I recently received the Sena SMH10D Bluetooth Stereo Headset and Intercom for Motorcycles. It was given to me to review, so I thought I’d start with a quick unboxing post. I also received a couple extra helmet clamp kits, so I can try the headset on both my modular and full face helmets. Very cool!
Inside the box was a pair of SMH10 headsets. They came paired from the factory to use immediately as an intercom. When I used headsets in the past, pairing was always a pain, so I appreciate they did that for me. It also came with a printed manual. The last piece of technology I bought just had a one page quick start with a link to their website for the real manual. It looks thick at 180 pages, but it has several languages printed. English is only the first 40 pages.
The main headset unit and speaker-microphone clamp kit. All of this will be mounted on my helmet.
The last headset I used had a proprietary charging plug. Which meant I had to lug yet another charger, this one uses micro USB. The geek in me was excited to see this. It’s the same as my cell phone! Which means, I can use the same cable/charger. One less thing to carry on a trip. The manual also mentions the firmware of the unit can be upgraded via this port.
A job dial on the side of the main unit is large and pretty easy to work with one hand. I prefer this design to style with lots of buttons. It does make the unit a bit bigger though.
The assortment of cables, mounts, and chargers. It comes with two universal wall chargers, cigarette charger, 3.5mm stereo audio cable, glued mounting adapter and extra pads.
Here are the wall charger components and the main unit.
The US style adapter goes on the wall-wart which connects to the micro USB cable to the main headset unit. Since the charger is dual voltage and connector, it is big. I’ll probably just charge off my netbook via USB or use a smaller AC-USB adapter I have.
Plugged in and charging.
I’m going to let both units charge over night even though the manual says they charge in 2.5 hours. I like to make sure new batteries are thoroughly charged before I set them working. It’ll also give me time to mount the SMH10 on my helmet which will be covered in my next post.
First impressions? Solidly built units. Sena seems to have thought about the little details such as flexible charging and future upgrades. I would have liked to have something like this on our Pacific Coast trip. My wife could have listened to Pandora while she admired the beautiful scenery. It would have also allowed us to coordinate breaks and places to stop with a bit more efficiency rather than her tapping my shoulder to get me to stop.
In the future posts I’ll cover: installing the units, upgrading firmware, and finally a review.