Plantronics Audio 550 DSP HeadsetMakaveli - May 15, 2007
The microphone is very unique on this headset. For starters, it has a very nice level of resistance when you pull it down. I like that because it gives you a sense of sturdiness; it’s not going to move when you move your head or the headset. The mobility of the microphone isn’t as good as I would like it to be. The image on the left shows the microphone in its up position, and the picture on the right shows how far the microphone can be pulled down. Something that disappoints me is that the microphone can’t be rotated 360 degrees because I know some people who like to have the microphone on the right side of their headset.
Let’s examine the cable now. The cable is three meters long, so it should suffice for most people. There is a volume control about a foot down from the headset which is very cool. It has 3 buttons: volume up, volume down, and mute. The mute button is very useful because it mutes only your microphone, so you can still hear others. When you have mute on, the outer ring of the button glows red.
Down the wire you’ll find an orange band that has 7 different languages telling you to go to www.plantronics.com/downloads and get the PerSono software. I think this is kind of weak because what if you don’t have internet access?
Before I forget, the cable is connected via USB. Near the bottom of the cable is a little casing surrounding the cable which displays the Plantronics logo and the technology that the headset uses (DSP - Digital Sound Processing).