Plantronics - Explorer 505 Bluetooth Headset - Black

With a Bluetooth 4.1 interface, this Plantronics Explorer 505 203621-63 headset allows you to wirelessly pair with up to 2 compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices from up to 33' away. GSMA-certified HD Voice promotes vocal clarity.
$59.99

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Overview

What's Included


  • Explorer 505 Bluetooth Headset
  • USB charging strap

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2042 out of 2350)

Features


Bluetooth 4.1 interface

Allows you to wirelessly link with most Bluetooth-enabled devices from up to 33' away. The headset can connect to up to 2 devices simultaneously.

GSMA-certified HD Voice

Along with noise- and wind-canceling technologies enables crystal-clear communication.

Smartphone voice control

Lets you control functions simply by speaking.

Volume control

Allows you to adjust the listening level.

Rechargeable battery

Offers up to 7 hours of talk time and up to 6 months of standby time per full charge.


Customer rating

4.3
87%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Would buy again.

    Posted
    Steve

    Great buy if you're not looking for one of the huge background noise cancelling ear pieces. I wanted background noise canceling, but I wasn't willing to wear a brick on my ear all day. Noise cancelling: This is the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Callers have said they can hear birds chirping, running water at the sink, and other people talking loudly nearby. It really isn't a big issue. No one has complained, just asked if I was outside or washing dishes. My wife said the only thing that's loud on her end is running water at the sink, everything else was just small background noise...just don't wash dishes or your car and use this. Volume: flipping fantastic. Good bass for music, great call clarity, and I actually don't ever put it at max because it goes so loud. I can run my table saw or industrial shop vac and still clearly hear my music. Fantastic music headset. I'd buy it again, just for that alone. Durability: Tough. As. Nails. Been soaked in the rain multiple times, stepped on twice by me, and dropped a lot. Still works like new. I've attached a pic of how the whole shell is broken from me stepping on it, and then a pic of it snapped back together. Still works great. This thing is a tank. I've had several different brand ear pieces in the past. I'll be sticking with Plantronics products because of this ear piece.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not bad...

    Posted
    benjitek
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Previously had the Plantronics Voyager Edge headset and liked it, however, recently found out it melts after a session in the clothes dryer :-( Didn't want to spend that much again, so I went with the Explorer. It's an OK substitute, with a few of caveats: ** It comes with just one ear-gel cover size, medium. In my average-size ear, that means the ear-clip is a must, as the device falls out easily without it. The Edge ships with all 3 sizes, and the large-size provides enough staying power to use the headset without the clip. Plantronics offers a 3-pack of each size at their website reasonably priced with shipping at just over $5. The Voyager Edge had a bunch of motion sensor features, like answering a call if you put it in your ear, or pausing music playback if you took it out -- these functions often didn't work properly and I'd shut them all off, so I don't miss any of that. ** The earpiece itself is loud enough when on a call or listening to audio, but the voice prompts are barely audible unless you're in a quiet setting. They were much louder with the Edge. ** I kinda miss the call announcement feature of the Edge which spoke the callers name and had the option to 'answer or ignore' using voice. Not exactly a fault though, at double the price there have to be some features that aren't in the Explorer. I prefer the design and appearance of the Voyager 505 -- it's flat, and doesn't protrude out of the ear nearly as much as the Edge. The buttons are easier to deal with than the Edge. Overall, I'm pleased with the purchase but do wish it shipped with all 3 sizes of earpiece covers, and had louder voice prompts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Couldn't be happier!!!

    Posted
    Smackdab
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Being a Jawbone lover for years, and always thinking nothing else was better, I bought my first Plantronics bluetooth headset, an M25, and was immediately blown away by the battery life. Using these headsets for so long, I wondered how anyone can hold a phone to their ear for more than 10 seconds, as doing so absolutely drives me crazy! I always bought used Jawbones on Ebay, then realizing how important having a new one was, I splurged $100 and purchased the new Jawbone "Era by Jawbone", not to be confused with their previous model, the "Era", and was disappointed with the battery life (low battery alert with 27 minutes of talk time in 3 hours). My used M25 went for 2 solid days, and I talk A LOT! So, my next "new" headset was certainly going to be a Plantronics, and this one is wonderful! I've never installed the ear loop, it stays in my ear, unnoticeable even leaning back, has physical volume and on/off switches, and the Plantronics app on my Note 5 works great. I've even had to use the "Find my Headset" once, after misplacing it, and the squealing was plenty loud enough to go right to it. It even allowed me to raise the volume of the squeal of the headset, from the phone, in case I didn't find the headset and needed a bit more help. It even has a map of where it was last used, so it can be found that way. I only wish it had the battery life of my former Plantronics, the M25, because it was so spectacular in that regard. But hey, don't we all have micro usb chargers accessible in every room these days? Anytime during the day, I can just plug it in for 10-15 minutes, and it's pretty much fully charged again. But being a heavy talker, and I can almost get through the entire day on one charge with this one. That's great, especially compared to the 3 hours from my last "new" Jawbone. (Yes, I may have had a defective Jawbone, so I shouldn't blast them too much) But the Plantronics are batting .1000, and I'm as happy as I can be with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Explorer 505 has been a good headset so far

    Posted
    Starbase32
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I've had this headset for a couple of months now and it's been working pretty good so far. After having used the original Marque headset which lasted a couple years before I starting having trouble with it. I switched to the Marque 2 last year. It did not last very long before I started having issues with too. I was hoping the second edition would have been just as good if not better than the original one, but things just didn't work out that way. So I switched to the Explorer 505. And I am very happy with the performance so far. The reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 star rating is when I turn it on, it will connect to my phone but within a few minutes it will disconnect and a few seconds after that reconnect. After it reconnects it's fine and I have not noticed any other issues. I have not looking into the disconnect issue to see if there's a way to it fix yet. But one plus the Explorer has on the Marque headsets is it still gets signal from my phone when it's in my pants pocket. The Marque seemed to have trouble either getting or keeping good signal when I had my phone in my pants pocket. I have an original iPhone 6+ and normaly just have my khaki dress pants for work or khaki shorts on weekends nothing heavy, so I was not sure why the Marque was always having trouble with signal. I tend to keep my phone in my left pocket and my headset on my right ear which works fine with the Explorer headset. I had to either put my phone in my right pocket or take it out of my pocket all together to get good signal with the Marque series headsets. Which to me defeated the purpose of a hands free headset. I would recommend this headset based on my experience with it so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good for the money

    Posted
    Argo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This unit works very well. It connects quickly and stays connected and has excellent battery life. As with most units this small, the only real gripe I have is the speaker. The volume doesn't get as loud as I would like it to be. Working as a driver who needs hands free talking, it can be difficult to hear when picking people up at a crowded airport terminal or just trying to hear over people talking in the back of the vehicle. The only other complaint is very minor. It doesn't really fit into my ear very well and after a few hours, the back of my ear begins to hurt a bit from the plastic ear-piece - which is really necessary if you have adult size ears as the ear-piece alone won't fit well into your ear canal. Otherwise this is a solid, performing unit with good range (away from my phone - over 30 feet) and 7 + hours of talk time on a single charge. It is compact, charges pretty quick and the charging cable doubles as a belt hook. All in all, worth the money. If you don't want to spent $150 bucks on a super high end unit I think you will be well pleased with this, keeping in mind it's few minor flaws.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Headset

    Posted
    Farran
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I obtained this headset mostly to be able to answer the phone on long drives. The connection between the headset and my phone is solid, and very quick to connect when the device turns on. Audio quality is clear going both ways. My car is a little noisy but I can generally hear people okay. The clip is effective at holding the device in place and you can put it on with one hand without too much trouble. It can make your ear a little sore if you have it in for long periods, but nothing to worry about unless you plan on being on the phone for a few hours at a time (and really, you could say the same for most headsets at that point). Battery life is good and it plugs into a USB port to charge (with an included cable that doubles as a belt clip kind of thing), so it should work with computers and a lot of phone chargers, too. The charging cable does not have data contacts, so it will not prompt your computer to complain about needing drivers or some such. It does look rather strange as a result, but I assure you that it works well. Overall, this is a good headset and I would recommend it if you have a need of making hands-free calls, and your phone supports Bluetooth.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    I Really wanted to like this

    Posted
    Mastdog
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Ok, so I went on a rampage and purchased a whole bunch of stuff one afternoon at BB. One of the items I purchased was a new bluetooth headset as I spend a large amount of time in the car. I originally puchased another brand, and was not happy and exchanged it for this unit. Let me say, I was surprised that I only got one ear gel for the unit, and had to call in and wait 8 days for it to arrive. I was witholding judgement on the unit till then. Well they came, and I sadly have to now report. First off, I really wanted to like this headset as the volume was good. It never gave me fits to hear anyone. That being said, there are other issues. Pros - Good sound, looks good, decent but not great wind cancellation Cons - Fit, sound, App FIT, this unit has hurt my inner ear from the get go, and I was waiting to get the gels to trade it in but the others don't work. Wind Cancellation, you can have one window down, but if you do more than that, I am told it is like I have my head in a blender it is so noisy. I can't justify paying so much for a headset to have it act like my old 28 dollar one. and lastly, app. there is no real need to load the app as it is pretty worthless. All In all, if it fits your ear and you don't drive with your windows down, then this is an awesome headset. If you ever put your window down, then sadly, look elsewhere. That is what I am going to have to do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      PlantronicsRepresentative

      Thank you for your honest review on our Explorer 505, we will forward your feedback to our team for future consideration. Please don't hesitate to contact our customer care group at www.plantronics.com/support if you require assistance! Plantronics

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST YET!

    Posted
    VIDEOSCENES
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have always been frustrated by blue tooth headsets that claim to work seamlessly with your phone. Now, I have finally found a headset that truly delivers on this promise!! The Plantronics Explorer 505 is that headset! Once you turn it on, it is intelligent. It enters pairing mode automatically, and works with Apples SIRI, uses verbal cues to answer or decline calls and much more. The sweetest feature is its ability to connect to two different bluetooth appliances! I connect to my phone, and to my Ipad...it knows which one it's using, or whether both are being used and divides it's attention accordingly. It also comes with a "holder, charger" that not only charges the headset via USB, but also provides a storage solution for you headset! At $59 it is one of the best deals out there, and it's available now at Best Buy!!! It is brand-new to the Plantronics line, and this is the same company that makes Headsets for Air Traffic Controllers in the FAA! A dependable, excellent, company trusted by many!

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      PlantronicsRepresentative

      Thank you so much for your recommendation for Plantronics brand new Explorer 505 headset! We love to hear from Plantronics fans. If you haven't already, please join Plantronics Sounding Board community to share your Plantronics user experiences! Plantronics




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