Plantronics Discovery 925 Bluetooth Headset
Is it a headset or a fashion accessory? The Plantronics Discovery 925 Bluetooth headset collection (and the use of the word “collection” shows a crossover from the technology world to the fashion world), with its unique VFrame design and elegant finish, is both.
Introduced at Spring 2008 New York Fashion Week, it’s one of the most practical headsets I’ve come across as well.
The VFrame design hugs the contours of the user’s face and moves the microphone closer to the mouth. AudioIQ noise reduction technology removes background noise and increases the earpiece volume, compensating for any ambient noise.
Packaged in an elegant box, the 925 comes with three eartip covers (small, medium, and large) and a leather charging case (more on that later) that wouldn’t look out of place in the small leather goods department at Saks. The 925 is available in Onyx Black, Alchemy Gold, and Cerise Pink. Plantronics told me that each earpiece is treated with glass beads and then fire-blasted to achieve its deep, lustrous finish.
Using the 925 is simple; it took just seconds to pair it with my BlackBerry Pearl 8120 smartphone thanks to Plantronics’ QuickPair system that automatically puts the headset into pairing mode when it’s first turned on. The multi-purpose button on the earpiece is easier than most to press (it supports answering, ending, voice commands, and call rejection among other things). It took a while for me to find the optimum tip size and angle for the boom mic but once I did, given its 0.28 ounce weight, I hardly noticed I was wearing it.
Callers could not tell I was on a wireless headset; most of the time, call quality was equivalent to that of a landline phone.
The Discovery 925 is furnished with a matching case that charges the headset for an additional five hours of operation (no need to plug in when a charge is needed).
In short, it’s a stylish and practical addition to the business traveler’s arsenal.
$149.99 at www.plantronics.com
–David Goldes is a Contributing Editor at Executive Road Warrior and President and Senior Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.