Great performance in a stylishly small package.
The Sennheiser VMX200 marks a new headset entry for the German audio powerhouse. Known for their audiophile headphones, it comes as no surprise that the VMX200 Bluetooth headset was designed to looks smart and sound great.
The packaging for the Sennheiser VMX200 includes the quick setup guide, charger cable and adapter, ear pads and an ear hook.
Measuring just 4.5cm and weighing an intensely light 10 grams, the Sennheiser VMX200 was designed with comfort in mind. To that end, their (four different sized) in-ear pads are quite comfortable. If you’re not a fan of the in-ear adapter pushing out towards the inside of your ear, you can instead opt for the slim and flexible ear hook that goes over your ear. Even if you wear spectacles, the hook doesn’t interfere.
The design is hard plastic on the inside, and brushed metal on the outside. And between the metal housing and blinking LEDs, the Sennheiser VMX200 looks very slick and professional. You’ll notice right at the top is the micro-USB port so you can charge the VMX200 with any Android or Blackberry adapter.
The button on the top front, with the Sennheiser logo on it, is used to accept/ reject calls, turn it on/ off and pair the device. The two thin buttons at the bottom are used to increase and decrease the volume. While charging the red LED stays on, and when connected a blue LED starts pulsing.
Once you charge it for 2 full hours after taking it out of the packaging, connecting it to my iPhone 4 was a matter of seconds. The VMX200 can also be paired with another smartphone or laptop, providing a choice of two sources at any one time.
Thing is, there’s no way to know when the battery is going to die out, so after making calls during the day, you had better go home and charge it, especially given the rated talk time of 6 hours. While Sennheiser does say that the VMX200 has a standby time of 10 days, I got an average of 2 day standby time with roughly 3 hours of talk time.
Now the Sennheiser VMX200 is a join product between Sennheiser and Oticon, one of the biggest companies that make ‘hearing aid’ products. This combo results in a great sounding earpiece as well as the VoiceMax technology where two microphones are used; one for your voice detection and the other to monitor external ambient noise and cancel it out.
What this meant in real life usage was that I could hear all of my calls clearly, but the person on the other line could definitely tell that I was in some noisy place (like metro or malls). However, the background noise was low, not muted or muffled out, while my voice was clear at all times. Not exactly the high-end noise cancelling I was expecting, but if the conversation can be had clearly, then I’m fine with it.
With Bluetooth v3.0 + EDR the Sennheiser VMX200 does no more or less than it’s supposed to, providing an uninterrupted and clear connection on two devices simultaneously. Ultimately the Sennheiser VMX200 is a great looking piece of kit, with easy operations and very good sound quality (on both ends). The battery life is decent as long as you charge it every night after a full day’s use.