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Plantronics Voyager Pro Bluetooth Headset
Plantronics says that its Voyager 510 headset was one of the most popular that it ever produced. So when it came to updating that model it wanted to tread lightly and not throw away the core DNA that made the 510 so popular. As a result the Voyager Pro doesn't look all that different to its predecessor, but inside there are some significant tweaks, especially in the all important area of noise cancellation. However, this is an expensive headset that will set you back around £79. With low-end Bluetooth headsets now available for under the £20 mark, the Voyager Pro is going to have to provide something special in terms of performance to justify its high price tag.
Unless you work in a call centre, stylish isn't a word that's going to spring to mind when you first set eyes on the Voyager Pro. It's considerably larger than most headsets now on the market and with its big and bulky ear hook, which houses the battery and most of the electronics, it looks like a bit of a throw back to the 1990s. Getting it on your ear is a two handed operation, but once it's firmly in place we have to admit that it does actually feel quite comfortable with the heavier earhook section helping to hold it nice and stable.
Plantronics has kitted out the Voyager Pro with just four controls - volume up and down, an on/off switch and a call control button. Extra functions, such as mute are activated through multiple button presses. For example, to mute and unmute the mic you hold down the volume up and down buttons simultaneously. A female voice then informs you through the ear piece that mute has been turned either on or off. The Voyager also has a single LED light that's used to indicate its various states. For example, when it's in pairing mode it flashes blue and red and when the battery is charging it uses various numbers of flashes to indicate the current level of charge in the battery. There's also a voice prompt for when the battery is running low starting from when you've got 30 minutes of talk time remaining.
As with most headsets, the pairing process is very straightforward. To get the headset into pairing mode you start with it off, then press and hold the power button until the LED flashes blue and red. Then it's simply a matter of doing a search for it on your phone and entering the standard 0000 passcode.
As you would expect on a high-end headset like this the Voyager Pro supports multipoint. This means it can be simultaneously connected to more than one handset or Bluetooth device. So, for example, you could have it connected to your work mobile phone at the same time as your personal mobile, or connect it to your work mobile and laptop at the same time so it's ready to take Skype calls.