Plantron­ics Ex­plorer 500

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - By John Law

If you've ever own a pair of Plantron­ics head­phones, then you'll un­der­stand what we mean when we say that the qual­ity of its prod­ucts are some of the best in the busi­ness. From the top-of-the-line stereo head­phones to its wire­less in-ear head­sets, it would seem that the com­pany has an au­dio de­vice for ev­ery oc­ca­sion. In this re­view, we take a look at the Ex­plorer 500 and how it fared as a daily driver for this writer.

To be frank, the Ex­plorer 500's diminu­tive size can be both a plea­sure and a pain to deal with from time to time. The plea­sure stems from its easy-to-use sim­plic­ity: apart from a rather clev­erly-de­signed USB charg­ing ca­ble and an over-the-ear ex­ten­sion, there is es­sen­tially noth­ing else that you need to use the de­vice prop­erly. Sim­ply put: it is es­sen­tially a plug-and-play de­vice and the minute you stick it into your ear, it stays there un­til the minute you de­cide to re­move it af­ter a long day.

Alas, as we had said ear­lier, its diminu­tive size is also its own set of prob­lems. That's be­cause the Ex­plorer 500 is so small and light­weight, it's an ab­so­lute given that at some point in time, we ac­tu­ally gen­uinely mis­placed it and had some trou­ble lo­cat­ing it. We're not jok­ing. At one point while test­ing out the Ex­plorer 500, we took off the head­set and placed it in­side our pocket, and that was that. We had com­pletely for­got­ten about it, and you could imag­ine our panic as we tried look­ing high and low for it be­fore ac­tu­ally remembering where we last placed it.

Its size notwith­stand­ing, the Ex­plorer 500 does serve its pur­pose, and it serves rather well. Noise can­cel­ing tech­nol­ogy has long since be­come a main­stay in com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy, and cou­pled with the Ex­plorer 500's dual mi­cro­phone tech­nol­ogy, the au­dio qual­ity of this head­set was re­ally up to par. Even in a crowded and noisy en­vi­ron­ment, we didn't need to con­cen­trate so hard on lis­ten­ing to what the per­son on the other end of the line was say­ing, and nei­ther did we have to raise our voice for them to hear us ei­ther.

The Ex­plorer 500 does have one odd fea­ture and that is Mul­ti­point tech­nol­ogy. Long story short, it es­sen­tially al­lows user to con­nect the head­set with more than one mo­bile de­vice. That be­ing said, the func­tion might ac­tu­ally prove ben­e­fi­cial to the users who carry more than one smart­phone on their per­son at any­time.

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