May 27, 2009 | Robert Nelson
I have recently been using the recently released Voyager PRO Bluetooth headset from Plantronics. So, first things first, lets get the specs out of the way before I dive into my thoughts on the headset.
According to the spec sheet, the Voyager PRO will offer up to 6 hours of talk time and up to 5 days on standby time. It weighs in at 17.5 grams and is a behind-the-ear style headset that can be worn on either the left or right side. The technology behind the headset is Plantronics AudioIQ which has two 3mm noise-canceling microphones as well as a 13.6mm speaker driver. Additionally, the Voyager PRO uses Bluetooth version 2.1+EDR and has a range of up to 33 feet.
As far as pairing the headset, that was quick and easy. I simply turned the headset on and went into the Bluetooth settings (on my iPhone) and typed in the four digit (0000) passcode. From there I was able to make a call within a few seconds. Also, since the initial pairing I have not had any issues with the headset losing the connection.
Now setting aside the boring to read specs, here are my thoughts on the Voyager PRO. To begin with, it is hard to not see how large the headset is. Honestly, at first glance it looked more like a headset that a call-center employee would be wearing than a Bluetooth headset. That said, I will say that I am regularly a Jawbone user so I am used to something a bit smaller. Of course, even with the larger size I will say that the headset was comfortable to wear, even for extended conference calls that lasted around 1 to 1.5 hours.
Additionally, the sound quality was excellent. In my unscientific test calls I was able to hear and perhaps more important, I was able to be heard without having to repeat myself 50 times. I also never had anyone ask me if I was using a Bluetooth headset, you know that question that gets asked with an innocent sound while they are hoping that you offer to remove it and just use the phone. I was also able to handle calls from busy locations such as Panera Bread without having the person on the other end complain about the background noise. So far, so good.
Going back to the official specs, Plantronics had rated this as offering up to 6 hours of talk time and while I cannot say if that is 100% accurate I can say that it is very close. I was able to make several long calls without ever having it cut out and die. Of course, if it did, that would just mean a quick 90 minute charge to have it back up and running at full power.
As far as charging the headset, that is done with an included AC power wall adapter. Personally, I was a little disappointed to see that it only included a wall power adapter and not a USB power cord as well, as I believe that makes a Bluetooth headset that much more portable. Still that did not affect the overall quality any, just a personal issue.
Otherwise, the headset has a power button that is behind the ear when the headset is being worn, a volume up/down button that sits on the top of the ear as well as a call control button. The Voyager PRO also ships with several ear pieces to help achieve a better in-ear fit.
Overall, I would say that the Voyager PRO Bluetooth headset it worthy of a purchase due to its comfort and excellent sound quality. As to whether I would make it my “default” headset — that is a little tougher to answer. I am thinking that based on my needs and use that it may not work for me personally.
I say this only because the headset feels flexible in hand, which most likely is what makes it so comfortable to wear. However, I generally only wear my headset while actively on a call and prefer to keep the headset in my hand or better yet in my pocket while not in use.
Bottom line, if you are looking for a quality headset and don’t mind the slightly larger size than the Voyager PRO should be considered a worthwhile option, especially with the $99.99 price tag, which seems more than fair for a high-end headset.
The Plantronics Voyager PRO Bluetooth headset is currently available and retailing for $99.99.