UCLEAR HBC200 Force Bluetooth Communicator - Single Pack
Recommend this product. Very good and ready to use.
June 22, 2015
Bang for the buck!
There are so many communicators out there and I was a little worried it might be either hard to use or not durable. I was surprised that it was neither. Very easy to install, took less than 5 minutes. It's like anything else, read the manual. If anything, they have a quick reference on the manual book that helps if you don't feel like reading the whole thing. Sound quality was amazing! Although, once in a while, I would hear static. I don't know if it was because my phone or not but I heard of other reviews that there's static from time to time. It doesn't bother me as much. It usually comes when it's waiting for the next song on my phone to play. I haven't got a chance to try communicating with other riders yet due to a motorcycle accident that I'm still recovering from but I did get a chance to make phone calls. Others said that they didn't even notice I was on a bike! At first, I was screaming and they asked why. Obviously told them I'm riding my motorcycle and they were amazed. So I talked normal and it was still clear for them. Would definitely recommend this!
June 15, 2015
Installs into your helmet easily and quickly. Best way to listen to your music, and be connected to your phone for phone calls and other alerts. Have not fully tried out the texting through talk, to be honest Siri has enough trouble with my southern accent as it is. phone calls and music are great though. Only down would be at higher speeds (85+) it sometimes is a little hard to hear the music. I also do no have my windscreen all the way up either... I would buy again, oh wait this is my second one, first one died in a crash, rather the buttons were scrapped off when I had to lay down my old bike
May 25, 2015
I was recently in a crash that the main blow was on the same side of my helmet as this hands free. It came out un scathed and still works perfectly. The chin bar on my neotec was completely broke. My favorite part was that it was boomless. It worked great even at freeway speeds I could make clear calls. I liked the simplicity of only 3 buttons. Once you memorized what combinations did what it was easy to use riding with gloves on.
Cons, I could never get my BMW navigator 4 to work at the same time as my iPhone at least with any kind of reliability. The usb charge hole is pretty small and I always had to use the included cable to charge it.
April 21, 2015
Works very well for my uses.
Maybe I need more friends. Maybe I just don't like being with people. Who knows. But the vast majority of my miles are solo, so I've never had any desire for an intercom.
So why am I reviewing this?
Because I use it as a bluetooth link to my cell phone and GPS and my experience with those uses has been fantastic.
For a while, I never had any means to be contacted when on the road. A stop at a pay phone or using the motel's phone was my way to stay in touch - if I wanted.
Well, the wife likes to be able to know I'm OK when she wants. So, I carried a cell phone. But I'd only look at it when I was stopped - if I remembered. This did not lead to happy wife, so I did not have happy life....
Then came along bluetooth and those idiotic ear pieces. Took me a while, but I found one that would work with a helmet and plugged my ear well enough to work as an earplug. I'd have to pull over to talk, but at least I knew when she called. And to her credit, she did not call as often as I feared.
I also started to use a GPS that routed and became good at plotting routes to desired locations and roads. What I wasn't good at was checking the screen and tended to miss turns. Which, when you are in the middle of nowhere tends to mean you missed something you wanted to see.
About a year ago, I got a new helmet which fit even closer than the last one. This made getting the earpiece to stay put even harder as the helmet went on. I also got a new GPS (Garmin Monterra - nice unit) that had bluetooth, but I could not pair both the phone and the GPS at the same time.
So, I started looking for helmet speakers that could do the job. I liked the UClear for the lack of a microphone wire. Would make the installation much easier. Reviews seemed good, could pair with both devices, and the mount would not be permanent.
When I got the headset, I was initially upset as the speakers were too thick to mount in my helmet. They touched my ears! But I was able to use a razor knife to cut out the hard plastic lining that sat over the protective foam which recessed the speakers enough to clear my ears. Didn't have to remove any foam, so there should not be any loss of protection. The best part is that I was able to cut such a form fitting pocket that the speakers look like they were built into the helmet.
The wires laid easily behind the liner with just enough of a pigtail to attach to the exterior unit. Clipping the control to the lower lip of the helmet took some work due to the way the neck roll was designed, but it worked out.
The UClear paired with my phone and GPS with no issues. When you turn on the UClear, you get a tone as each device connects.
Even with 25db ear plugs in, the audio is nice and clear. GPS directions and can easily carry on a phone conversation. I do not place calls when in motion, but answering only requires a press of the large button on the UClear.
On longer trips where time passes without GPS directions, the device does shut off, but it plays a tone before so that you know it is happening. If I were to play music, that would not happen, but I don't ride with music. There might also be an issue with the music blocking the GPS directions too. Never tried, so I don't know.
I have no problem with the headset lasting a full day on the road. Easy enough to recharge, but don't lose the cable as I can not get a standard micro USB to work. I made sure to put a tag on the cable so that I know exactly which one is for the headset.
When commuting during the week, I run about 60 minutes a day and the headset lasts the week on a charge. Even with some after-work errands, I have not had the device run out of charge for the daily use.
While I have no other communicator style system to compare against, compared to the earpiece I was using, the audio is MUCH clearer and talking on the phone is dramatically better. I no longer have to stop for people to understand what I'm saying.
March 12, 2015
Beats the SMH10 by Far!
I come from a 2 years experience with a pair of SENA SMH10. I had some serious issues with the Sena; I would say it is useless in an open-face and I personally consider a microphone in a closed helmet dangerous for the teeth in case of a crash. Lately I switched to a modular Lazer Carbon helmet; what a beauty I would say but, I would need an intercom system that meets my needs. So I went for the HC200. I first installed it in literally 5 minutes, then charged and upgraded the firmware to the latest available release. The night I installed it I did not have the chance to test it but the following day had a group ride. While riding I was listening to music from my Xperia Z3 and suddenly someone called. Inside my helmet I said "Hello" and it picked up. My brother was talking to me from Paris and he could not believe I was riding! He said the sound clarity is even better than talking directly through the Z3; he could not even hear the KTM 1190 engine revz!
So in short, give it a try and be amazed!
March 5, 2015
works well and very cool
before pairing to bluetooth devices, I recommend updating the firmware. I could not connect other devices other than Uclear until I updated the firmware. Love the boom less feature and sound clarity is just fine. However, I do not listen to music while riding and only use this as a communication device and sometimes to answer phone calls.
January 14, 2015
Low on bass, but well worth in the advantages.
The install was clear and easy; haven't finished running the wires in its fixed position because I will have to use the dremel to do so on my Shoei RF-1200, or used the permanent adhesive part because I wanted to test the different positions of the unit. Other than that, this is awesome and easy to use. A little weird trying to make calls on the move but then again, I probably should be.
November 24, 2014