I’m trying to find a word other than “sexy” to describe my old Discovery 925 headset Perhaps “svelt”? Bluetooth headsets are never sexy. Necessary – due to the recent law change about cellphone use in cars – but never sexy. Where the Discovery looks like something Captain Kirk would wear, the Voyager Pro looks like a 1970’s hearing aid.
So when it arrived, I was sceptical about looking even more like a knob wearing this giant-by-comparison headset. Thing is though, the size of the Voyager means it has more room inside for … technical gubbins. And those gubbins make all the difference.
Firstly, the big boom contains two microphones: one for you and one for the rest of the world. This allows the Voyager to do some rather awesome noise-cancellation. As a completely non-scientific test, both the iPhone and Windows Phone display a waveform when they are waiting for voice commands. In a running car, without speaking, this waveform jumped all over the place with the old Discovery, but it is almost dead-flat using the Voyager. Consequently, my phones accept voice commands much more often with this headset, and callers have commented on how clear it is.
The big case also contains a giant battery. 6 hours of talk time and 120 hours of standby. This means I can have the headset in the car for weeks at a time (turning it off when parked). I’ve yet to recharge it.
The unit hinges in all sorts of directions, which allows it to be worn in the left or right ear, depending on which way you roll.
As an added bonus, my particular Voyager Pro model is the “UC” version, for “Unified Communications”. This means it comes with a Bluetooth dongle for your PC. Once paired, you can use the headset for Skype calling (or MS Communicator, Google Talk, or your chat client of choice). The multi-point technology means you can have the headset paired with your PC and phone at the same time, and it will ring in your ear when you get a call on either.
If you already have built-in Bluetooth (like my laptop does), you can ditch the dongle and just pair it straight up. For the technically-minded, the Pro supports Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate, and uses the Hands-Free Profile v1.5 and Headset v1.1 profiles.
You can grab a Voyager Pro for around about NZ$200. Pricespy has a good list of retailers.