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'Plantronics Voyager 5200' review: Ideal for users who prefer going hands-free

It features four microphones & custom digital signal processing for noise elimination. Even in noisy environs, it is clear & loud.
It features four microphones & custom digital signal processing for noise elimination. Even in noisy environs, it is clear & loud.
The age of mono Bluetooth headsets is over -or is it?
Maybe they were just so clunky and imperfect that it wasn't really worth sticking with them.Plantronics has been making wireless headsets since the 1980s -and it's clear that they know a thing or two about headsets, which is why their headsets have been used by NASA astronauts in space and by most commercial airline pilots.Technology does filter down, even to the so-called basic headsets meant for consumer use.

As a basic design, the Voyager 5200 is not groundbreaking -though the attention to detail and quality of construction is astounding. It's an over-the-ear design, so there might be an issue with certain kinds of spectacle frames or sunglasses. We found that we could use it comfortably with both spectacles and sunglasses -though your results may vary. Needless to say, you will need to put the headset on first and then the glasses. The boom on the device can be adjusted for use with either ear and the box includes three sizes of soft silicone tips.

They say that it will fit over 90% of users and we're inclined to agree.Looking around the device, you'll see a proper, clicky on-off switch, a couple of metal-capped volume buttons on top, a call answer end button and a `voice' button. The last two are on the boom and all the buttons are ergonomically placed -muscle memory will kick in after a couple of days of use and your fingers will find them easily. The headset informs you via voice about how much talktime you have left, connection status and more. You can also use your voice to answer or end calls.

If you get the Plantronics Hub app, you'll be able to see remaining talktime on it plus adjust various settings. You can toggle things like caller ID, answer ignore, mute alerts, auto-answer and so on.The voice button on the boom can also be used to call up Google Now or Siri -depending on whether you're using it with Android or iOS. The Bluetooth connection is also strong -you'll find that it connects to your device really fast and stays connected over an extended distance (50 to 70 feet away, with a clear line of sight). Now coming to main bit calling.

The Voyager 5200 features four microphones and custom digital signal processing for noise elimination. If that seems like jargon, know this -this will likely be clearer for both you and your caller than most phones. Plantronics calls it WindSmart technology Even in noisy environs, we found that it was clear and loud, auto adjusting everything automatically.Total talktime is about 6 hours on a full charge which is great for most users. If you need to go handsfree, we highly recommend the Voyager 5200, thanks to the killer combination of looks, performance, useful features, battery life and all-day comfort.
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