The Syllable D50 is a mono Bluetooth headset which is very small (5cm long) and light (9 grams, allowing it to be comfortably worn for extended periods of time.
Coming in a choice of black or white, the D50 has a compact shiny plastic shell with a clicky on/off/call button, micro USB charging port, volume rocker and an earpiece. The earpiece seems to have been coated in a TPU/rubberized material as it feels very grippy and doesn’t slip when placed in the ear. An optional plastic clip is included which gives a more secure fit but I found I didn’t need it.
Pairing with my phone was simple and straightforward and I was soon up and running making calls with the headset. I’m happy to report that the D50 performed really well for making calls. Microphone quality is always a concern with Bluetooth headsets, especially when the mic is located at your ear rather than near your mouth. However with this headset I had no problem hearing or being heard during calls and I was very impressed with it – especially considering the low price.
Listening to music sounded okay but did lack bass. Also the main on/off button answers calls but doesn’t pause/play audio like a lot of other headsets. Therefore if you need a headset mainly for music rather than calls then you might want to look at some of the more music-oriented stereo headsets instead.
The Bluetooth connection remained fairly stable during use, but there was an occasional drop-out at a distance from my phone or when obstacles got in the way.
The 150mAh internal battery gave around 5 hours of use and took around an hour to recharge making it pretty much on par with other (more expensive) Bluetooth headsets I’ve tried.
Overall while music-lovers may want to look elsewhere, I would recommend the Syllable D50 Bluetooth headset to anyone who wants an inexpensive solution for making hands-free calls. For more details check out the links below…