Plantronics Discovery 925 Bluetooth Headset ReviewSun, Jun 01, 2008 - 12:00 AM
Plantronics Discovery 925 – Innovative Features & Comfort
Fitting the Discovery 925 is very simple and pretty unique. When we first opened the box, I thought there were some pieces missing since I didn’t see a large ear hook or even a large earpiece to keep the headset mounted in the ear. The ear gel that Plantronics includes is very minimal – even the large size. Its unusual shape has a stabilizer that helps keeps the speaker close to your ear canal.
The comfort level of the Discovery 925 is incredibly nice. After finding the right size to wear, you start to wonder why manufacturers haven’t come up with a similar design yet. A friend of mine who has small ears and has always had problems wearing “in-the-ear” type of headsets was able to fit the Discovery 925 with no problems at all. It doesn’t matter if you are left-ear or a right-ear Bluetooth wearer, you can switch between ears with ease. Some headsets like the Jawbone require you to physically change the hardware for this basic switch. After using the 925 for a few days, there is no way I want to go back to the “ancient” fit of an ear hook like the Jawbone or “deep in the ear canal” of the Gennum. These headsets are great performers, but their fit is not as comfortable, free and versatile as the 925.
Pairing the Discovery 925 to our Bluetooth enabled mobile phones was very easy. We easily paired the 925 to our Palm Treo 750 as well as our Apple iPhone. Both mobile phones found the Plantronics headset and finished pairing in less than a minute. A very cool thing about this headset is that it contains something called “QuickPair” to help with initial set up. When you first turn on the 925 out of the box, the headset enters pairing mode and stays there for 10 minutes. This simplifies the entire process and gets you up and going very quickly.
Plantronics also included something called Multipoint Technology. This is so a user can have an active connection with two Bluetooth phones. We tested it and liked this feature since it did alleviate the need to sync the phone every time we wanted to switch phones. The 925 remembers the last phone you use and will swap over to your other mobile phone when you initiate communications from the handset. If you use two mobile phones or are constantly switching handheld devices, this feature is worth its weight in gold. Expect to see other headset manufacturers enable this type of feature in upcoming models. For now, though, Plantronics is setting the pace with innovative ideas and technology.