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Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC, First Take: Flexible and feature-packed, though expensive

Voyager headsets from Plantronics are traditionally office-bound devices, though a Voyager 6200 UC can support work and convenience use cases interjection to a neat design, Bluetooth connectivity, well-made lift tote and sound cancelling features. It even comes in dual colours — black and ‘sand’. But is this versatile headset value a ¬£249.95 (inc. VAT, or $299.95) cost tag?

The neckband is rather chunky, though it’s lightweight and a somewhat rubberised finish stops it from shifting about. The earbuds are a secure fit, and we can pierce your conduct around routinely though fear of pulling them out. The whole setup is one of a many gentle headsets I’ve used.

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The Voyager 6200 UC has a 30-metre (98 foot) Bluetooth roaming operation and claims adult to 9 hours of speak time, or 16h of ‘listen’, from a 340mAh battery, that takes 90 mins to charge.


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Some headset buttons are formidable to work with since they’re tough to find by touch, though Plantronics has got things flattering good underneath control here. Buttons are both pleasing and large, and are realistically located on a rope so there’s no need to fail around for them. The mixed presses for opposite functions are not too formidable to remember.

For example, determining song playback relies on a singular vast rectilinear symbol on a inside right of a front of a neckband. we found it easy to remember one press for pause/play, dual presses for subsequent track, 3 for prior track. This symbol also handles call government when hold down. Volume buttons are on a tip right corner and expel slightly, so are simply found by touch.

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The on/off symbol is a slider, and is used to outcome Bluetooth pairing. It will also give a oral sign of how most talktime stays if pushed backwards, that is unequivocally useful.

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There’s a tongue-tied symbol on tip of a left corner of a neckband. At a back, mirroring a right side plcae of a power/Bluetooth/battery-level control, is another slider that turns Active Noise Cancellation on or off.

Battery life is rated during 16 hours listen, 9 hours speak and 14 days on standby. During contrast we was means to get by a week of holding and creation calls though wanting to recharge, nonetheless of march this will change depending on use.

It takes 90 mins to entirely assign a headset, so unchanging users competence set adult a slight of putting a headset on assign for a brief while during a start of each day. There’s a sincerely neat, round assign mount into that we can block a Micro-USB cable; otherwise a same wire can be plugged directly into a headset.

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The Voyager 6200 UC package includes a case, a charger, a USB wire and a USB wi-fi dongle.


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The headset comes in a sizeable protecting box that accommodates a neckband, horse and USB cable. It competence be a bit most to dump into a weekend transport bag, though a insurance it provides for a comparatively costly square of pack is welcome.

The headset will span with adult to 8 devices, and adult to dual during a same time — accessible if, for example, we use a mobile phone and a softphone, or even dual mobiles.

The claimed Bluetooth operation of adult to 30 metres, or 98 feet, worked out in practice: we could pierce to a subsequent room with no trouble, for example, and mislaid tie during around a 30m mark. If we don’t have Bluetooth integrated on your laptop, we can use a USB dongle provided.

The omnidirectional microphones in a neckband did a good job, and nobody we spoke to complained about bad voice quality. The headset reminds we if you’re on tongue-tied when creation a call, and vibrates when there’s an incoming call — even when a handset is on mute.

So far, so impressive, though a active sound cancelling was a bit hit-and-miss. we work in a still office, so we tested this with some pointless speak radio while holding some phone calls, and it didn’t unequivocally cancel adequate of what was going outward my calls on to pass muster. When we attempted it with some low-frequency sound — including a recording of a vitriolic sound of an aeroplane engine — it achieved most better. But sound during that magnitude isn’t prevalent in offices we work in.

Active sound cancelling takes a fee on battery life, so we tended to leave it switched off, that isn’t most of an publicity for a pivotal feature. Anyone looking for severely good sound cancelling for a bureau competence wish to emporium around.

Audio peculiarity for song is OK though not wonderful. It’s excellent for use on a commute, though those looking for severely good song playback competence be disappointed.

The Voyager 6200 UC is gentle to wear and has ergonomically located, realistically configured neckband controls. The small assign hire is handy, and a lift box should infer useful. It’s only a empathize that a sound cancelling is next par.

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