This afternoon, Plantronics has announced the launch of the Marque M155 in Singapore. Designed for iPhone and Android smartphones, the compact headset offers voice-guided pairing as well as voice recognition for answering or ignoring calls hands-free.
The Plantronics Marque M155 claims to be the company's smallest headset ever and offers superior audio quality for hands-free calls. Available in Jet Black and Artic White, the Marque M155 weighs just 7g and is compatible with both iPhone and Android smartphones. It boasts a talk time of up to five hours, standby time of up to nine days and features Bluetooth 3.0 wireless for pairing with your phone.
The Plantronics Marque M155 recharges via a micro USB connector at the top, while on the sides are the power switch and volume/mute button. On the front is the call button whereby you can take a call with either a tap, or say "Answer"; reject call with a one second press, or say "Ignore"; redial with two taps; initiate phone's voice dialing with two-second press; and even reconnect lost Bluetooth connection with a tap if the headset cannot automatically reconnect.
According to the company, there are also various apps available on Android Market and Apple App Store, which do sound checks, familiarize you with added functionality of the headset including streaming of music etc. The Plantronics Marque M155 will be available from mid December at S$119 at Apple Stores (EpiCentre, iStudio, Infinite, Juzz1, Macshop, Nubox), Challenger, Harvey Norman (Funan, Millennia Walk, Suntec City), Newstead, Sprint-Cass (Changi International Airport T1, T2, T3), Stereo (ION, Plaza Singapura, Causeway Point), Funan DigitalLife Mall (AAAs Com, DIGIVUE, Inforcom Technologies, PK Computers, South Asia) and Sim Lim Square (AAAs Com, idt Gallery, Million Mobile, Million Tech, Song Brothers, Vision 1).
Alvin Kiew, senior regional manager, south-east Asia, Plantronics Singapore, introduced the Marque M155 and said that it is designed as an entry-level headset that is not for the road warriors, but for people who want simplicity and seamless experience. "Smartphones have now become the de facto standard when you buy a headset communication device. The message behind the Marque M155 is – just as we are being introduced the technology in a certain way, and because you need to look at the phone in order to retrieve information required, you need a way to enable your smartphone to get hands-free. So that you can communicate via voice while still being able to refer to your smartphone. And there is no way to do it without using an external audio device" Kiew said.
A fact you may not know about Plantronics: The words spoken by U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong as he stepped on the moon were transmitted through a Plantronics headset.