Product Type: Plantronics headsets
Newest Review: ... from my car, and still I could hear my bosses indecipherable corporate-newspeak ramblings. So thanks Plantronics. Thanks for making a de... more
Now people can hassle me even when I'm driving
Plantronics Explorer 230
Member Name: wonkybox
Plantronics Explorer 230
Advantages: Good quality, call quality is quite good, battery life good
Disadvantages: Can't use 'driving' as an excuse for ignoring people anymore
Yes, I've been trying to refuse having one of these pressed upon me, as driving is now the only quality alone time I seem to get these days.
'It's very hard to set up, it'll take ages.' I pleaded with my boss, trying to weasel out of having one.
'No it isn't. Shut up. Get back to work.' Replied my boss, effortlessly combining several of his one-size-fits-all responses to employee concerns into one decisive broadside.
And it was easy to set up. There's a micro USB output in the top for charging, and to my frustration it appears to be able to stay active for a very long time after charging for a couple of hours. Irritatingly, all I had to do was set my phone's bluetooth mode to 'discover' to pair it with the device.
So far so depressingly good. There's only three buttons on the thing, one for taking calls, one for volume and power, so I couldn't plead ignorance on that front. Indeed, I found taking calls on the headset very easy, and although there was a bit of windy howling noise I thought the call audio quality was much better than something like speakerphone.
Even my lopsided-jug ears fit into the earpiece comfortably, so I couldn't refuse the thing on an auricular basis either. After about 45 minutes driving I found myself forgetting I was wearing it, and only realised after catching my reflection in a service station's glass facade. I looked and felt like one of those intolerably cheesy salesmen who think that wearing a bluetooth headset at all times creates an image of being 'on the go' or 'always moving, like a shark'.
I also found it had an infuriatingly good range, even when trying to surreptitiously lose connection by leaving my phone in my car whilst my boss was banging on about something while I went to refuel. I got about a good fifteen feet away from my car, and still I could hear my bosses indecipherable corporate-newspeak ramblings.
So thanks Plantronics. Thanks for making a device that is reliable, has a good battery life, call range and call quality. You've just made my life just that little bit darker, as now every boss I have in the world can harass me with the same fatuous questions and meaningless assertations all of the time, often one after the other. Thanks for making it robust enough to withstand several 'accidental' droppings as well. Perhaps I should see if it will withstand me accidentally reversing over it...
Summary: Thanks Plantronics. Thanks a pantload...