Pros Small, lightweight and a solid performer
Cons Easy to get a fake unit that will underperform
Summary I had ordered a WEP200 from what I believed to be a good online store, for a steal of a price ($27 + shipping). When it arrived I was just generally displeased with it. I had the same trouble getting it to charge as one of the other reviewers and the range and clarity were lacking. Being my first bluetooth headset I didn't know what to expect.
I read a note on ebay about fakes existing and I started to question mine once I noticed it had some of the telltale signs of a counterfit. These signs are:
No hologram or very shallow hologram on the outside of the package (mine had no hologram)
a stapled manual instead of a bound/glued manual (this is a BIG indicator)
Multiple rubber earpieces, but upon closer inspection they were only one size, not M and L as they should be.
There was also an over-the-ear attachment in the package. Samsung doesn't sell theirs with this. it is NOT an extra bonus or anything like that. In fact, it just said 'bluetooth' on it.
Knowing this I went to Best Buy and paid full price for a genuine article. Upon comparing them side to side it was not too easy to tell the difference, but they were certainly different in performance!
The plastic and everything look almost exactly the same. they even say samsung on the chargers and charging case. What I found to be the real telltale signs in person (besides the manual) was that the charging case for the real samsung had a clear plastic/rubber piece that holds the headset against the charging contacts, where the fake had flimsy black plastic. The fake charger plug also went in further without a definitive locking snap when plugging into the charging case.
My suggestion to everyone that feels you may have received a fake is to return it immediately! This is one case where saving a few dollars will not help you. In fact, I'd say that any price under $50 should be regarded as very very likely to be a fake!
I hope that this will help someone researching this headset, because the difference in quality and performance is huge.
As I said this is my first bluetooth headset so I have nothing to compare the samsung WEP200 to except the FAKE WEP200. However, I have not once had a problem with the real unit and it works very well within 20-30 feet (the fake didn't go further than 3-4 feet!)
"Good, stylish headset"on by cwq
Pros Sound, style, small size.
Cons Ear buds worthless.
Summary I almost wrote a worst review yesterday, but I wanted to be fair. The first one I got had a battery problem. It wouldn't take a charge and it was brand new. I exchanged it and the second one is working much better. My impressions from two days of use:
1. Good style, small size (1.5" long). The case is black which makes it fairly discrete. The only thing is the LED flashes about every 3 seconds. I've never been a fan of flashing LED's. They attract unwanted attention. This should have been placed in the rear of the unit.
2. The sound quality is good. I have good hearing, so I thought the volume was good even at middle settings. I called my wife and she said I sounded fine even in my car, so that was a good sign. I've yet to try it in windier conditions.
3. The charging case is a plus. Not only does it charge the battery very conveniently, but it provides good protection when the earset isn't being used. The case can be used by itself and only needs to be plugged in when charging. It has a plug-in for the power jack, so there are no long cords attached directly to it.
4. The earbuds, at least for me, are worthless even though they come in small, medium, and large. I don't see how they can provide any additional support. All I can see that they do is cover the speaker enclosure. I tried all three sizes and I could never get a secure fit. Fortunately, I had an old Jabra eargel, which I have read that a lot of people are using successfully, and it does work well. I called Samsung tech support and they were worthless. They really don't know their products. One of the techs thought the hook went AROUND the ear. I got transferred to Tier 2 support and they weren't any better.
5. Overall, other than the useless earbuds, Samsung has a stylish, well-designed product that sounds great. It's much better than others I've tried.
Pros small, sounds fair inside
Cons voice overamplified, bad sounding in cars
Summary I am a heavy cell phone user (10-12,000 minutes a month for business). I have always used a cheap Sprint corded headset, everybody says it sounds fantastic and 90% of the time nobody knows I am on a cell phone. I have used the Samsung wep200 for three days and EVERYBODY knows I am on a cell phone.
In quiet rooms I am told I sound good but very loud and they need to adjust their volume.
In three different cars I have driven everybody says I sound bad. My wife refuses to speak to me while I am in the car unless I remove the bluetooth because it sounds so bad.
I have come to the conclusion that there is no bluetooth that compares to corded quality. As for all the other features I really don't care - I just want excellent audio quality on both ends of the call.
I have ordered a Plantronics 510 based on what I have read in reviews, I am hoping those reviews are more truthful on audio quality and not more hype.
Pros Clear noise canceling sound quality, small, and stylyish
Cons Hard to pair at first because of shoddy user manual, or it could be user error
Summary I've had this thing for 3 months now and it's the best investment I've made. What got me first was how small it was. I like to have something on my ear that's not too attracting or look like a hearing aide. Also this thing has a sleek and classy design to it. Clarity of sound quality is what got me next. People I talk on the phone say that it sounds no different then if I were on the actual cell phone itself. I use the Samsung t629 with my headset. The best hidden feature I found out about this headset is that it can survive a full cycle in the washer and dryer without getting damage. I couldn’t believe my eyes and most of all.. EARS. But rests assure I'm never going to that again. It fits snuggly without any pain; and there are times I forget it's in my ear. The lowest prices I've found the WEP200 at a legitimate e-store were at New~Egg and Tiger~Direct for 42.99. I ended up buying an extra 1 year warranty on top of the manufacturers for the just in case moments. Highly recommend this product for headphone enthusiasts...
Pros Sound quality and Design.
Cons Nothing yet.
Summary I thought when the Motorola H700 came out I would be done with earpieces for a while. I saw the review for this and then saw it at my nearby Cingular store and for the past two days you can't get me off of it. Out the box, charged in about two hours and paired to my Samsung D807 and on. Nice fit and great look. I'm happy with it to this point.