Plantronics is a regular at headphones. However, the brand wants to hit hard with a microphone / headset for the office, high-end, supposed to meet the needs of those who spend their lives on the phone. And as much to say it right away, the copy is good, very good even. We tell you why in this detailed Review of the Voyager Focus UC helmet.
Mark : Plantronics
Category : Bluetooth microphone / headset
Starting price : 299 euros
Availability : available
Voyager Focus UC Unboxing
We are on a high-end product at around 300 euros. At this price, we expect a minimum of quality in the packaging. Contract completed with this Voyager Focus UC. The devices are well secured thanks to cardboard. Inside we find the helmet of course, but also all the accessories that are provided with namely, the USB dongle that will connect your helmet in Bluetooth to your computer, a charging station with its USB port, a small carrying pouch and a micro USB charger if you need to charge your headphones, but have left the station at health home or in the office. No complaints except the absence of an AC adapter, if only for the charging station. Indeed, if you want the headset smart health connected plus the station on your computer, say goodbye to two USB ports. A criticism that is made more and more often because manufacturers often do not bother to provide an AC adapter.
Voyager Focus UC design and comfort
The first thing that strikes you when you take the helmet in hand is its weight. It is very light in addition to being space-saving. A first good point. Because yes, this helmet is above all made to work and stay with your ears for a long time, that is to say that a 500-gram device quickly becomes heavy. That's the case to say. At the general aspect of the helmet, it does not revolutionize the genre and pays for a sober style. Color level we are on black and silver with a few points of red here and there. Note the quality of the finish and the general appearance of the materials used for the product. In terms of button and there are many we find the volume control and audio track and a noise reduction control. On the left earpiece, the microphone is long enough to make yourself heard, as well as the call button to receive phone calls.
On the comfort side, the headband has been lined with a thick layer of foam itself wrapped in what looks like a pretty good imitation leather. Same material on the ear cushions. Plantronics has not chosen a headset that takes the whole ear inside a shell, often renowned for comfort. But finally, after several hours of use, no particular pain to report. The cushions are very thick over the entire surface of the ear and adapt to the shape of the ear. Coupled with its extremely light weight, this Focus Ware is the friend of long work sessions.
Using the Voyager Focus UC
First, let's take a look at the sound quality. For a desk helmet, the Voyager Focus UC is doing extremely well. And even for a simple helmet, by the way. The treble and bass are well balanced and do not lack power. To listen to music in HD while you work it will be perfect. On the microphone side, we are close to excellence. No residue of any kind or its muffled, it's a real pleasure. But if the sound is good, the functions of the headphones are also very significant. Firstly, the ease of installation shows this. Just plug in the USB plug and then change the output and input settings and you're good to go. Big advantage, the possibility of coupling both a computer and a smartphone. A very practical function for those who juggle between Skype and the traditional telephone.
Music will stop automatically on an incoming call. Then just press the indicated earpiece to answer the call. Another nice little feature, the music also stops when you take the headphones off the ears. It's silly, but it hits the bull's eye. Also note, the presence of a significant noise reduction function when working in a noisy environment. Effective, it still seems a little below what the competition does, but nothing very dramatic. The small downside is that the keys on the headphones, a little sensitive and which will tend to activate without really doing it on purpose.
Voyager Focus UC autonomy
This is often the annoying subject when talking about wireless products. Here, we have the right to 12 hours of use on a full charge. Slightly less when you use noise reduction. Good point, the helmet recharges on the base in about two hours. There are two ways to view the battery status: the LEDs, but also voice information when you turn on the headphones. A voice will tell you how many hours of communication are left. The only downside is the lack of a jack cable. So certainly we are on a desktop use, but what could be more frustrating than a headset which does not work without a battery when it is not possible to recharge it, on the train for example.
Headsets / microphones abound on the market. And even if you have to put your hand in the wallet to get this Voyager Focus UC, for the same price, hard to beat.
The reproaches to be made to these Voyager Focus UC headphones by Plantronics are very few in the face of praise. He fulfills his part of the contract, namely equipping those who want to centralize their calls to the office by being able to listen to music in high definition, without having an earache after an hour. The investment is still significant. However, despite the high price, we highly recommend it.
Plantronics Voyager Focus UC Review, the perfect headset?
Reviewed by Thomas Remilleret
Design : It does not revolutionize the genre and pays for a sober style, without being simplistic. Note the quality of the finish and the general appearance of the materials used for the product.
Audio quality : The treble and bass are well balanced and do not lack power. To listen to music in HD while you work it will be perfect. At the microphone, it borders on excellence.
Comfort : After several hours of use, no particular pain to report. The cushions are very thick over the entire surface of the ear and adapt to the shape of the ear. Coupled with its extremely light weight, this Focus UC is the friend of long work sessions.
use : The dual Bluetooth pairing is a marvel of use. Simple, practical. The only small defect, the buttons on the earphones a bit sensitive.
Value for money : If you have to put your hand in the wallet to get this Voyager Focus UC, at equal price, difficult to find better.
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