When we talk about Bluetooth headsets there are plenty of models and options. While most try to be different in design, few address the main concern for mobile users: talk time. Plantronics released the M3000 Bluetooth headset to address this issue. This model offers eight hours of talk time with full battery, and has the added benefit of a user replaceable battery.
The headset is very light at 30g, with a length of 8cm. It comes with two ear loops (medium and large) which can be positioned to be used on either left or right side of the head. Although I don't think they're easy to break, replacement ear loops are available should the user need additional ones.
The headset works with both audio profiles available for mobile phone use, the Headset Profile and Handsfree Profile. It means you can use the M3000 with all mobile phones currently in the market, including the Siemens S55 and the Nokia 3650. It also works well with the Sony Ericsson P800.
The M3000 looks
The controls are easy to access, but there are more buttons than in other devices (I remember my first Bluetooth headset was the Ericsson HBH-20 and it has only one button). The volume button is located close to the M3000's nose. Next to this volume button it's the on/off switch. The answer button is located in the front of the headset.
During a call you can mute the headset by pressing the on/off button. You can also reject an incoming call by holding the Answer button when the incoming call is announced. This will send a busy signal back to the network and the call will be diverted to the default On Busy transfer number, sometimes the voice mail. If there's no default number the caller will hear an engaged ringback tone.
In addition to these features you can press the talk button twice quickly and redial the last number called. Mind you this is only available when using the Hansfree profile with corresponding mobile phones.
Pairing requires pressing both the on/off and talk button at the same time and holding until the LED turns red. The default PIN is 0000.
It's interesting to note that this headset looks almost the same as the Nokia HDW-2. so much so that Blueunplugged lists the ear loop replacements as fit for both device models. There a couple of differences though, including the promissed talk time and the external colours. In my opinion the Plantronics M3000 colour scheme looks better.
Using the headset is quite easy. It's by no means a big headset, and its ear loop slips easily into behind the ear, with a twist at the end. You might feel it dangles when positioned, but it fits securely in place and will not fall off, even though this is the first impression.
The side view
The sound quality during calls is very good. It does not present echoes in neither side of the call. A couple of times the person I was talking to asked if I was using a speakerphone, but it seems not a big problem.
The Plantronics M3000 is available in New Zealand through Atlas Gentech, and users can find it through most of the Vodafone retailers. It's also available on-line through our associate links to Blueunplugged (below) or Amazon (on the top right).