Plantronics Marque 2 Ultralight Bluetooth Headset

Last updated date: July 30, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 84 expert reviews, the Plantronics Plantronics Marque 2 Ultralight Bluetooth Headset placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 19, 2019:
Checkout The Best Bluetooth Headset for a detailed review of all the top bluetooth headsets.

Expert Summarized Score
8.6
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.3
5,948 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
An excellent headset for anyone whose top concern is comfort, as it's lightweight and has a flexible, silicone earpiece. It's also affordable, has crisp sound, and gets up to 7 hours of battery life.
- BestReviews
You can use this headset for up to seven hours of continuous use, and the standby battery life lasts up 11 days.
- Top Ten Reviews
November 26, 2013 | Full review
The battery life is quite good as well, as the device can provide around 7 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge.
- XL Race Parts
The M165 charges within a couple of hours, after which it offers 7 hours of active battery life. For such a small and light device, this unit really offers excellent battery life. I found I was able to use the headset for days of moderate use before the battery would run low. A quick charge and it was back in action.
- Droid Horizon
Plantronics m165 marque 2 ultra-light wireless Bluetooth headset has a highly reliable noise cancellation feature which blocks background noises. This simply means that even if you are standing in the middle of a noisy crowd, you would be able to hear the caller at the other end with complete clarity.
- Headset Station
November 28, 2017 | Full review
It is a top performing headset, yet more affordable than others. It also has a battery life of seven hours and up to 10 meters of wireless range, which is standard.
- Shopper Advocate
June 19, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Occasionally drops connectivity. Voice recognition doesn't always work as it should. Some owners wish the volume were a bit louder.
- BestReviews
Noise cancellation and audio quality are just average.
- Top Ten Reviews
November 26, 2013 | Full review
However while I had no problem being heard in a quiet environment, it was a different story when trying to talk with a lot of background noise. The headset did cancel a lot of the noise, but also seemed to muffle the voice making it very difficult to understand.
- Droid Horizon

From The Manufacturer

Plantronics Marque 2 M165 Bluetooth headset is the perfect companion for smartphones, with universal-fit conformable gel ear tips, a Deep Sleep power-saving mode and dual microphones that reduce background and wind noise for crisp, clear call quality. Listen to music or stream audio and Internet radio, manage your calls without pressing buttons - just say "Answer" or "Ignore". The headset does not have recording feature and active memory. Operating and storage temperature 32°F to 104°F.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth Headset
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 10
2. Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 11
3. Plantronics Explorer 50 Bluetooth Headset
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Plantronics Marque 2 Ultralight Bluetooth Headset
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Jabra Evolve Bluetooth Headset
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
6. AMINY Bluetooth Headset
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 3
7. BlueParrott Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headset
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 11
9. Otium Bluetooth Headphones
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 17
10. TOZO T10 Bluetooth Earbuds
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Bluetooth Headsets

If you spend significant time on the phone every day, you probably know the value of a Bluetooth headset. Offering hands-free phone calls, these headsets have evolved over the years. Today’s headsets include noise-canceling capabilities to shut out background noise, both for you and the person at the other end of the call.

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Before you start shopping for a Bluetooth headset, though, you’ll need to decide whether you plan to use it solely for phone calls or to listen to music as well. Although audio clarity is important for phone calls, you’ll need even better quality for music, especially if you’re picky about your sound quality.

Clear calls go beyond sound quality, though. Some modern Bluetooth headsets use noise-canceling technology to boost your call clarity. This means that if you take a call in a packed call center, you’ll be able to shut out all that background noise. Some headsets offer this feature to help you hear better, while others focus on making sure what you’re saying comes through loud and clear. Look for this feature on both ends if you regularly spend time in noisy places.

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There are also two types of noise cancellation: active and passive. With active noise cancellation, the device monitors the surrounding environment and uses technology to create the perfect white noise to cancel it out. Passive noise cancellation has more to do with the build of the headphones. The way the earpiece seals against your ear, for instance, will keep noise out. Active noise cancellation can handle more decibels than passive, making it the best choice for those who are challenged to find some peace and quiet.

Comfort is always a concern when choosing a headset, and it’s one area that can be very subjective. Some consumers prefer an in-ear device, while others like an over-ear design. Fortunately, both models are readily available, so you should be able to find one that fits your own preferences.

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It’s also important to make sure the headset will fit comfortably – something that’s challenging with so many different head shapes and sizes. Many manufacturers now make their headsets adjustable to account for that, so if your headset of choice doesn’t have that feature, you may need to get the measuring tape out and check the size of your head before you start shopping.

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One final, very important consideration is how the headset you choose will interact with your devices. If you’re using it with a cellphone or tablet, make sure pairing is easy and calls will be routed appropriately, pausing music when a call comes in if you choose to listen to your favorite streaming audio service between calls. If you’re using it with your computer, make sure it provides a desktop icon to give you the controls you’ll need to manage calls.

DYWM Fun Fact

It may not seem like it, but Bluetooth technology wasn’t even around until the 1990s. Multiple tech companies were working on their own short-range radio technology to get around all the wires required to connect devices. A mobile computing engineer at Intel named Jim Kardach was part of the group working to create a standard that Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Nokia and Toshiba could use, but their initial proposal was rejected.

They decided what they really needed was a catchy name. Oddly, the name came to them during a pub crawl, while Kardach was exchanging history stories with colleague Sven Mattisson. Mattisson had just read a book called Longships, which told the story of Danish warriors led by a king named Harald Bluetooth. Kardach picked up a book soon after that also mentioned King Bluetooth, and he knew it was the perfect name for their technology.

The Bluetooth Headset Buying Guide

  • The first thing you’ll do when you get your new headset is pair it with a computer or mobile device. As long as your device supports Bluetooth connectivity, this should be fairly easy. One benefit to the Plantronics Explorer 50 Bluetooth Headset, though, is its automatic setup. You’ll get whispered instructions to walk you through the setup process, making it easy for those who don’t want to deal with figuring out how to pair manually.
  • If you plan to use your headset both for music and phone calls, the Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth Headset will be the best choice for you. The sound quality is clear enough to enjoy tunes between calls.
  • For those who routinely deal with noisy environments, the Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth Headset or Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset should be at the top of your list. Volume controls make it easier to bump things up if you’re having trouble hearing.
  • You’ll also want to ensure the person at the other end can hear what you’re saying. The Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth Headset and Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset both offer high-quality microphones. The Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset makes it easy to adjust the microphone to settle it exactly where it needs to be to optimize sound.
  • You can improve sound even in the noisiest environments with noise-canceling technology. Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth Headset uses Digital Signal Processing and three microphones to keep background noise at a minimum.
  • You can’t control the weather, so the Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth Headset builds in moisture resistance to keep electronics safe from those sudden rainstorms while you’re walking from your car to the building. It can also keep your electronics safe from sweat and light spills.
  • One interesting feature with the Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth Headset is an app called Spokes, which you can download to your PC to manage incoming calls.
  • The Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth Headset also includes Smart Sensor Tech, which routes calls where they need to go based on the activities you’re engaged in when someone calls you. Just slip the headset on your ear when you’re ready to answer an incoming call.
  • A mute button is also important for any headset you choose. The Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth Headset and Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset have mute buttons, although the Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset tends to beep constantly when you’re muted, which can get in the way of hearing what’s going on. Some headsets automatically mute when you flip the microphone up.
  • Battery life is also important, especially if you’ll be using your headset for a full eight-hour workday. With any electronic device, you’ll get the best battery life in the early days but over time, it will start to decrease. The Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth Headset is impressive, with seven hours of talk time per charge, while the Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset offers only four or five hours with typical use.
  • A comfortable fit can make a big difference, particularly for those who wear a headset for the entire workday. The Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset is both lightweight and comfortable, with ear cushions that nestle gently against your ears. It’s also adjustable, which means you’ll be able to find the perfect fit for you. The Plantronics Explorer 50 Bluetooth Headset also has a lightweight, comfortable build.
  • The Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth Headset is better for use at a desk, with its size making it tough for traveling. It is one of the largest Bluetooth headsets you’ll find in its category, but it’s also one of the most full-featured.
  • Voice control has become an essential feature with electronics. The Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth Headset includes voice commands to let you fully operate in hands-free mode. However, the voice command button is on the small side, making it tough to find in a pinch.
  • Another downside of the Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth Headset is its short charging cable.  You’ll also have to buy the charging case and stand separately, so you’ll need to factor that in as you’re comparing prices.
  • Plantronics headsets tend to have a sturdier design than other headsets in their class, but the Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset stacks up pretty well against them.
  • One popular feature with some headsets is the busy light. Instead of trying to guess whether you’re on a call or not, your friends and coworkers can just look for the red ring, which lets them know not to disturb you.
  • Range is also important when choosing a Bluetooth headset. Some are set up to let you move a sizable distance from a paired device, while others will require you to stay close to your device at all times. This isn’t as important a factor if you’re only going to be using it with a smartphone you plan to keep in your pocket, though. The Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset has a range of up to 30 feet.
  • If you’re always on the go, you’ll also want to consider the time it will take to fully charge your headset. The Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth Headset charges from empty to full in just 90 minutes, while you’ll need to wait two hours to get your Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset fully charged.