Plantronics Explorer 500 - headset

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  • Headset
  • over-the-ear mount
  • Bluetooth
  • wireless
  • black strata
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  • Headset
  • over-the-ear mount
  • Bluetooth
  • wireless
  • black strata
Bluetooth headset with certified HD voice clarity, smartphone voice control, multi-lingual notifications, and USB charging strap.

Plantronics Explorer 500 - headset is rated4.05 out of5 by148.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poor VolumeBought this thru Verizon to work with my IPhone 7, read the reviews and really thought this would be a fantastic headset. I drive for a living so need hands free, it paired beautifully but no matter what you could not get the volume up high enough to hear. I tried with 2 other new IPhones and the same issue. I contacted Plantronics and wanted to exchange for a better set, but all I could do is exchange it. Exchanging it would not be much good, it worked with my Samsung phone so the issue appears to be a IPhone.
Date published: 2017-02-23T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AC WALL CHARGER?Why there is no AC WALL CHARGER? I liked the headset, pure sound and quick installation? However the ac charger nedeed.
Date published: 2018-02-07T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Black Explorer 500It is an ok Bluetooth headset. My biggest problem is with the volume-it is very low even at its highest setting. Plantronics should do away with the volume setting on this headset and have the volume controlled by the phone. The volume button is very difficult to operate. You have to push and release it for every increment to increase the volume and you have to do this every time you turn off or charge the headset because it does not hold the highest setting. This is it is very difficult to do while you are wearing the headset. Callers hear me fine and state is very clear which is s the only reason I am giving it three stars. If you need a headset yo use outdoors or in a noisy environment this is not the headset for you.
Date published: 2015-11-07T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from liked so much I bought a second!I have had an Explorer 500 for years, and am delighted with it. I am now using it at home to listen to books in the evening. I recently bought a second just to have a backup.
Date published: 2019-07-04T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awful features!Does not tell me who is calling me. I had a Bluetooth from 8 years ago that had better features than this one. I want to know what number is calling me and if they are in my contacts the name of the person.
Date published: 2016-10-07T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great soundI love that the sound is clear and that the caller doesn't hear a lot of the background noise that is always present in my work place. I would love to see one improvement made. I would love for the piece that goes up over the ear to made of something more flexible, so it could be more comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. I have to wear this for about 6 hours at a stretch, after about 3 I have to change out my bluetooth to an older Plantonics model.
Date published: 2015-10-26T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sleek and ComfortableFits nicely in the ear. Has clear reception and is easy to hear the conversation.
Date published: 2016-01-05T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very convenientBought it two weeks ago. Didn't tell people I was talking on it and they didn't seem to notice. Comfortable but ear piece is a little hard to put on.
Date published: 2017-06-16T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use and lightweightStarted using one week earlier like the easy ear fit and with the rubber clip holds in place while walkingWould like a higher volume but every caller hears me clearly and that's what countsHave not tested battery talk time but voice indicates six hours or seven when totally chargedLike the charging wand looks like an applie type design well designed and easy to use plugs in easily and the light indicates full charge
Date published: 2015-04-24T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality of soundClarity of sound and its ability to bond with two phones
Date published: 2015-05-25T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great head gearIt works just right .....not a lot of I can't hear u.
Date published: 2015-07-09T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mostly good, but some QC concernsI have owned the headset for just over three months and use for several hours each day. Generally, the Explorer 505 works well and as described. Battery time is good. Audio quality and volume are good. It's light weight and feels mostly secure, however I think I could benefit from a larger earpiece. My complaints are: 1) the finish on the inside is peeling and exposing raw metal. 2) the rubber cover on the outside is beginning to peel off. I expect that it will be completely off within a month or so. Hopefully, this will be covered under the warranty once I place a request. My only reason for delay is that it is still serviceable and I depend on it. I do not like the idea of being without it for any length of time. As a result, I will put off my request for a while.Yes I do recommend it as a quality headset with the reservations above.
Date published: 2016-04-29T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nullI bought this a couple weeks ago. It`s ok. It could be a little louder. I wanted to hear my ringtone through it, but didnt work. It does say incoming call. My text tones come through though.
Date published: 2015-09-11T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bluetooth Headset...Great sound, excellent quality when listening to music!! I can hear the voice very clearly when it reports the status of the headset. Headset has a very nice design. Much easier to put on that previous headset. It is an all around better headset than the previous headset!!! Thanks Plantronics for this Wonderful Wireless Bluetooth Headset!!!!
Date published: 2015-07-29T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Losses bluetooth connectionReceived the product just as it was released. Great fit and clear sound. Initial setup was very easy and the device reconnects very fast with my iPhone 5S. The problem is that it keeps dropping randomly the bluetooth connection, both in the middle of a call or when it is idle. Customer service is excellent and I'm expecting a replacement unit shortly. Maybe it was a defective unit. I will update when I receive the replacement. If it was not for the connectivity issue, it would be the prefect headset!
Date published: 2015-05-13T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 4th Explorer 500 purchaseThis is my 4th Explorer 500 headset. The sound quality is awesome. No echos. Very clear. It is also very comfortable to wear. My only complaint is I have never gotten 7 hours of talk time on any of the 4. The most I have ever gotten is about 5 1/2 hours, and this is when they are brand new. I recharge them completely after each use, and when I turn them on it will say I have 7 hours of talk time. However, I have never gotten this on any of the 4 that I have. If the amount of talk time was better this would be the perfect headset. I love it except for this.
Date published: 2017-07-05T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not worth the warrantySpend all this money on a Bluetooth only to be told that it is out of warranty by by 1 month and they will offer me it at a discount (ends up being the same as I spent when I first purchased it). No thank you I will purchase a Motorola Boom that last much longer and has a great warranty. I purchase many Bluetooth for my job so trust me when I say order a different brand. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2017-12-04T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Features workAll features work great. I forget I have iton, very comfortable. Con: only came with one ear peice,previous ordered came with 3, whichwould provide a better fit.
Date published: 2017-08-24T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Product is as described. Loudness is inadequate.Ingenious product ! Only problem is the upper volume limit is too low for a convertible.Should not be a problem if you have a quiet cabin.Does a good job of filtering out background noise.
Date published: 2015-10-12T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent deviceCrystal clear voice clarity, excellent baterie time.
Date published: 2015-11-13T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from instructions in other languages but not in englishI just bought headset seems to work ok for what I have figured out. The instructions came in several other languages but not english?!!
Date published: 2015-05-07T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Working and driving all day on the phoneThe sound clearty is really good on calls and on the meida . The size and weight is excellent . the battery run time is real good .the only thing I found that I was not happy about is the in call sound is just not loud enuff with the volume turned all the way up , when there is back round noise it a little hard to hear but if you play music or media it seems to be plenty loud . I have not found a way to make the in call volume louder . The sound clarity is excellent just needs to be a little louder for my kind of work .
Date published: 2015-10-05T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great earpiece! Clear reception!I purchased this unit a few weeks ago and have been using it daily. I've had no complaints whatsoever about clarity of reception from parties on the other end of conversations...unlike my experience with competitive products that had cost considerably more! Highly recommend it!
Date published: 2016-04-12T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad excuse for something new.I am comparing this to a M165 Marque 2. Battery life is 1 hour less, voice sounds immature, volume range inadequate, no true hands free option of control by saying "answer or ignore". One positive is one side is non slip. Apparently big selling point is charging strap. What a sad joke. Very disappointed!
Date published: 2015-07-24T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plantronics ExplorerThe sound could be slightly louder. But the sound quality is pretty good. I would have given it 4 or 5 starts, if it didn't have this annoying bug: when I listen to my iPhone voice mails on this booth headset, it beeps 4-6 times before starting the voice mail and playing the recording. It only happens on my two Explorer 500 headsets.
Date published: 2016-05-11T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ProductI have washed this ear piece twice and dried it in the dryer once. I droppedit at work. Found it the next day after a heavy rain storm. It still works. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2017-05-27T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lost my 500 headset three days inI bought this headset to replace my old voyager model. I wondered how securely the ear piece would lock into the magnetic belt. Not too well, I'm afraid. I'm pretty sure I lost the ear piece while leisurely walking down the streets of San Francisco. I didn't need the headset until the next day, so I am not sure where I lost it. Bummer. I'm glad I didn't pay a whole lot of money for the unit, but I'm still sad for the loss. I will not be purchasing that particular unit again, and when I do purchase a replacement (most likely still from Plantronics because overall I do like the products), I will just keep my practice of storing my earpiece in my sunglass case when not in use.Before I lost the unit, I got to use it for about two full days. The unit was a lot smaller than my Voyager. The piece fit nicely into my ear and I had no problem pairing the unit to my phone. There were times that the audio appeared to completely drop out though, but I didn't have the piece long enough to figure out if there was a problem between the Bluetooth and my phone, or if I or the person I was talking to was in a bad cell phone reception area. Hopefully a nice person found the piece and is happy with their find.
Date published: 2016-06-26T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So clear!I bought this for my wife and she was amazed at how clear the sound is. Quite an improvement over her old unit.
Date published: 2015-09-17T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very ComfortableI've used this model for several years. However, for the last two years, they've only lasted six months and I have to get a few one.The newest one I got today after the last one lost the on button, didn't come with any ear bud pads of different sizes like all the other headsets Plantronics sells. I guess I'll have to buy the small one separately.
Date published: 2018-11-11T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Talking in the car is easier nowMuch better than using a speakerphone in the car. I called my mom, and she told me that it was almost as good as talking on the phone when it's held up to my ear. It's plenty good enough for my use, and at a very reasonable price. Thank you!
Date published: 2017-05-09T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clear as a Bell!I bought e 500 January 1st. Folks who called me said it was clear as a bell. Thanks Plantronics.
Date published: 2016-01-02T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sound, Great Fit, Solid HardwareBest Bluetooth headset I've ever owned. And I've owned a few. I don't like those bulky around the ear styles. So this looked right up my line.It 'just fits' (without an ear loop) doesn't fall out EVER, it sounds great both ways, great volume, connects fast and I can walk a long way away from my phone and it just keeps working. Couldn't do this with my other earpieces and same phone.Kinda sad it doesn't have talking Caller ID. , and the incoming call announcement is a bit low. (the two reasons for my 4 not 5 rating)Overall this earpiece is so great to use I'll deal with my missing the talking caller ID. But it sure would be good to find out Plantronics offered an updated firmware to include that.The hardware and usability are GREAT. If you are shopping for another one, Don't pass this up.
Date published: 2017-05-15T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tinny SoundI have an older Plantronics 510 I think that produces a better sound for phone calls. This unit is just ok using with an IPhone 6plus.
Date published: 2015-04-24T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product.I purchased the first one for my wife and she loves it so much that I purchased this one as a gift for a friend.
Date published: 2015-12-17T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One the best devices I've ever hadIt's amazing. This is my first headset and I'm excited with its quality and functions. The battery life is perfect for the journey. Excellent option for everyone.
Date published: 2015-05-09T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovin my purchase!!I had my Bluetooth headset for about a little over a month and I just love the quality of sounds.
Date published: 2016-04-02T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, light, and easy to useIt is one of the most beautiful earphones I have ever use and very light and stay in the ear comfortably but what I didn't like is the microphone quality
Date published: 2015-06-11T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great features.I bought it about two weeks ago and I like it. Works great.
Date published: 2015-07-18T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than expectedHas great features. Has more capabilities than expected. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2017-07-11T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome productI bought this for my best friend, who is attached to her Bluetooth. She had lost her old one so I had seen the Explorer 500 and gave it to her as a gift. She absolutely loves it. She said it is the best Bluetooth she has ever owned. The sound is crystal clear and there is no distracting background noise, The battery life is great and I am so happy I made the choice to get her a Plantronics Bluetooth. I talk to her everyday and she always has her blutetooth on. Thanks again Plantronics for making my daily conversations with her the best.
Date published: 2015-06-10T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the features and the durabilityI love the features and the durability . I have owned Plantronics products over the past 10 years. I love the functionality and durability of each product. I will buy it again if I need to. I recommend this to everybody will be needs a Bluetooth headset for it works your flight!
Date published: 2017-07-16T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nullIt keeps dropping randomly the blutooth connection, both in the middle of a call or when it is idle
Date published: 2018-01-25T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use!New Hampshire went hands free on July 1st. I wanted to make sure I could receive calls when needed. This is a great product, just get it, I'm glad I did!
Date published: 2015-07-05T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It’s been the best Bluetooth ever!Bought this 2 years ago and have used it almost every day, with the exception of 2 months when I lost it. Works great, sound is clear, is comfortable and easy to operate/pair. Need additional earhooks for when they get lost.
Date published: 2018-07-06T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NONEI purchased the Explorer 500 a few months ago as my last Plantronics finally broke into many pieces. I LOVED my last one, however the Explorer 500 is nothing compared to the last one. The Explorer 500 has very little talk time despite the device being fully charged and confirming a 7 hour talk time, it only lasts about 2 hours. I wish I had known this prior to making this purchase and I would have sought another product/device.
Date published: 2018-11-19T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost perfectI purchased this to replace a previous Plantronic earbud that broke after about 8 years of use. I was looking for something as close to that as possible and this new version delivers.
Date published: 2015-06-24T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from palantronic 500I bought it a two weeks ago.it is exelent. Everythinh hears perfect in the ear it is very confort. I am in love with it
Date published: 2015-05-17T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practical and clearPlantronica just knows how to make quality products with remarkable fashion
Date published: 2015-05-19T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple to use, works fineDoes what i needed from an earpiece. Clear audio.
Date published: 2018-02-19T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from works as it shouldThe highest praise I can give to this product is that it works -- I can hear people and people can hear me. It also does a good job of blocking out background noise. I've had so many BT headsets that did not work that I gave up on them entirely for many years. I finally decided to see if the technology has improved, and guess what, it has. Yeah!
Date published: 2015-06-03T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not totally happyI bought this Bluetooth to replace my broken one. Like the flexible ear piece but my calls all sound muffled and I have difficulty in changing the volume. Also noticed the button to receive/end calls is hard so I have to really press it against my ear for it to respond. Maybe better for a guy???
Date published: 2016-01-06T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works well marquis 2 replacementCompared to predecessor (marquis2), the "voice" is actually too quiet---but rest of functionality is excellent
Date published: 2015-08-30T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent ProductThis item replaced my older Plantronics Bluetooth which my dog bit hard enough to destroy. I am and was very pleased with both.
Date published: 2015-06-11T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nullI bought this one about six weeks ago. I love plantronics blue tooths so much. The only things is the USB strap fell off one week after getting it. But still love it.
Date published: 2015-12-15T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nullAs usual plantronics makes a great ear bud that makes my life much easier. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2017-10-10T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good pieceNot as loud as legend but much better than the jabra stealth. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2016-03-26T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!Had it a year. Worked great until my new rescue dog got a hold of it. Looking to replace it soon.
Date published: 2018-12-18T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nullIm disappointed that the bluetooth does not read caller id
Date published: 2015-05-01T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great AudioI bought the M500 about two weeks ago, as an economical replacement to my Voyager Pro that had a disintegrated rubber ear cushion, and it has worked beautifully. For the price, it is well worth it.
Date published: 2015-06-14T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the size and the clarity of the sound.I recommend you to buy is great support to my phone
Date published: 2015-10-25T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NiceMy very first wireless bluetooth brand new in a sealed box and it was missing the charging cord. I was still able to use the bluetooth as it came fully charged...Called Customer Service and they sent me a cord asap.. WEIRD experience never had this happen before. Talk time is 7 hours. I watched a complete movie and talked and still had charging time left. Connects great to my Samsung S6 Edge. No problems with interference or outside noise my people hear me great even driving with the windows down. The only issue for me is the volume is not so loud even when I turn it up on my phone and the device. It's ok but when watching movies it has to be pretty silent in the room to hear it all...Other than that I have no problems..
Date published: 2015-05-22T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderfullUntil now I had the M 165 that was very good. But this one is much better especially the clearer high voice level and the distance you can here from your smartfone. Plantronics is steel Plantronics with it's excellent [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2016-01-13T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfy fitWhen I got my new phone, I knew that I wanted something sleek and comfortable to put over my ear and not into it, as my ears are small and any other Bluetooth accessory just would not work. Then I found these Plantronic earphones and ordered one. I love it..not only is it comfortable, it is also classy.
Date published: 2015-05-14T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great productExcellent function and great quality at a very good price
Date published: 2019-07-13T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfort, good micI bought this based on a magazine review that said it had good noise rejection, as I like to drive with my sunroof open most of the time. While it may not work at highway speeds, around town people can hear me fine with sunroof and windows open. Also, it's quite comfortable.
Date published: 2015-09-16T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good productComfortable, lightweight, well-secured on ear, very good quality sound, good voice pick up and blocking of background noise, easy to use.
Date published: 2016-12-17T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INDESTRUCTABLEI purchased my Explorer about 6 months ago and it has worked great. Excellent voice and call clarity and long talk times. But then it happened, I washed and dried my headset on a full cycle. I heard something hitting the inside of the dryer and promptly ignored it like any good husband would. My wife found it the next morning and it still worked!!!!!! It gets better, about a week later we got 18inches of snow here in Denver and while shoveling the driveway I sat my headset on the spare tire of the Wrangler. It fell off while driving in the snow, we searched for it but it was hopeless in the snow. Three days later when the snow melted off I found the headset in the middle of my road. Of course it had been ran over multiple times broken into pieces but it still powered up. Good job Plantronics this headset is a BEAST> See pics
Date published: 2016-03-30T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous HeadsetI've always admired plantronics for its quality & reputation. I love my new headset. Sleek design, robust functionality at a great price. Bravo!
Date published: 2015-05-14T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not so hotReplacing a Motorola HXT. Sound is fair at best and tinny. Expected better. Disappointing. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2016-12-13T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight, easy to use!I got this headset for our CEO and he is very pleased with it. Sound quality is great!
Date published: 2016-05-04T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incoming call qualitythe incoming call quality and volume in a noisy environment (such as your car) is horrible compared to the Legend. Would not recommend it for driving.
Date published: 2015-06-12T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use, good soundI bought this one because it got good reviews. It ain't fancy, just a few features. The sound quality is good. My family says they can hear me while I walk the noisy streets of new york city.
Date published: 2015-10-11T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!I purchase this about a month ago and have been really happy with it. Paired it with my Galaxy S5 and it works great. Love the extra features and listening to tunes when I'm not on the phone. Best Bluetooth ever!
Date published: 2015-06-18T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from M45 5 starM25 5 star. Brought several. Have been washed and dried. Dkscontinued. Hopefully this will b great replacement
Date published: 2016-05-19T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explorer 500Great headset. Audio quality is excellent. easy to use
Date published: 2016-03-10T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy setupI charged the unit, opened Bluetooth settings on phone and was able to connect first time. Works great.
Date published: 2016-08-08T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost perfect bluetooth headsetI upgraded from my Plantronics M1100 which was over two years old. The new Explorer 500 is even more compact with a longer run time (7 hours vs 4 hours), and it's even lighter.The Explorer 500 does not come with different size ear pieces. Rather, the attached earpiece is much softer to fit different ear sizes. My M1100 had three sizes. I prefer the single softer earpiece as it puts less pressure on my ear, and it's almost unnoticeable while wearing it. They also included an around the ear attachment, but I almost never use those.It works great with my Lumia 940 phone, allowing me to make a hands free call just by pressing and holding the main button. Volume controls are easy to get to, but the power switch has changed direction from the M1100. That'll take some getting used to, but this power switch is much stiffer which I like since there is less of a chance of switching it on accidently.Audio sounds great, and I can hear the other person very clear. The other person reported that I sound good as well. Volume is good. I usually keep it one or two notches from maximum which is comfortable for me. I haven't tried it on a windy day yet but almost every headset struggles somewhat with that anyway.The USB strap is very compact and portable and is a great to have. That said, I have USB charging cables all over my house, work, and car, so it's not much of an issue with me.For the price, this is a great headset. It's less than half the cost of some other premium headsets out there and works just as well. Plus, it has the latest standard of Bluetooth 4.1.
Date published: 2015-07-12T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Up to the TaskI bought this hands free after a lengthy discussion with the support customer service. I recently purchased an Alcatel 996G through Straighttalk. It was not working properly with my old Plantronics device. I have tried several different brands to integrate with this phone with no success. I specifically asked the rep if it would work giving him the name of my phone and the features I wanted such as announcing the caller if they were in my contact list. I also was very specific about my carrier ATT. I was told that there would be no problem integrating with my cell phone. What I have experienced is that calls are inaudible, the voice prompt does not recognize the contact I wish to call, and the overall reception is horrible. Now one might say that this is the fault of the phone and carrier, and indeed it probably is. However, I was specific in my questions and very specific about carrier and device brand. Basically, I have a new hands free that works no better than my old one.
Date published: 2015-07-04T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Volume much too low.This bluetooth headset has very low sound even with the volume adjusted to maximum volume. It cannot be heard even in a mildly noisy situation like in the car. I will be returning mine.
Date published: 2017-09-05T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!Over all, I love this. This is my third one. I lost one, and last one wouldn't hook up to my new phone. It operates beautifully. My only issue is the ear piece quality is not as good as my original, and it keeps falling out.
Date published: 2019-06-05T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ProductRecently, I purchased the product and very satisfied with the sound clarity, convenient storage and charging capability.
Date published: 2015-07-20T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nullI was hoping that the Explorer 500 was going to be as good or better than the Plantronics M55...it is not! The volume is not loud enough.
Date published: 2015-07-22T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome productI bought this a month ago was well worth the investment great adio quality and very comfortable
Date published: 2017-12-10T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explorer 500I bought one of theses a few months back and I have dropped it in the mud, hot tub, forgot it in my ear and I have showered with it and it still worked same for my husband as well but I dropped mine in my dog pen and I didn't get to it in time to save it so I had to buy another one and I will continue to buy this product it works and last all day if I'm not listing to music , if Iam listening to music it last 3/4 of the day. It all around great buy and works great! Also it charges fast as well [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2017-04-04T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not my First choicethe sound is very poor for a Plantation blue tooth.
Date published: 2015-07-01T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good sound quality at a good priceI bought this a few weeks ago. When traveling I like to keep two Bluetooth with me. This one was going to be my backup but it quickly became my first choice. It's comfortable in the ear, has decent background noise filter, and doesn't get interference when I'm around computers. Best of all, it worked VERY WELL in convertible with top down/windows up!
Date published: 2015-06-17T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DisappointmentVery hard operation button, difficult to locate and press. Awful plastic earloop - very hard and not adjustable. The body is very fragile. It fell out of my ear on the road - got a big dint. Eats up much energy. Have to recharge almost every day. Good sound. Little. Have used ML20 for over 2 years, that one is fantastic - but too big and has no streaming audio.
Date published: 2015-11-13T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Previous Plantronics userI had a another product from Plantronics awhile back. Since then I've tried a few different manufacturers products. Glad I came back to Plantronics. All their products are worth it.
Date published: 2016-03-15T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great FitThe design fits perfectly on my ear so I can wear it for a long time without any discomfort. The audio is clear and the functions are easy to use.
Date published: 2015-05-19T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great featuresI love this handsfree. Very reliable. Good sound.
Date published: 2017-09-08T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AwesomeMuch better then the others with a better price tag [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2018-04-12T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid all around ear budI bought this as a gift for my brother. He has reported that it not only meets his initial needs for a bluetooth headset but also enjoys the extra features available thru this model such as doubling as a headset for listening to music.
Date published: 2016-11-16T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not as great as M165Plantronics is always great, but I think the M165 is a better product from battery performance to the hardware included.All of the sudden to charge my device I have to have some other device with an usb. Funny how they assume we have that.
Date published: 2015-10-14T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It got looks, features and a bad speaker too!Just received it today, It pairs easily, connects strong, voice guided command works as expected, people can hear me crystal clear. No issues at all. But, it fails in delivering clean, distortion-free, sweet sound like either a M165 or Voyager Legend. I am a big fan of Plantronics headsets, recommended to many friends and have all three of them in my family now, but I regret ordering Explorer 500 on the day of it's launch before someone reviews it.
Date published: 2015-04-27T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS BLUETOOTH!This is the second Explorer 500 I have owned--after several years the volume control on my first Explorer 500 finally pooped out. Just in case they discontinue, I have purchased a second. Great sound (according to family and friends), great features and so easy to use.
Date published: 2018-07-24T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice unitI purchased online after reading reviews and previous experience with Plantronics hbluetooth headsets and I was not not dispointed. Easy to set up and easy to use, nice voice and audio quality, looks great and hope to enjoy this for years to come.
Date published: 2017-03-22T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT!!!I bought a cheaper one for business and stopped working in just a week, then got this one and it was working perfectly best one I've had! worth the price
Date published: 2016-06-28T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VolumeThis is my second Bluetooth this was purchased by my company for me. The volume quality in the car or if you are outside is terrible. Inside with no outside interruption is great quality. I have the volume turned up on the phone and the headset and you can barley hear the other party, however they can hear you on the other end fine.. Plantronics needs to do something about this I know I am not the only one based on reviews.
Date published: 2016-07-24T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great blue tooth!I bought this after losing my old (Plantronics) blue tooth. I love this newer model! It gives helpful information when you turn on the blue tooth, such as how much talk time is left. The voice is more soothing and easier to listen to than on my very old model. I also love the "find me" feature on this version, so that if I misplace it, I can use my phone to help search for it. I'd definitely recommend the Explorer 500 model!!
Date published: 2016-06-29T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best bluetoothbest bluetooth ever....i have only plantronics bluetooth.. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2017-02-09T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent produceBest bluetooth earpiece I have ever had. I hope I don't lose it.
Date published: 2015-07-28T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from E-500Love the size and ease of use, I have to be careful it fits my ear so nice I forget I even have it in. Nothing more embarrasing than looking around for my ear piece only to find out its in my ear,
Date published: 2018-01-04T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Repeat customerI owned a Plantronics ear bud for four years. I had good luck with that, so I came back when it was time to purchase a new one.
Date published: 2015-06-20T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bir less volume!I bought E500 after I lost my M165. I had more volume and it was easier to hear with M165 E500 is visually better but the volume is less. I would give M165 5 star, but I could only give 4 stars for E500.
Date published: 2015-06-11T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great productI had it about few weeks and works great. It gives you how much talk time i have, but one thing i dislike the product is the bottom to answer the call is hard to find. Other wise works great
Date published: 2015-06-22T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blue tooth Explorer 500I had a plantronics and so I seen this new one and I really liked the white one so I bought it I was right to get it. I like how it is small and stays in my ear better. It has really good sound.
Date published: 2015-07-01T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product but......I love plantronics products but you have changed the ear tips and I am allergic to this clear tip ,the black tip you used to have was fine and comfortable and I need a cord to charge my phone this jack thing is not working
Date published: 2015-06-11T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poor qualityI am very satisfied with this bluetooth, but I have to change it every 6 months, because the plastic cover of the button snaps out.I am good for the first year (warranty-replace), but after that period, I will be out of luck.
Date published: 2018-03-14T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Product!I purchased this product today and I am so impressed with its' load of great features. I was in need of a Bluetooth headset, that wouldn't hurt my ear. I simply love it so far.
Date published: 2016-08-01T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from poeple don't hear me...I bought it before Christmas. It was easy to assemble.I hear very clearly but poeple don't hear me well, even if I speak very loud.I gave it to my daughter and she has the same problem.
Date published: 2018-02-18T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It looks goodI have had this for about 3 weeks. I am having trouble fitting it to my ear so it is not as loud as it can be.
Date published: 2015-08-02T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mid Rage Headset for small to medium call volume!This Headset is middle of the road.Comfortable and has some noise cancelling HD. The charge strap is practical for handbags and travel bags. However for hard case protection you back want to splash out and go for a Legend.
Date published: 2017-03-05T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent sound quality in the car and everywhereI have had many devices and clients have never been happy with the quality... this product has been the best yet!
Date published: 2015-10-21T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DecentI love the style and comfort. However, I definitely wish the volume was a little louder. - Overall, I'm happy with it so far. It is definitely comfortable and it looks good.
Date published: 2015-08-29T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blue toothThis product works great,and at a reasonable price for a blue tooth.....Would purchase again [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2019-06-22T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features, compact and gret soundGlad I got this one since it was compact, easy to operate and holds a charge longtime. I also got the white one so that I can switch off charging them and always have one in the car while the other is charging.
Date published: 2017-07-10T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!!!Fits perfectly. Great clarity. Looks great! I have recommended to friends and co-workers. So much cleaner than those clunky around the neck bluetooths.
Date published: 2017-12-19T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this blue tooth!!!I purchase this Bluetooth a couple of weeks ago and am very happy with it. I love the way it fits my ear, I wear it for hours and forget it's there. Very comfortable! I also love the charge strap for carrying. Ingenious!!! Thanks again!!
Date published: 2015-06-08T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nullI bought the first one 11-15, lasted til 7-16, warranty replacement was great but this one stopped working 4 months later. I thought it was a great product but with it lasting only 4 months can't give a good rating. The only way to get it replaced is to pay half the price for a refurbished. I don't think so after product only lasting 4 months.
Date published: 2016-11-13T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Decent quality, good features, wrong buttonsI've used this model for a few hours of total talk time.- Fit is excellent- Call quality is generally good, though it is muffled at times (confirmed by switching to speaker and having quality improve)- Volume up and down buttons on my exact device are switched. Very strange issue to have.- Nice to be able to activate Siri from the device- Battery life seems okay, though it definitely drains even when turned off.
Date published: 2015-10-05T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great new Bluetooth headsetJust got it a few days ago and the sound quality is great along with 7 hours of talk time.
Date published: 2015-04-29T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nullI like that it's small but not flimsy and it's pretty comfortable.I would like it better if you didn't have to press so hard on the earpiece to talk into it.
Date published: 2017-05-05T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLANT FITEXCELLANT AUDIO. NO BACKROUND NOISEIN AND OUT CALLS VERY VERY CLEAR
Date published: 2015-07-21T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No complaintsI really enjoy using my earpiece it has made my life a lot easier! Clear reception battery longevity, comfortable in my ears...the best I've used thus far.
Date published: 2018-04-07T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly Easy to Use & you can hear and be heardThe Clarity is really good easy to use, the only thing is you can't speak to answer, but other than that it works and you will be glad you got it.
Date published: 2016-07-22T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really like the look, volume and clarity of soundThis is my 2nd Plantronics. You don't have to spend a bundle to get a bluetooth with great reception and charge that lasts. Only things I miss from my previous one is no size adapters for the ear piece and it doesn't take long for my ear to become uncomfortable while wearing it. I also miss the 11 hour charge you used to get with my old one. Would still be using it if it hadn't bit the dust!
Date published: 2017-08-04T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prime ReviewI am really new to ear pieces. Getting to familiarize myself with this one, but it keeps falling off my ear.
Date published: 2015-06-19T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect bluetoothI lost my first one and purchased the same unit again. It is a nice unit.
Date published: 2017-01-26T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Upgrade If You Have A M155 SeriesThe Explorer 500 is so much better than the M155 series!. The voice prompts are louder. The in range connection seems faster. The earpiece is more comfortable in your ear and is not as still as the ones shipped with the M155 series. I only use Plantronics headset equipment
Date published: 2016-08-13T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good sound & lightweight in earI've had a few Bluetooth. I'm always looking for something that's lightweight, good quality and long talk time. This meets all of that. Pause the new magnetic USB strap/charging cord takes it over the top. I thought it would fall off but after having it a week strapped by belt loop, it's doing great! 7 hours of talk time!
Date published: 2015-06-01T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good experienceAfter all this is my first Bluetooth headset after 5 years. It's was all good with connection and clear. But the things it'd always didn't function well with my wechat and whatapps msg. Sometime the sound come with uneven? Please advice
Date published: 2016-06-05T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not the GreatestI'm one of those people who likes the latest and greatest, however after using this for about a week, I prefer the "M165 Marque 2". The main reason I purchased the Explorer was for the noise/wind reduction, however I found no improvement over the Marque 2. The USB charger is "cool" but only about 8 inches long so in some situations can be problematic to use, and it does not come with a normal plug in charger. The voice command never really worked, it says to hold down the call button for 2 seconds (or varies on some BT's) nothing happens and the instructions "could vary" are not very enlightening. All in all I guess I was hoping I was paying for something new and improved, but found the functionality, sound and button configuration better on the Marque 2, and the Explorer 500 to be just the same old technology wrapped in a new fancy box with a higher price tag.
Date published: 2015-07-06T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good with Android, horrible with Windows phoneQuite basic and straightforward hansfree. Light weight, clear sound, good battery life.Has quite a few downsides too, some smaller and some bigger.The ear clip became painful to wear after an hour or so. The earbud was a good size for my ear and I didn't really need the clip around the ear. Earbud broke after a month of use and it was not too easy to get a replacement since I'm not in the US.Biggest problems were the compatibility issues. I have an Android phone and a Windows phone and have to swith between these every two days or so. With Android I had no issues, but with the windows phone I had regular pairing problems and the biggest downside was not being able to raise the volume enough to actually hear anything. I tried using the maximum volume with the phone and max volume from the handsfree but I got no response from the hands free volume control. The only solution I found was to push the earphone against my ear so that there was no ambient sound to disturb the call and naturally this is not hands free anymore.With Android I had none of the mentioned problems though and I'm generally happy with the product.
Date published: 2017-09-29T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from To big on ear pieceThe ear piece is to big and can't get it to stay in ,y ear
Date published: 2016-06-05T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Louder than before, great in the carI've been a Plantronics loyalist over at least 3 generations of this bluetooth headset and the Explorer 500 is the best yet. A slightly longer battery, much louder earpiece and VASTLY superior mic performance in the car all make this my favorite iteration.
Date published: 2016-03-21T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best I used so farI have used at least 5-6 kinds and this one is by far the best; very nice design including the USB cable, long-life battery, and great features !
Date published: 2015-05-19T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nullThis as always is a great product. I am on my 5th ear piece from plantronics. They by far are the leaders in this technology.
Date published: 2017-09-06T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great, sound is solidI have had the Explorer 500 for a few weeks now and it is a solid performer. While I can't keep it in for more than a few hours at a time without it getting uncomfortable, for the length of a phone meeting or two (30-45 minutes) it is perfect. Easy to use and small enough to be unobtrusive.
Date published: 2017-05-24T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good FeaturesVolume could be a like higher but its good on next model [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2016-12-17T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent sound qualityI purchased this a couple of weeks ago. I am extremely happy with the voice / sound quality. I am having just a little trouble keeping it in my ear.
Date published: 2015-06-16T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands free talkingI bought this item to replace an older model. The fresh look and great sound make it well worth the price. Would recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2016-12-28T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent fit for a replacementI received my Explorer 500 headset as a Christmas present after I had mistakenly left my previous Plantronics headset on top of the car before take-off (heavy snowfall during that time, and length of the drive, meant no chance of recovery). I've had no complaints so far. The battery life is quite nice for active talk time, though I don't use it for extended periods of time, and I typically leave it off when I'm at home and not out and about. While I was a bit wary over the design of the charger itself initially, I've come to appreciate the flexibility and design of it. Especially over the hard plastic, hinged charger of my previous headset (always bumped into it during charging, causing some minor damage to it). I haven't noticed any degradation or interruptions with the Bluetooth connections to both my PC and Galaxy during use, whether for music or calls. Overall, I'm very satisfied with this product and would definitely recommend this product.
Date published: 2018-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explorer 500I received the Plantronics Explorer 500 about a week ago. Great Bluetooth Headset. Easy to pair. Easy access to all buttons.
Date published: 2015-04-24T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great featuresGood sound quality and easy to use all the features [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2016-11-15T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Bluetooth Bad InstructionsThe headset itself is great but the instructions or diagrams are very poor. Unless you have prior experience with such headsets you could hardly figure out how to turn it off and on relying upon the enclosed directions.
Date published: 2015-05-03T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought this to replace my M165People on the phone were complaining they couldn't hear me clearly. My aging M165 has probably gotten wet one too many times so I started searching for a replacement. I found a competing model lying around my desk at work that came free with my work-issued Samsung phone. It was terrible and lost pairing daily so I knew I needed to order another Plantronics.I'm very happy with the M500. The voice prompts are more whisper-like and less intrusive than they were on my 165. Callers say they can hear me clearly. The M500 is very comfortable in my ear. It was very easy to pair with both my personal phone and my work-issued phone and it's easy to accept and end calls.
Date published: 2015-07-26T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just for us girlsLightweight, easy to use, as in not complicated at all in anyway, but oh so effective when it comes to call and music quality. Yes, I said music, you can stream music & it doesn't suck the life out of the battery. Yeah, the battery life is, nice, sometimes you don't have to charge for two days. Only down side, I lose them because they are so small & lightweight. Also, this is funny, I work at a mental health facility, when I'm walking outside the officers looking at the cameras see me and initially think I'm talking to myself, until I pass another camera and they see the device in my ear. I get a big laugh as a result.
Date published: 2016-11-02T00:00:00-04:00