option remains to use the bundled wall charger (pictured above). It’s a small detail but an important one since I travel all the time and don’t want to have to carry an additional bulky charger.
Because it’s a completely new design you may find it a bit odd to fit your Samsung WEP430 for the first time but once properly in place it stays there (you may need to stretch your ear lobe a little for a perfect fit). The flexible ear-ring and the oval front essentially “sandwich” your ear while the back speaker comfortably rests on it and provides easy access to both the call and volume buttons.
Overall, the more I’ve used this new Samsung WEP430 the more I’ve liked it. Although it doesn’t provide quite the same level of superior noise cancellation as my Jawbone the call quality was nonetheless consistently good. The unusual design, sporty look, comfortable fit and great pocketability also helped to win me over. Highly recommended.
Treonauts always look for something unique…