Not too long ago, we took a look at the Plantronics Voyager Edge UC and Plantronics Blackwire C725. While the Blackwire C725 was terrific for use with a computer and the Voyager Edge UC is great for switching frequently between a smartphone and computer for communications, both are priced at the high end. Plantronics new Explorer 500 headset, on the other hand, is your standard Bluetooth headset, specifically made for use with a smartphone. It’s cheaper than the other two, but that doesn’t mean it’s hurting for features.
The Explorer 500 features A2DP Bluetooth connectivity and CDMA-certified HD voice, so at the very least, nothing is to be lost in call quality from the trip the audio takes from your phone to your headset. And, because it’s a smartphone companion, you’re able to issue voice commands to Siri, Google Now and even Cortana. There is also native support for English, French and Spanish voice notifications.
You’re able to pair the Explorer 500 to two devices and switch between them easily too. Battery life is around seven hours, and while it doesn’t have a handy charging case like the Voyager Edge, there is an included charging cable strap that you can use. The strap can fit easily on a purse and serves as a handy way to carry the headset around while you’re not using it or give it a quick charge if you’re in range of a USB port. The cable easily becomes a strap thanks to a neat magnetic closure. This included charging cable also happens to be one of the most cleverly designed charging cables we have ever come across.
Read on for the verdict…