Plantronics VOYAGER 6200 UC for the Office and Beyond

These headphones that we are about to review in our second Plantronics review appear very similar to the ones from Jabra we reviewed a couple of months ago. We’ll take a look at this pair on their own merit, though. This Bluetooth® neckband headset with earbuds, the VOYAGER 6200 UC will give the office professional a great experience when answering calls and listening to music.

What you get with the Plantronics VOYAGER 6200 UC

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When you open the box, the first thing you’ll see is the nice zippered case that houses the headset.  Attached on the outside is the little USB dongle that connects you when you are using Skype or another online conferencing.  Three different sizes of earbuds to ensure a good fit are also included in the pocket. A micro USB cord and a small circular charging dock to charge the headset comes stored in the pouch as well.

Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC Features

Just like the Plantronics BackBeat FIT we reviewed yesterday, the earbuds come in an oval shape for a passive noise cancelling feature. The battery charges within an hour and a half to provide 16 hours of listen time, 9 hours of talk time, and 14 days of standby time. That’s a couple more hours than the Jabra ones we reviewed back in March.

The Bluetooth® 4.1 connection is a strong one that will allow the user to take a 98 ft walk around the office if they need to. It’s lightweight at 2 oz, so no fatigue from wearing them.

Plantronics is looking out for your hearing with SoundGuard® DIGITAL, which protects against sound levels above 118dBA. There is an anti-startle feature during calls which detects and eliminates any large sudden increase in signal level. Also, there is something called “Time-Weighted Average” that prevents average daily noise exposure from exceeding 85dBA.

Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) is provided on the neckband. Dynamic Mute will let you know if you are talking while it’s muted, so you aren’t talking on and on while no one is listening. Speaking of talking, the boomless mics pick up your voice well, and will block out other background noise. You’ll know to answer a call when your neckband vibrates, too.

Buying Options for the Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC

If you decide that you can’t live without these, you have the option to get them in black, like what we have received to review, or there is the “Sand” color which is a beige-ish white color. Plantronics has them listed for $299.95 on their site, which is a bit more than the Jabra pair we reviewed, but I’ve seen them for less if you shop around.

Disclaimer- We received these for free to review in exchange for our honest and unbiased opinion.

 

Wireless Earbuds: BackBeat FIT 300 by Plantronics

Here’s another set of wireless and sweatproof earbuds that will get you through your workout without being connected to your device. The Plantronics BackBeat FIT 300 are one of the Plantronics products we’ve received to review recently. We have reviewed some other Plantronics items in the past, including another BackBeat wireless earbuds set, but here goes our first review of these earbuds.

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What you get with BackBeat FIT300

The earbuds are the expected item in the box, of course. There is a small box on the right side with battery and relief buttons that adjust volume, manage tracks, and houses the mic and battery. Also included is the micro USB charging cable, and various eartips to help you get the right fit for your ear. If you get the 305s, it comes with a mesh carrying bag. I’m not sure exactly what the difference is. They are the same price.

FIT300 Features

The silicone tips on these earbuds are oval shaped, which is different from what one might see on most earbuds these days. The shape fits snugly in the ear to provide noise isolation. The threaded cord helps to prevent the cord from tangling up in itself. There is a promised battery life of up to 6 hours, and although we’ve seen better, it’s still a decent amount of battery life for a workout. There is a deep sleep mode that will save the battery life for up to six months, so you won’t have to worry about recharging again if you haven’t used it for a while.

The loops on the tips hold the earbuds snugly into your ears, so you can sweat and shake around, and they won’t budge. They are also lightweight at 14 grams, although the inline mic/controller might be a little bulky. It’s probably similar to other wireless earbuds like these.

The sound on these earbuds are pretty great, and worth the $80 price tag.

BackBeat FIT300 buying options

We received the lime green color ones to review, but these earbuds also come in dark blue, black and coral color options. They all cost the same, and as mentioned before, the 305 ones come in the same color, but with a bag. I’m not sure of the difference in quality. You can buy a pair on the Plantronics website, or shop around on-line.

Disclaimer- Plantronics sent us this model for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. No other compensation has been provided.

Plantronics RIG SURROUND PC Gaming Headset

rig-surroundI might as well start by telling you that I am reviewing a product that I have reviewed before, at least in its first iteration. The Plantronics RIG SURROUND is a step up from the Plantronics RIG, and it shows.

Actually, I should say that it blows. Okay, that doesn’t sound right, unless your implying that it blows your eardrums off. The first had 40mm drivers, but this has Dolby 7.1 surround sound plus 40mm drivers. Also, the first RIG was designed for the Xbox, Playstation, or PC, but this one is specifically made for the PC, complete with USB Amp.

The RIG SURROUND has the big dial thing that I was raving about last time, and you can switch from gaming commands to mobile calls with just a touch of a button. It also has three EQ settings with Pure for improved voice clarity, Intensify for bass, and Seismic for bass without the rumble or distortion.

Now, I’m not certain about the design of the headphones, but they appear to be lighter, because they are more comfortable. You can wear these all day with pillow-soft earcups and a cushioned headband.

You should be able to get the RIG SURROUND on the Plantronics site for about $99.99.

Plantronics RIG Headset and Mixer

Plantronics RIGI’m not certain if Plantronics’ RIG should always be capitalized, but right now, it is speaking in all capitals on my ears. Seriously, this pair of headphones has some serious bass that is rocking me with 40 mm speaker drivers.

The RIG is designed for the PC, Xbox, or PS3, but it is also made for the mobile in mind. You can see in the illustration here this circular thing in the middle of the headphones. This is a volume adjuster/mixer. It has a button that allows you to take phone calls while you are gaming.

This particular disc thing has many dials for mixing, and it really is pretty amazing. It has some nifty colored lights as well.

In addition, to that mixing feature, it also has a cool interchangeable mic with an inline mic. This is for taking calls while you game, which is apparently something the RIG prides itself with. If you don’t believe me, check out the ad on the RIG site here.

In short, the Plantronics RIG is a very cool set of gaming headphones. You should be able to purchase them for a price of $129.

BackBeat GO 2 from Plantronics

backbeat-go2-black-caseI have reviewed a lot of Plantronics products in my time, like the Voyager Legend and the Marque 2. I had a chance to try out the BackBeat Go 2, and it is always a wireless wonder.

These are the type of wireless earbuds that link via Bluetooth to a mobile device, and they wrap around the back of your head. This is made to take out the tangle, and it also has another feature: P2i military-grade nano-coating. This nano-coating can protect against sweat, moisture, as well as just some spills.

Okay, I didn’t test out how well the protection against wetness works, but I liked its volume and track controls. I also liked how this has a DeepSleep mode to go into hibernation which can extend the battery life. The cool part is that this already has 4.5 hours of listening and 5 hours of talk time. Speaking of battery life, there is a Battery Meter widget to enable looking at the battery from a device itself, provided its Android.

So yeah, I’m going to recommend it. You can get it on the Plantronics site for about $99.99.