Power On. Talk time 11 hours. Phone 1 connected.

by Volker Weber

I may be the world's biggest Plantronics fanboy. Simple reason: I have never seen a bad Plantronics product. When the company announced the low cost M25 and M55 headsets, I needed to try them. And again, I am not disappointed. This headset is tiny and very light - just 8 grams. To my American friends that is a quarter ounce. I could probably wear it all day without any irritation.

What sets it apart is a feature that Plantronics has trademarked as DeepSleep. You switch it on and it connects to your phone. Then, when it does not see your phone for 90 minutes it goes into a sleep mode which it can hold up for up to 5 months. No typo, five months. One press of a button and it wakes up. This would be the perfect headset for a car. Switch it on and put it on your center console. Recharge it maybe once a month. As much as I use my car, I would need to charge it maybe four times a year. ;-)

There are four things in the box. The earpiece, a MicroUSB cable, a cigarette lighter plug and a clear soft loop that wraps around your ear. I have attached the loop to the earpiece since I am not confident enough that it does not all out.

And about that headline - that's what the headset says to you when you switch it on. 11 hours talk time. Eleven hours! I love it when devices talk to me and I don't have to figure out what's going on. The power switch is mechanical, so you know whether it's on or off. This means it does not have to flash a LED to show it's on. Press the volume up and it beeps. Repeat pressing it and it will say "Volume Maximum". Hold the master button that makes or breaks calls and you are talking to Siri on your iPhone.

And the sound? Excellent as ever. On the same level as the Voyager Pro. Go on Amazon and search for "Plantronics M55". You'd be surprised how affordable it is.

There is one thing the Voyager Pro does way better. The M55 does not know whether it's on your ear. If you are not wearing it on your head, and it's switched on, you are very likely to butt-dial the number you just called. So, if you take it off, you can't just put it in your pocket. You will then have to switch it off completely.

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Wird der Ladestand des Headsets beim iPhone auch in der Statusleiste angezeigt?

Christian Hirth, 2012-09-08 23:47

Na klar. Aber das Headset erzählt ja selbst schon viel präziser wie es ihm geht. Siehe Überschrift.

Volker Weber, 2012-09-09 00:05

Hab schon etwas gegoogelt, aber der Unterschied zwischen dem M25 und M55 sieht nicht so gross aus, oder? Der Preis von beiden ist super, aber mir ist nicht ganz klar warum man das M55 statt dem M25 kaufen sollte. Hab ich irgendwas übersehen oder falsch verstanden?

Gerhard Poul, 2012-09-09 15:08

Ich sehe den Unterschied auch nicht, finde das M55 aber etwas hübscher. Mit dem inkludierten Service kann man hier nichts anfangen.

Volker Weber, 2012-09-09 19:14

"The M25 apes its pricier sibling except it lacks the Vocalyst service and voice activated answering." (Engadget)

Nimmt man also den Service weg, bleibt als Unterschied neben der Optik nur die Spracheingabe zum Annehmen eines Anrufs beim M55. Aber Headsets darf man ja im Auto noch anfassen.

Oliver Regelmann, 2012-09-09 22:56

That's why I often buy technical devices only, after it gets a "vowe's choice award". Thanks for the great review!

Alper Iseri, 2012-09-10 09:25

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