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Plantronics M3000 Bluetooth review: Plantronics M3000 Bluetooth

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MSRP: $139.95
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The Good Strong audio quality; decent battery life.

The Bad Difficult to maintain a secure fit.

The Bottom Line Plantronics' latest Bluetooth headset is an improvement over its first-generation product, but it doesn't provide the snuggest fit.

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7.3 Overall

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<p>Vaguely resembling a silver snow pea, Plantronics' latest Bluetooth headset is a sleek, compact unit that gives off a futuristic vibe. But it takes a bit of fiddling to get the reversible ear loops just right, and even then we found it tough to maintain a secure fit. <br><br> On the plus side, it was a snap connecting the device to our test phone, the <a href="/Siemens_S56___cellular_phone___GSM/4505-6454_7-30521455.html?tag=txt">Siemens S56</a>. Click and hold the headset's Talk button for two seconds to prepare it for a connection, select Connections from your phone's menu, then go to the Bluetooth setting. After we selected the Search For Device option, our phone recognized the M3000 in a couple of seconds. Once we entered the password, we were ready to go. <br><br> To transfer calls to the device, click the Talk button on the front of the headset. The volume controls and the power/mute button rest on the side of the device. If your phone supports it, you can use the headset for voice dialing--a true hands-free experience. The device also allows you to redial the last number through the headset simply by double-clicking the Talk button while in standby mode. <br><br> Callers couldn't tell we were using a cell phone, let alone speaking through a headset. Audio quality on our end was clear, but it didn't get terribly loud, so it would be tough to hear a call when using this device outdoors. We did, however, meet the 30-foot range of use. <br><br> We managed to squeeze out 5.5 hours of talk time, which is nowhere near the 8 hours Plantronics claims but isn't bad either. The company rates the standby battery time at 200 hours. </p>

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