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I used a headset with my mobile an awful lot when out and about and on the road. My preference had always been towards Nokia or Sony Ericsson headsets, in keeping with the phones I had, to minimise the number of chargers I was using. Then when my last Nokia fell apart after only a couple of months and I was looking for a replacement, this Plantronics headset popped into the equation. The Nokia equivalents seemed to have suddenly shot up in price, and I didn't want to pay over the odds for something which had let me down so quickly. I thought this Plantronics was worth a try. Brilliant decision.
Out of the box it is superbly lightweight, compact and looks the business. It comes with a plastic loop to go around the ear, but I haven't needed that as it sits snugly in my ear without - even when laughing ...laughing was not allowed with previous headsets, due to the inevitable drop from the ear! The bud which goes into your ear is covered by a soft jelly-like material ... doesn't sound nice but its really comfortable. But beyond those plus points there are two other features which really set this headset apart for me.
Firstly the on/off switch. Yes, SWITCH! years of holding down 'this' tiny fiddly button for x seconds or pressing 'that' button until you hear 'this' beep, thinking you have switched it off only to return to find its still switched on because you didn't hold it down for long enough ... grrr! ... no more! This headset (and the other Plantronics I have bought for my other half) has a proper slide on-off switch. Which brings us to the other feature which is such a hit with me...
A voice actually tells you "POWER ON" or "POWER OFF" and also speaks the battery level (in hours on this one - high/medium/low on the other one), and tells you that your phone is connected. It also tells you when "Volume maximum" - Volume itself is controlled by a simple rocker switch on the top. That's the only quirk - the volume adjustment can only go "up" - so when you reach "Volume maximum", the next press takes it down to minimum and you effectively have to "scroll" upwards through the sound levels. The voice also notifies you when battery is low, as well as the traditional red flashing light on the headset itself.
It's also possible to link more than one handset to the phone, and both can be connected at the same time. This isn't a feature I have a use for but would obviously be a bonus if you have a separate business and private phone, for instance.
Pairing was a doddle, it had no problem with finding and pairing my phone. Quality of sound is excellent. Even outdoors the person on the other end has never complained about not being able to hear me, noise of breeze or traffic etc. There seems to be excellent noise-cancellation in there somewhere. In terms of me hearing the other person, again, better than any of my previous Nokia and Sony Ericssons. I put this down to how snugly it fits in my ear, there is no leakage of sound.
The range on the headset is also very good. At home it will stay connected all over the house which is useful as there is one particular window ledge where the signal is best .. the phone can be left there while I wander.
The rear part of the front of the main body (the shiny part) is the simple push mechanism to answer or end a call, and a rapid double-push redials the last number you called.
Battery life is great, although admittedly not quite what it claims. You can switch it on fully charged and it will inform you "talk time 11 hours", you may talk on it for 20 minutes and the next time you switched on it might say 9 hours ... that type of thing. I probably talk on it for between 40 and 50 minutes a day during the week, and I only need to charge it once a week on average. I have had it for around 6 months.
Plantronics headsets have really been a revelation to me, I just can't understand why so cheap?!