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Plantronics M130 Over The Ear 2.5mm Headset review: Plantronics M130 Over The Ear 2.5mm Headset

Plantronics M130 Over The Ear 2.5mm Headset

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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable reviewer of mobile accessories and portable audio products, including headphones and speakers. He's also an e-reader and e-publishing expert as well as the author of the novels Knife Music, The Big Exit and Lucidity. All the titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, Nook e-books and audiobooks.

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Mixed breed
The M130 is fairly light and slips easily on and off either ear, though it does require some tinkering to get a secure fit. The foam-padded speaker, which is a bit bigger than the ear bud, sits against your ear, not inside it. We also appreciated the adjustable mike, which extends to almost mouth level.

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Plantronics M130 Over The Ear 2.5mm Headset

The Good

Easy to slip on and off; good sound quality.

The Bad

No integrated answer/end button or in-line volume control; fit could be more secure.

The Bottom Line

The M130 is a good alternative for those looking for something in between an ear bud-style and a headband-style headset.
Over-the-ear headsets are less obtrusive than their headband-style equivalents. Even better, they won't mess up your hairstyle. One such headset, the stylish, relatively comfortable Plantronics M130, offers decent sound quality and is particularly well suited for in-car use. Over-the-ear headsets are less obtrusive than their headband-style equivalents. Even better, they won't mess up your hairstyle. One such headset, the stylish, relatively comfortable Plantronics M130, offers decent sound quality and is particularly well suited for in-car use.

The M130 works with cordless phones, telecoil-equipped hearing aids, and cell phones. However, it lacks an integrated answer/end button. If you're looking for in-line volume control, you'll have to step up to the M135.

Nice sound
One area where the M130 really shines is in audio. Plantronics uses a noise-canceling microphone to achieve better sound quality. Callers came through loud and clear, and they had no trouble hearing us.

The M130 lists for $45, but you should be able to find it for less than $20. At that price, it's a decent deal.



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