The Plantronics Voyager Pro is the successor to the much-loved Plantronics Voyager 510 Bluetooth headset, which goes on sale today, although, Best Buy started selling its stock a bit early. I have a review unit which I plan on testing and giving my thoughts/opinion on in the new few days. I reviewed its predecessor, the Plantronics Voyage 510, which had a cult following. I was a big fan of the Voyager 510 and have one on my desk. It is an excellent headset and one of the first to feature PC audio support via a Bluetooth dongle allowing you to use the headset on your mobile phone or your PC, supporting all your PC sound applications, including VoIP apps such as Skype.
The new $99 $64 Voyager Pro is pretty similar to the 510, though it is clearly targetting the Jawbone 2, with their AudioIQ2 technology which Plantronics claims results in superior sound quality which combines noise cancellation and wind reduction. I heard a few people that had early units say it's sound is even better than the Aliph Jawbone 2. Can't wait to test and see if that is indeed the case. [Note: the Jawbone Prime is newer, so will have to compare with that as well]
Plantronics stated, "Today's headset users expect great noise cancellation and Plantronics Voyager PRO delivers it with AudioIQ2 and a unique adjustable dual-microphone boom. While other headsets deliver noise cancellation at the expense of overall audio quality, the boom provides the advantage of capturing your voice close to your mouth so the AudioIQ2 technology can more effectively remove ambient noise, while still maintaining the natural sound of your voice."
Plantronics Voyager PRO features three layers of WindSmart technology. Dual external stainless steel microphone screens and acoustic fabrics that surround the microphones together help to eliminate wind noise. The AudioIQ2 DSP algorithms also intelligently decipher your voice from the wind to enhance the sound quality.
The Voyager PRO also features a custom speaker that delivers full-spectrum audio so conversations are richer and more vibrant. It sports an adaptive 20-band equalizer that helps eliminate distortio in the audio and automatically adjusts sound levels based on the noise level around you. It sports a talk time of 6 hours and a standby time of 5 days.
- Bluetooth technology: Version 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
- Bluetooth profiles: Hands-free v1.5 (HFP), Headset v1.1 (HSP)
- Range: Up to 33 feet (10 meters)
- QuickPair technology: Supports initial pairing with Bluetooth phones
- Multipoint technology: Supports an active connection with two Bluetooth devices
- Headset controls: Power on/off; volume up/down; call answer/end; mute function; quick battery check; call reject; last number redial*; voice-activated dialing* (*if supported by phone and phone provider)
- Voice prompts: Mute status on/off; battery status for low/recharge battery
- Battery type: 3.5V Li-ion polymer rechargeable
- Charge connectors: Micro USB connector and AC/DC 100â€"240V
- Charge time: 1.5 hours for full charge
- Weight: 17.5 grams (0.62 ounces)
- Talk time: Up to 6 hours
- Standby time: Up to 120 hours (5 days)
- Warranty: 1 year limited warranty
The Plantronics Voyager PRO is available at Best Buy and at www.plantronics.com, but will be available in other retail and wireless carrier stores in late May. You can also now purchase it on Amazon.com for only $64.