Plantronics Voyager Pro UC
The built-in battery provides six hours of talk time, and five days on standby, Plantronics claims, and we found that to be on the nose.
The UC pack bundles a Bluetooth adaptor
The call quality was extremely good. The headset uses a twin-microphone noise-cancelling technology called AudioIQ2, which Plantronics claims can block out as much as 80dB of background noise. The stainless steel screens protecting the microphones are designed to cut out wind noise.
We made some calls while walking along a busy, cold and windy street in London’s West End, and the people we spoke to all attested to the clarity of the voice input.
As well as the Bluetooth adaptor, the ‘UC’ package also includes a piece of software called PerSono which lets you configure the headset for use with corporate VoIP systems. This also worked perfectly well when making calls with Skype, so you don’t have to buy an expensive system from Cisco in order to use it properly. The PerSono software only runs on Windows, but the Voyager Pro works like a standard Bluetooth headset and we were able to pair it with a Bluetooth-equipped Mac with no problems.
Can be set up for Skype as well as anything your company uses
The complete Voyager Pro UC kit is rather pricey, but will certainly be useful for office workers who want to use a single headset for both mobile and PC-based telephone calls and which looks the part. If you just want a nice headset for your mobile phone then you’ll be better off buying the headset on its own. Even then, £50-60 is still relatively expensive for a Bluetooth headset these days, but the design and call quality are impressive enough to justify that price if you’re an ardent Bluetooth addict. ®
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