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Plantronics Marque 2 M165 Bluetooth Mono Headset - White
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- Dual microphones enhance noise reduction
- DeepSleep mode extends battery life
- 2-in-1 car charger also charges smartphone
- Answers when you say "Answer"
- Universal-fit eartip loves every ear and comes with one Gel Eartip
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A perfect companion for smartphones, the ultralight Plantronics Marque 2 features DeepSleep power-saving mode and dual microphones that reduce noise and wind for clear, crisp call quality. You can also manage your calls without pressing buttons--just say "Answer" or "Ignore."
The Marque 2 takes you beyond the headset with Plantronics exclusive Vocalyst service, which lets you manage e-mail, check weather, or update Facebook. You can also check the headset's battery level from your iPhone, or use the free MyHeadset app to display the battery meter on your Android smartphone as well as view connectivity and charging levels.
Featuring the latest Bluetooth 3.0 technology, the Marque 2 includes the A2DP Bluetooth profile for audio streaming capabilities, so you can listen to music, podcasts, or GPS directions from your smartphone. With its multipoint pairing capability, you can quickly switch active connections between two paired phones and answer calls from either one. Other features include enhanced clarity on wideband-enabled smartphones, a comfortable fit in either ear with one of three optional eartips, and a voice-guided pairing process.
This version comes in white, but it's also available in black.
Always Ready with DeepSleep Mode
Plantronics DeepSleep power-saving mode activates when your Marque 2 is away from your phone for over 90 minutes. When it's back in range (33 feet or less), you can just tap the Call button to "wake" it up. Using the DeepSleep mode can extend the battery readiness up to 180 days.
The Marque 2 lets you be truly hands free when a call comes in. You'll hear a ringtone in the headset, and then it will ask: "Incoming call, Answer or Ignore?" If you want to answer the call, just say "Answer." By saying "Ignore," the call is sent straight to voicemail. It's that easy.
Vocalyst Voice Service
The Vocalyst service allows you to stay connected with your voice. You can say "Facebook" to post to Facebook, "Listen to Email" to hear your email, or "Reminder" to record a reminder. You can even listen to up-to-the-minute news, sports, and weather feeds--all hands-free. Vocalyst works with any phone, and has additional features for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. It's offered free for the first year (a $24.99 value).
Get the most from your Plantronics headset with apps for Android
Tired of searching for your misplaced headset?
Find MyHeadset acoustically locates your headset by sending it a tone so you can hear where it's hiding. The app also features an on-screen headset battery meter in the notification bar for those with Android OS 3.0 or later.
One touch conference call connection
InstantMeeting automatically identifies conference calls and dialing details from your calendar, reminds you just before the meeting is scheduled to begin, and, with one touch, connects you to your conference call.
What's in the Box
Plantronics Marque 2 Bluetooth headset; wall charger; three sizes of gel eartips; clip-on earloop; quick start guide
|Bluetooth||Version 3.0; profiles include Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Hands-free (HFP), Headset (HSP)|
|Talk time||Up to 7 hours|
|Standby time||Up to 11 days|
|DeepSleep||Extends battery readiness up to 180 days|
Marque 2 Key Features:
- Reduced noise and wind for crisp call quality with dual microphone
- Extends battery readiness for up to 6 months with DeepSleep mode
- Take calls without pressing a button--just say "Answer"
- Hear music, videos, driving directions, and more
- Monitor headset battery level on your iPhone or Android smartphone
- Pairs with any Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone or device
The Plantronics Marque 2, a perfect companion for Smartphones, now features DeepSleep power?saving mode and dual microphones that reduce noise and wind for clear, crisp call quality.
For added convenience, there's even a dual charger for simultaneously charging your headset and phone from either your computer or car.
Simply check the on-screen battery metre on your iPhone or Android Smartphone. You can also listen to music or stream audio and Internet radio, and you can manage your calls without pressing buttons - just say "Answer" or "Ignore".
Talk time up to 7 hours standby time up to 11 days.See all Product description
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To the left side is a switch for turning the unit on or off. This is easily accessed with your thumb, even with the M165 in your ear. Reassuring voice prompts of “Power on, talk time X hours” and “Power off” leave you in no doubt of what is happening.
On the right side is the volume button. This toggles between 4 settings with a “Maximum volume” voice prompt at the loudest setting. Holding down this button will mute the headset.
Looking to the top of the device we find a standard micro USB port for charging. This gives most Android users an advantage over the iPhone, as the same charger can be interchanged to charge both your phone and the headset. The accompanying USB charging cable allows a second USB cable to be plugged into a pass-through port, enabling you to charge both your phone and the M165 from a single USB port.
The final item in the box is a USB car charger connector where the cable can be plugged. This charger seems to be great quality and is small enough to let me close it inside the cigarette lighter panel of my car which is a big improvement over previous chargers I’ve owned. The charger also has a nice blue LED when operational.
From the outset, I have to say that one area where the M165 really excels is comfort. The unit is extremely light and slips easily into either ear. Once in place I can hardly feel that it’s there and could easily forget about it. No amount of violent head-shaking made it fall out (my wife is a formidable woman). An ear-clip is included in the package to give a more secure fit, but for my ears I found it to be unnecessary. I would really love a pair of ear-buds with a similar ear retention design as this.
Pairing the M165 with an Android device is extremely simple, after which all you need to do is turn on Bluetooth and the headset connects instantly as soon as you flick the switch. Reception was generally good, with audio continuing to play through walls and up to around 15ft from my smartphone. However for some reason when walking with my phone in my left pocket and the headset in my right ear, I did have a problem with the audio occasionally cutting out or skipping. I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what was causing this (I’m not aware of any metal plates in my body) but switching the phone to the pocket on same side as the headset resolved the problem.
Listening to audio is very clear both during calls and playing media. The headset boasts dual microphones to help reduce background noise during calls. However while I had no problem being heard in a quiet environment, it was a different story when trying to talk with a lot of background noise. The headset did cancel a lot of the noise, but also seemed to muffle the voice making it very difficult to understand. Overall I didn’t find using the M165 offered any advantage when talking in a noisy environment. Another aspect to be aware of is that when gaming you do notice a very slight delay between the action and audio. This is just for a fraction of a second and I do believe this lag is inherent with all Bluetooth devices.
The M165 charges within a couple of hours, after which it offers 7 hours of active battery life. For such a small and light device, this unit really offers excellent battery life. I found I was able to use the headset for days of moderate use before the battery would run low. A quick charge and it was back in action.
Plantronics have a couple of Android apps on the Play Store for use with their headsets. The first app called MyHeadset unfortunately didn’t have a guide for the M165 at the time of this review, however it’s MyRecorder voice memo function worked well. This app also adds a notification to your notification shade while the M165 is in use telling you how much talk time you have left. Clicking on it brings you to the Plantronics website. The other Find MyHeadset app helps you find a lost headset by sending an alarm tone.
To be honest, I usually don’t need any assistance to look like a dork and it is difficult to look cool with a black slug hanging out of your ear. However the M165 is smaller than most, and with the rise of the phablet I could see this as a great alternative to holding a huge phone to your ear.
While one of the units greatest strengths is that it is extremely small and light, this also makes it easy to lose. Also when you have the M165 in your pocket there is no protection for the silicon earpiece. I’d have liked to see some sort of carry case included with the device.
However the wireless aspect is really nice, allowing great freedom of movement when doing tasks where you would normally snag the wire on something. Although you are restricted to mono, this does offer an advantage if you need to be able to hear your surroundings. I had no problem listening to long podcasts or music with this device, and found myself using it in situations where I normally wouldn’t have bothered with earphones. If you regularly make calls in situations such as driving where you need to keep your hands free, then I would definitely consider adding one of these to your shopping list.
Overall I would highly recommend the M165 as it is a great option if you are in the market for a Bluetooth headset.
Small and light.
Comfortable with great fit.
Excellent battery life.
Simple to use.
Occasional audio skipping.
Noise cancellation muffles voice.
Had this for a week or so now and the intitial impressions are good, functionality, comfort, call quality and battery life are all good.
Fit / Comfort
It is surprisingly comfortable and in my stays in my right ear very well even without the supplied ear hook. My left ear on the other hand it does not feel quite so secure, I'm guessing this is down to the shape of my ear, but still better than the JabraTALK this has replaced. It is very lightweight and a bit smaller than other headsets I've had so this probably helps. When it is in my ear I can't actually feel that it is in.
The battery life appears to be good and I like the way it actually translates battery life into estimated talktime which it announced everytime you switch it on. This appears to be quite accurate too, when you have a fully charged headset it announces it has 7hrs of talktime and following an hour phone call this dropped to 6hrs of talktime. I would feel comfortable going away for a week and not taking a charger with me although it will probably invalidate the warranty as it uses a standard micro USB connection if you have a Android phone, Kindle or MiFi dongle the charger will fit and more than likely charge successfully.
Probably the most important factor As with all the other Plantronics headsets I have had over the years the call quality and connection quality is great, people sound clear to me and I've jet to have anyone complain that they can't hear me. The device has always stayed connected through any phone call which I can't say of the JabraTALK.
The extended bluetooth capability means it can play music and other sounds from my iPhone, the quality is perfect for podcasts and sat-nav instructions and even though it is mono, music is quite good too. The fact it is a multipoint headset is very useful for people like me who have both a work mobile and a personal mobile as it connects to both when you switch it on and then whichever rings it connects to.
Unlike other reviewers I got the USB car charger and the pass through charging cable, I can confirm that the supplied charger has sufficient power to supply the iPhone 5 with enough juice to charge the device and use Sat-Nav at the same time as charging the headset; something not all 12v USB chargers can do. Also included in the package was a plastic ear hook which I'm guessing could be used if your ear didn't quite fit the device or you felt that it wasn't as secure as you would like.
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