Plantronics Explorer 500
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.