Plantronics Pulsar 260 Bluetooth Headset
Manufacturer: Plantronics, Inc. Part number: 37677-25
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CNET editors' review
price range: $28.49 - $99.99
- Reviewed by: Nicole Lee
- Reviewed on: 04/24/2007
The good: The Plantronics Pulsar 260 is easy to use, has a comfortable fit, and can be used to stream music to your home speakers too.
The bad: The Plantronics Pulsar 260 has a rather uneven and cumbersome headset cord.
The bottom line: The Plantronics Pulsar 260's excellent sound quality and user-friendly controls make it a great stereo Bluetooth headset.
I'll be in the market again for stereo bluetooth
by tberke on July 13, 2007
Pros: Good ear fit, ease of use, ability to leave pendant with phone to keep connection
Cons: Inexplicabably drops bluetooth connection, some sync issues, connects with only one bluetooth device at a time
Summary: I have a Motorola L6 and an LG "V" phone. The 260 works much better with my "V" than it does my L6. The L6 will tell me the bluetooth ...
Summary: I have a Motorola L6 and an LG "V" phone. The 260 works much better with my "V" than it does my L6. The L6 will tell me the bluetooth is connected however it often drops the incoming call or diverts back to the handset when I pick-up. The buttons on the pendant will not interface at all. As seen within other reviews on the Pulsar 260 the volume is OK in quiet environments only using my L6.
To the contrary the LG "V" works much better. The pendant controls interact well for turning the volume up/down and once the phone is sync'd with the LG phone it stays sync'd. However getting them matched up requires turning both off and on and sync'ing in proper order or it goes into a non-stop cycle of connect/disconnect. For whatever reason the volume is much better when using my V phone. I can even use it with my convertible top down and windows up. The microphone must do a good job of wind filtering as the person on the other end can hear me OK if I keep the mic within 3" of my mouth in this condition. It should go without saying under office or closed car conditions RX and TX performance greatly improve.
Both ear buds provide voice which greatly enhances clarity over my older over the ear Motorola device which came with my "V". The "V" does not support stereo bluetooth MP3 so I can not evaluate the range/quality of music playback.
Comfort: I've used many earbud devices in the past and these are the most comfortable yet. I can leave them in for long periods of time 2-3hrs before my ear canals become irritated. Other devices become uncomfortable "to me" ranging from 15min to 2hrs. It seems to have very good battery life. I've gone 3 to 4hrs of talk time on it per day and have had no problems with power. The device is very light. If not for the wires you'd not know it was there.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good voice but poor music quality
by botchley on July 26, 2008
Pros: Advertised functions work well and easily
Cons: Poor music audio quality
Summary: This unit works great for talking on the phone, but as a stereo headset (presumably the reason you would pick this unit over a mono earpiece) the sound quality is ...
Summary: This unit works great for talking on the phone, but as a stereo headset (presumably the reason you would pick this unit over a mono earpiece) the sound quality is poor. The high frequency sounds in the music are very distorted. I tried two units with the same results. I don't know if this is related to the bluetooth technology itself as I have not tried any similar units from other manufacturers. The distortion doesn't show up in voice audio, where frequencies are not as high.
First off hello , The Planatronics Pulsar 260 has to be by far the best thing i experience\
by maxwellf on May 18, 2008
Pros: Great distance range,sound quality is superb,headphones has various size plugs to match "your" ear. once connected , plays on any stereo, via 2.5 - 3.5 connector .
Cons: Looks sleeker than it seams, cords take a while to get used to , first connection to bluetooth eanable device tricky.
Good as Hand Free Phone, terrible as Stereo Headset
by CrankManiac on February 18, 2008
Pros: Easy to operate, great buttons, good as Hands Free Phone
Cons: Terrible Stereo sound quality, messy fumbling wires
Summary: I have a Samsung i730 and also a Motorola Q 9m. The Plantronics 260 is a great device as a "Hand Free Phone" headset only. However, it falls horribly short ...
Summary: I have a Samsung i730 and also a Motorola Q 9m. The Plantronics 260 is a great device as a "Hand Free Phone" headset only. However, it falls horribly short as a "Stereo Headset" as the sound quality is terrible. The setup was very easy, connectvity to both phones was consistent with well charged unit. As soon as the batteries get weak, forget it as it would lose calls and users on the other end could not hear me talking. Last but not least, the ear bud wires were less than desirable as they tangled easily and were cumbersome.
Not all that
by omowest on January 16, 2008
Pros: build quality, design
Cons: only one bluetooth connection at a time
Summary: This device had some promise but has a couple disadvantages I just could not deal with. I still have it but have not used it since I found the sonorix ...
Summary: This device had some promise but has a couple disadvantages I just could not deal with. I still have it but have not used it since I found the sonorix c3 at www.bluecrests.com. That device supports two bluetooth connections, so I can listen to music from my PC and still hear calls when they come in. The second feature it has is the mic on the remote and not on the ear piece, this means that the ear piece can be changed. And thirdly that device shows caller ID.
I like the idea but wires still get in the way
by saqer1 on July 15, 2007
Pros: Buttons work nicely, Adapter to hook up to external stereo
Cons: don't fit in ears properly? Wires
Summary: These are good for the money. Be ready to feel like carrying another mp3 player. I like these better when I'm at home and hooked up to my computer. ...
Summary: These are good for the money. Be ready to feel like carrying another mp3 player. I like these better when I'm at home and hooked up to my computer.
Has anyone got these to fit properly in their ears? Mine keep falling out on all three silicon sets. What's up with that?
Not Recommended For Music.
by abadore on May 11, 2007
Pros: Ease of Use, Call Quality
Cons: Music listening quality not good enough. Nokia NSeries compatibility issues.
Summary: The audio transport controls do not work with my Nokia N73 music edition phone. Disappointing since this is an advanced music focused phone. This could be a problem with other ...
Summary: The audio transport controls do not work with my Nokia N73 music edition phone. Disappointing since this is an advanced music focused phone. This could be a problem with other NSeries phones. The audio quality while OK for calls, leaves a lot to be desired for music listening. It gets really bad if the phone has more than one active bluetooth connections. The nokia radio player doesn't work with a bluetooth headset either.
0 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Plantronics, Inc.
- Part number: 37677-25
- Description: The Pulsar 260 is a compact, high-performing pod with Bluetooth technology and corded stereo ear-buds - custom designed for the increasing number of people who want to use their mobile phone as a music player but don't want to miss calls. The pod enables you to change track and volume without touching the phone (or other Bluetooth stereo device). When a call comes in, the music is paused automatically and you answer the call simply by pressing a button on the corded headset. It is lighter and more discreet than over-the-head or behind-the-neck style headsets, plus you can also use the headset in-car simply by removing an ear bud.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Headset - Bluetooth 2.0
- Weight 0.9 oz
- Recommended Use PC multimedia,
Portable audio system,
Home audio system
- Additional Features Bluetooth,
Battery level indication
- Headphones Form Factor In-ear
- Connectivity Technology Wireless - Bluetooth 2.0
- Bluetooth Profiles General Audio/Video Distribution Profile (GAVDP),
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP),
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP),
Hands Free Profile (HFP),
Headset Profile (HSP)
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Frequency Response 20 - 20000 Hz
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 5 %
- Impedance 32 Ohm
- Type On-cable
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
- Response Bandwidth 300 - 3600 Hz
- Type None
- Transmission Range 33 ft
- Connector Type Bluetooth,
( Sub-mini phone 2.5 mm ),
( Mini-USB Type B )
- Cables Included Audio cable
- Included Accessories Clothing clip,
- Power Device Power adapter - External
- Battery 1 x Headset battery - Rechargeable - Lithium polymer
- Included Qty 1
- Run Time (Up To) 7 hour(s)
- Standby Time 200 hour(s)