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Plantronics K100 Bluetooth Speakerphone by Review Summary ,  Nov 3, 2015

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Plantronics K100 Bluetooth Speakerphone
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 221 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 5.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Battery4.6   above average
Control4.6   above average
Price4.3   average
Button4.2   above average
Loud4.2   average
Sound4.1   average
Speaker4.1   above average
Bluetooth4.0   average
Quality4.0   below average
Voice4.0   average
Audio3.9   average
Charging3.8   average
Volume3.8   average
Music3.3   below average
Radio3.2   below average
Noise3.1   below average
Connection2.7   below average
Transmitter2.4   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"The only complaint that I have is that the FM transmitter is a little weak (a lot weak), if you are looking at this to play music or audio on you car stereo you may want to go a diffident route, but if you want a solid noise canceling speakerphone where the conversation is quiet on both ends the the Plantronics K100 may be for you."
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"Though 88.3 wasn't completely clear of audio from the radio, once the transmitter decided to use it, it superseded whatever source that frequency had been receiving signals from."
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"You can use this in-car or outside your car (at home for example, if your phone doesn't have speakerphone function or your phone speakerphone isn't so great)FM transmitter functionality (to send the audio to your car radio and stereo system) isn't as good."
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")In sum, this is an excellent device for folks who want a convenient hands-free setup in the car, has very good audio, exemplary ergonomics and solves a number of problems endemic to headsets."
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"Clear crisp audio for both the user and the other person on the call."
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"Easy install, great connection, very clear audio on both ends."
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"- Very good audio with calls as well as Bluetooth A2DP music."
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"AUDIO QUALITYI found the audio quality of the speaker to be more than adequate for conversation."
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"PROS:- Simple to use- Quick connection- Good audio quality- Voice announcements- Great battery life- Good valueCONS:- Average noise cancellation- Volume level could use an increaseFor nearly as long as I have been using mobile phones (since 1996), I have been using headsets."
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Battery

Battery:
"battery dead in a year and now it is useless! "
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"good battery life, and easy setup."
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"It is all the promo materials says - clear tone, good battery life and so forth."
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"Outstanding value, clear sound, easy to use, strong battery life."
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"The pluses: it works great, is small and disconnects automatically to save on battery."
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"Long lasting battery and clear sound on the receiving and transmitting end."
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Bluetooth

Bluetooth:
"In my prior cars with integrated bluetooth, I got a lot of complaints from people about the road noise (even in my quiet BMW) and I sometimes had a hard time hearing without really cranking the volume up."
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"My only complaint is that the bluetooth signal is so strong that when i am in my house talking on my cellphone and i get too close to where my car is parked...it automatically connects and it interrupts my conversation...all of a sudden i can't hear the person on the other end of the phone...I guess i need to remember to turn off the device when I leave the car..."
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"When I observed my wife struggling to hear a caller through her phone's speakerphone, I found it unacceptable and began researching Bluetooth speakerphones."
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"I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get away from those awful ear bluetooth devices that sound lousy and are uncomfortable as well!"
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"Not 100% sure if it is just the limitation with all FM signal transmitter or the signal quality from this Plantronics K100 Bluetooth Speakerphone isn't as good."
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"The Plantronics bluetooth works well, but there is a lot of static when receiving calls and playing music, which made it very hard to hear."
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"Fairly good bluetooth speaker for the car, if you don't want to upgrade your stereo headunit."
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"Great bluetooth device."
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"This is an excellent bluetooth speakerphone."
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"Best bluetooth ever owned."
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Button

Button:
"Unit lasted about 6 months of daily commuter traffic use before buttons started giving problems."
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"First, the one main button design, while simple, can get a little confusing at times."
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"Buttons are large and easy to hit on-the-go."
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"You can just press a button to connect and it works great."
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"It attaches easily to any visor, operates easily with simple buttons, and affords complete security for the driver to be able to make and receive calls while driving."
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"Easy buttons and commands."
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"Easy to operate, no difficult to remember button combinations etc."
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Charging

Charging:
"This unit was great until the charge cord pins broke inside the unit."
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"the regular speaker is ok,When I want to use the FM transmiter, it doesn't work well unless it is pluged to the charger."
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"Connection cord doesn't connect well to charge."
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"The charger is the part that failed on me."
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"The charging cable works as an antenna and the quality is fantastic through the radio"
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"This unit was great until the charge cord pins broke inside the unit."
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"Overall a good product, well made, compact, easy to operate, quick charging, loud speaker volume, clear voice transmission and flawless automatic proximity blue-tooth connection."
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"If you have it plugged in and charging it will significantly boost the power and be crystal clear; however, you'll then have a wire dangling while you're driving."
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"Got the k100 in January and had no problem until about a week ago when the slot for the charging cord fell out of the speakerphone."
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Connection

Connection:
"The connection kept disconnecting from her iPhone 5S, The unit was hard to adjust the volume up or down."
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"The only problem if the need for a recharging connection, but if you can manage to get it from the sun visor as I did then it is just great."
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"Connection cord doesn't connect well to charge."
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"The minuses: it says disconnected when using it with my smartphone while the phone is connecting, so it is a bit annoying, but not too bad."
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"Connection between cell phone device is very good, very good sound, but very poor FM transmitterPoor absorption and annoying, I give up on the connection of music,"
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"This, combined with less-than-stellar cellular connections makes for maddening frustration."
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"Connections to phones are quick and easy."
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"The only problem if the need for a recharging connection, but if you can manage to get it from the sun visor as I did then it is just great."
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"Easy install, great connection, very clear audio on both ends."
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"The sound is very clear when it works but it frequently looses connection while I'm talking."
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"Connection between cell phone device is very good, very good sound, but very poor FM transmitterPoor absorption and annoying, I give up on the connection of music,"
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Control

Control:
"~~UPDATE~~ I am sorry to report but a couple days ago the cheap sound adjusting volume control broke and now I can hardly hear anything."
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"Dialing using voice control is also good."
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"Purchased this for my mother-in-law and helped her install and set up - very easy controls, voice commands work very well, and the FM radio feature is a big plus."
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"It attaches to my visor and works great and the sound is fantastic with a good volume control."
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"Very convenient accessory - volume, mute, FM, etc all easy controls to use while keeping your eyes on the road."
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"Easy to operate and controls are the proper size."
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Loud

Loud:
"My only complaint was that in my SUV with rather loud all-terrain tires, it didn't seem to get loud enough at times."
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"However, when I connect to a call, it consistently has terrible quality ... loud static, popping continuously."
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"Overall a good product, well made, compact, easy to operate, quick charging, loud speaker volume, clear voice transmission and flawless automatic proximity blue-tooth connection."
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"It is loud and clear to users on both ends of the line, works with minimal distraction, and is in the price range that makes this a 5 star product in value, quality and function."
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"I have a navigation app on my iPhone and the directions come through the plantronics speaker...loud and clear."
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"The speaker phone is loud and clear and it clips to my visor(my FJ has a side visor as well as a front visor) so the microphone is very close to my mouth...everyone i talk to on this device can here me loud and clear."
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Music

Music:
"The Plantronics bluetooth works well, but there is a lot of static when receiving calls and playing music, which made it very hard to hear."
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"It plays music but it's hard to compare to a regular stereo."
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"The only complaint that I have is that the FM transmitter is a little weak (a lot weak), if you are looking at this to play music or audio on you car stereo you may want to go a diffident route, but if you want a solid noise canceling speakerphone where the conversation is quiet on both ends the the Plantronics K100 may be for you."
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"Connection between cell phone device is very good, very good sound, but very poor FM transmitterPoor absorption and annoying, I give up on the connection of music,"
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"If you want to use it to stream music, I don't recommend it."
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"Love the FM transmitter which allowed me to stream my downloaded music through the car speakers."
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"Works well, voice is clear, however playing downloaded music over radio is full of static."
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"Has A2DP so it's good for music podcasts."
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"If you're not interested in transmitting music or podcasts to your FM channels, then this is a pretty slick little unit."
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"It is otherwise a very nice gadget but I got it primarily for playing my music."
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Noise

Noise:
"It's fine but making noise and not to hear clear voice !"
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"doesn't always pick up calls and get some wind noise, Siri is not always easy to use either."
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"In my prior cars with integrated bluetooth, I got a lot of complaints from people about the road noise (even in my quiet BMW) and I sometimes had a hard time hearing without really cranking the volume up."
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"Only a small handful of callers complained they couldn't hear me over the background noise while I was driving."
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"Unfortunately, when my children were present, it didn't do as good a job of canceling out the noise that my Plantronics headsets are capable of doing."
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"Test equipment for a month now, system works really good I'm in the electrical service industry so I'm always on the go in a noisy work truckSound level is excellent , but speaker can sometimes be hard to understand, have ask others how I sound from the other end and they can hear me ok , doesn't seem to work well when u are talking to someone who has you on speaker phone , very easy to pair up with iPhone also Siri can understand me clearly which is good when I'm on the go , easy to use which I like but for the price I think it's well worth"
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"Very disappointed considering the online review said it was good for cancelling out background noise..."
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"I've used this one a few times now and no complaints, so I think it is really good about canceling out the noise."
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"I drive a 2004 diesel pickup truck that is showing its age with road noise and wind noise,and this speaker phone is handling every bit of the background noise and broadcasting my voice load and clear."
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"Noise reduction works great."
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Price

Price:
"Horrible plain and simple waste of money."
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"~~UPDATE~~ I am sorry to report but a couple days ago the cheap sound adjusting volume control broke and now I can hardly hear anything."
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"great item fo the price, than you."
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"Test equipment for a month now, system works really good I'm in the electrical service industry so I'm always on the go in a noisy work truckSound level is excellent , but speaker can sometimes be hard to understand, have ask others how I sound from the other end and they can hear me ok , doesn't seem to work well when u are talking to someone who has you on speaker phone , very easy to pair up with iPhone also Siri can understand me clearly which is good when I'm on the go , easy to use which I like but for the price I think it's well worth"
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"Excellent value for the Money."
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"How come so many of the name brand companies are putting out crap, when you can spend half or a third of the price and get a fantastic product like this speakerphone?"
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"I got this at a great price which makes it extra sweet because the call quality and sound are super."
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Quality

Quality:
"The one problem I have with this unit is the build quality is poor."
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"They always failed in about 6 months plus sound quality was always an issue."
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"I like the sound quality and the FM feature is nice but it does not play well with my Samsung Galaxy 4s."
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"The only complaint I have about the product is the quality of the FM Transmitter."
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"The sound quality wasn't quite as good as in the new cars, but the hands-free option is totally worthwhile."
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"So, the sound quality is not that great."
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"More people should know about this....simple to use....hands free and good sound quality."
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"Voice quality is good."
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"Sound quality is great."
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"Otherwise, great volume and call quality from what people have told me on the other side."
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"and the sound quality of phone calls was great."
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Radio

Radio:
"My only complaint initially was that the radio transmitter didn't work well."
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"I use the visor devise as my speaker and microphone as it is not good through the radio and my car speakers."
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"Though 88.3 wasn't completely clear of audio from the radio, once the transmitter decided to use it, it superseded whatever source that frequency had been receiving signals from."
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"The radio will pick the strongest signal, which means if a weak radio station competes with K100, you will hear little bits of both your conversation and the FM station; annoying at best, impossible at worse."
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"You can use this in-car or outside your car (at home for example, if your phone doesn't have speakerphone function or your phone speakerphone isn't so great)FM transmitter functionality (to send the audio to your car radio and stereo system) isn't as good."
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"You can easily hear your directions even if the radio is on."
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"The charging cable works as an antenna and the quality is fantastic through the radio"
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"Works well, voice is clear, however playing downloaded music over radio is full of static."
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"Purchased this for my mother-in-law and helped her install and set up - very easy controls, voice commands work very well, and the FM radio feature is a big plus."
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"Because I'm in urban area, the FM radio function still has faint static noise in the background, but at the correct radio volume level, it still functions well."
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Sound

Sound:
"The sound isn't very good, it's not terribly reliable at picking up calls, and dialing with it is a nightmare."
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"Test equipment for a month now, system works really good I'm in the electrical service industry so I'm always on the go in a noisy work truckSound level is excellent , but speaker can sometimes be hard to understand, have ask others how I sound from the other end and they can hear me ok , doesn't seem to work well when u are talking to someone who has you on speaker phone , very easy to pair up with iPhone also Siri can understand me clearly which is good when I'm on the go , easy to use which I like but for the price I think it's well worth"
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"They always failed in about 6 months plus sound quality was always an issue."
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"Connection between cell phone device is very good, very good sound, but very poor FM transmitterPoor absorption and annoying, I give up on the connection of music,"
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"This product was not dropped or purposely damaged, the sound adjustment just stopped working."
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"~~UPDATE~~ I am sorry to report but a couple days ago the cheap sound adjusting volume control broke and now I can hardly hear anything."
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"More people should know about this....simple to use....hands free and good sound quality."
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"Sound quality is great."
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"The sound isn't very good, it's not terribly reliable at picking up calls, and dialing with it is a nightmare."
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"easy set up and pairing with phone; clear crisp sound received as a receiver on Plantronics K100 and as a caller."
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"everyone says how clear i sound on it."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"Test equipment for a month now, system works really good I'm in the electrical service industry so I'm always on the go in a noisy work truckSound level is excellent , but speaker can sometimes be hard to understand, have ask others how I sound from the other end and they can hear me ok , doesn't seem to work well when u are talking to someone who has you on speaker phone , very easy to pair up with iPhone also Siri can understand me clearly which is good when I'm on the go , easy to use which I like but for the price I think it's well worth"
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"This is unacceptable especially when for everything else the speaker volume is extremely loud."
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"I use the visor devise as my speaker and microphone as it is not good through the radio and my car speakers."
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"The only trouble I have with it is that when I'm driving at high speeds, it's a little hard to hear through the built-in speaker."
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"Nice speakers -- I can hear it clearly from some distance away."
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"Fairly good bluetooth speaker for the car, if you don't want to upgrade your stereo headunit."
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"Test equipment for a month now, system works really good I'm in the electrical service industry so I'm always on the go in a noisy work truckSound level is excellent , but speaker can sometimes be hard to understand, have ask others how I sound from the other end and they can hear me ok , doesn't seem to work well when u are talking to someone who has you on speaker phone , very easy to pair up with iPhone also Siri can understand me clearly which is good when I'm on the go , easy to use which I like but for the price I think it's well worth"
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"No problem hearing, good speaker, not distorted."
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Transmitter

Transmitter:
"Very easy to operate and the FM transmitter is awesome (although not that useful, but love the idea it's there!"
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"My only complaint initially was that the radio transmitter didn't work well."
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"The only complaint that I have is that the FM transmitter is a little weak (a lot weak), if you are looking at this to play music or audio on you car stereo you may want to go a diffident route, but if you want a solid noise canceling speakerphone where the conversation is quiet on both ends the the Plantronics K100 may be for you."
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"I was disappointed in the FM transmitter side and therefore, reluctantly returned it to Amazon within one week (great return policy) and am now trying the Motorola Roadster 2 which, according to its manual, has unlimited stations."
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"Cons: FM transmitter is very weak."
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"The only complaint I have about the product is the quality of the FM Transmitter."
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"Good product... FM transmitter is not as disappointing as the others"
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"Love the FM transmitter which allowed me to stream my downloaded music through the car speakers."
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"It's nice that it has a FM transmitter so i can play over car's stereo system."
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"FM transmitter sound quality was decent, most feedback and static was eliminated if I left the charger plugged into both the device and the lighter."
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"I was looking at a Bluetooth adapter with a FM transmitter and this fits the bill perfectly."
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Voice

Voice:
"It's fine but making noise and not to hear clear voice !"
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"The first one did not work properly with my ZTE V768 phone -- people calling me heard a terrible, garbled delayed echo of their own voice, making conversation impossible."
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"The phone dialed two wrong numbers -- not wrong numbers, but wrong parties -- because I kept saying No after the voice announced who it was calling."
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"I've talked to many people with bluetooth speaker phones in their cars and almost always I will hear the echo of my own voice (annoying)...this does not do that, clear as a bell!"
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"Unfortunately - by the time the phone synthesizes the voice, puts it over bluetooth 2.1, then the plantronics modulates it over FM - well - you know the rest of the story - it doesn't sound as good as using the speakerphone inside your phone itself."
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"Very clear voice and connects with most phone types, also with multiple phones."
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"Voice quality is good."
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"Voice is good - better than the Jabra that we had."
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"Read a lot of reviews on this product and the voice quality seemed very good."
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"Speaker is large enough to easily capture a clear speaking voice, and the entire unit is still small enough to be compact and fit where it ought."
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Volume

Volume:
"There is a video review out there that complains about the volume beep."
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"The connection kept disconnecting from her iPhone 5S, The unit was hard to adjust the volume up or down."
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"This is unacceptable especially when for everything else the speaker volume is extremely loud."
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"~~UPDATE~~ I am sorry to report but a couple days ago the cheap sound adjusting volume control broke and now I can hardly hear anything."
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"The only real problem I have is that the ringer volume is set very low and there is no volume control for it."
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"Otherwise, great volume and call quality from what people have told me on the other side."
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"Excellent sound quality both incoming and outgoing, including decent volume with the unit itself."
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"when FM is activated, as well as to show volume level."
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"Overall a good product, well made, compact, easy to operate, quick charging, loud speaker volume, clear voice transmission and flawless automatic proximity blue-tooth connection."
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"It has an easy to use volume adjustment right on it so on the hearing end, no problems."
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