I do not enjoy taking calls on my smartphone. Holding it up to my ear
feels like I am speaking into a chocolate bar. Meanwhile, using the
speaker phone feature is like talking through a handheld transistor radio.
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Fortunately, Plantronics makes a range of Bluetooth-connected wireless
earpieces/headsets that allows me to avoid both of these situations, The
result is comfortable, crystal-clear telephone audio that keeps my hands
free, and my ears from ringing.
Plantronics Voyager 5200 is a rechargeable single-ear earpiece with a
small boom microphone built in. It can pair via Bluetooth to two phones
at once, and answer calls from either one.
When a call comes in, the Voyager 5200 announces it in my ear. I then
either say “Answer” or “Ignore” and the Voyager 5200 handles the rest: I
don’t have to tap the earpiece to make it function. But I can tap the
Voyager 5200’s voice button to check the earpiece’s battery level,
connection status, or call Plantronics’ Vocalyst service to hear emails
and newsfeeds if I so wish.
The Voyager 5200 also has a red 2-in-1 button to activate ‘virtual
assistants’ such as Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana; more powerful
noise-cancelling technology than Plantronics’ earlier Legend wireless
earpiece, and three times more range (up to 30 metres from its Bluetooth
connection point). That’s a lot of performance in a very small package!
Then there’s Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC Bluetooth-connected neckband
telephone headset with earbuds. That’s right: The main part of this
rechargeable unit (including its microphones) sits around your neck like
an open necklace. The audio is carried to two earbuds connected to this
The Voyager 6200 UC is designed to give users stereo audio and durable
multi-line performance in a convenient hands-free package. Better yet, a
single Voyager 6200 UC can pair via Bluetooth with up to eight devices
and can connect to any two at the same time. This allows someone wearing
a Voyager 6200 UC headset to move easily between their computer,
smartphone, and tablet, while retaining access to two telephone lines at
Gadget Zone tester Nikki Thomas put the Voyager 6200 UC through its
paces, including using this headset to stay connected to the office
while hiking outdoors.
“It’s perfect — exactly what I need for when I’m walking the dog and
using both phones at once,” Thomas said. “The 6200 UC syncs up nicely
with both of them. The sound quality is excellent. I can even listen to
music and it immediately tells me when notifications come in; and
seamlessly switches between the two phones.”
To find out more about Plantronics Voyager 5200 and Voyager 6200 UC
telephone headsets, go to www.plantronics.com. You’ll never find
yourself talking into a chocolate bar again!