Just want to point out that I have the Plantronics 665 and it does come with a wall charger.

Posted by on August 7, 2007 at 6:47 PM (PDT) Comment 1

I was testing out the Plantronics 665 as well. Mine also came with a wall charger, though it's not listed on the box contents nor in any review I've ever seen of the unit, so this may be a recent change. Mine was also $120 at BestBuy, and this wasn't a sale price.

The car charger for this is very cool. It bends at a 90 degree angle, so it ends up being very convenient. Plus, when you get a call, you remove the headset from the charger to automatically answer it, and if you place it in the charger after a call, it automatically hangs up. I also loved the size and the comfort of this headset.

However, I ended up choosing the Apple headset for a few reasons. As mentioned in this review, the sound quality between the 2 was very close, but the Plantronics AudioIQ would block noise well while talking, but as soon as you would stop, it would come back for a split second. This happened continuously, so the callers on the other end reported this as very distracting. Second, the Plantronics flashes a blue light repeatedly, and the charger has an intermittent purple glow, both of which are distracting and annoying while driving at night - I love the fact that the Apple headset blends in and doesn't have anything flashy like that. I also liked the convenience of being able to charge the iPhone and the Apple headset together, meaning I had one less cable to take with me on trips - not a major advantage, but a useful tiebreaker.

So, I liked the Plantronics better for comfort, car charger, and call back button, and the Apple headset had a slight advantage in call quality, size, lack of flashiness, and convenience.

Posted by Rod Dunn on August 8, 2007 at 7:15 AM (PDT) Comment 2
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