I Regret This Purchase: A Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset Review
Apr 17, 2010
The Plantronics Discovery 975 builds on the popular Discovery 925 model using a similar modern minimalist design while incorporating upgrades. Like the Discovery 925, this Bluetooth headset offers AudioIQ, but the 975 utilizes dual mics and includes WindSmart to block wind noise. Plus the addition of an LCD screen on the leather rechargeable carrying case indicates how much charge remains as well as the charge of the headset when inserted.
Having previously owned and used a Discovery 925, the design and operations were familiar. Nothing changed in how I use the headset besides knowing how much charge I had to work with. This has eliminated the few times I ran out of charge with the previous model. Running out of charge isn't a problem for me though as I can regularly go a couple days without needing to recharge.
Even though the second generation AudioIQ works reasonably well, the WindSmart technology fails to protect against wind noise in moderately windy conditions. Additionally the headset and case are cheaply constructed. The headset has chipped excessively around the side edges of the main outward facing side of the square section. Plus the clip on the carrying case broke within the first few days of use. The cheap construction doesn't affect the headset's use, but the it appears to have been well worn or abused.
The supposed 33 foot range between the cell phone and the headset is non-existent. If I set the cell phone on the counter and go do something on the other side of our average sized kitchen, I get static. I wrote to Plantronics regarding this situation and I was recommended to keep the line of sight unobstructed with "never wear the phone and headset on opposite sides of your body" as an example. Is this really their explanation? The Discovery 975 will have trouble communicating if my headset is on the right and the cell is on the left side of my body? According to the Bluetooth website, "Bluetooth wireless technology is able to penetrate solid objects" and "Bluetooth technology is omni-directional and does not require line-of-sight positioning." Plus, I've never experienced this kind of short range with any of my previous Bluetooth headsets including the Jabra Stone I currently use.
For the most part, the Plantronics Discovery 975 is a good headset with long talk time. However the excessively short range and poor construction makes this the worst headset I've ever used. I regret purchasing this headset and prefer using the Jabra Stone with its short talk time instead. If you are looking for a quality Bluetooth headset, don't bother with the Plantronics 975.
PROS: Long talk time AudioIQ Dual mic noise canceling LCD displayed recharge case
CONS: Short range WindSmart fails to block wind noise Finish chips for seemingly no reason
I have another brand bluetooth headset laying around my house somewhere. Never cared for it since it did not sit securely in my ear and I always had to be holding tight against my ear so I could hear. I gave up on bluetooth headsets after that experience. I went back to my old faithful, the corded headset. Well I can finally said goodbye to my corded headset. The Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset has been able to offer a lightweight, comfy fitting and sleek looking bluetooth headset that … more
Ingeniously simple. That's the Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth earpiece. Blending easy connectivity with dual-microphone, noise-canceling AudioIQ2 technology and patented ear tips for a stable, comfortable fit, this elegantly simple earpiece lets you listen clearly and makes you sound sharp, even in noisy environments. With its innovative, rechargeable carrying case that can triple your talk time while you're on the go, you'll wonder why staying connected hasn't always been this simple.
The Discovery 975 Bluetooth earpiece offers:
Superior sound performance with two noise-canceling mics.
Outstanding voice quality even in windy conditions.
QuickPair technology for simple pairing with your phone.
Elegant case that doubles as a charging station.
Patented, comfortable ear tips for a sure fit.
The elegant and stylish Discovery 975 features a patented gel ear tip for outstanding comfort and a secure fit.Ingeniously Simple Design Minimal in size, maximum in performance, the Discovery 975 offers an elegant simplicity that conceals its advanced sound technologies. For starters, an easy-to-access button offers one-touch control over powering the earpiece on and off and answering and ending calls. A subtle white indicator light flashes only once when the earpiece is powered on. The earpiece features a dedicated volume control that's also a handy mute control. Voice prompts keep you in the know when your Bluetooth connection is lost, the earpiece is on mute, or the battery is ...