Plantronics Explorer 50 Wireless Bluetooth Headset - Retail Packaging - Black
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Enjoy your mobile calls and hear streaming music and GPS directions without holding your phone or getting tangled in wired earbuds. The lightweight Plantronics Explorer 50 Bluetooth headset fits comfortably and is easy to set up, connecting to two smartphones so you can answer calls from either one. It hibernates to conserve power and even tells you when it‰Ûªs time to recharge.
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Pro's- (1)-Very light at 10 grams vs. 11 grams for the M50, so comfortable that you don't know it's there, and easily wearable all day.
(2)-The microphone doesn't kill background noise but unlike the M50 it doesn't ("AMPLIFY") the background noise, so it's balanced & way better than the M50.
(3)-Speaker sound, (not volume) is cleaner and better balanced than the M50.
(4)-Distance and Range are about the same at roughly 30 feet away from your phone, and for me it's still crystal clear 1 or 2 more feet before it starts breaking up and cutting off the sound.
(5)- A MUTE function which the M50 doesn't have and there's countless reasons to use a mute function, which I personally think ALL Bluetooth headsets should have by default.
(6)-This for me is PRICE and Quality for that price and at 29.99 it's definitely here.
Cons- (1)- It weighs less than the M50 by 1 gram, because the front face of the E50 is a lighter weight cheaper feeling plastic, but the back of the headset is of the same quality.
(2)- The Volume loudness is noticeably lower than the M50 at FIRST, but after using it for about almost a week, it improved DRAMATICALLY over putting it on the first time & having cycled through those low volume levels, so I would put it close to (after speaker break in), but not quite the same volume as the M50, but it does have slightly better clarity for conversations, except the ringer volume as well as voice prompts are noticeably weaker than the M50, but not enough of a big deal.
(3)- Style, as far as style the M50 wins hands down for me over the E50, I just like the contrasting blue and black as well as the more modern & sturdy front faceplate compared to the cheaper plain black hexagonal lined front faceplate of the newer E50.
As you probably can tell from my review, other than style, I think the E50 is a more improved model where it counts, (way less) background noise, mute function, (slightly) clearer sound, only slightly, but still clearer just the same, and as far as volume goes, it does improve drastically over the first time you initially used it, I emphasize this because it was almost a deal breaker for me, so my recommendation is to give it a week of use for the speaker to break in and cycle that volume button, it will really improve & change and get ALOT better.
This headset, the Explorer 50, is the true successor to the M50. It has all the same qualities that made the M50 famous, including a good price and so comfortable to wear that you'll probably forget it's still in your ear. It even has a very useful new feature: Hold the volume button for 2 seconds, and it will announce "Mute: On" to indicate your mic is muted. Hold it again for 2 seconds, you'll hear "Mute: Off". Perfect.
So for all of you who are looking for a worthy replacement of the Plantronics M50: The Explorer 50 is it. I have both. They are virtually identical, the Explorer 50 has the mute function, and the call accept button is a little smaller and harder to press by accident, which is probably a good thing. The M50 used to redial once in a while when squeezed in my pocket after I forgot to turn it off, I think this is less likely to happen with the Explorer 50.
So thank you, Plantronics, for continuing this proven design with just some minimal tweaks (smaller call button, mute function). If it aint broke, don't fix it. I hope this headset will be available for a long time to come, maybe I'll buy another one just as a spare.
Negatives: I have slight issues with earbuds for anything over 10 minutes, so I get some discomfort after 15+ minutes (again, this might just be me). Earbud cover doesn't appear to be removable so cleaning may get difficult. Volume button is very easy to hit if you're readjusting it. And it can feel like it's falling out occasionally (might just be my difficulty with earbuds again).
Overall it's awesome. Those negatives may seem bad but it's not even enough to take it down to 4 stars, and many might just be me. Sound and voice great. I can read and send text messages while driving without any hassles or distractions, but I've only done this once or twice for obvious reasons. If you're looking to increase your safety in your car, this thing could save your life. No fumbling with speaker phone, and definitely no holding the phone/texting. Everything can be done right on this thing by touching your ear. If you like to talk on the phone, this is what you need.
- Comfortable, does not hurt the ear with extended periods of usage.
- Holder is on a hinge which allows for quick and easy switching from right to left ear.
- absolutely no noise-cancelling abilities, wind wind will completely drown you out.
- If you walk out of range of the phone it will NOT automatically reconnect when you come back in range
- does not announce calls
- does not receive instructions from GPS via BT on iphone