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I don't post much, almost never, but I'm a lurker and appreiate all the great information I have found here.
This week I decided to get a headset and in my quest, I tried 4 different headsets and settled on one.
1. Plantronics 640. This headset fit great. I could hardly tell it was on my head. I have smallish ears so I was a little concerned with in the ear designs but with the included earclip, it felt great. The problem? A lot of background noise that those I was talking too said while they could hear me, they also could hear a lot of white noise in the background. While I am not a perfectionist, I don't want the people I am talking to distracted by background noise.
2. Plantronics 510. Ok, this thing got great reviews on CNET. (I wouldn't trust CNET by the way but I would trust the user reviews on CNET as well as NEWEGG.) First of all, it is HUGE. I can understand why the sound quality is excellent because it looks huge. The fit was poor, again I have smallish ears, and even CNET says that it feels a little loose. I drop enough stuff so the last thing I need is to have a headset that I can drop and break. Sound quality was excellent but you have to understand something about noise cancelling technology. When it is cancelling the noixe, it also cuts into your voice so your speech can sound choppy. If you have a larger ear, and dont mind the size, this one is a good headset.
3. Motorola H700. This headset was super light. I liked that it doesnt go on unles you flip the boom to talk. I did not like the fit. It hurt after about 30 minutes. ANd it felt very loose on my ear unless I really pushed it into my ear. The sound was ok and the noise cancelling seemed to work sometimes (in the car) but not other times (on a street).
4. Motorola H300. This had decent sound, decent fit BUT it was heavy. For $39.99 with a $10 coupon at Office Depot, it miht work for you if you dont mind the size. The over the ear design means that you won't hear the caller you are talking to that well because ambient noise will "leak" in.
What did I learn? That headset are truly a personal choice because every ear is different. I got to the point that what was important ot me was in the following order:
- sound qualit both in and out
SOme headsets that others think are great others will hate because the fit isn't that great. And how it fits will greatly affect the sound quality.
SO, what did I end up with? The Jawbone. Got the last one at the Cingular store. I am going to try it out today and will post another review if people want me to. I already dont like it's charger but that is a small thing and not even on my priority list.