Product: Plantronics Explorer 370 Bluetooth Headset
Price and Availability: $79.95, Retail availability beginning in March 2008.
Pros: Good sound quality, very solid and rugged design.
Cons: Headset fit was slightly uncomfortable, which could have been more of a personal issue.
Overall: Overall a nice sounding, durable and easy to use headset.
We were lucky enough to get our hands on the Plantronics Explorer 370 headset during CES and it had proven to be solid headset. The Plantronics Explorer 370 was an overall nice headset to use. It was paired easily and quickly with an Apple iPhone and also a Palm Centro. The headset was paired and used with both phones and we had no trouble with either model phone. The headset comes with a wall power adapter to charge and also a lanyard. To be honest, we felt even geekier wearing the headset on the lanyard hanging around our neck then just wearing the headset on our ear. The lanyard may be a nice addition, but not something I can see many using. The headset itself has a rugged design with a call control button on the outside, along with the volume up and down controls up top. The call controls are pretty standard, the 370 can answer or end a call, redial the last-number called, and also has voice-activated dialing. The Explorer 370 offers up to seven hours of talk time and eight days of standby time. The Explorer 370 felt (and looked) big and bulky initially, but after some comparison to our current favorite (the Jawbone) it was actually very close in size and proved nice once in use.
Bottom Line: If you are looking for a quality made headset that you can toss in your pocket or backpack without having to worry then this should be a great option. In addition to the rugged and solid feel, it offered a good sound quality and had easy to use controls.
Keep reading for more pictures of the Explorer 370, along with some comparison shots with the Aliph Jawbone and Apple’s Bluetooth Headset…