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Review: Plantronics Voyager 855 Stereo Bluetooth Headset

Review by Ricky Cadden on Friday May 09, 2008.

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Plantronics Voyager 855
Weight 15g (0.5oz)
Body Size 63.5mm x 12.7mm x 12.7mm
2.5" x .5" x .5"
Talk Time up to 7 hours
Music Time up to 6 hours
Standby Time up to 6.5 days
Ear Loop Over-ear, optional
Left/Right Ear? Both
LEDs 1, blue/red/purple
Pairings Multiple
Headset Sound Phenomenal
Mic Sound Superb
Included Accessories AC power
Spare ear loop
Optional stereo earpiece
Spare ear gels

Plantronics is a pioneer in the mobile phone headset industry, and the company's Bluetooth headsets continue that trend. The Plantronics Voyager 855 is a neat little headset that doubles as a stereo Bluetooth headset, thanks to the removable second earpiece. The Voyager 855 is clad in a classy black and silver color scheme and includes plenty of accessories.

The Plantronics Voyager 855 ships with two user-changeable ear loops, one large and one small. Additionally, there are three sets of soft ear gels for a comfortable fit, a wall charger, an optional second earpiece, and a convenient drawstring carrying pouch. The optional second earpiece consists of a large ear loop with a wire that connects to the main headset, enabling the headset to function as stereo headphones.

The Voyager 855 connects to your Bluetooth-enabled handset or computer via Bluetooth 2.0, and supports the A2DP and AVRCP profiles for stereo Bluetooth headphones. With a 10 meter range, the Voyager 855 offers plenty of room to move around without losing audio quality.

The top of the headset is where you'll find the call control button, used to power the device on, as well as interact with phone calls. There is a microUSB charging port on the back of the device, and the volume rocker and mute button are both located on the side of the headset.

When using the headset in mono mode, you have the option of a large or small ear loop, as well as the different sized ear gels included. I found the Voyager 855 to fit very comfortably, and the light weight made me nearly forget I was wearing it. Even after several hours of continuous use, there was no discomfort at all. Unfortunately, when using the headset in stereo-mode, with the second earpiece, the user is forced to wear the large ear loop, which did not fit my ear very well. There is no option to use the smaller ear loop with the second earpiece.

The front 3/4 of the headset is actually an extendable boom, with the microphone positioned on the tip. This not only offers superior audio quality for your callers, it is also functional. To answer an incoming call, simply slide the boom out. Slide it back in to end the call. The speaker column has a soft ear gel on the end, to help block unwanted background noise when on a call or listening to music.

A notification LED surrounds the call control button, and flashes blue, red, or purple, depending on the situation. When power the headset on for the very first time, it will automatically enter pairing mode, as shown by the flashing blue and red LED light. A flashing blue light confirms a successful pair with your handset, and you're ready to go. If you miss a call, the light will flash a purple color three times every ten seconds to remind you.


MRComment @ 12:07:58PM EDT on Wednesday March 25, 2009

I think that top headsets have the different features. Ex. JawboneII is good at noise-canceling, Plantronics Voyager 855 can be converted to mono or stereo.

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Ricky Cadden
Former news editor Ricky Cadden runs Symbian-Guru.com. Ricky is based in Texas.

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