updated 11:20 am EDT, Thu July 27, 2006
New Plantronics headsets
Plantronics today has debuted its next-generation Discovery and Explorer line of Bluetooth headsets. At a recent event called "Body & Form" hosted by Plantronics in New York, the company revealed plans its plans for ergonomic headsets, including the Discovery 655 and 640E as well as the Explorer 330, 340, and 350 headsets. Each headset features an extension of previous version designs with refinements to improve comfort, ergonomics, and functionality. The Discovery 655 ($150), Discovery 640E ($120), Explorer 340 ($80) and Explorer 350 ($90) will also be available this August via Plantronics.com and later this fall will arrive in retail locations, while the Explorer 330 ($80) will be available in the fall.
Plantronics Discovery Series
The Discovery 655 has been designed to expand on the successful Discovery look to improve ergonomics of the headset. The new headset weighs only 9 grams and adds support for Digital Signal Processing to improve clarity and remove background noise.
The 655 features a rechargeable AAA battery for up to 10 hours talk time. Included with the 655 is a storage jacket providing safety and a vibrating ring indicator. Mini-USB is supported to offer charging from PCs or other mobile power sources.
Meanwhile, the Discovery 640E features a reflection of the original 640's design but includes more power adapters and a reduced price. The 655 and 640E are designed for "tech-savvy, fashion-conscious consumers," according to the company.
Plantronics Explorer Series
The Explorer 330 features the classic design traits of Plantronics headsets and is aimed at those using their first Bluetooth headset. With ease-of-use as the focus of the 330's design, the headset offers a simplified interface using a single button to activate a number of commands.
The design of the 340 and 350 Explorer headsets is more "aggressive," featuring multiple color selections and other more advanced features. Unique to the high-end Explorer 350 is in-car charging options and storage solutions for taking it on the road.