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Motorola Sliver II Bluetooth Headset Review

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The Motorola Sliver II is a high-end Bluetooth headset from Motorola that hides behind your ear and delivers great sounding audio for phone calls, video chats and listening to audiobooks.

The small swivel design offers a Bluetooth headset that turns off with a twist to prevent accidental dialing in a pocket and to preserve battery life. A twist to the left or right turns it back on, and will answer a call if the phone is ringing. You can also slide the earpiece up and down for a better fit.

When connected and in your ear the Motorola Sliver II announces the caller name and allows you to answer or ignore the call by speaking either command. In our testing it works very well on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and the Moto X. It should work very well with other Android devices.

The Motorola Sliver 2 is an excellent Bluetooth headset.

The Motorola Sliver 2 is an excellent Bluetooth headset.

Despite the lack of any boom, the Motorola Sliver II delivers good sound quality to call recipients with Motorola’s CrystalTalk tri-mic technology. This is one example of a feature living up to a fancy name.

Callers sound very good, especially while making calls or video chats over FaceTime Audio or a Google Hangout which delivers vastly better sound than a traditional phone call.

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Th volume is loud enough to hear in average to noisy environments, with volume buttons on the top edge of the headset. There is a small button at the base of the headset that activates voice commands like Siri, etc.

There is no pause button, which is a minor annoyance when listening to audiobooks with the headset, but twisting the headset to off works in a pinch.

The Motorola Sliver II range is good, and while promotional materials claim 300 feet, in a real world setting with walls in the mix, expect to stay within 15 to 20 feet of the device before quality drops. In my home office I am able to walk throughout my first floor and out the front door before connectivity became an issue.

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The Motorola Sliver II battery life is good at about four hours on a charge, and the carrying case delivers about two additional full charges to stretch out to 12 hours of actual use without the need to plug in to an outlet. The charging case is especially handy for heading out for a busy day. The case and headset can charge by Micro USB.

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The Motorola Sliver II isn’t cheap at $129 from most retailers or $109 at Amazon, but for the price users get a long-lasting easy to recharge Bluetooth headset that is comfortable to wear and that delivers good call quality.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

11 Comments

  1. Shawn Smith

    09/27/2013 at 3:36 pm

    I just bought one today and I’m highly impressed! This by far the best Bluetooth I’ve ever purchased.

  2. Sheila

    10/24/2013 at 10:02 am

    Sound quality great, comfortable, and wise design, but may have to abandon. On second unit. The voice of your caller randomly cuts out (although they can still hear you), and there are extremely loud random spurts of static that is so loud and alarming, it causes me to tear piece out of ear! Tried different phones, master reset, and I’m still having issues. Called Motorola, and they simply apologized and claimed notation would be made in my file. They followed up a few days later to ask if the master reset worked. When I told them no, they thanked me for my time and claimed they would update my file. Hmmm…

    Thank you, Motorola, for your stellar customer service, for typing things into my file, and motivating me not to purchase your products in the future.

  3. Woody

    10/25/2013 at 1:59 am

    I’ve had this Blu Tooth for about a week and it seems to be excellent with all audio except during a phone call. It is like it has an auto half volume function that I have not yet been able to get controll of.

  4. Kevin

    10/28/2013 at 11:23 am

    Does caller name announce work with iPhone? I’ve read elsewhere that it says the 10 digit phone number and full names only work with Android devides with MotoSpeak.

  5. spade B

    11/03/2013 at 4:17 pm

    I’ve all all the best Bluetooth headsets’ cause my log loves them. This my second choice’ clear easy to use’ volume is descent at best. Plantronics is my first choice.

  6. Gary Gregorio

    11/10/2013 at 9:21 am

    Sliver 2 box says text read out, reply, without even touching the phone? How? Motospeak is not compatible with it. I feel ripped off and there’s false advertising to boot. Maybe a small class action suit will teach motorola a lesson. Anyone?

  7. Ken

    12/28/2013 at 3:23 pm

    I really hate Motto Speak does not work with it.I had the first Elite Silver and loved it.I wish this one would work with Motto Speak.I hope Motorola will fix that issue

    • diana

      01/13/2014 at 10:46 am

      You can buy the sliver 1 on EBAY for 43.00

  8. Kevin

    03/09/2014 at 9:57 am

    Had the sliver 1 and the issue was the twist on and off feature lasted about a week. The boom breaks at the top if you treat it bad as I did. I will try this sliver 2 and see how things go. Had the 1 for about 2 years and it gave out

  9. Vince

    03/22/2014 at 8:52 am

    Just bought the Motorola Silver II and so far it is the best blue tooth device I have ever owned. It is very comfortable and so far great sound quality. I had a plantronics with the boom mic but I found the boom to be intrusive. The device stays put and does not hurt my ear at all.

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