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Plantronics Voyager Pro Bluetooth Headset - Plantronics Voyager Pro
Where the Voyager Pro really excels is in call quality. For starters, the earpiece is louder than most other models we've used, but this extra volume doesn't come at the expense of clarity as the audio from incoming callers still sounds very crisp and clean. The headset is also wonderful at blocking out wind noise, something that many headsets struggle with. Plantronics told us that it spent a long time both tweaking the noise reduction and looking for the right material to use on the cover of the internally and externally mounted microphones in order to minimise wind noise.
The results speak for themselves as even out during one of London's more blustery days, with the branches on the trees shaking around us, callers said that they could hardly hear any wind noise at all. And when we switched back to our phone's built-in mic, one caller even asked us to move back to the headset because they could hear us clearer on it. That's a pretty good endorsement of Plantronics' efforts in this department. In fact, the noise-cancelling capabilities of this headset are overall one of the best we've used. Even when presented with extreme background noise it does a good job of suppressing it without making the voice sound too metallic like lesser noise-cancelling systems tend to do.
The Voyager Pro is charged via its micro-USB port, which is found on the bottom of the chunky ear hook. In the box, Plantronics supplies a wall charger complete with three plug attachments for international use. A standard micro-USB lead is also included so you can charge the headset from a laptop and naturally there's a car charger too.
As the Voyager Pro is quite a large headset you'd expect there to be plenty of room to fit a larger than average sized battery, which would have the knock on effect of increasing the talk time. While the unit does have a larger battery, unfortunately some of this extra power goes towards the noise-cancelling circuitry and as a result the Pro doesn't really offer any more talk time than your typical headset. Plantronics quotes a talk time of six hours. We tended to get around five hours out of it, which isn't bad, but no better than other similarly priced models.
The Voyager Pro may be expensive, but in terms of performance it really delivers the goods and certainly has one of the best noise-cancelling systems we've used on a headset. However, although it's comfortable to wear once you get used to it, there's no denying that with its chunky and overly large design it's pretty ugly to look at and could make you feel quite self-conscious while wearing it.
Whether you can put up with this or not will be down to personal taste, but it's worth noting that if you want similar noise-cancelling performance without the bulky design you might want to hold off until September. This is when Plantronics will introduce a more stylish model into its Discovery range that will borrow much of the noise-cancelling technology from this headset.
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