Re­vamped sound

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

Ear­lier this year, Plantron­ics in­tro­duced the first Mar­que Blue­tooth head­set with an iPhone-like cir­cu­lar but­ton on the front for an­swer­ing and dis­con­nect­ing calls. The Mar­que 2 car­ries for­ward the same de­sign tra­di­tion but with some en­hanced func­tion­al­ity.

Avail­able in black and white, the Mar­que 2 is made en­tirely of plas­tic. The only sav­ing grace is its chrome fin­ish on the sides and the cir­cu­lar key. There are slid­ers on both sides for power and vol­ume con­trol. As soon as one pow­ers on the head­set, the voice prompt tells you how much power is left. Easy to pair with most smart­phones, the sound qual­ity of the Mar­que 2 is de­fen­itely bet­ter than its pre­de­ces­sor’s.

The new ver­sion has a noise re­duc­tion fea­ture which was miss­ing in the first de­vice. Mar­que 2 has a dual mi­cro­phone that re­duces noise to of­fer a rel­a­tively clear sound. One can now an­swer or ig­nore a call us­ing voice com­mands, with­out touch­ing the head­set, and this adds to the ease-of-use fac­tor of the de­vice.

The Mar­que 2 also comes with a car charger and a charg­ing ca­ble with a reg­u­lar charg­ing jack as well as a USB con­nec­tor for plug­ging in phone’s data ca­ble.

Un­for­tu­nately, just like the orig­i­nal Mar­que, even this one isn’t com­fort­able to wear for longer du­ra­tions.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

An af­ford­able Blue­tooth head­set, but not com­fort­able to wear.

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