Plantronics Explorer 500

7.8/10 AVG.
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  • Plantronics Explorer 500
  • Plantronics Explorer 500
  • Plantronics Explorer 500

Specs / Features


The headset whispers voice alerts that keep you aware of low battery, lost connection, and more | Digital Signal Processing (DSP) reduces noise, wind and echo | Up to 7 hours of talk time | Multipoint technology lets you pair and maintain connections with two devices

The headset whispers voice alerts that keep you aware of low battery, lost connection, and more | Digital Signal Processing (DSP) reduces noise, wind and echo | Up to 7 hours of talk time | Multipoint technology lets you pair and maintain connections with two devices

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Specification

Specification
Brand Plantronics
Warranty 12 months
Weight 8 grams (0.3 ounces)

Reviews summary

7.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 5 reviews

What's good  

  • Excellent audio quality
  • Lightweight
  • Long battery life

What's bad  

  • Generic design
  • Ear gel/clip fit is loose

While Bluetooth headsets aren't particularly exciting, Plantronics manages to offer a compelling package with the Explorer 500. At 7.5 grams, it is so light weight reviewers felt no discomfort wearing it for hours on end. Looks-wise it won't earn any medals. Experts describe it as "modest" and "generic." It sports an all-plastic construction and blends a matte finish on the back with a rubbery grip on the front. The included ear gel also comes with an ear clip for added security. Even with the ear clip experts still felt the fit was a bit loose and Phone Arena adds, "…it loses that snug fit with vigorous movement."

While it doesn't offer the features of higher end headsets such as water resistance, the Explorer 500 does come with its own unique offering – a microUSB cable strap. The strap, of course, is used for charging, but critics discovered the magnetic connection was strong enough to become a clasp, thus doubling as a handy carrying cable. As with other headsets of its class, it can be issued voice commands to Siri, Google Now and Cortana thanks to its A2DP Bluetooth connectivity. You can also pair up to two devices to the headset and switch between them with a press of a button.

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More important than design, of course, is audio quality. Here, the Explorer 500 impressed experts both with its noise-cancelling dual microphones and certified HD Voice. Even on busy streets, they were able to hear incoming calls quite well and outgoing calls were also clear. Battery life was another big win as they were able to get 7 hours of continuous talk time from the battery. If not in use, the headset goes to sleep and went up to 6 months without needing a recharge.

Overall, reviewers were very impressed with the overall quality of the Plantronics Explorer 500. Chip Chick states, "The Explorer 500 is an absolute great value." Boored at Work adds, "The Explorer 500 functions extremely well, with solid mic audio quality and great sound…It's a headset you can't go wrong with."

Reviews (7.8/10 Avg. rating)


Sets the benchmark for affordable, no-frills Bluetooth headsets

from PC Magazine

The Plantronics Explorer 500 isn't brimming with cutting-edge features, but it delivers reliable calling at a reasonable price. The Voyager 5200 offers better voice quality and range, but it's significantly larger and twice the price of the Explorer. If your needs are simple, the Explorer 500 is... More

The Plantronics Explorer 500 isn't brimming with cutting-edge features, but it delivers reliable calling at a reasonable price. The Voyager 5200 offers better voice quality and range, but it's significantly larger and twice the price of the Explorer. If your needs are simple, the Explorer 500 is a solid bet.

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Delivers an underwhelming performance with its call quality

from PhoneArena

Bearing a sticker tag of $60, that’s considerably less than the majority of models currently on Plantronics’ lineup. Factoring its support for HD voice, it’s not something we see in many headsets under the $50 price mark, so it’s a feature that benefits the Plantronics Exp... More

Bearing a sticker tag of $60, that’s considerably less than the majority of models currently on Plantronics’ lineup. Factoring its support for HD voice, it’s not something we see in many headsets under the $50 price mark, so it’s a feature that benefits the Plantronics Explorer 500. The more we think about it, though, it’s still tough to recommend picking up the headset – mainly because it delivers an underwhelming performance with its call quality. That alone makes it a hard sell in the greater scheme of things, seeing that entry-level headsets can be snagged around the $20 mark.

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An absolute great value

from Chip Chick

After testing the Explorer 500, we’re really impressed. For starters, it’s super comfortable – you can truly wear it for hours on end without any discomfort. The call quality and audio experience is also very good and on par with more expensive bluetooth headsets we have tested.... More

After testing the Explorer 500, we’re really impressed. For starters, it’s super comfortable – you can truly wear it for hours on end without any discomfort. The call quality and audio experience is also very good and on par with more expensive bluetooth headsets we have tested. All in all, for just $59.99, the Explorer 500 is an absolute great value. The Explorer 500 is also an affordable alternative to Plantronics’ more expensive Voyager Edge headset, and is also suitable for those that just don’t require all the extra bells and whistles that can be found in the Voyager Edge.

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Functions extreme well, with solid mic audio quality and great sound

from booredatwork

The Explorer 500 is the latest Bluetooth headset from Plantronics, who is know quite well for their world-class headset and audio devices. Yes the Explorer 500 is no exception to that distinction. Priced at $59.99 the Explorer 500 is a small compact super lightweight Bluetooth headset that comes... More

The Explorer 500 is the latest Bluetooth headset from Plantronics, who is know quite well for their world-class headset and audio devices. Yes the Explorer 500 is no exception to that distinction. Priced at $59.99 the Explorer 500 is a small compact super lightweight Bluetooth headset that comes bundled with a very unique magnetic USB cable that acts like holder.

On the Explorer 500 with a touch of a button, you can activate voice-control for smartphone assistants Siri, Google Now or Cortana, And to reduce the frustration of misunderstood commands – dual-mic clarity makes it easy for your smartphone to understand you. With A2DP, easily stream music, catch up on podcasts or hear GPS directions on the go. Further customize the headset by selecting one of three included built-in languages for whispered status alerts for power on/off, battery level and connection status.

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Offers good quality audio and an innovative strap that acts as both a charging cable and carrying strap

from Computerworld

The Plantronics Explorer 500 lists at $60, which is a very reasonable price for this well-designed and modestly-styled Bluetooth headset -- especially one with an innovative charge cable.

The Plantronics Explorer 500 lists at $60, which is a very reasonable price for this well-designed and modestly-styled Bluetooth headset -- especially one with an innovative charge cable.

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