Plantronics Marque 2 M165 Review

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Experts assert this model from Plantronics trails the competition in audio quality. It provides good talk time and is comfortable to wear.

The Plantronics Marque 2 M165 impresses expert reviewers with its battery life but not with its audio quality. For its Plantronics Marque 2 M165 review, Phone Arena clocked talk time at slightly more than six hours, which is better than average for budget Bluetooth headsets. But that fact alone isn't sufficient reason to embrace the Plantronics Marque 2 M165. This expert review asserts that listeners can hear callers clearly but incoming voices sound strained, and noise cancellation is slow to kick in. Some users share similar grievances, but with a twist: In Plantronics Marque 2 M165 reviews at the company site, critics contend that outgoing voices sound muddy while participants at the other end hear just fine. Top Ten Reviews asserts that audio sounds tinny and noise cancellation is mediocre despite the presence of dual microphones.

On the up side, experts note the comfort on the ear and ease of use; that is, the convenience of a device that responds to basic voice commands (e.g., answering calls) and recharges through a microUSB port rather than a proprietary port. Many users, meanwhile, express satisfaction with the audio, the fit, and the battery life.

The Marque 2 M165 (starting at $30, Amazon) is rated for seven hours of talk time and up to 180 days in deep sleep mode. It supports A2DP (for pairing with devices that stream multimedia audio, including GPS) and can be paired with two devices at the same time. It comes with three sizes of flexible gel eartips, which is a big plus for users.

Expert skepticism about call clarity and noise cancellation weigh on this fairly basic headset, although everyday users seem to think it works well enough. The Plantronics Marque 2 M165 sits within the budget zone but there are better sounding headsets for about the same price.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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