Sony Ericsson MW600 Hi-Fi Wireless Headset Review



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The Sony Ericsson MW600 is a bluetooth “headset” that streams audiophile-grade audio from your phone or A2DP device. This small AA-battery-sized device incorporates a microphone for voice-activated commands, an AM/FM radio, and a small OLED display. There is no other Bluetooth device on the market quite like the MW600. Essentially, it will turn any pair of standard 3.5mm headphones into Bluetooth headphones, which can make calls and stream music without touching your phone. It can also turn any pair of speakers into Bluetooth speakers, allowing you to control the music using your phone or A2DP device from anywhere in the room. Personally, the MW600 was ideal for me at the gym, allowing me to keep my phone far from harms way.

What’s in the box:

In the box you will likely find the battery-sized device, the headphones, which are just a couple feet in length, alternate ear buds to fit any ear, and the micro USB charger. It should also include a manual, unlike our press sample that didn’t come with any packaging or documentation.

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Set-up:

Even though we had no manual, the set up was very simple and straight forward. It involved turning the device on, and then searching for it with your Bluetooth-enabled device. The device doesn’t require a Bluetooth passcode, so I was rocking with my iPhone 3G S in under a minute. Unfortunately, my MacBook, iMac, and older IBM were unable to find and pair to the device. The product is supposed to sync to computers (hopefully not just Sony’s) so further testing may be required. It took me a bit to figure out how to navigate to the AM/FM radio feature, but that will be a breeze with a manual.

Design:

The device was much smaller than I expected. The design is very sleek, all dressed up in black. It is made of plastic, but feels pretty tough. The clip on the back also feels very durable, and will work well on material of various thicknesses. Weighing in at just under half an ounce (7 grams), the MW600 is definitely a lightweight bluetooth accessory. I would not worry about dropping it more than a few times. The buttons are sized appropriately for even the pudgier of fingers. The volume is controlled by a touch slider, which duals as a navigation tool in the very limited menu system. This slider takes some getting used to, but is nice in preventing accidental volume adjustment. The microphone is located right below the button that is used for voice commands, so don’t leave your finger on the button otherwise your voice will be muffled. The headphones may seem kind of awkward at first because they are not designed to extend down to your pocket (because of the microphone). Once you get used to clipping the device to a shirtsleeve or pocket you’ll wonder how you ever dealt with a lengthy headphone cable in the first place (they seem like they’re always getting in the way). The MW600 is also compatible with any headphones with the standard 3.5mm jack.

Performance and Audio/music quality:

The audio quality from this device blew me away. The “sound enhancing” earbuds that came with the device sound outstanding. Using the Sony headphones and streaming music wirelessly from my iPhone sounded even better than plugging in my $100 V-Moda earbuds directly into the phone. The sound is very clear and the bass is nice and deep. They are very comfortable, and even stayed flush in my ear while doing pushups and crunches. AM/FM radio sounded good too (as good as AM/FM can sound). The audio quality did not degrade at all with distance. Once I hit the Bluetooth range, which is listed as 10 meters (but seemed to be further) the audio just stops streaming altogether.

The MW600 appears to be optimized for Sony Ericsson phones. However, I was able to take advantage of the voice control on my iPhone 3GS and use all of the features anyway. The play/pause buttons worked, but the track buttons did not, this is because the iPhone does not support AVRCP. I was able to use voice commands for “next” and “previous” to compensate though. Also, I was able to use voice commands like “Call Chip Chick” and “Play artist Decemberists”. No song information was transmitted to the device (as it would on compatible Sony Ericsson Phones), but contact names did pop up when receiving phone calls. The phone call quality sounds great from both ends. The battery life is listed as 8.5 hours to 11 hours, these numbers seemed to be pretty conservative.

Conclusion:

The MW600 headset is being released alongside the upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android based headset and is a perfect compliment to the very multimedia and music centric X10. Fortunately, the MW600 also worked flawlessly with my iPhone 3G S. If you are fanatical about music, and have a compatible device, than you will fall in love with this device. Keep in mind it will also convert any speakers into Bluetooth speakers. Just plug an aux cable from the MW600 in to any speakers and you can stream music wirelessly from anywhere in your room or house. Also, don’t be fooled by “OLED,” as I was, it looks just like a regular LCD. There is no word on pricing yet, but judging on the quality the device will likely fall into the $100 – $200 range.

Good: Amazing audio, perfect size and durability, great battery, very handy and unique use of Bluetooth

Bad: Full set of features are limited to only some Sony Ericsson devices, No Apparent Mac support, OLED dispay was nothing special

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  • David

    Great review, also looking to use this headset with my iPhone 3GS.

    I previously used a Sony Ericsson HBS-DS980, but had several problems with the headset and phonecalls. Did you experience problems calling with the headset? Disconnected calls? Bad sound?
    Anything?

    Thanks :)

  • David

    Great review, also looking to use this headset with my iPhone 3GS.

    I previously used a Sony Ericsson HBS-DS980, but had several problems with the headset and phonecalls. Did you experience problems calling with the headset? Disconnected calls? Bad sound?
    Anything?

    Thanks :)

  • David

    Great review, also looking to use this headset with my iPhone 3GS.

    I previously used a Sony Ericsson HBS-DS980, but had several problems with the headset and phonecalls. Did you experience problems calling with the headset? Disconnected calls? Bad sound?
    Anything?

    Thanks :)

  • Igor

    Nice review, Scott.

    Can you please check if it works while charging?
    Also, did you finally make it work with your computer? How do you switch between it and the phone?

    A very interesting device!

  • Igor

    Nice review, Scott.

    Can you please check if it works while charging?
    Also, did you finally make it work with your computer? How do you switch between it and the phone?

    A very interesting device!

  • Igor

    Nice review, Scott.

    Can you please check if it works while charging?
    Also, did you finally make it work with your computer? How do you switch between it and the phone?

    A very interesting device!

  • Scott

    Unforunately, It doesn’t work while it’s charging, otherwise it would be the Ultimate bluetooth audio streamer. Also never made it work with my mac…
    Other than those two issues, I absolutely love the product. I use it all the time. It’s amazing at the gym because I get really nervous about having my iPhone anywhere near exercise equipment

  • Scott

    Unforunately, It doesn’t work while it’s charging, otherwise it would be the Ultimate bluetooth audio streamer. Also never made it work with my mac…
    Other than those two issues, I absolutely love the product. I use it all the time. It’s amazing at the gym because I get really nervous about having my iPhone anywhere near exercise equipment

  • Scott

    Unforunately, It doesn’t work while it’s charging, otherwise it would be the Ultimate bluetooth audio streamer. Also never made it work with my mac…
    Other than those two issues, I absolutely love the product. I use it all the time. It’s amazing at the gym because I get really nervous about having my iPhone anywhere near exercise equipment

  • Igor

    Scott, are you sure it turns off on charging?

    The reviewer of a somewhat similar device (MBR-100) at mods-n-clocks site said:
    “One note on the charging, the instruction leaflet stated that it was not possible to charge the device and continue to use it at the same time. However, in practice I’ve been able to charge and use the device simultaneously without any problems at all.”

  • Igor

    Scott, are you sure it turns off on charging?

    The reviewer of a somewhat similar device (MBR-100) at mods-n-clocks site said:
    “One note on the charging, the instruction leaflet stated that it was not possible to charge the device and continue to use it at the same time. However, in practice I’ve been able to charge and use the device simultaneously without any problems at all.”

  • Igor

    Scott, are you sure it turns off on charging?

    The reviewer of a somewhat similar device (MBR-100) at mods-n-clocks site said:
    “One note on the charging, the instruction leaflet stated that it was not possible to charge the device and continue to use it at the same time. However, in practice I’ve been able to charge and use the device simultaneously without any problems at all.”

  • luimarsa

    Sorry for my English. I am Spanish and I don’t speak English very well.

    I have the MW600 since today. I have been proving and it is amazing.

    I previously used a Sony Ericsson HBS-DS980 but I had a lot of problems for paring with my MacBook Pro and my W715, and I didn’t like the sound of the in-ear.

    But MW600 sounds very very very well. Go with MAC OS X without problems. It works perfectly with my W715 and the MacBook at the same time, turning off the music of the laptop while a call is coming and turning again on when you finish the call.

    Very good.

  • luimarsa

    Sorry for my English. I am Spanish and I don’t speak English very well.

    I have the MW600 since today. I have been proving and it is amazing.

    I previously used a Sony Ericsson HBS-DS980 but I had a lot of problems for paring with my MacBook Pro and my W715, and I didn’t like the sound of the in-ear.

    But MW600 sounds very very very well. Go with MAC OS X without problems. It works perfectly with my W715 and the MacBook at the same time, turning off the music of the laptop while a call is coming and turning again on when you finish the call.

    Very good.

  • luimarsa

    Sorry for my English. I am Spanish and I don’t speak English very well.

    I have the MW600 since today. I have been proving and it is amazing.

    I previously used a Sony Ericsson HBS-DS980 but I had a lot of problems for paring with my MacBook Pro and my W715, and I didn’t like the sound of the in-ear.

    But MW600 sounds very very very well. Go with MAC OS X without problems. It works perfectly with my W715 and the MacBook at the same time, turning off the music of the laptop while a call is coming and turning again on when you finish the call.

    Very good.

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  • David Ferreira

    this product is already out and the price is lower than your range (100-200$)… you can find it at amazon.fr by only 55€. I already bought it…

  • David Ferreira

    this product is already out and the price is lower than your range (100-200$)… you can find it at amazon.fr by only 55€. I already bought it…

  • David Ferreira

    this product is already out and the price is lower than your range (100-200$)… you can find it at amazon.fr by only 55€. I already bought it…

  • DrunkFuX

    Hey dude nice review… i had a question… any idea if this is compatible with nokia phones…? i had a HBH-DS970 and it just wouldnt pair with the s60 phones… for example the 5630 and the 5730… any idea if this will…??

  • DrunkFuX

    Hey dude nice review… i had a question… any idea if this is compatible with nokia phones…? i had a HBH-DS970 and it just wouldnt pair with the s60 phones… for example the 5630 and the 5730… any idea if this will…??

  • DrunkFuX

    Hey dude nice review… i had a question… any idea if this is compatible with nokia phones…? i had a HBH-DS970 and it just wouldnt pair with the s60 phones… for example the 5630 and the 5730… any idea if this will…??

  • thomas

    it is said that this device has multipoint features, but actualy you can’t do that.
    I’ve tried with 2 phone trying to answer a call but it didn’t work with 2 phones simultaneously….
    very sad indeed for other great features in it…

  • thomas

    it is said that this device has multipoint features, but actualy you can’t do that.
    I’ve tried with 2 phone trying to answer a call but it didn’t work with 2 phones simultaneously….
    very sad indeed for other great features in it…

  • thomas

    it is said that this device has multipoint features, but actualy you can’t do that.
    I’ve tried with 2 phone trying to answer a call but it didn’t work with 2 phones simultaneously….
    very sad indeed for other great features in it…

  • DrunkFuX

    This is by far the best most affordable Stereo Bluetooth headset out there. I myself am a huge SE fan when it comes to their music phones or music headsets and this wasnt a letdown at all. Its range is much better than previous SE headsets like the HBH-DS970 and signal can easily travel thru closed doors and from behind ones back if cliped on the front. sound quality and battery life are superb and radio works very well, except when u try to auto tune it, it stops on the slightest signal it gets even if its distorted interferrence which can be very annoying. another flaw i noticed was at times there is some fine crackles and pops which come during music play. Im not sure if this is due to the headset or the phone, currently using a Nokia e72, which i was afraid it might not work with because old stereobluetooth headsets dont always work with the newer software phones, but since the MW600 is brand new, itpretty much will pair with anything id imagine.
    Another slight prob with this is there is no proper driver for this headset for windows7 at the moment due to which when trying to connect, very often the computer crashes, which is not good at all, again im no tech geek so maybe its the computer or bt dongle im using but anyway, all in all very great headset definately advise.

    One more thing, ppl should know to take the best advantage of this headset, it should be paired to a SE phone, it will show the tracks playing and also the cli wil show names of ppl calling rather than just the number like it will with any other branded phone…

    And thomas it means u can connect the headset to diffeent places at the same time in the sense it can be connected to one thing for its calling profile and a different thing for its music profile… not connect to 2 phones for calls… i think thats askin a bit too much for the price of this thing…

  • DrunkFuX

    This is by far the best most affordable Stereo Bluetooth headset out there. I myself am a huge SE fan when it comes to their music phones or music headsets and this wasnt a letdown at all. Its range is much better than previous SE headsets like the HBH-DS970 and signal can easily travel thru closed doors and from behind ones back if cliped on the front. sound quality and battery life are superb and radio works very well, except when u try to auto tune it, it stops on the slightest signal it gets even if its distorted interferrence which can be very annoying. another flaw i noticed was at times there is some fine crackles and pops which come during music play. Im not sure if this is due to the headset or the phone, currently using a Nokia e72, which i was afraid it might not work with because old stereobluetooth headsets dont always work with the newer software phones, but since the MW600 is brand new, itpretty much will pair with anything id imagine.
    Another slight prob with this is there is no proper driver for this headset for windows7 at the moment due to which when trying to connect, very often the computer crashes, which is not good at all, again im no tech geek so maybe its the computer or bt dongle im using but anyway, all in all very great headset definately advise.

    One more thing, ppl should know to take the best advantage of this headset, it should be paired to a SE phone, it will show the tracks playing and also the cli wil show names of ppl calling rather than just the number like it will with any other branded phone…

    And thomas it means u can connect the headset to diffeent places at the same time in the sense it can be connected to one thing for its calling profile and a different thing for its music profile… not connect to 2 phones for calls… i think thats askin a bit too much for the price of this thing…

  • DrunkFuX

    This is by far the best most affordable Stereo Bluetooth headset out there. I myself am a huge SE fan when it comes to their music phones or music headsets and this wasnt a letdown at all. Its range is much better than previous SE headsets like the HBH-DS970 and signal can easily travel thru closed doors and from behind ones back if cliped on the front. sound quality and battery life are superb and radio works very well, except when u try to auto tune it, it stops on the slightest signal it gets even if its distorted interferrence which can be very annoying. another flaw i noticed was at times there is some fine crackles and pops which come during music play. Im not sure if this is due to the headset or the phone, currently using a Nokia e72, which i was afraid it might not work with because old stereobluetooth headsets dont always work with the newer software phones, but since the MW600 is brand new, itpretty much will pair with anything id imagine.
    Another slight prob with this is there is no proper driver for this headset for windows7 at the moment due to which when trying to connect, very often the computer crashes, which is not good at all, again im no tech geek so maybe its the computer or bt dongle im using but anyway, all in all very great headset definately advise.

    One more thing, ppl should know to take the best advantage of this headset, it should be paired to a SE phone, it will show the tracks playing and also the cli wil show names of ppl calling rather than just the number like it will with any other branded phone…

    And thomas it means u can connect the headset to diffeent places at the same time in the sense it can be connected to one thing for its calling profile and a different thing for its music profile… not connect to 2 phones for calls… i think thats askin a bit too much for the price of this thing…

  • zackyew

    Sorry for my broken engglish .Bad thing if u use mw-600 with the nokia n series (n95). i found a big problem .That every time i answer a call , mw-600 will auto smallest the volume that we almost cant hear any voice from it.Then we must manually adjust the volume to make the voice bigger and bigger to get hear .Cant solve this even i fully reset the mw-600 .What kind of problem are this ?? TQ

  • zackyew

    Sorry for my broken engglish .Bad thing if u use mw-600 with the nokia n series (n95). i found a big problem .That every time i answer a call , mw-600 will auto smallest the volume that we almost cant hear any voice from it.Then we must manually adjust the volume to make the voice bigger and bigger to get hear .Cant solve this even i fully reset the mw-600 .What kind of problem are this ?? TQ

  • zackyew

    Sorry for my broken engglish .Bad thing if u use mw-600 with the nokia n series (n95). i found a big problem .That every time i answer a call , mw-600 will auto smallest the volume that we almost cant hear any voice from it.Then we must manually adjust the volume to make the voice bigger and bigger to get hear .Cant solve this even i fully reset the mw-600 .What kind of problem are this ?? TQ

  • joy

    is that possible use MW600 with my Loptop
    if yes then tell me the procedure to connect the mw600 to my laptop viao fz25gn

  • joy

    is that possible use MW600 with my Loptop
    if yes then tell me the procedure to connect the mw600 to my laptop viao fz25gn

  • joy

    is that possible use MW600 with my Loptop
    if yes then tell me the procedure to connect the mw600 to my laptop viao fz25gn

  • joy

    is that possible use MW600 with my Laptop
    if yes then tell me the procedure to connect the mw600 to my laptop vaio fz25gn

  • joy

    is that possible use MW600 with my Laptop
    if yes then tell me the procedure to connect the mw600 to my laptop vaio fz25gn

  • joy

    is that possible use MW600 with my Laptop
    if yes then tell me the procedure to connect the mw600 to my laptop vaio fz25gn

  • Äggmackan

    Hello.

    I have the MW600 and its the best headset I ever had.

    However, if SE made a few changes it would be even better;
    - It is up side down. If the 3.5mm plug is turned to the left, which is naturally due to the earplugs cable length to left ear, the display is up side down. What a design flaw.
    - You can´t carge it when using it, so essentially, you can´t use it as streaming device to your music equipment more than the battery time.
    - There is no neck strap nor made for it.So if you have clothes that have no chest pocket, it easilly fell down. I use a separate neck strap to it, but it should have been included and designed for it.
    - It hangs sometimes. Lucilly you can always hold in the i/o-button and it will restart.

  • Äggmackan

    Hello.

    I have the MW600 and its the best headset I ever had.

    However, if SE made a few changes it would be even better;
    - It is up side down. If the 3.5mm plug is turned to the left, which is naturally due to the earplugs cable length to left ear, the display is up side down. What a design flaw.
    - You can´t carge it when using it, so essentially, you can´t use it as streaming device to your music equipment more than the battery time.
    - There is no neck strap nor made for it.So if you have clothes that have no chest pocket, it easilly fell down. I use a separate neck strap to it, but it should have been included and designed for it.
    - It hangs sometimes. Lucilly you can always hold in the i/o-button and it will restart.

  • Äggmackan

    Hello.

    I have the MW600 and its the best headset I ever had.

    However, if SE made a few changes it would be even better;
    - It is up side down. If the 3.5mm plug is turned to the left, which is naturally due to the earplugs cable length to left ear, the display is up side down. What a design flaw.
    - You can´t carge it when using it, so essentially, you can´t use it as streaming device to your music equipment more than the battery time.
    - There is no neck strap nor made for it.So if you have clothes that have no chest pocket, it easilly fell down. I use a separate neck strap to it, but it should have been included and designed for it.
    - It hangs sometimes. Lucilly you can always hold in the i/o-button and it will restart.

  • Dan

    You know what is the biggest joke? It is not compatible with SE phones as claimed.
    I bought it just yesterday to pair with my Xperia X10, but:
    1) Song details are not displayed at all.
    2) Only the phone number shows, not the contact details.

    Utter rubbish! Should have just went with 3rd party products that cost much less.

  • Dan

    You know what is the biggest joke? It is not compatible with SE phones as claimed.
    I bought it just yesterday to pair with my Xperia X10, but:
    1) Song details are not displayed at all.
    2) Only the phone number shows, not the contact details.

    Utter rubbish! Should have just went with 3rd party products that cost much less.

  • Dan

    You know what is the biggest joke? It is not compatible with SE phones as claimed.
    I bought it just yesterday to pair with my Xperia X10, but:
    1) Song details are not displayed at all.
    2) Only the phone number shows, not the contact details.

    Utter rubbish! Should have just went with 3rd party products that cost much less.

  • bob gope

    7 grammes is 1/4 oz not 1/2

  • bob gope

    7 grammes is 1/4 oz not 1/2

  • Ghettobuster

    I’ve been using MW600 for about 3 weeks. As it was clearly stated on the user’s manual from the product box, it is not possible to charge & use it at the same time. In fact, once I plug the AC power cord ,which was provided with the headset, the device turns itself off automatically and turns into charge mode. (It turns off all display and charge mode screen appears)

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  • Mohd Asim2004

    Aasim
    this product can work with my iphone 4

  • Jsp

    try to use it with IPHONE 4 everything work perfect

  • Tadzebo

    Mine perfectly worked with my iPhone 4s!! This is the best Bluetooth headset I ever had! Play, pause, next, previous, track name perfectly worked!

  • Tadzebo

    But why? Mine iPhone 4s perfectly worked! Better to consult to your phone manufacturer.

  • DeathlyGhost

    That was an Android limitation at that time. I think newer phones like Samsung Galaxy S3 should display song titles and whatsoever.