By Andrew Liszewski
I’m looking forward to the day when I can finally cut the cord on my earbud headphones, and thanks to Sony Ericsson, that day seems just a bit closer. Register Hardware recently took a look at the company’s HBH-IS800 Bluetooth stereo headphones and found them to be close to perfect, as long as you’re cool with the price. The headphones are barely larger than a standard set of earbuds, but manage to cram a small battery in one side, and the Bluetooth electronics in the other. It still comes with a short cable with an in-line mic and control button connecting both earbuds together that some might find inconvenient, but on the other hand it also probably makes it harder to lose the earbuds individually.
Sony claims a battery life of about 4 hours when listening to music, and 11 days on standby, but those estimates were conservative with the headphones running for about 4 1/2 hours before completely shutting down. And like I said, even though an official price hasn’t been announced yet, you can expect these to be sold as a premium product (look at that swanky case) with a premium price tag.