A couple of weeks ago we looked at Plantronics M2500 which we found to be a great value but still had some issues that we could not recommend it. Today we looked at the Plantronics M3500 the bigger brother of the Plantronics M2500. Read further to see our further review …
The M3500 is shaped much different than the M2500, instead of carrying the internals of the device behind the ear the M3500 internals are in the boom part of the device. This is the more conventional shape of BlueTooth headsets. Our first impression of the device was that it was on the chubby side. Weight is a definite issue with this headset tipping the scales at 29 grams. Although after awhile you do get use to carrying the extra weight you never overcome the bulkiness of the head set. The bulkiness does affect the comfort, this is a definite issue that Plantronics needs to work on in the next version of the M3500.
Controls are laid out logically and are easy to reach and control with your fingertips. There is a power button, a volume control rocker switch, a call control button, and a single bright LED status indicator. Like the Plantronics M2500 there is no need for a separate cradle because there is a power jack on the opposite side of the volume control. The M3500 supports some common headset features such as switching voice between the handset and the headset, mute, call reject and last number redial functions. To pair the headset, push down the Talk button along with the Volume Up button until you see the LED flashing red and green alternately.
The major strong point of any Plantronics handset is the audio quality and the M3500 head set is no different. With extra features digital signal processor (DSP) and their new Audio IQ cancellation technology it makes talking on the head set very pleasing, especially in noisy situations like in traffic or on the subway. We were a bit skeptical on the Audio IQ but the difference was night and day, it worked well canceling out background noise.
Due to these extra features of DSP and Audio IQ the battery life suffers greatly, Plantronics claims 3-4 hours of talk time as opposed to the 5 hours of talk time with the M2500. You do have the ability to disable Audio IQ by quickly pressing the power button twice. It should be known that Audio IQ will automatically reactivate itself on the next call.
The Plantronics M3500 does have its fault and it is hard for us to recommend the headset mainly due to the price, bulkiness and discomfort. But the M3500 does excel where it counts, and thatâ€™s in audio and call quality thanks to DSP and Audio IQ technology. The headset retails for a price of $169.99 but a quick Google search youâ€™ll find some better deals.