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Bluetooth Headset Testing w/ 8100 - Found one I think

by LG-CJ    Jun 1, 2006, 5:48 PM

I realize this is a thread that's gone on in various places for a while but I thought some newbies (and oldies) alike might like another datapoint.

After trying essentially 'every' BT headset that VZW offered (and as such I got the 2-wk trial with) I think I've got one I might actually keep... the Plantronics 320.

I've tried the early Motos (850 and it's predecessor), the Jabra 250 w/ and w/o vibrate, etc. They haven't gotten in the H700 Moto yet but H500 was so-so. And up until now, my fave's been my good 'ol $15 AT&T *corded* headset with little boom. Works great.

The biggest issue for me was the caller hearing their own voice echo back to them a half-second later. Yes, you could drop the volume down but then the thing was essentially a useless POS for things like the car or other louder areas... i.e., what it's designed for. The way the Plantronics got around this was by having the earbud piece have a little nub which fits slightly into your ear canal and thus directs the sound in rather than bouncing off your cheek and being picked up again. Works well... at a loud volume, nobody is claiming hereing echoes anymore.

It's also been static free up to about 10 feet or so. These days I'm usually in such EMI-filled areas that I don't even try to push the 30 foot thing. I just want it to work on my belt clip and on the car seat. Beyond that I'll use my cordless phone.

Only downside I've seen is that the pickup mic is extremely sensitive and picks up wind very easily. A little foam nub on the end would be a perfect design addition I think.

Anyhow... it's now Day 5 with it and I've been giving it an hour a day (or so) of use and thought it might be time to report out to everyone...

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