At a Glance
- Effective noise cancellation
- Convenient flip microphone mechanism
- Some voice breakup during calls
Motorola’s compact Motopure H15 headset has a flip microphone, ignores background noise, and responds reliably to voice-activated dialing.
The $130 Motorola Motopure H15 is the only Bluetooth headset I’ve tested with a folding microphone design. To talk or turn on the headset, you flip open the boom, which then sits on your cheek (a bit like a mini-clamshell mechanism); closing the boom conserves battery life.
The H15 is just a tad smaller than a chubby thumb. It’s light and compact, but getting the fit right took a little while. Motorola provides various cushions to place over the earbud, and I settled on the smallest oval-shaped one available, which helped anchor the headset in my ear canal. Even though the headset did not feel 100 percent secure or comfortable, owing to my small ears, it sat unobtrusively on my cheek.
I was impressed with the H15’s overall call quality. It did an excellent job of banishing various levels of background noise, too–such as traffic on the freeway and, in particular, my cranked-up songs. On a couple of calls, the call recipient said that I sounded far away and that my voice broke up a bit. I had no problems when I used the H15 for voice-activated dialing (“Call voicemail,” “Call Bonnie mobile,” and so on).
The H15’s call button was easy to access and wide enough to accommodate my whole fingertip. And the long slender volume rocker worked great, once I realized that it was more efficient to use two fingers to operate it.
(To see the other models we looked at recently, check out our Bluetooth headsets chart. For more on selecting the right headset for you, see our Bluetooth headset buying guide.)