Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset – Retail Packaging – Graphite Review/Deals

Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset – Retail Packaging – Graphite

Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset - Retail Packaging - Graphite

  • Bluetooth earpiece combines easy-to-use operation with outstanding sound quality
  • Dual-mic AudioIQ2 technology cancels background noise for superior clarity
  • Patented gel ear tip offers great comfort and a secure fit
  • Included case with LCD display charges your earpiece while storing it
  • Backed by a one-year warranty,Battery Power: 5 hours

Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset 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 co

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  1. Ed says:
    760 of 769 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Better Than The Discovery 925 Though Buttons Still Need Work, September 1, 2009
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    Ed (San Francisco Bay Area) –
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    This review is from: Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset – Retail Packaging – Graphite (Wireless Phone Accessory)
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    The Plantronics Discovery 975 is a solid performer, comfortable to use, and stylish with lots of small improvements over the Plantronics Discovery 925, but the buttons are still not the easiest to use.

    PROS:
    – Excellent call quality
    – Great battery life (5 hour talk time)
    – Charging case provides an additional 10 hours of talk time
    – Good noise canceling
    – Voice prompts
    – Great range
    – Stylish looks
    – Multiple ear tip cover sizes
    – Battery status indicator on case
    – Good warranty service

    CONS:
    – Multi-function button difficult to press
    – Very small, single volume button
    – No longer includes USB charging cable
    – Price premium
    – Some questionable build quality

    I have personally used Bluetooth headsets for several years now with my most recent favorite being the Plantronics Discovery 925, which the 975 succeeds. While the Discovery 975 is much improved, some annoyances still remain.

    PAIRING
    Pairing the 975 to my Blackberry Curve and Motorola Droid was easy. After charging, I turned it on and set my phone to search for devices. After it was found, I typed in the pairing code and that was it.

    FIT
    The fit is one of the most important features of a headset for me. I have tried plenty that were either difficult to put on, were uncomfortable, or would not stay on. The unique gel ear tips on the 975, which come in 3 sizes, allow me to insert it in my ears in such a way that it is snug but not too uncomfortable, using what they call a “stabilizer loop.” That being said, I have never had a headset so comfortable that I could leave it in all day. A couple of hours of continuous use would probably be my limit. The 975 weighs just 8 grams, which is the same as the 925.

    STYLE
    The 925 and 975 are very similar in dimensions and size. The obvious difference in appearance between the two is the change from a triangular boom mic to the single skinny boom mic. I personally like this change to a more simple and understated design. It draws less attention to the wearer than the design of the 925. I don’t think ANYONE should walk around town with their unused headsets in their ear, because quite frankly, it is the epitome of douchebaggery. I stole that word directly from a Wired article with Brad Pitt on the cover. Also quote, “He can barely pull it off, and you are not him.” It is NOT jewelry folks. If you have been watching the TV show “24” Season 8, you might have noticed that it appears that CTU staff are wearing the 975 in their ears. Also, the front of the 975 is now a faux leather material rather than just plastic. I found different part numbers on the Plantronics website which led me to believe that they will have a silver version of the headset available in addition to the graphite version but I have yet to see it. I have included some photos of the 925 and 975 for comparison.

    CALL QUALITY
    The call quality is amazing from both ends. The 975 features the dual-mic AudioIQ2 noise canceling technology to create amazing clarity and noise cancellation. I couldn’t personally tell a big difference in call quality between the 925 and 975 but then, I usually turn my car radio off and roll up the windows when I make or take calls. Noise cancellation effectiveness may be more noticeable in noisy environments. Voice prompts are a welcome feature addition. Instead of trying to decipher a series of beeps, a voice will notify you of mute on/off, battery low/recharge battery, and lost connection.

    BATTERY & CHARGING
    Both the 925 and 975 are rated for 5 hours of talk time and about a week standby. Note, that if you turn on multipoint, you’ll lose about 3 days of standby time. Amazingly, the 975 charges in just 90 minutes, whereas the 925 takes a full 3 hours using the AC adapter. The 925 came with a USB charging cable in addition to the AC charger, but Plantronics has omitted this highly welcome accessory from the 975. I love being able to charge the headset from my computer at work.

    The battery in the 925’s charging case is Nickel-metal hydride, which always bugged me. Plantronics must have read my mind because the 975 and charging case batteries are now both Lithium ion. More changes to the charging case include an LCD status display for battery life as well as relocation of the charging port from the bottom of the case to the side. I always found it idiotic that the charging port was on the bottom, so again, kudos to Plantronics for correcting this. The case is actually bigger too and they changed the material a bit. I prefer the look and feel of the 925’s case but not a big deal.

    BUTTONS
    There are just 2 buttons on the Discovery 975. The…

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  2. Tom D. "Opportunity is limited only by imagin... says:
    764 of 791 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hands down: The BEST Bluetooth earpiece I’ve ever used, September 16, 2009
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    The Plantronics Discovery 975 is hands down the BEST Bluetooth earpiece I’ve ever used. Check out my short video review for details.

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  3. Michelle "amesiowa" says:
    355 of 366 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I chose this over Jawbone and Voyager, December 10, 2009
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    Michelle “amesiowa” (United States) –
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    This review is from: Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset – Retail Packaging – Graphite (Wireless Phone Accessory)
    I am on the phone constantly. My two biggest concerns are call quality and battery life. I tried the new Jawbone, Plantronics Voyager Pro, and the Discovery 975. After this trial, I kept the Discovery.

    Audio Quality
    1. Jawbone
    2. Discovery 975 and Voyager equal

    The audio quality on the Discovery 975 was definitely NOT as good as the Jawbone, whose noise cancelling was far preferable. On my old Jawbone, I often called people from airports right under the speakers and people didn’t even know I was in the airport. With the Discovery and Voyager, people definitely comment on hearing background noise. Once with the Discovery 975, I was opening a printer paper package. My caller said it sounded like a lightening storm. A similar noise wouldn’t have garnered a comment on the Jawbone.

    Battery Life
    1. Discovery 975
    2. Voyager Pro
    3. Jawbone Prime

    The recharging case for the Discovery 975 is the deal maker for me. If you use a blue tooth headset less than 4 hours per day, I would definitely chose the Jawbone Prime. However, the battery life and battery charging case on the Plantronics means that I can use the headset all day instead of 4 hours. My Jawbone was usually dead by noon. With the Discovery, I can talk on it for two hours, head into a meeting, tuck it into its protective case, and its recharged and ready at the end of the meeting. I almost always make it to the end of the day with plenty of charge using the Discovery.

    Fit
    1. Jawbone Prime
    2. Discovery 975
    3. Voyager Pro

    I have an ear that typically can’t stand an insert ear bud. The only ear bud headphone that works for me belong to my 6 year old’s Barbie MP3. Nonetheless, the Discovery standard ear bud DOES work for me. It is very stable and never falls out for me. I do prefer the Jawbone’s ear loop, but its minor to me. The Voyager Pro was toooo bulky for my little ear and completely uncomfortable with my eye glasses.

    Mute
    1. Discovery 975
    2. Voyager Pro
    3. Jawbone

    I didn’t realize how much I’d love it, but the audio prompt “mute ON” and “mute off” from the Discovery is a huge plus. I am on many many conference calls, often ones where I am not actively in the lead. With absolute clarity that I have “muted”, I can walk into a coffee shop and get coffee, yell at my kids, etc…with confidence I’m not broadcasting to all.

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