Sony Ericsson MW-600 headset review

Probably the most correct accessory of the company in 2009. It is likely that we will see the MW-600 on sale in 2010, however, you will need to look for it in branded stores. And it's worth looking for. After all, this headset is addressed not only to owners of Sony Ericsson phones and smartphones. Fans of the iPhone, and many other devices that lack radio for one reason or another, can also fall in love with it.

By and large, the MW-600 is the successor to the glorious and quite popular SE DS-970. Do I need to remind you how amazing it was for its time? Stereo headset and with good headphones. On a small display, you could see the subscriber's number, charge level, song title. Of course, there were some drawbacks - short battery life, problems with the built-in neck strap, not a very good microphone, strange work with some devices, including those from the parent company. Let's see what has changed in three years, yes, don't be surprised, about that much has passed since the DS-970 appeared on the market. Lots of time. How long ago was that.

Design, construction

As you can see, the headset is not much different from the bundled accessory for Sony Ericsson Aino. In fact, these devices are twins, but only the MW600 has a completely different functionality. And the differences don't end there. If we talk about the design, then we have a black, rather beautiful thing, the main part of the case is made of translucent plastic, at the ends it is ordinary. It is unlikely that other colors will appear for the MW600, and if they do, it will most certainly be white. The elements of the SE brand design are preserved, the rear part smoothly passes into the clip. It holds the device securely enough on clothes, however, it is better to attach the MW600 to a shirt or sweater, and not to a jacket. Especially in the cold season. Next to the clip is a 3.5 mm jack, you can use any headphones. On the other hand, there is a microphone hole and a display, in the off state you will not even guess that it is here. We’ll talk about the menu and options later, but for now I’ll note: the appearance is not bad, everything is fine with dimensions, weight.

Dimensions - 17.5x15.0x62.0, weight - 13 grams. The delivery set is very good, but more on that later.

Control and display

On the left side there is a touch pad for adjusting the volume, you should use it to navigate through the device menu. On the right are the traditional playback control buttons - FF, REW and Play/pause. The multifunctional button is located next to the display, the possibilities are standard: answer and hang up a call, redial the last number. Next to the microUSB connector is an on/off button. In general, a complete set.

Now let's look at the display. When turned on, the company logo is shown, unlike the DS-980, there is no funny animation, flying bubbles and other things, everything is strict and to the point. What else can we see on the display? I will list the points:

  • When connected to a Sony Ericsson phone, the screen displays the time, the Bluetooth symbol, and the battery charge indicator. This very indicator consists of three divisions, at least it seemed to me. If there is one bar left, it is better not to wait, but to connect the MW600 to a power outlet or a computer.
  • The volume bar appears the moment you touch the touch pad. As you can see, the adjustment step here is large, you can easily adjust the volume for yourself.
  • When you press and hold the Play button, the operating mode selection menu appears. This is a radio receiver or a regular connection to the phone. Interestingly, when a new phone is connected, it is indicated by an icon with the number 2 or 3. It was not possible to connect to two devices at once, although such a possibility was announced. Using this menu, you can quickly connect the machine to the first or second phone.
  • Displays the name of the party on an incoming or outgoing call. This applies to both names typed in Latin and ordinary Russian letters. The function is available not only for SE phones, it also works with iPhone, as well as with Nokia.
  • When the radio is activated, the display shows not only the frequency, but also the RDS, the names of the radio stations are visible.
  • Song titles are visible on SE phones, but not on iPhones. I think the situation will be different with each specific phone.

To pair with a new device, you do not need to enter a password, the first time you turn on the MW600, it will automatically enter pairing mode, the second time you need to do it yourself. Press and hold the power button until the icon appears on the display, symbolizing the search for a new phone or player.

Radio

In fact, the MW600 is not just a headset, but also a miniature radio receiver. Such devices are in the assortment of each company, Sony Ericsson began to play around with such solutions. There was this thing called the HPR-20 back in 2003, a Bluetooth headset with a radio.

The MW600 is doing well in terms of radio. I have already described above how to turn on the receiver, let's look at the possibilities. To move from station to station, you need to press the rewind buttons, one press is manual search, pressing and holding is automatic. There are RDS for most stations, by pressing Play/pause you can stop or start playback. Interestingly, RDS can not only show the name of the station, but also the name of the song and other information. Reception quality is good, better than some phones with FM-receiver. It is impossible to remember the list of stations, the functionality of the receiver is minimal. It is difficult to listen to the radio at maximum volume, but this is subjective.

One "but". I tried the operation of the device with Nokia N86, iPhone, in radio mode it works by itself, disconnects from the devices. Same for SE W880.

Strange behavior, usually such headsets in radio mode can work as a simple accessory for speech transmission. And, Wooden Frame Wordrobe as far as I can tell, this is not a bug, it was meant to be . After all, even in the headset menu, the FM mode and previously connected devices are separate from each other.

Music

I must say that the best headphones in Sony Ericsson's lineup with the headset are the HPM-77 with a slightly modified design, not so shiny. A good thing, balanced enough for use during the day. True, for me they are not very comfortable when worn for a long time, but this is only a subjective opinion. More important is the sound quality. I tested MW600 with SE Aino, SE Yari, SE W880 (favorite phone), Nokia N86, iPhone. With "enemy" devices, the name of the compositions is not displayed, with relatives you can see it. True, while there are minor glitches. For example, after the call ends, playback continues, only the title of the song disappears. Press Play / pause twice - it appears again. I will attribute this to the “bugs” of the prototype. Oddly enough, but the most stable device worked with the old W880. The transition from track to track does not work with the iPhone, it works with the N86. Rewinding within a composition does not work with any device.

Sound quality is good. Even very good for a headset. Moreover, it is more or less similar for all devices, which is the most interesting, even with the iPhone this thing shows itself quite normally. If you decide to buy, I highly recommend connecting it to your device in the store, listening to music, and seeing if the names of subscribers and song titles will be displayed.

Opening hours

The claimed battery life is thirteen hours in radio mode, when playing music, the MW600 can operate for about ten hours. Probably, such a long time for the radio is due to just disconnecting from the phone. I ran the simplest test possible: fully charged headset, radio on, full volume. Eleven hours twenty-five minutes. Not bad for such a small device. I believe that in the player mode and when connected to the phone, it will be able to stretch for about nine hours - also very good. Compared to the same DS-970, heaven and earth.

Speech quality

Let's imagine that the MW600 is attached to the collar of your T-shirt or sweater. It is so convenient to control playback, the shape of the buttons allows you to quickly move from song to song, stop playback. With this method of attachment, the quality of speech transmission is at a very good level, the interlocutor hears you well, and, of course, you can hear your voice very well. Last number dialing works with SE and Nokia phones. With all tested phones, including Nokia, the name of the subscriber from the address book is displayed, which is nice. This is true even for the iPhone. Of course, when the MW600 is on the collar, you are unlikely to take it off to see who is calling. Another thing is if you replace the short bundled headphones with your own and carry the MW600 in your inner pocket. In this case, this function is very useful, at least you can not answer the phone if someone dangerous and scary is calling.

The Bluetooth 2.1 profile with EDR is supported, automatic volume control works, there is a noise reduction system, it works tolerably. It all depends a lot on how far the headset is from your mouth. The closer, the better the voice quality.

Conclusions

The thing that bothered me the most was disconnecting the headset from the phone when it went into radio mode. I would like to believe that in commercial samples, the MW600 will be able to work in this mode as a regular accessory, that is, it will be able to process calls in parallel. I also didn’t like the lack of rewind within the composition, perhaps they just haven’t added this feature yet. The pros are:

  • Display the name of the subscriber when working with different phones
  • Song title display when using Sony Ericsson devices
  • Long running time
  • Easy management
  • Good radio reception, RDS available
  • Standard microUSB connector, detachable AC adapter, charging from computer USB port
  • Good speech quality
  • Standard headphone jack, good ears included
  • The mode of operation with two devices at the same time is declared, that is, multipoint. Alas, it was not possible to implement a “multipoint” connection in practice. Probably the problem is in the prototype.

It may seem that there are a lot of complex and rather complex moments, but in fact it is not. For the sake of testing the SE MW600, I switched to my favorite W880 for a while, I can say that the operation of such a bundle causes only positive sensations. You can see the names of subscribers and the titles of songs, good quality of music, long working time. In the evening, you can listen to the radio before going to bed. So MW600 is able to evoke positive emotions. But as soon as you start to associate it with an "enemy" device, these same emotions disappear. You want everything to work, right?

I will not say when we will see the MW600 on sale and at what price, this information is covered in obscurity. It can be expected that the add-on will appear with the Sony Ericsson X10, as far as I could see, it works the same way with this Android device as with the W880.

Sony Ericsson MW-600 headset review

Probably the most correct accessory of the company in 2009. It is likely that we will see the MW-600 on sale in 2010, however, you will need to look for it in branded stores. And it's worth looking for. After all, this headset is addressed not only to owners of Sony Ericsson phones and smartphones. Fans of the iPhone, and many other devices that lack radio for one reason or another, can also fall in love with it.

By and large, the MW-600 is the successor to the glorious and quite popular SE DS-970. Do I need to remind you how amazing it was for its time? Stereo headset and with good headphones. On a small display, you could see the subscriber's number, charge level, song title. Of course, there were some drawbacks - short battery life, problems with the built-in neck strap, not a very good microphone, strange work with some devices, including those from the parent company. Let's see what has changed in three years, yes, don't be surprised, about that much has passed since the DS-970 appeared on the market. Lots of time. How long ago was that.

Design, construction

As you can see, the headset is not much different from the bundled accessory for Sony Ericsson Aino. In fact, these devices are twins, but only the MW600 has a completely different functionality. And the differences don't end there. If we talk about the design, then we have a black, rather beautiful thing, the main part of the case is made of translucent plastic, at the ends it is ordinary. It is unlikely that other colors will appear for the MW600, and if they do, it will most certainly be white. The elements of the SE brand design are preserved, the rear part smoothly passes into the clip. It holds the device securely enough on clothes, however, it is better to attach the MW600 to a shirt or sweater, and not to a jacket. Especially in the cold season. Next to the clip is a 3.5 mm jack, you can use any headphones. On the other hand, there is a microphone hole and a display, in the off state you will not even guess that it is here. We’ll talk about the menu and options later, but for now I’ll note: the appearance is not bad, everything is fine with dimensions, weight.

Dimensions - 17.5x15.0x62.0, weight - 13 grams. The delivery set is very good, but more on that later.

Control and display

On the left side there is a touch pad for adjusting the volume, you should use it to navigate through the device menu. On the right are the traditional playback control buttons - FF, REW and Play/pause. The multifunctional button is located next to the display, the possibilities are standard: answer and hang up a call, redial the last number. Next to the microUSB connector is an on/off button. In general, a complete set.

Now let's look at the display. When turned on, the company logo is shown, unlike the DS-980, there is no funny animation, flying bubbles and other things, everything is strict and to the point. What else can we see on the display? I will list the points:

  • When connected to a Sony Ericsson phone, the screen displays the time, the Bluetooth symbol, and the battery charge indicator. This very indicator consists of three divisions, at least it seemed to me. If there is one bar left, it is better not to wait, but to connect the MW600 to a power outlet or a computer.
  • The volume bar appears the moment you touch the touch pad. As you can see, the adjustment step here is large, you can easily adjust the volume for yourself.
  • When you press and hold the Play button, the operating mode selection menu appears. This is a radio receiver or a regular connection to the phone. Interestingly, when a new phone is connected, it is indicated by an icon with the number 2 or 3. It was not possible to connect to two devices at once, although such a possibility was announced. Using this menu, you can quickly connect the machine to the first or second phone.
  • Displays the name of the party on an incoming or outgoing call. This applies to both names typed in Latin and ordinary Russian letters. The function is available not only for SE phones, it also works with iPhone, as well as with Nokia.
  • When the radio is activated, the display shows not only the frequency, but also the RDS, the names of the radio stations are visible.
  • Song titles are visible on SE phones, but not on iPhones. I think the situation will be different with each specific phone.

To pair with a new device, you do not need to enter a password, the first time you turn on the MW600, it will automatically enter pairing mode, the second time you need to do it yourself. Press and hold the power button until the icon appears on the display, symbolizing the search for a new phone or player.

Radio

In fact, the MW600 is not just a headset, but also a miniature radio receiver. Such devices are available in the range of every company, Sony Ericsson started to play around with such solutions. There was this thing called the HPR-20 back in 2003, a Bluetooth headset with a radio.

The MW600 is doing well in terms of radio. I have already described above how to turn on the receiver, let's look at the possibilities. To move from station to station, you need to press the rewind buttons, one press is manual search, pressing and holding is automatic. There are RDS for most stations, by pressing Play/pause you can stop or start playback. Interestingly, RDS can not only show the name of the station, but also the name of the song and other information. Reception quality is good, better than some phones with FM-receiver. It is impossible to remember the list of stations, the functionality of the receiver is minimal. It is difficult to listen to the radio at maximum volume, but this is subjective.

One "but". I tried the device with Nokia N86, iPhone, in radio mode it works by itself, it disconnects from the devices. Same for SE W880.

Strange behaviour, usually such headsets in radio mode can work as a simple speech accessory. And, Wooden Frame Wordrobe as far as I can tell, this is not a bug, it was meant to be . After all, even in the headset menu, the FM mode and previously connected devices are separate from each other.

Music

I must say that the best headphones in Sony Ericsson's lineup with the headset are the HPM-77 with a slightly modified design, not so shiny. A good thing, balanced enough for use during the day. True, for me they are not very comfortable when worn for a long time, but this is only a subjective opinion. More important is the sound quality. I tested MW600 with SE Aino, SE Yari, SE W880 (favorite phone), Nokia N86, iPhone. With "enemy" devices, the name of the compositions is not displayed, with relatives you can see it. True, while there are minor glitches. For example, after the call ends, playback continues, only the title of the song disappears. Press Play / pause twice - it appears again. I will attribute this to the "bugs" of the prototype. Oddly enough, but the most stable device worked with the old W880. The transition from track to track does not work with the iPhone, it works with the N86. Rewinding within a composition does not work with any device.

Sound quality is good. Even very good for a headset. Moreover, it is more or less similar for all devices, which is the most interesting, even with the iPhone this thing shows itself quite normally. If you decide to buy, I highly recommend connecting it to your device in the store, listening to music, and seeing if the names of subscribers and song titles will be displayed.

Opening hours

The claimed battery life is thirteen hours in radio mode, when playing music, the MW600 can operate for about ten hours. Probably, such a long time for the radio is due to just disconnecting from the phone. I ran the simplest test possible: fully charged headset, radio on, full volume. Eleven hours twenty-five minutes. Not bad for such a small device. I believe that in the player mode and when connected to the phone, it will be able to stretch for about nine hours - also very good. Compared to the same DS-970, heaven and earth.

Speech quality

Let's imagine that the MW600 is attached to the collar of your T-shirt or sweater. It is so convenient to control playback, the shape of the buttons allows you to quickly move from song to song, stop playback. With this method of attachment, the quality of speech transmission is at a very good level, the interlocutor hears you well, and, of course, you can hear your voice very well. Last number dialing works with SE and Nokia phones. With all tested phones, including Nokia, the name of the subscriber from the address book is displayed, which is nice. This is true even for the iPhone. Of course, when the MW600 is on the collar, you are unlikely to take it off to see who is calling. Another thing is if you replace the short bundled headphones with your own and carry the MW600 in your inner pocket. In this case, this function is very useful, at least you can not answer the phone if someone dangerous and scary is calling.

The Bluetooth 2.1 profile with EDR is supported, automatic volume control works, there is a noise reduction system, it works tolerably. It all depends a lot on how far the headset is from your mouth. The closer, the better the voice quality.

Conclusions

The thing that bothered me the most was disconnecting the headset from the phone when it went into radio mode. I would like to believe that in commercial samples, the MW600 will be able to work in this mode as a regular accessory, that is, it will be able to process calls in parallel. I also didn’t like the lack of rewind within the composition, perhaps they just haven’t added this feature yet. The pros are:

  • Display the name of the subscriber when working with different phones
  • Song title display when using Sony Ericsson devices
  • Long running time
  • Easy management
  • Good radio reception, RDS available
  • Standard microUSB connector, detachable AC adapter, charging from computer USB port
  • Good speech quality
  • Standard headphone jack, good ears included
  • The mode of operation with two devices at the same time is declared, that is, multipoint. Alas, it was not possible to implement a “multipoint” connection in practice. Probably the problem is in the prototype.

It may seem that there are a lot of complex and rather complex moments, but in fact it is not. For the sake of testing the SE MW600, I switched to my favorite W880 for a while, I can say that the operation of such a bundle causes only positive sensations. You can see the names of subscribers and the titles of songs, good quality of music, long working time. In the evening, you can listen to the radio before going to bed. So MW600 is able to evoke positive emotions. But as soon as you start to associate it with an "enemy" device, these same emotions disappear. You want everything to work, right?

I will not say when we will see the MW600 on sale and at what price, this information is covered in obscurity. It can be expected that the add-on will appear with the Sony Ericsson X10, as far as I could see, it works the same way with this Android device as with the W880.

Sony Ericsson MW-600 headset review

Probably the most correct accessory of the company in 2009. It is likely that we will see the MW-600 on sale in 2010, however, you will need to look for it in branded stores. And it's worth looking for. After all, this headset is addressed not only to owners of Sony Ericsson phones and smartphones. Fans of the iPhone, and many other devices that lack radio for one reason or another, can also fall in love with it.

By and large, the MW-600 is the successor to the glorious and quite popular SE DS-970. Do I need to remind you how amazing it was for its time? Stereo headset and with good headphones. On a small display, you could see the subscriber's number, charge level, song title. Of course, there were some drawbacks - short battery life, problems with the built-in neck strap, not a very good microphone, strange work with some devices, including those from the parent company. Let's see what has changed in three years, yes, don't be surprised, about that much has passed since the DS-970 appeared on the market. Lots of time. How long ago was that.

Design, construction

As you can see, the headset is not much different from the bundled accessory for Sony Ericsson Aino. In fact, these devices are twins, but only the MW600 has a completely different functionality. And the differences don't end there. If we talk about the design, then we have a black, rather beautiful thing, the main part of the case is made of translucent plastic, at the ends it is ordinary. It is unlikely that other colors will appear for the MW600, and if they do, it will most certainly be white. The elements of the SE brand design are preserved, the rear part smoothly passes into the clip. It holds the device securely enough on clothes, however, it is better to attach the MW600 to a shirt or sweater, and not to a jacket. Especially in the cold season. Next to the clip is a 3.5 mm jack, you can use any headphones. On the other hand, there is a microphone hole and a display, in the off state you will not even guess that it is here. We’ll talk about the menu and options later, but for now I’ll note: the appearance is not bad, everything is fine with dimensions, weight.

Dimensions - 17.5x15.0x62.0, weight - 13 grams. The delivery set is very good, but more on that later.

Control and display

On the left side there is a touch pad for adjusting the volume, you should use it to navigate through the device menu. On the right are the traditional playback control buttons - FF, REW and Play/pause. The multifunctional button is located next to the display, the features are standard: answer and hang up a call, dial the last number. Next to the microUSB connector is an on/off button. In general, a complete set.

Now let's look at the display. When turned on, the company logo is shown, unlike the DS-980, there is no funny animation, flying bubbles and other things, everything is strict and to the point. What else can we see on the display? I will list the points:

  • When connected to a Sony Ericsson phone, the screen displays the time, the Bluetooth symbol, and the battery charge indicator. This very indicator consists of three divisions, at least it seemed to me. If there is one bar left, it is better not to wait, but to connect the MW600 to a power outlet or a computer.
  • The volume bar appears the moment you touch the touch pad. As you can see, the adjustment step here is large, you can easily adjust the volume for yourself.
  • When you press and hold the Play button, the operating mode selection menu appears. This is a radio receiver or a regular connection to the phone. Interestingly, when a new phone is connected, it is indicated by an icon with the number 2 or 3. It was not possible to connect to two devices at once, although such a possibility was announced. Using this menu, you can quickly connect the machine to the first or second phone.
  • Displays the name of the party on an incoming or outgoing call. This applies to both names typed in Latin and ordinary Russian letters. The function is available not only for SE phones, it also works with iPhone, as well as with Nokia.
  • When the radio is activated, the display shows not only the frequency, but also the RDS, the names of the radio stations are visible.
  • Song titles are visible on SE phones, but not on iPhones. I think the situation will be different with each specific phone.

To pair with a new device, you do not need to enter a password, the first time you turn on the MW600, it will automatically enter pairing mode, the second time you need to do it yourself. Press and hold the power button until the icon appears on the display, symbolizing the search for a new phone or player.

Radio

In fact, the MW600 is not just a headset, but also a miniature radio receiver. Such devices are in the assortment of each company, Sony Ericsson began to play around with such solutions. There was this thing called the HPR-20 back in 2003, a Bluetooth headset with a radio.

The MW600 is doing well in terms of radio. I have already described above how to turn on the receiver, let's look at the possibilities. To move from station to station, you need to press the rewind buttons, one press is manual search, pressing and holding is automatic. There are RDS for most stations, by pressing Play/pause you can stop or start playback. Interestingly, RDS can not only show the name of the station, but also the name of the song and other information. Reception quality is good, better than some phones with FM-receiver. It is impossible to remember the list of stations, the functionality of the receiver is minimal. It is difficult to listen to the radio at maximum volume, but this is subjective.

One "but". I tried the device with Nokia N86, iPhone, in radio mode it works by itself, it disconnects from the devices. Same for SE W880.

Strange behaviour, usually such headsets in radio mode can work as a simple speech accessory. And, Wooden Frame Wordrobe as far as I can tell, this is not a bug, it was meant to be . After all, even in the headset menu, the FM mode and previously connected devices are separate from each other.

Music

I must say that the best headphones in Sony Ericsson's lineup with the headset are the HPM-77 with a slightly modified design, not so shiny. A good thing, balanced enough for use during the day. True, for me they are not very comfortable when worn for a long time, but this is only a subjective opinion. More important is the sound quality. I tested MW600 with SE Aino, SE Yari, SE W880 (favorite phone), Nokia N86, iPhone. With "enemy" devices, the name of the compositions is not displayed, with relatives you can see it. True, while there are minor glitches. For example, after the call ends, playback continues, only the title of the song disappears. Press Play / pause twice - it appears again. I will attribute this to the "bugs" of the prototype. Oddly enough, but the most stable device worked with the old W880. The transition from track to track does not work with the iPhone, it works with the N86. Rewinding within a composition does not work with any device.

Sound quality is good. Even very good for a headset. Moreover, it is more or less similar for all devices, which is the most interesting, even with the iPhone this thing shows itself quite normally. If you decide to buy, I highly recommend connecting it to your device in the store, listening to music, and seeing if the names of subscribers and song titles will be displayed.

Opening hours

The claimed battery life is thirteen hours in radio mode, when playing music, the MW600 can operate for about ten hours. Probably, such a long time for the radio is due to just disconnecting from the phone. I ran the simplest test possible: fully charged headset, radio on, full volume. Eleven hours twenty-five minutes. Not bad for such a small device. I believe that in the player mode and when connected to the phone, it will be able to stretch for about nine hours - also very good. Compared to the same DS-970, heaven and earth.

Speech quality

Let's imagine that the MW600 is attached to the collar of your T-shirt or sweater. It is so convenient to control playback, the shape of the buttons allows you to quickly move from song to song, stop playback. With this method of attachment, the quality of speech transmission is at a very good level, the interlocutor hears you well, and, of course, you can hear your voice very well. Last number dialing works with SE and Nokia phones. With all tested phones, including Nokia, the name of the subscriber from the address book is displayed, which is nice. This is true even for the iPhone. Of course, when the MW600 is on the collar, you are unlikely to take it off to see who is calling. Another thing is if you replace the short bundled headphones with your own and carry the MW600 in your inner pocket. In this case, this function is very useful, at least you can not answer the phone if someone dangerous and scary is calling.

The Bluetooth 2.1 profile with EDR is supported, automatic volume control works, there is a noise reduction system, it works tolerably. It all depends a lot on how far the headset is from your mouth. The closer, the better the voice quality.

Conclusions

The thing that bothered me the most was disconnecting the headset from the phone when it went into radio mode. I would like to believe that in commercial samples, the MW600 will be able to work in this mode as a regular accessory, that is, it will be able to process calls in parallel. I also didn’t like the lack of rewind within the composition, perhaps they just haven’t added this feature yet. The pros are:

  • Display the name of the subscriber when working with different phones
  • Song title display when using Sony Ericsson devices
  • Long running time
  • Easy management
  • Good radio reception, RDS available
  • Standard microUSB connector, detachable AC adapter, charging from computer USB port
  • Good speech quality
  • Standard headphone jack, good ears included
  • The mode of operation with two devices at the same time is declared, that is, multipoint. Alas, it was not possible to implement a “multipoint” connection in practice. Probably the problem is in the prototype.

It may seem that there are a lot of complex and rather complex moments, but in fact it is not. For the sake of testing the SE MW600, I switched to my favorite W880 for a while, I can say that the operation of such a bundle causes only positive sensations. You can see the names of subscribers and the titles of songs, good quality of music, long working time. In the evening, you can listen to the radio before going to bed. So MW600 is able to evoke positive emotions. But as soon as you start to associate it with an "enemy" device, these same emotions disappear. You want everything to work, right?

I will not say when we will see the MW600 on sale and at what price, this information is covered in obscurity. It can be expected that the add-on will appear with the Sony Ericsson X10, as far as I could see, it works the same way with this Android device as with the W880.

Sony Ericsson MW-600 headset review

Probably the most correct accessory of the company in 2009. It is likely that we will see the MW-600 on sale in 2010, however, you will need to look for it in branded stores. And it's worth looking for. After all, this headset is addressed not only to owners of Sony Ericsson phones and smartphones. Fans of the iPhone, and many other devices that lack radio for one reason or another, can also fall in love with it.

By and large, the MW-600 is the successor to the glorious and quite popular SE DS-970. Do I need to remind you how amazing it was for its time? Stereo headset and with good headphones. On a small display, you could see the subscriber's number, charge level, song title. Of course, there were some drawbacks - short battery life, problems with the built-in neck strap, not a very good microphone, strange work with some devices, including those from the parent company. Let's see what has changed in three years, yes, don't be surprised, about that much has passed since the DS-970 appeared on the market. Lots of time. How long ago was that.

Design, construction

As you can see, the headset is not much different from the bundled accessory for Sony Ericsson Aino. In fact, these devices are twins, but only the MW600 has a completely different functionality. And the differences don't end there. If we talk about the design, then we have a black, rather beautiful thing, the main part of the case is made of translucent plastic, at the ends it is ordinary. It is unlikely that other colors will appear for the MW600, and if they do, it will most certainly be white. The elements of the SE brand design are preserved, the rear part smoothly passes into the clip. It holds the device securely enough on clothes, however, it is better to attach the MW600 to a shirt or sweater, and not to a jacket. Especially in the cold season. Next to the clip is a 3.5 mm jack, you can use any headphones. On the other hand, there is a microphone hole and a display, in the off state you will not even guess that it is here. We’ll talk about the menu and options later, but for now I’ll note: the appearance is not bad, everything is fine with dimensions, weight.

Dimensions - 17.5x15.0x62.0, weight - 13 grams. The delivery set is very good, but more on that later.

Control and display

On the left side there is a touch pad for adjusting the volume, you should use it to navigate through the device menu. On the right are the traditional playback control buttons - FF, REW and Play/pause. The multifunctional button is located next to the display, the possibilities are standard: answer and hang up a call, redial the last number. Next to the microUSB connector is an on/off button. In general, a complete set.

Now let's look at the display. When turned on, the company logo is shown, unlike the DS-980, there is no funny animation, flying bubbles and other things, everything is strict and to the point. What else can we see on the display? I will list the points:

  • When connected to a Sony Ericsson phone, the screen displays the time, the Bluetooth symbol, and the battery charge indicator. This very indicator consists of three divisions, at least it seemed to me. If there is one bar left, it is better not to wait, but to connect the MW600 to a power outlet or a computer.
  • The volume bar appears the moment you touch the touch pad. As you can see, the adjustment step here is large, you can easily adjust the volume for yourself.
  • When you press and hold the Play button, the operating mode selection menu appears. This is a radio receiver or a regular connection to the phone. Interestingly, when you connect a new phone, it is indicated by an icon with the number 2 or 3.It was not possible to connect to two devices at once, although such a possibility is declared. Using this menu, you can quickly connect the machine to the first or second phone.
  • Displays the name of the party on an incoming or outgoing call. This applies to both names typed in Latin and in ordinary Russian letters. The function is available not only for SE phones, it also works with the iPhone, as well as with Nokia.
  • When the radio is activated, the display shows not only the frequency, but also the RDS, the names of the radio stations are visible.
  • Song titles are visible on SE phones, not on iPhones. I think the situation will be different with each specific phone.

To pair with a new device, you do not need to enter a password, the first time you turn on the MW600, it will automatically enter pairing mode, the second time you need to do it yourself. Press and hold the power button until the icon appears on the display, symbolizing the search for a new phone or player.

Radio

In fact, the MW600 is not just a headset, but also a miniature radio receiver. Such devices are available in the range of every company, Sony Ericsson started to play around with such solutions. There was this thing called the HPR-20 back in 2003, a Bluetooth headset with a radio.

The MW600 is doing well in terms of radio. I have already described above how to turn on the receiver, let's look at the possibilities. To move from station to station, you need to press the rewind buttons, one press is manual search, pressing and holding is automatic. There are RDS for most stations, by pressing Play/pause you can stop or start playback. Interestingly, RDS can not only show the name of the station, but also the name of the song and other information. Reception quality is good, better than some phones with FM-receiver. It is impossible to remember the list of stations, the functionality of the receiver is minimal. It is difficult to listen to the radio at maximum volume, but this is subjective.

One "but". I tried the device with Nokia N86, iPhone, in radio mode it works by itself, it disconnects from the devices. Same for SE W880.

Strange behaviour, usually such headsets in radio mode can work as a simple speech accessory. And, Wooden Frame Wordrobe, as far as I can tell, it's not a bug, it was meant to be. After all, even in the headset menu, the FM mode and previously connected devices are separate from each other.

Strange behavior, usually such headsets in radio mode can work as a simple speech accessory. AND, Wooden Frame Wordrobe Wooden Frame Wordrobe As far as I can tell, this is not a bug, it was meant to be. After all, even in the headset menu, the FM mode and previously connected devices are located separately from each other.

Music

I must say that the best headphones in Sony Ericsson's lineup with the headset are the HPM-77 with a slightly modified design, not so shiny. A good thing, balanced enough for use during the day. True, for me they are not very comfortable when worn for a long time, but this is only a subjective opinion. More important is the sound quality. I tested MW600 with SE Aino, SE Yari, SE W880 (favorite phone), Nokia N86, iPhone. With "enemy" devices, the name of the compositions is not displayed, with relatives you can see it. True, while there are minor glitches. For example, after the call ends, playback continues, only the title of the song disappears. Press Play / pause twice - it appears again. I will attribute this to the "bugs" of the prototype. Oddly enough, but the most stable device worked with the old W880. The transition from track to track does not work with the iPhone, it works with the N86. Rewinding within a composition does not work with any device.

Sound quality is good. Even very good for a headset. Moreover, it is more or less similar for all devices, which is the most interesting, even with the iPhone this thing shows itself quite normally. If you decide to buy, I highly recommend connecting it to your device in the store, listening to music, and seeing if the names of subscribers and song titles will be displayed.

Opening hours

The claimed battery life is thirteen hours in radio mode, when playing music, the MW600 can operate for about ten hours. Probably, such a long time for the radio is due to just disconnecting from the phone. I ran the simplest test possible: fully charged headset, radio on, full volume. Eleven hours twenty-five minutes. Not bad for such a small device. I believe that in the player mode and when connected to the phone, it will be able to stretch for about nine hours - also very good. Compared to the same DS-970, heaven and earth.

Speech quality

Let's imagine that the MW600 is attached to the collar of your T-shirt or sweater. It is so convenient to control playback, the shape of the buttons allows you to quickly move from song to song, stop playback. With this method of attachment, the quality of speech transmission is at a very good level, the interlocutor hears you well, and, of course, you can hear your voice very well. Last number dialing works with SE and Nokia phones. With all tested phones, including Nokia, the name of the subscriber from the address book is displayed, which is nice. This is true even for the iPhone. Of course, when the MW600 is on the collar, you are unlikely to take it off to see who is calling. Another thing is if you replace the short bundled headphones with your own and carry the MW600 in your inner pocket. In this case, this function is very useful, at least you can not answer the phone if someone dangerous and scary is calling.

The Bluetooth 2.1 profile with EDR is supported, automatic volume control works, there is a noise reduction system, it works tolerably. It all depends a lot on how far the headset is from your mouth. The closer, the better the voice quality.

Conclusions

The thing that bothered me the most was disconnecting the headset from the phone when it went into radio mode. I would like to believe that in commercial samples, the MW600 will be able to work in this mode as a regular accessory, that is, it will be able to process calls in parallel. I also didn’t like the lack of rewind within the composition, perhaps they just haven’t added this feature yet. The pros are:

  • Display the name of the subscriber when working with different phones
  • Song title display when using Sony Ericsson devices
  • Long running time
  • Easy management
  • Good radio reception, RDS available
  • Standard microUSB connector, detachable AC adapter, charging from computer USB port
  • Good speech quality
  • Standard headphone jack, good ears included
  • The mode of operation with two devices at the same time is declared, that is, multipoint. Alas, it was not possible to implement a “multipoint” connection in practice. Probably the problem is in the prototype.

It may seem that there are a lot of complex and rather complex moments, but in fact it is not. For the sake of testing the SE MW600, I switched to my favorite W880 for a while, I can say that the operation of such a bundle causes only positive sensations. You can see the names of subscribers and the titles of songs, good quality of music, long working time. In the evening, you can listen to the radio before going to bed. So MW600 is able to evoke positive emotions. But as soon as you start to associate it with an "enemy" device, these same emotions disappear. You want everything to work, right?

I will not say when we will see the MW600 on sale and at what price, this information is covered in obscurity. It can be expected that the add-on will appear with the Sony Ericsson X10, as far as I could see, it works the same way with this Android device as with the W880.