Plantronics just announced the Explorer 395, an entry-level headset that promises to be easy to use. Even though it doesn't have the noise-canceling performance of its more expensive brethren, the Explorer 395 still boasts good audio quality (with noise and echo reduction) and dedicated buttons for volume, power, and calls. It also features a QuickPair technology that lets you easily pair your headset with your phone. The headset also promises an ergonomic and comfortable fit. The Plantronics Explorer 395 is available for $49.95.
For our first giveaway of 2010 we're serving up Plantronics' Skype-friendly Bluetooth headset, the Voyager Pro UC. This model is for both cell and PC calls and it adds a plug-and-play Bluetooth USB adapter that Plantronics says "delivers richer wideband audio on softphones along with Voyager Pro's superior noise and wind cancellation on both mobile phones and softphones."
On the consumer front, the Voyager Pro UC (the UC stands for "unified communications") is geared toward Skype users and has some firmware in the dongle that lets you answer Skype calls or swap between a … Read more
Plantronics on Thursday announced the Plantronics Discovery 975, which it touts as a luxury fashion-forward Bluetooth headset built with premium performance. It's the successor to the Plantronics Discovery 925, and it shows--the Discovery 975 inherited that skinny hairpin-like design, right down to the square diamond base.
However, the Discovery 975 carries the brains of the Plantronics Voyager Pro, with its AudioIQ2 noise canceling and WindSmart wind-noise reduction technologies.
We had the opportunity to put the Discovery 975 through its paces the past few days, and we have to say we're very impressed with it overall. Even though not everyone will appreciate the skinny pin design and the tiny controls leave much to be desired, the sound quality is really very good. Indeed, it matches the Voyager Pro in outgoing sound quality. We even tested it in windy conditions, and our callers managed to hear us loudly and clearly. They said our voice sounded natural and not at all robotic or machine-like, and the wind noise that they did hear sounded more like rain on the roof. … Read more
Are you looking for a stereo Bluetooth headset that works as well for music as it does for calls? After spending a week with Altec Lansing's $99 BackBeat 903, I think I've finally hit on a Bluetooth headset that can successfully juggle both tasks without breaking the bank or making me cringe.
It's hard not to be picky when it comes to technology you wear on your head. Some people can't stand headsets that pinch their ears or rub against the neck, or they hate designs that make them look like blinking Bluetooth cyborgs. There's … Read more
We promised a few days ago that we would release a full review of the Plantronics Voyager Pro, and indeed we have. Our verdict? Despite the headset's stodgy looks, it has quite possibly the best overall call quality of any Bluetooth headset we've ever tried. This combined with the Voyager Pro's comfortable fit grants it an Editors' Choice award.
I tested the headset out in a variety of situations--a quiet home environment, in a moving vehicle, in a large noisy crowd, and in front of an indoor fan--and it passed all of them with flying colors. The … Read more
Plantronics has been releasing sneak peek images of a new Bluetooth headset on its teaser Web site for a few weeks now, but it looks as if Best Buy blew their cover by releasing it a few days early, according to Engadget Mobile.
The Plantronics Voyager Pro looks to be the long-awaited successor to the very popular Plantronics Voyager 510, with an old-school design that's similar to the original. It's not cheap at $120, but if it's indeed all that it promises to be, it might be worth it. We'll let you know if it is … Read more