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We've been impressed with Plantronics last few Bluetooth headsets, finding the company's DSP offers a decent balance of background noise reduction while not making callers sound hopelessly artificial. What happens when Plantronics tries to do DSP on a budget, however? The new Plantronics Explorer 395 has a bargain $49.95 MRSP and, the company reckon, is ideal for first-time Bluetooth headset users. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. The most obvious cut back from Plantronics' more expensive headsets is in the styling. The Explorer 395 isn't an ugly device, certainly, but neither does it stand out from the rank and file of similarly priced generic headsets out there. Build quality feels high, but the clear plastic ear hook - which rotates and swivels to suit wearing on the right or left ear - lacks the poseability of high-end models. You're also stuck with the standard ear-bud size, and we found it wasn't sufficient to hold the Explorer 395 in the ear without the hook in place as well. That might prove frustrating if you're a glasses-wearer. Physical controls include a dedicated power button, volume, and a multi-function key that answers/ends calls and - if your phone supports it - triggers voice dialling.
The Plantronics Explorer 395 brings good sound quality and high style to a very affordable price point: $49.99, just half of the list price of our former Editors' Choice winner, the Plantronics Voyager Pro ($99.99, ). It's a great choice for a Bluetooth headset if you're on a tight budget. I found if you keep your expectations in check, the Explorer 395 will serve you well. What do you lose by buying this headset, instead of something more expensive like the Voyager Pro or the Aliph Jawbone Icon ($99, )? The Explorer 395's single-mic design means it's not optimized to cancel ambient noise, although it does contain some basic DSP circuitry to suppress external intrusions. It can't pair with more than one device simultaneously, and it's not the smallest headset out there either. Still, some shrewd design choices means the Explorer 395 can compete surprisingly well. For example, the headset feels very well-built. While its body is made entirely of plastic, its combination of black and chrome looked fine in person. Dedicated hardware buttons handle power, volume, and call-answering duties. The fixed, translucent ear loop looked a bit cheap. But it felt sturdy, and the swivel hinge felt smooth and solid. To save money, Plantronics cut down on included accessories; all you get here are the headset and an AC adapter.
Plantronics is a popular brand among Bluetooth headset aficionados because of quality headsets like the Plantronics Discovery 975 and the Plantronics Voyager Pro. However, the company also makes entry-level headsets for those who don't have as much cash to spare. The Plantronics Explorer 395 is an example of just that. It doesn't have quite the performance of its higher-end brethren, but it still offers decent audio quality and ease of use. The Plantronics Explorer 395 is $49.95 retail. The Plantronics Explorer 395 has a simple blocky design that is typical of most Bluetooth headsets. It measures 2 inches long by 0.7 inch wide by 0.4 inch thick; it's rectangular for the most part, save for the slightly narrow area near the microphone. The Explorer 395's front surface is glossy black, and there are chrome accents along the border and down the middle of the multifunction button, which is also coated in chrome. The button is quite large and has a raised surface so it's easy to find by feel. Right underneath the button is an LED indicator. Along the left side of the headset is the power slider switch. We like this dedicated power toggle, which makes it easier to turn the headset on/off to conserve battery life. On the right is the volume rocker, which we found a little too flat for our tastes. The charger jack is on the top.
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