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Plantronics M55 review

Have any corners been cut in Plantronics' budget headset?

Plantronics M55 review
It might not look like it, but there's a fair amount of bells and whistles included in the M55

TechRadar Verdict

Pros

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    Great price

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    Very good sound quality

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    Comfortable to wear

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    DeepSleep works well

Cons

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    Not the most stylish design

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    Some social media features only work in the US

It's fair to say that we loved Plantronics' premium headset, the Plantronics Voyager Legend, but how does its new budget Bluetooth headset, the Plantronics M55, fare?

Calling this a 'budget' headset might seem a bit unfair, because there is a lot of great tech included in this well-made product.

DeepSleep mode enables the Plantronics M55 to go for up to five months without charge, depending on how often you use the headset. The DeepSleep mode activates when the Plantronics M55 is separated from its paired phone for 90 minutes, and can quickly wake up when the phone returns into range.

While the Plantronics M55 lacks the premium design of the Plantronics Voyager Legend, it's still a brilliantly built headset, with some great features, and it's obvious that Plantronics hasn't cut corners when putting together this cheaper product.

The in-ear material has been redesigned, making for a much more comfortable - and sturdy - fit.

Voice commands are included, making this a more authentic hands-free device than many of the other products we've tested in the past. The noise cancelling technology works well, and sound quality is excellent.

Verdict

The Plantronics M55 Bluetooth headset is great value for money, including a build quality and features that aren't seen on more expensive headsets. We highly recommend it.

Matt Hanson
Matt Hanson


Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Computing and Entertainment, looking after two of the best, and most exciting, channels on the site. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made. He's also a huge film and TV fan and Marvel geek, and his favorite recent film is Dune.