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Product: Samsung Mini Bluetooth Headset WEP500
Manufacturer: Samsung
MSRP: $90 [BizRate]
Lowest Historical Price: $14 [History]

Introduction
Bluetooth headsets have been available for a few years now, and recently there have been some certifiably tiny headsets on the market. Here we take a look at Samsung's diminutive WEP-500 Bluetooth headset. Its footprint is only slightly larger than a quarter, plus it's shinier.

Unboxing
I was able to pick up this headset for just about $15 after rebate, which is pretty good for something that appears to be one of the smallest headsets currently available. It comes in a fairly plain black box that displays the headset as well as the charging cradle. Also included in the box are four different sized ear nubs, an ear clip, AC adapter, and a proprietary Samsung phone charger-to-cradle adapter.



Design
The headset itself is built very well, with extremely tight tolerances all around. There is virtually no gap in the mating lines for the plastic halves, and all of the buttons have a nice engagement feel when pressed. The status indicator LED is brilliant, without the uneven light distribution that can cause a product to look cheap.

You would think that finding a proper fit with the 4 ear nubs included would be just a matter of trying each one. Alas, none of the fit options were satisfactory compared to my previous headset, the Bluespoon AX2. I ended up using the nub from the Bluespoon instead of the included ones.

Usage
As with most Bluetooth headsets these days, the WEP-500 has three buttons: Two for volume adjustment, and a main multifunction button. The volume buttons predictably adjust up and down, plus you can mute the microphone by pressing both simultaneously. The multifunction button has three modes depending on how long you hold it down. A quick press results in a redial of your last placed phone call (more on this later), a 2-second press activates your phone's voice menu, and a 4-second press turns the headset on or off.

Sound Quality
The speaker produces sound that is better than any other headset I've heard. With the stock ear nubs the volume isn't quite enough for noisy environments, but that can be solved if you get a better sealing 3rd party ear gel. To find out about the WEP-500's sound quality on the recipient side, I tested with the headset right up against a noisy AC unit. The conversation was able to continue, however there was some noise audible to the call recipient. Regular voice quality in a quiet environment was top-notch.



Downsides
The redial function has to go. It's too easy to accidentally press the button, resulting in an unintended redial to a friend, or worse a business contact. It wouldn't be as bad if the first touch instead activated voice dialing, but to have it redial is flat out unacceptable.

Charging the WEP-500 requires that the headset be placed in a charging cradle. This means that there's yet another charging accessory polluting your desk, and another power brick wasting electricity. I would have much rather preferred if it charged via a standard mini-USB connection.

Conclusion
The Samsung WEP-500 Bluetooth Headset has hints of brilliance, and yet is held back by some clear oversights. It packs respectable voice performance and noise cancellation technology into a tiny speck of an earpiece. The engineers at Samsung need to work out a better solution for the fit, redial function, and charging hardware. If only these few aspects were addressed, the Samsung WEP-500 would be a great Bluetooth headset.

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    phazeless Ben's cred: 54
    Posted 1:50 pm PDT 05/22/08

    A bit too small for my as...err...ear.

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    Shinare Ben's cred: 17
    Posted 2:51 pm PDT 05/22/08

    Now you too can look like you need a hearing aid!

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    Boojeah Ben's cred: 16
    Posted 2:56 pm PDT 05/22/08

    I think that would be great if they could make them as small as an ear canal hearing aid, then you could have them in and listen to music while at school, church, etc...

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    jlc_38 Ben's cred: 29
    Posted 5:02 pm PDT 05/22/08

    That hard plastic ear piece looks really painful. I wonder why they don't offer silicon buds like ear bud headphones use?

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    milf_hunter Ben's cred: 289
    Posted 6:13 pm PDT 05/22/08

    Ben, can I have that quarter?

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    Douglas_Fur Ben's cred: 47
    Posted 8:24 am PDT 05/23/08

    Why? So poor people like you can get into the Blu-Ray market? Ha, ha, I think not.
    (now log into one of your other accounts and act like a tool again)

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    Posted 10:17 am PDT 05/23/08

    Oooh ooh!!! Its true I do love tools in my mouth!!! Specially I like my boyfriends douglas fir and nuisances tools in my mouth and in my ass at the same time!!! Also I love having them double fist me this memorial day weekend and in return I will give them both lots and lots of big fat wet sloppy super bacon pedo she-male troll kisses on their bottoms!!! LOL!!! ROFL!!! LMAO!!! PWND 4 LIFE!!!

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    Douglas_Fur Ben's cred: 47
    Posted 10:35 am PDT 05/23/08

    Good girl. I see that nuisance_sucks has you well trained.

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    austraIopithecus Ben's cred: 9
    Posted 11:13 am PDT 05/23/08

    Oooh ooh!!! Well Im not a real girl Im australopithecus a she-male tranny!!! But you know all this already cuz your one of my lovers and you know from giving me lots and lots and lots of big fat wet sloppy super bacon pedo troll kisses on my she-male tranny bottom every night!!! LOL!!! ROFL!!! LMAO!!! Douglas_Fur = PWND 4 LIFE!!!

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    Douglas_Fur Ben's cred: 47
    Posted 11:41 am PDT 05/23/08

    Just to clarify for Ben's other members, would you classify your last few posts as truly pwning? Enquiring minds want to know (how lame you really are).

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    Posted 12:43 pm PDT 05/23/08

    Oooh ooh!!! My bacon lover australoPEDOcus has been pwning me into oblivion all over these forums. That's okay because he makes it up to me by giving me LOTS AND LOTS OF BIG FAT WET SLOPPY bacon PEDO TROLL KISSES ON MY BOTTOM!!! LOL!!! ROFL!!! LMAO!!! PWND again!!!

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    Douglas_Fur Ben's cred: 47
    Posted 12:54 pm PDT 05/23/08

    That's what we thought. At least from now on we can transpose the word "pwn" in your posts with "unmedicated for 8 straight months!"

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    australoPEDOcus Ben's cred: 13
    Posted 12:58 pm PDT 05/23/08

    Douglas_Fur wrote:
    That's what we thought. At least from now on we can transpose the word "pwn" in your posts with "unmedicated for 8 straight months!"


    STOP CRYING YOU FAT canadian b@con!

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    Douglas_Fur Ben's cred: 47
    Posted 1:24 pm PDT 05/23/08

    Why would I cry, "YOU FAT FAGGOT" at you? Was that an admission? I guess it got stuffy in that closet, what with all of the (little male) skeletons you keep there.

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    australoPEDOcus Ben's cred: 13
    Posted 3:26 pm PDT 05/23/08

    Douglas_Fur wrote:
    Why would I cry, "YOU FAT FAGGOT" at you? Was that an admission? I guess it got stuffy in that closet, what with all of the (little male) skeletons you keep there.


    What an unfunny "bacon-type" response.....

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    Douglas_Fur Ben's cred: 47
    Posted 3:37 pm PDT 05/23/08

    Actually, it was a perfect example of a total "PWNAGE", as you losers like to put it. Perhaps you should learn proper punctuation instead of skipping school to troll these forums.

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    australoPEDOcus Ben's cred: 13
    Posted 11:27 pm PDT 05/23/08

    Douglas_Fur wrote:
    Actually, it was a perfect example of a total "PWNAGE", as you losers like to put it. Perhaps you should learn proper punctuation instead of skipping school to troll these forums.


    Perhaps you should get a life, stop eating 500 bags of Cheetos everyday, and stop posting 24/7 you burp fat piece of baconnaise.

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    dstuckey Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 2:16 pm PDT 06/6/08

    Absolute junk! Earlier poster is correct. Virtually no way to handle the earpiece easily without accidentally re-dialing your last number... terrible design.

    Good thing there's a rebate-- according to Shop4Tech, Samsung won't accept returns on this item. Looks like they KNOW they have a real stinker on their hands.

    Too bad...small design is great.

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    Josh142 Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 2:44 am PDT 06/30/08

    who would want those

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    manofgod72 Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 11:25 pm PST 12/19/09

    looks to small to be used in the ear.

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