Plantronics Discovery 975 Review
Unlike its Voyager series of Bluetooth headsets, the Plantronics Discovery line whole-heartedly keeps in mind fashion and a sense of style with its somewhat futuristic designs. Following up after the popular Discovery 925, which was a very well-rounded model, its successor in the Plantronics Discovery 975 aims to bring forth yet another similar experience. As it’s priced at the higher end of the spectrum at $130, you’re naturally presented with some nice features like AudioIQ2 & WindSmart technology for noise cancellation, dual-microphones, Multipoint technology, Voice Alerts, and its updated case that doubles as a battery charger. Included with the packaging are 3 gel ear tips, AC charger, case strap, and carrying/charging case.
One of the biggest distinguishable characteristic about the Discovery 975 is its stylish and futuristic design which seems to be foreign versus the usual crop out there. Amazingly, it has been reduced to nothing more than a narrow boom microphone that’s attached to the main body of the diamond shaped earpiece. Constructed out of glossy plastic that’s painted with a metallic finish, it contributes in making it very lightweight. Moreover, the subtle faux-pas leather adorning the earpiece complements its overall chic nature.
The Plantronics Discovery 975 has a stylish and futuristic design,
Utilizing almost the same exact ear gel designs, it feels a little bit more comfortable versus their previous outing since it’s gummier in texture – thus enabling us to wear it for prolonged periods of time without being too irritating. Meanwhile, the intricate design allows it to snugly fit in our ear without the worry of it getting loose and coming off.
Physicals buttons are limited to only two items with the Plantronics Discovery 975, and to make matters worse, they’re all not that great in terms of feel. The multi-function talk button is placed squarely on the earpiece and exhibits a stiff feel when pressed, while the tiny volume button that simply cycles through three preset settings is located inconveniently on one of its sides on the earpiece.
Of course, you can charge the headset through its microUSB port, but the advantage with it is that it comes along with its very own useful combination carrying/charging case. As stated by Plantronics, it’s capable of delivering triple the amount of talk time. And besides being able to carry and charge the headset simultaneously, this model features a tiny LCD that displays both the battery charge of the case and headset.
You can charge the headset through its microUSB port,
1. clevername (Posts: 1401; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
You must have been doing something wrong be quad the 975 does indeed support voice control. I have had it paired with the iPhone 4 and by holding the button down for about a second the iPhones voice command prompt shows up. It works wonderfully especially when I'm driving and my iPhone is docked. Great way to control my music in the car. I freaking LOVE this headset. It's call quality is fan-freaking-tastic!! Battery life is amazing and when you remember the charger which gives it another 2 and a half charges it's nearly unlimited. I'd go almost a week without charging. Only downfall is the lack of a2dp.
2. hmmph (unregistered)
Funny you're just getting to this headset now. It was a 'shiny object' LAST YEAR!
Overall, I agree with the review, it's not wonderful. It's also OLD.
3. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
One of the best BT headsets i've owned. The confusing thing is why is this just getting reported now? I've had one for almost a year...lost one, rebought it and have my current one for 6 months. Call quality, battery life, & design are one of the best on the market in my opinion plus audible alerts let me know when battery gets low or when i'm out of range of my phone. Works fine for me.
4. Calvin (unregistered)
I have to disagree with you about the streaming music part. Why/ Because the dulcet tones of Berlin's "Metro" are playing in my ear as I write this. I have a Touch Pro 2 CDMA with a custom ROM (MaxSense) . I just set the handset BT settings to play system sounds and the music streams. This is the BEST BT headset I have EVER owned. My business demands that I sometimes call clients back in the car and they can never tell. Beautimus.