Unboxing and Review on the Plantronics Voyager 855
Further to my last post, Plantronics Voyager 855AIQ iPod Limited Edition (works for iPhone too), I finally got hold of the Plantronics Voyager 855AIQ Bluetooth headset. Will be showing some unboxing pics and share with you all some of my insights after using it for 36 hours.
Weight: 15 grams with stereo cable
Pairing: QuickPair™ technology for one-touch initial pairing
Controls: Volume, microphone mute, call answer /end, voice-activated dialing, last number redial1, track forward/back, pause/play
Range: Up to 33 feet (10 meters)
Wireless Compatibility: Bluetooth (v2.0) + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) Compatible with most Bluetooth enabled phones from LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and others.
Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP Headset (HSP v1.1) and Hands-free (HFP v1.5)
Power: Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery
Battery life: Up to 7 hours talk time /6 hours stereo listening/160 hours standby time from a single charge
Full set includes the quickstart guide, the USB charger, the AC charger, two sets of ear loop stabilizers (comes in 2 sizes), 4 pairs of ear buds (of different sizes as well), the headset itself, the stereo plug-in cable and a nice little pouch.
Wearing method 1: without the ear loop stabilizer. Since I’m so used to wearing these Bluetooth headset with the ear loop stabilizer attached to it, I was kind of afraid that if I didn’t, it would fall off pretty easily. For the Voyager 855, since it comes with 4 different sizes of ear buds, once you find the pair that gives you the perfect fit, the Voyager 855 can actually be worn without the ear loop stabilizer and it fits pretty nicely. Only downside, the voice will sound a bit muffled if the boom is not extended.
The boom extended during call for optimal voice clarity. By sliding the boom, you can receive or end a call and it does gives you that trekkie look.
Wearing method 2: with the ear loop stabilizer.
The ear buds and the ear loop stabilizer
I mentioned that the ear buds and the ear loop stabilizers came in different sizes, let’s take a closer look.
The USB charger
The USB charger is bendable and is really cool.
The audio sound quality
After trying it out on different genres of music, podcasts and video podcasts, I can say that the sound quality is not bad at all albeit the bass is a bit weak when listening to some of my rock tunes. The vocals do stand out fairly well.
As for call quality, this is where we have been getting mixed reviews. A number of local forums reported that when using the Voyager 855, the user can hear very well but the other party would find that the call quality unacceptable. Well, I tried it out extensively yesterday in different testing environments such as the train station, the shopping mall and on the street and the results indicated that there are some static interferences experienced during calls; echo is a bit high and the wind noise reduction was basically non-existent. Plantronics earlier models have windsmart technology (Voyager 510) or the windscreen (Voyager 520) but the Voyager 855 replaced that with the new AudioIQ noise reduction technology which is not quite up to standard according to the test results. But when tested in a quiet environment such as the office, the echo is a bit less and the call quality improved.
Well, would I be recommending it? The answer is I am not sure about it yet. The design, the light weight and the comfort of wearing it are all major pluses but if a Bluetooth headset cannot perform its utmost important task, i.e. having decent call quality, I will put the decision on hold until more testings are conducted. I will have to take a few more days testing it out with different phones and see if it is just a problem with the phones I used in terms of pairing and compatability (iPhone and HTC Touch used in testing). Will report back so stay tuned.
For more info on the Voyager 855, see the following link -