The Plantronics Voyager Pro UC Bluetooth headset is one device that has certainly seen its value boosted by the boom in smartphones, a powerful accessory geared towards business folks on the move.
Sporting a subtle black and silver design along with a range of features including synchronisation with multiple devices and remote music playback controls, this headset is definitely more substance over extroverted style, also enabling users to quickly pair with two devices simultaneously.
The headset offers a behind-the-ear fit, with an adjustable arm extending forward with the microphone attached. Whilst the design might look subtle and basic, the headset doesn’t lack in functionality, offering designated call answer/end and volume buttons.
There is also the ability to start and stop the playback of music from the paired device, using dedicated volume buttons.
Weighing in at just 17 grams – as well as owing to the flexible rubber fit – this device sits very comfortably and securely on the ear over long periods of time, and although it might feel a little odd for new users at first, it’s easy to forget you’re wearing it after a while!
The fit is easily adjustable with the alternative inner-ear pieces included, to maximise comfort. One great feature of this headset is the ability of the microphone arm to rotate and allow it to fit onto either ear, a feature the cheaper headsets may lack.
The device claims to cut out up to 80% of background noise through dual-microphone technology, and while the sound is not as clear as using a phone by the traditional means, it’s almost as good, especially in noisy environments.
The ringer volume can come through rather quietly and be drowned out by environment noise, but conversations from either end are very clear with an ample range of volume. The only issue we picked up on was if you are wandering about with your phone in your pocket, this can seem to cause the headset to cut out occasionally every few seconds.
Whether this is a one off for our demo unit or it affects all headsets, it’s still a major flaw – especially for a product with a sizable recommended retail price of approximately £80 – you’d expect this to be one of the ideal scenarios for users.
By commanding this price tag it’s safe to say this is one for the business user rather than the casual. This is reflected in poor quality of the music playback, something which is possibly unfair to criticise it for, since it doesn’t really fit the purpose of the device.
Despite these points the device offers a lot of freedom to those who like to wander round the office while they chat, with a generous Bluetooth range, we found to be still usable at 10 metres away from the phone.
On the whole the gadget fits the bill excellently – with up to 6 hours talk time and 5 days standby, it offers almost an entire working day’s worth of chat, and up to a working week’s worth of power. If you’re an iPhone user, it’ll even display the battery life on screen for you too.
If you’re after a decent hands-free way to stay in touch on the go, the Voyager Pro UC is well worth a look. It’s quick and easy to pair over Bluetooth, packs in plenty of control for a modest 4 buttons, and – despite the sole flaw we found – is fantastically comfortable and reliable.