U-CLEAR HBC200 Force Bluetooth Communicator - Single Pack
Overall it was a pretty easy install. Getting the pairing between the GPS, Phone, and Stereo Dongle from the GPS was a challenge.
My riding partner recommended the Uclear as it is military level technology. The sound quality is a little muffled coming from my headset to phone calls and in some cases there was no audio being picked up from my microphones. Could be operator error as I'm still getting used to the system.
April 15, 2013
The sound quality is perfect despite below reviews. Installation and pairing was easy.
April 14, 2013
Purchased and received from Revzilla. Installed and tried out. Unfortunately, my voice quality was similar to how the adults sound in Charlie Brown movies. Unlike the reviewer just before me, unfortunately, I was not allowed to exchange the HBC200 as the product is now "used."
Contacted tech support at Uclear. They have responded that the product is defective. I need to ship the one I received back to Uclear and they will send a new unit to me. I hope the new unit works!
A bit frustrated, to say the least...
The receiving audio quality is quite good. Loud enough for my HJC CL-SP helmet (full face). Music sounds good - remember that these speakers are not earbuds, thus, they do not have the quality sound that earbuds give. This is my fourth communication system, but the first from Uclear. The speaker quality easily surpasses what I was used to. I can still hear the music through my foam ear plugs at 70 mph. Obviously can't hear fine details like on my Bose noise reduction over-the-ear headphones, but that is not the design purpose of the Uclear speakers or any in-helmet speaker. Going in with the expectations of what hemet speakers are capable of, the Uclear speakers excel. I rated the sound quality as poor only because I can't be understood by any one that I am calling if I'm going above 30 mph. I am glad to revise the review once the new unit has been received and call quality validated. As far as the receiving call quality goes, it was also quite good. I could hear the my wife just fine, even at elevated speeds (though all she said was "What?" "I can't understand you"). I called my voicemail so that I could hear the call quality, and it is quite poor (though to be noted, Uclear has stated the unit is defective and they are going to replace). One last note on ear buds - you may want to check with your state to make sure ear buds are legal in your area. There are areas where wearing two ear buds is not legal.
The speakers fit quite well in the speaker pockets of my HJC helmet.
Pairing to my iPhone 4S was easy. Stone simple.
The buttons on the unit take a little getting used to, but the on/off button (also the answer button) is larger than what it appears, and if I moved the HBC200 closer to the front of my helmet (almost at the 10 o'clock position), I was able to get to the buttons a lot easier than when it was at the 8 o'clock position. I would like to add a little stick on knob, which would help my gloved hand find the on/off button even easier.
Attaching and removing the device from the mount was also acceptable. No real issues. I did not experience what the previous reviewer had, where when he activated the voice dial, the device came off the mount.
Overall, if the call quality was similar to other in-helmet bluetooth devices, this device would be perfect, because the speakers are of higher quality, and the no boom microphone helps to keep my helmet feeling natural.
April 2, 2013
Tried to kill me
So imagine this, you are cruising down the freeway at 70 mph, a good jam comes on and you go to turn up the volume. As you press the volume button, the unit slides up an off of it's perch. Now you are one handed riding on the freeway at 70mph with a $250 unit in your other hand that you can't get to go back on it's mount, all the time while wearing gloves. The unit has decent sound quality. It was very easy to set up, very easy to pair with my phone, but the fact that it is not held securely enough to the mount to even sustain a button push is not good. Returned it
March 18, 2013
Uclear is the best Bluetooth out there.
Uclear Bluetooth works wonderfully in intercom mode, the sound quality from Bluetooth to phone and Bluetooth to Bluetooth are the best I've ever heard. By far the best Bluetooth available.
December 28, 2012
Good features - but not for all Helmets
I purchased the UClear HBC200 from Revzilla about four months ago and have put 1600 miles on the system. I'm riding a Shoei Neotec Helmet, which has round speaker cut-outs built into the helmet. Installation was simple and everything fit behind the cheek pieces of the helmet with ease. However, there is somewhat of a snag with fitting the Speaker/Mic into the recessed Shoei pockets. The pockets are too small of an opening, and the UClear speakers have the Mic as part of the speaker, which will not fit inside the pockets without cutting out a space for it. You have round pocket opening, but the UClear piece is more horseshoe shaped. At first I thought the double sided tape and velcro would work to keep the speakers in place, but after 3-1/2 months the speakers (both of them) are falling out all the time. This is a real pain in the behind now!
The quality of sound in the speakers is good for listening to music and telephone calls, but don't expect good sound quality for phone conversations above 50mph. While you might hear them fairly well - they cannot hear you very well and your voice is muffled and muted to them. It is very hard for them to hear you until such time as you stop or reduce your speed down lower than 45 to 50 mph.
I want to like the UClear system, but can honestly say it is best utilized around town where speeds rarely go over 45mph. Also, if your cheek pads cover the mic boom in the ear pockets you will not get good voice communication on your end to the other caller. Just won't! All in all.... I can't give this my blessing and you should look elsewhere. The potential is there, but the application for all helmets is not.
December 10, 2012
Easy, clean, effective
I wanted to be able to answer phone without undressing. The UClear allows me to talk on the phone while riding. I am deaf in one ear and don't hear well out the other. I ride with ear plugs to protect whats left of my hearing. I do have to turn up the volume while riding with ear plugs. That said the folks on the other end say they can hear me clearly. Its nice to be able to catch calls without having to pull my helmet off, much less stopping.
I have listened to the MP3 player a little and works fine.
Instillation was easy I have a Arai RXQ, with pockets for speakers already there. Volume control is good with gloves on. There are a bunch of functions with various buttons. Best to do while stopped. Too much to tinker with while riding.
All in all I am very pleased with this unit. I was worried that the clarity of voice conversation would be impaired- not the case. This unit works well for conversing while riding.
October 26, 2012
Good idea - falls short
I bought the U-Clear HBC200 primarily for use with my Garmin GPS as I needed a way to hear the voice commands. Being able to use the unit for phone calls and listening to music were strictly secondary considerations.
In the video review done by Revzilla, the previous model is said to do an "adequate" job. I would add "barely" to that. The main problem I have is insufficient volume. I wear ear plugs when I ride, and the volume from the U-Clear is simply inadequate at any speed above 45mph on my BMW R1200GS. If you ride a bike with better wind protection, you may have better luck.
Installation was fairly simple in my Schuberth C-3. I referenced some Schuberth YouTube videos in order to learn how to remove the neck roll and helmet liner. That was the main challenge for me; if you are familiar on removing components of your helmet, installation is fairly quick and painless. Finding the sweet spot as far as speaker location is a matter of trial and error - I would recommend use two-sided tape initially until you find the best location.
The microphones appear to do an excellent job of noise cancellation. I have been told that, while my voice sounds a bit muffled, there is NO background noise. I started one conversation while off the bike, explaining that I wanted to test the system. While chatting, I started the bike and began riding. After a few minutes exiting a park and finally getting up to speed, I was asked, "So when are you going to get going?"
As far as placing/answering calls, I have little experience. I have placed just a few calls, dialing through the GPS. I haven't been able to get the voice command calling to work (I use an iPhone - don't know if that's a factor), but I haven't tried that hard either, as it's not a priority for me.
Pairing the U-Clear to both my iPhone and the GPS has been quick and easy. No problems with "un-pairing."
Music quality is okay. Since I'm not in the habit of listening while riding, another reviewer's comments would be of more value than mine.
Buttons are rather vague feeling when wearing gloves. This apparently was an issue with the previous model. In my opinion, it was not adequately addressed with this model. Single presses are okay, but when attempting to press two buttons at once, while wearing gloves, I have had very limited success.
All in all, the system is better than nothing. In order to be satisfied, I would need more volume, so as to be useable at high speeds wearing ear plugs.
October 20, 2012