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Sound ID SM100 EarModule Review

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A front and side view of the Sound ID SM100 EarModule

Some cell phone enthusiasts worry about the way they look when they wear a Bluetooth device for a large part of their day. But a more important question is, how do they hear? If you have one of your ears blocked while driving your car or crossing the street, for example, it could easily impact your safety.

While many in-ear devices do their best to block out the outside world in order to improve the clarity of a phone call, the Sound ID SM100 EarModule, when not in use, actually amplifies the surrounding sound so users can hear well through both ears. When receiving or making a call, the SM100 goes automatically into “Phone Mode,” blocking the ear, then automatically switches to “Environmental Mode” when the call is completed. Some users found this helpful, while others found it annoying. Additional features include NoiseNavigation, which helps assess and suppress background noise like wind, and PersonalSound setting, where users can adjust the phone’s sound enhancement to increase clarity without raising volume. The device, which claims eight hours of talking time between charges, comes with an AC and a USB charger, allowing users to power the device from their laptop, and three sizes of ear loops.

Price: $130

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(Updated: 12/13/11 NW)

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