Like high-end earphones and designer furniture, expensive Bluetooth headsets like the Plantronics Voyager PRO are a tough sell. They often don't look all that different from sets that cost a fraction of the price, and features like "dual-microphone AudioIQ2 technology" can sound suspiciously like marketing twaddle. The Plantronics Voyager PRO UC v2 proves it's not all bunkem.
The headset works with mobile phones, Bluetooth-enabled media players and computers, thanks to the bundled BT300 USB dongle. This comes ready-paired with the headset so getting it working with a desktop is as simple as plugging the dongle into your computer.
The Plantronics Voyager PRO is adorned with four multi-purpose buttons. The power button sits on the back of the earpiece, nearby your earlobe when worn. A lengthy press on this button puts the headset into pairing mode, required when connecting to new devices.
On the top of the earpiece are the two volume buttons. An extended press on both together acts as a play/pause signal when streaming music, or mutes the microphone when making calls. The last button sits on top of the earbud, and is the most important of them all, used for taking calls and reconnecting with a device, should you lose the connection.
Any part of the Plantronics Voyager PRO that connects with your ear is made of a soft rubbised material, rather than plastic. This makes the earpiece comfortable to wear for long periods. As part of our testing we spent several hours wearing the headset, streaming podcasts from an iPod Touch. It aced this comfort test, causing no pain or discomfort - hardly any fatigue whatsoever. The main body of the earpiece is hard plastic under the rubber coating, but the arm that holds the bud onto your ear is very flexible, like cartilage rather than bone, therefore putting little pressure on your ear.
Three rubber buds of different sizes are included in the package, along with foam jackets to put on each for an extra comfort boost. They rest on your ear canal rather than plunging into your ear like a noise-isolating IEM earphone, so your ability to hear what's going on around you isn't reduced too much when you're not taking a call.
The Plantronics Voyager PRO's lightweight frame doesn't constantly remind you it's on your ear, but everyone around you will spot the headset from a mile off. It's fairly large, sticking out a way behind your ear, and the black and silver microphone arm is chunky too. Build quality is great, but this headset's not as stylish as the top-end models from Jabra.
There's a micro-USB slot on its bottom, used for charging its battery using the supplied charger. UK and European plugs are included, handy for those who fulfill the fast-living stereotype of the Bluetooth headset user. There's a leather-effect carry case in the box as well, which holds both the earpiece and USB dongle. The non user-replaceable battery lasts for a claimed six hours and takes around an hour and a half to charge - strong figures given the noise cancellation going on behind the scenes in this headset.