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Sony Ericsson MW600 Hi-Fi Wireless Headset Review

on April 7, 2010 1:37 pm

It seems that if you have a bluetooth headset hanging out your ear you risk be labeled a “blue-tool”, but if you have your headphones on, that’s OK. If you worry about such things, I recently received a solution in the Sony Ericsson MW600 Hi-Fi Wireless Headset. While designed to work with Sony Ericsson phones, the headset will work with most mobile phones with Bluetooth. I was able to successfully use it with an HTC G1 and Samsung Devour.

I received a pre-release version of the set, so I did not get it in the packaging, but it included:

  • Bluetooth receiver with 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Headphones
  • Small, Medium and Large ear buds
  • Micro-USB charging cable

I really like the component design of the set. The bluetooth receiver has the mic for talking, a micro-USB port for charging and a 3.5 mm jack for headphones. You can use the included headphones, or use your own.

I do not have a phone that plays FM radio (since my toddler finally retired my old Sony Ericsson W810i) so I was unable to test the radio features.

Thanks to MRz’s comment, I tracked down the full manual (as a pre-production unit it did not come with the manual) and I discovered the issue wasn’t the phone features, but my ignorance. When I tried to use the FM feature, it would not start so I assumed that it used the phone’s FM tuner (my old W810i had FM) but that is not the case. Once I performed a reset on the headset, and tried the FM feature again it worked great.

You use the FF and RW buttons to move up by .05 increments. A long press will cause the tuner to scan to the next station. It is not the easiest way to move though a lot of stations, but it works. There is no way to save stations.

The receiver has a power switch on one end, and a phone button on the face to pick up and hang up calls. The player controls are located on one side of the receiver:

These include controls to play/pause, go to the next and previous track. They are small, but I found them very easy to find without looking. On the other side is the volume control:

It took me a little time to get used to this touch-strip control. You use it by sliding your finger towards the - to lower the volume, and towards the + to increase. You can hold your finger at one of the extremes to adjust the volume further, but you have to slide to the + or the -, you can’t just press them. Once I understood how this worked, I had no issues.

You can pair the headset with up to three devices. You can change which device you are connected to by holding down the Phone button for 5 seconds. When you do this, the OLED screen displays an icon for each of the devices:

In this case, you see a computer symbol (for my MacBook Pro), and two phone icons. You use the volume touch-strip to select the desired device.

The headset supports a number of Bluetooth profiles:

  • Handsfree profile Version: 1.5 Role: Handsfree
  • Advanced Audio Distribution Profile Version: 1.0 Role: Sink
  • Audio Video Remote Control Profile Version: 1.4 Role: Controller
  • Headset profileAudio Video Remote Control Profile Version: 1.4 Role: Target
  • Headset profile Version: 1.1 Role: Headset

Once connected to my G1, it performed as expected. If I was listening to music and received, or made a call, it seamlessly switched over to function as a headset. The sound is very clear, and the inclusion of different sized ear buds should help you find the right pick.

Now obviously, not everyone likes in-ear buds, but you have three different sizes to choose from. In addition I found that the included headphones were a little thin on the bass. The nice thing about this setup, though, is that you can plug in your favorite headphones.

 

Product Information

Price:£49.98
Manufacturer:Sony Ericsson
Pros:
  • Music controls
  • Stereo audio for music
  • Integrated microphone
  • Flexibility to use your own headphones
  • Standard Micro-USB plug for charging
Cons:
  • In-ear buds not for everyone
  • Included headphones a little thin on the bass

Comments

  1. 101
    Tomaz says:

    :(( During cycling mine stopped working; I have noticed some times before that I was loosing connection but had in mind that due to bad connection. Now “dead” – no sign at all. Tryed to dry it but nothing happens. However when pluged in to charge it – it shows sign as it is charged – any idea what to do or to throw away?

  2. 102
    Andrew says:

    I couldnt connect it to my ipod touch…any answers?

  3. 103
    Bari says:

    No, answers but I have the same problem. Couldn’t get it to connect to my 2nd gen iPod. Just got the new 5th gen and same problem.

  4. 104
    Anil says:

    Mine stopped charging, when I took it to the reatiler he said it cannot be sorted out manufacturing defect. Therefoe I bought another one, this one stopped charging too. Now, it just lies there useless waste of time and money

  5. 105
    Julz says:

    Hi Anil, don’t throw it away do you mind if I buy it as is. Hope I can salvage some parts for my MW600. Hopefully I can make it work.

  6. 106
    sanjeev kumar says:

    Mine is also lying idle because of zero backup time. (Its brand new, used less than 1 month).

    Do you know from where I could get its battery replaced. And if not, how much INR can I expect it from anybody.

  7. 107
    Jc says:

    How do you reset the unit? The FM radio feature does not work

  8. 108
    Sanjeev says:

    Resetting has been explained above in this post. Pls consult.

  9. 109
    Juannie I. says:

    hello Brian..does it work with my acer V5 laptop or my android phone??

  10. 110
    Rahul Isola says:

    Hi, Does anyone have a broken/not working unit? I want to buy as-is. I the call button, and just wanted one for the body.

  11. 111
    Ron Longno says:

    I cant find in my cellphone the connection of my mw600 but it is on and when i hold down the phone button for 5 secondsnothing shows in oled screen any idea w/ that problem?and how to fix it?

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