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Plantronics Discovery 975 Review

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Sadly, when compared to some of its other comparably priced headsets on the market, the list of features is slim with the Plantronics Discovery 975. Even though it boasts having Voice Alerts with it, there are very few instances when it’ll announce things verbally – such as when it’s low on battery or loses a connection. Additionally, it lacks voice guided instructions which issomething increasingly found with most contemporary headsets.

We managed to pair the headset up very easily with an iPhone 4 and Samsung Intercept, but unfortunately, pressing down on the multi-function button doesn’t activate any of the built-in voice recognition services on either phone. And if you plan on listening to some music stored on your handset, you might want to look elsewhere since it’s incapable of streaming music, sadly.

Plantronics Discovery 975 Review
Plantronics Discovery 975 Review

Volume output is on the mute side, but thankfully it’s not sharp at all in tone to make the experience unpleasant. However, the absolute best part about the Discovery 975 is its fantastic calling quality. In fact, natural sounding voices are experienced on both ends of the line, but impressively, its noise cancelling prowess is evident. With a good amount of wind streaming through the windows of our car, it’s able to drown out any distortion to present our callers with distinguishable voices. Moreover, it handles well in dealing with general background noise – which ultimately prevails in keeping callers fixed on our voice,

Although the manufacturer rates the Plantronics Discovery with 5 hours of talk time, we’re only able to obtain a little bit over 4 hours of usage, which is rather on the low side. Nevertheless, the battery case will keep you talking for much longer – and it’s nice to know that it’s pocketable.


Conclusion:

Undoubtedly placed on the pricey side at $130, it doesn’t quite feature some of the contemporary features found with rival headsets, like voice guidance, voice control, and A2DP. Despite those shortcomings, it actually excels in the most crucial area with calling quality – plus not to mention that it’s one fashionably chic looking headset. By no means is it revolutionary in the Bluetooth world, but we can tell that its improvements, combined with its well-rounded experience, still enable it to be money well spent once again.

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Pros

  • Fashionable and solid design
  • Case doubles as a battery charger
  • Fantastic calling quality

Cons

  • Limited voice alert functions
  • Stiff feeling buttons
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posted on 04 Apr 2011, 08:59

1. clevername (Posts: 1429; 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.

posted on 04 Apr 2011, 12:59

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.

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posted on 05 Apr 2011, 00:29

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.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 17:29

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.

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