Does what it's supposed to do, and very well!
So, I had been in the market for a Bluetooth unit for a while, but had been somewhat resistant to making such a large investment for something that I could only see myself getting limited use from. Then I stumbled across the Bluetooth video comparison on Revzilla TV, and Anthony settled my concerns. He addressed the features of several units of which the Sena SMH10 fell squarely in the middle in terms of price. So, you can imagine that I was a little surprised when he announced it to be "his favorite" of the bunch. Of course, the cynic in me imagined that Revzilla had a slew of these units sitting on the shelves that needed to be unloaded, but another little voice said "Why? They've never steered you wrong before, have they?"
Long story short, I pulled out the credit card and clicked away.
Two days later, the unit arrived. The first thing I noticed was the sheer quality of the Sena packaging. This, to me, suggested that the contents must be at least a little bit special, right? I was not remotely disappointed. On opening the box, it became apparent that Sena had not left any aspect of their product's efficient use to chance. The SMH10 comes with everything you could possibly need to install your unit on any conceivable type of DOT approved helmet. I, personally, use an AGV Stealth, and from opening the box to having the unit fully installed in the configuration that I wanted, (wired mic, not boom), took about ten minutes.
After having charged it for first time use, (incidentally, the box contains both 12V AND USB to Mini USB charging cords), pairing with my iPhone was a breeze. The instruction booklet is very clearly written, and leaves no doubt - even for the technologically challenged - on how to successfully and safely operate the unit.
Off it goes on its maiden voyage. So there I am, riding along happily listening to Public Enemy when "DING-DING", a text came through. I am not unfamiliar with the voice recognition features of my phone, since I use a Bluetooth earbud in my car for both calls and texting, but I wasn't prepared for how well it worked while traveling at a healthy clip down one of my favorite back-roads. With one light touch to the rearward facing button, there was ZERO problem with making Siri bend to my every desire. I was soon sending complex texts with absolutely no errors whatsoever! When I told the recipient of the text, a colleague of mine, how it was being sent, he was floored......and insanely jealous that he was stuck at work while I was giving him texted instructions from inside a helmet!
Then came a phone call. My biggest concern had always been that, while I might be able to hear the caller, wind noise might garble my transmission and make me difficult to understand at the other end. Not so - the caller was equally as surprised at what I was doing while receiving the call. In fact, he tried to call BS on me, since my voice was apparently "too clear to be coming from the inside of a helmet at 60mph".
So, to summarize, for short-money I got an excellent piece of electronics that does everything it's supposed to exceptionally well. It will undergo its first long-haul trial at the end of next week when I head to Vermont for the weekend, so this review might have to be updated accordingly. I have a feeling though, that any update will not be negative.
I have none that are the fault of the unit itself.
The only thing that I have noticed is that the earphones could use a specific type of helmet to install optimally. Don't get me wrong, because they work great, it's just that a lifetime of loud music, motorcycles and unprotected exposure to gunfire have made me more than a little deaf, especially in my right ear. Now I would imagine that, had I perfect, hearing,(or just plain younger ears!), then it would be no problem whatsoever to actually install them underneath the thin layer of padding that lines the helmet at the ear locations, but my hearing is not good enough for that. Instead, I have to install the speakers between that padding and my ear which, since they do not come with their own foam padding, can be a little uncomfortable. I've had helmets in the past that have had cutouts in the padding in the ear areas, and I can't help but think that this would be the perfect recipient for this setup. Regardless, I am planning a quick trip to Radio Shack to get some foam covers for them, and that should hopefully be problem solved.
Well, that's my two-cents worth, and I can honestly say that I am one happy camper with the Sena SMH10, and obviously with the people that I bought it from. Without Revzilla's candid video comparisons, I might still be sitting on that fence rather than writing about my most-excellent new toy.
Hope this helps, folks. Happy riding!