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Jabra versus Plantronics

08/28/04 | by JAdP | Categories: Mobile and Wireless, Toys and Tools, TIA Tools & Toys, Bluetooth

Recently I had the opportunity to use a Plantronics M3000 Bluetooth headset for several months. My normal headset is a Jabra FreeSpeak BT200. The Jabra is easy to use, extremely comfortable, and produces high-quality sound through both the speaker and the microphone. The Plantronics doesn't match any of these.

Initial Impressions

  • Just on taking the Plantronics out of the box to charge it up, the first impression is that the Plantronics is heavier and much larger than the Jabra.
  • The Jabra comes with a belt-clip that also doubles as the charging "stand".
  • The Plantronics charger plugs directly into the headset.
  • The Jabra wrap-around earpiece is molded into the headset and is a very soft material. The Plantronics wrap-around earpiece is separate and is a hard plastic. The Plantronics comes with a small and a large earpiece. The Jabra comes with three (small, medium and large) eargels - very soft, pliant earplugs that fit over the speaker.
  • The Plantronics is more expensive (street price) but promises more battery life.
  • The Jabra manual is a stapled booklet in English, Espanola and Fran�ais containing approximately 26 pages of content in each language. The Plantronics manual is a fold-out brochure in English only with 16 pages of contents. The page size for both is about the same: ~ 6x4+ inches.

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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