Eson HBS-740 Stereo Bluetooth Headset Review: 6.8/10 Good

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Wireless Bluetooth earbuds for less $20?  Can these possibly be any good?  Yes with caveats.  The Eson HBS 740 are a great value for the price, however “you get what you pay for” is a truism that is not entirely violated here.

ESON-AM is an Amazon seller with excellent feedback, 4.6 stars with over 3700 reviews.  Beyond that, they do not have a webpage and nothing else is known about them.  The HBS are almost certainly made in China and the style and name “HBS 740” seem to be a deliberate knockoff of LG’s popular Tone series.

The ESON Universal HBS-740 is designed to be worn around the neck, similar to the LG Tone products.  The neck strap is flexible and adjustable and contains all the buttons for quickly changing the volume, controlling your music, or answering phone calls.  The earbuds fit snuggly in the inner ear canal and are attached to the neckband with wires.  The earbuds can be mounted on the neckband with small magnets when not in use.  At only 1.9 oz, the HBS-740 is light, comfortable, and easy to wear all day without irritation.  Eson makes no claims about sweat resistance, so these are not recommended for strenuous exercisers.

The Eson HBS-740 comes in the following color options:

  • Black
  • White and light blue
  • White and green
  • Black and yellow



Eson HBS 740 black

Controls

Music and phone controls are located on the neckband.

On the left (while wearing the HBS-740), you have the Answer/End call button and the volume adjustment buttons. On the right, you can easily access the Pause/Play button and the track forward and track backward buttons.  There is also a simple on/off switch.

Eson HBS 740 controls

Features

The ESON HBS-740 has Bluetooth 4.0 technology and allows simultaneous connection with two devices. The neckband vibrates to notify you of incoming calls.

Performance

Eson claims up to 10 hours of talk time and 10 hours of music play time, but users report a much more modest 4-6 hours of use between charges.

Users are overall pleasantly surprised and pleased with the audio quality.  Whether listening to music or podcasts, the sound is clear, especially for Bluetooth earbuds costing so little.

Call quality meets users’ expectations.  The microphone is located on the neckband near your mouth, so calls are especially clear on the other end, however the HBS-740 does not have any noise-cancellation, so loud noises in your environment will definitely be transmitted as well.

The ESON quickly pairs with Bluetooth devices, but users report only a 15 foot unobstructed range, and a few report skipping when body parts obstruct the path from the earbuds to the smartphone.

Eson HBS 740 white

Specifications

Bluetooth versionBluetooth 4.0
Operating range10m*
Frequency range2.401-2.480 GHz
Charging VoltageMicro USB 5V
Output Power2 x 20mW
Frequency Response20HZ-20KHZ
SNRS/N>95
Distortion Factor< 1%
Play time10 hours
Talk time10 hours
Standby time300 hours
Headset Charging time2.5 hours
Weight55g
Dimensions5.35 in x 6.61 in x .67 in

*this is subject to various influencing factors like radio signals, location, interference, and/or device sensitivity.

What’s in the Box

  • HBS-740 Bluetooth Stereo Headset
  • USB charging cable (connects to a USB port, does not include the wall outlet adapter)
  • (2) earbuds

Customer Comments

Amazon reviewers are generally pleased with the ESON giving it an average of 3.8 stars out of nearly 800 reviews. Users are pleased with the audio and phone call quality and like the modern design.  The neckband is comfortable and durable.  Overall users say the HBS-740 is an unbelievable value and can’t believe the amazingly low price.

While the vast majority of reviews are positive, there are some reoccurring complaints.  The HBS-740 only comes with one size of silicone earbuds; some users find the size comfortable, but others find that they don’t fit well.  Multiple users complained that the magnets that mount the earbuds to the neckband are weak; the earbuds come lose on their own.  Finally, multiple users complained about receiving malfunctioning units or units that broke quickly.

Pros

  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Stylish
  • Great sound and call quality for the money
  • Convenient buttons, lots of control

Cons

  • Only one size of earbuds, and one size does not fit all
  • Not sweat proof
  • Unknown manufacturer and no warrantee information (although Amazon.com is great at returns)

Summary

The ESON HBS-740 Universal Wireless Bluetooth Headset is a great choice for anyone on a very limited budget.  It’s a great value at its sub $20 price point, but be prepared to make some sacrifices.  It’s not sweat resistant, and you may have to purchase additional silicon earbuds that fit.  But after all is said and done, the vast majority of users are delighted at what they get for such a low price, and you probably will be too.

Eson HBS-740

Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Earbuds

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Wireless Bluetooth earbuds for less $20?  Can these possibly be any good?  Yes with caveats.  The Eson HBS 740 are a great value for the price, however “you get what you pay for” is a truism that is not entirely violated here.ESON-AM is an Amazon seller with excellent feedback, 4.6 stars with over 3700 reviews.  Beyond that, they do not have a webpage and nothing else is known about them.  The HBS are almost certainly made in China and the style and name “HBS 740” seem to be a deliberate ...
6.8 Total Score
Good

The ESON HBS-740 Universal Wireless Bluetooth Headset is a great choice for anyone on a very limited budget. It’s a great value at its sub $20 price point, but be prepared to make some sacrifices. It’s not sweat resistant, and you may have to purchase additional silicon earbuds that fit. But after all is said and done, the vast majority of users are delighted at what they get for such a low price, and you probably will be too.

Music Quality
7
Style, Comfort, & Fit
8
Stay in Ears & Handle Sweat
5
Control & Features
8
Brand Trust & Build Quality
6
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