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UClear Motion Infinity intercom review [Motorcycle Audio Sound System]

In 2013, I reviewed the UClear HBC200 Force intercom system and that year was still pretty early in the headset-to-headset bluetooth communications segment. Although I liked the unit, for some reason my path and UClear’s have never crossed paths again until now.

I remembered them from my recent Scorpion Exo-GT930 helmet review, as Scorpion now uses a UClear communication unit to snap into a few of its newer covers.

A quick online search showed me the wide range of communication devices from UClear. A phone call to the company got me excited about its current lineup and the promises of future game-changing innovations, we’ll see.

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While I always look forward to new devices and features, now is a good time to make up for lost time and review UClear’s top-of-the-line unit, the Motion Infinity Motorcycle Bluetooth Audio System, which has been released. put on the market. for a while.

The UClear Motion Infinity probably has more bells and whistles than any headset intercom I’ve tested. Some of its unique features include gesture control and collision detection. Add to this mesh intercom radio allowing unlimited connections, as well as voice commands, high definition sound, mobile app with wireless firmware updates, music sharing, and more. The unit has an LED indicator that uses six colors and a flashing or steady light to alert you to various functions.

The only thing missing is an FM radio and, truth be told, I have never used this feature in any motorcycle helmet I have owned. I stream my music from Spotify or Pandora, but I usually play music from my iPhone music library. Management said FM radio was not on their priority list, nor on mine. My trips are often in areas with no cellular connection or usable FM radio signals, so FM has never appealed to me. You may feel different, or maybe you are riding exclusively in urban areas.

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With all the features of the UClear Motion Infinity Motorcycle Bluetooth Audio System (even the name is long), I was forced to do something I rarely do: read the manual. Fortunately, the manual is well organized and provided me with the knowledge to use Motion Infinity to the fullest.

I took the top liner of the Scorpion helmet down, loosened the cheek pads, and threaded the cable to the UClear unit mounted on the outside of the helmet. Then there were the speakers. The speakers are round, but for a little bump or protrusion on one side for the input and microphone wires. At their widest point, the speakers are 1.8 inches in diameter. I presume and hope the bigger speakers provide better sound and bass. It turned out they barely fit into the speaker pods of the Scorpion ST1400 test headset, but they did.

These Pulse Pro 2 speakers from the UClear range each have a built-in microphone that extends from each speaker. I have threaded these threads under the cheek pads, and they are now coming out of the seam of the cheek pad. A quick test phone call revealed that I looked great to the recipient. All the mechanics were now complete.

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Pairing my phone with the UClear Motion Infinity was easy. Then I loaded UClear’s ClearLink app on my iPhone (an Android app is also available) and it immediately connected to the unit. I followed the instructions to update the firmware to version 1.52. The screen told me it would take about an hour. However, the counter showing the progress told me it would take more than five hours. I don’t know why, as I was on a fast WiFi connection at home. I gave up on this update attempt and decided to update through my PC. Downloading the firmware file from the UClear website and completing the update took five minutes. Other users report that updating the firmware with Android is much faster than through the iOS app.

To charge the headset, a USB-C cable is provided, as well as a charger. Users must first unplug the main cable from the unit in the headset and use this port for charging. It’s okay at home. However, the lack of a separate charging port means there is no way to charge while in use. Although the battery life is 18 hours, it is a problem if you neglect to charge the device and need to use it immediately. This should be resolved by UClear.

The Motion Infinity has four buttons that allow users to access all features by pressing them directly in different ways, which is no different from other brands. UClear offers a unique “gesture control” feature that issues commands related to music playback, intercom and phone without touching the unit. It operates with the user’s hand within an inch of the control unit sensor.

Press once to listen to music. Press and hold for two seconds to pause. Two quick presses to increase the volume by a notch. Press twice and hold the second press for one second to decrease the volume. Three taps to skip a track and three taps, then hold the third to skip back on a track. It works perfectly, and after two minutes I was an expert. Gesture control can be easily disabled with the Quick Access button if you don’t want to use it.

Gesture control tip: I used this feature by quickly tilting my head to the left, causing the sensor to activate when it detected my shoulder. Long tilt started / stopped the music, and so on. Listen, mom, no hands!

For music, a single press of the quick access button opens Infinity’s U-Command feature, allowing users to give commands directly to the device. For this to work, the ClearLink app must be connected in the background or foreground. You can ask about battery status, redial a call, control the microphone, music, intercom, or make a phone call. Two presses of the quick access button activate Siri or Google Assistant, allowing riders to use the full capabilities of these AI virtual assistants. Siri is doing my big job and I don’t care about the battery level.

For intercom and phone, similar presses turn mic on / off, connect intercom, play / pause music overlay, and end a call. Sharing music between two devices works well and just press a few buttons.

UClear’s USafe crash sensor uses “an advanced accelerometer” to detect hard impacts, a feature I had never encountered elsewhere in headset communications. According to UClear, “If you don’t respond, USafe can alert emergency services and contacts (with) your status and GPS location.” Cyclists can trigger this feature manually by pressing the power button multiple times. When triggered, the LED flashes in chartreuse. To access this feature, you must register the product, fill out the USafe / SOS information and contact form, connect the UClar to a GPS-enabled mobile device, and then arm it through the setup menu. One limitation is that it requires a cell signal to send the SOS message.

Prepare the product box to scan the serial number on the outside of the box. When you start the USafe registration process, first navigate to the serial number code field, click the scan icon in that field, and scan the barcode. Do this first to avoid registration failure and the need to start over after filling out all other fields – don’t ask me how I know that. The serial number can also be found on the back of the device and can be entered manually. Keep the unit turned on and within range during this setup. It was another learning moment as I carried the phone without the headset to the garage to retrieve the box. Back to the headset in my office I had to start all over again because the connection – my completed form was lost.

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Straddling Scorpion’s Exo-ST1400 carbon fiber helmet, the big speakers completely covered my ears. I found the sound to be warm and crisp, with good bass and good clarity. UClear removes much of the noise from the airflow with working noise cancellation technology. The sound system offers much more volume at any time or at any speed.

Along with the Motion Infinity test, I tested the UClear Motion 4 Lite. If you don’t care about collision detection, gesture control, or voice commands, you might want to save $ 105 and go for this model. You get the best speakers, a mesh radio intercom (four users max rather than an unlimited number), and a claimed slightly shorter range (half a mile instead of three quarters). I tested the Motion 4 Lite in a group of four runners. Two with Scorpion Exo-Com units and a UClear Motion Infinity. The operation is seamless and the range and clarity of the intercom is excellent – the mesh works.

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The units look, assemble, and operate essentially the same. Personally, I still want all the power and features since I will be living with this for a while. The choice is yours.

The UClear Motion Infinity is a premium product with all the features a rider can imagine, and more (except for FM). It is easy to set up, offers multiple ways to be controlled, has great sound, and is a pleasant experience to use. Considering its competitive price, I highly recommend it.

Highlights on UClear Motion Infinity

DIMENSIONS

  • Height: 1.7 inches
  • Width: 2.8 inches
  • Depth: 1.0 inch
  • Weight: 1.16 ounces

PERFORMANCE

  • Talk time: up to 18 hours
  • Standby time: 400 hours
  • Battery charging time: 1.5 hours
  • Mesh intercom working distance: up to 0.75 mile
  • Bluetooth: 5.0

UClear Motion Infinity price: $ 280 / single kit; $ 520 / Double kit

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