Plantronics Voyager Legend UC Review
Several things make it clear that the Plantronics Voyager Legend UC is a premium Bluetooth headset aimed at business professionals and the most demanding of users. First of all, the device is designed like a high-grade precision instrument, thus giving its wearer a prominent “I am so important” look. Then there's the rich feature set, which includes convenient voice commands and multiple microphones for enhanced audio experience. It goes without saying that we have high hopes for this top-of-the-line product, so let's give it the review treatment and see what it has to impress us with!
Upon opening the headset's retail box we're delighted to see that it comes with a broad variety of accessories, which are added to further justify the $200 price tag of the Plantronics Voyager Legend UC. There's also a non-UC variant of the headset, priced at a much more reasonable $100 yet missing some of the extras listed below, such as the Bluetooth USB adapter, the carrying case and the charging dock.
In the box:
- Bluetooth USB adapter (Plantronics BT300)
- Carrying case with built-in rechargeable battery
- Charging dock
- microUSB cable
- Plantronics proprietary cable adapter
- Wall charger
- Additional earpiece silicon tips of different sizes
- Foam sleeves for the silicon tip
Design and comfort:
We've tested quite a few Bluetooth headsets over the years, and the Plantronics Voyager Legend UC ranks above the average on the comfort scale. The unit itself may be bigger than your garden variety headset, but it is well balanced and it attaches firmly to your ear so it is very unlikely to fall off during every-day use. Besides, its design allows it to be worn on either ear. However, although we're fine with wearing the device even for prolonged periods of time, at 18 grams, it isn't light enough for one to completely ignore its presence.
It is nice to see that Plantronics has applied P2i liquid-repelling nanocoating to its accessory in order to prevent liquids (read: sweat) from damaging it. What isn't so great, however, is how dirty the soft-touch rubber body of the device gets over time, but that's a minor issue since that part remains hidden behind the wearer's ear during use.
A total of four physical buttons are present on the Voyager Legend UC, two of which are located on the boom of the microphone. One is used for picking up/ending voice calls while the other activates voice commands. Both buttons are well positioned and easy to reach. Two switches reside on the back of the unit – one for turning it on and off while the other is used for volume control. Once again, they are well exposed and provide great tactile feedback.
2. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
The proprietary connector boggles me on this one. In the day and age when everyone (except Apple) seems to be moving to micro-USB, these guys go rogue. If the connector provided some sort of advantage, fine. In this case though, it does nothing and if anything will turn folks away - like me.
I will add also ... the review is for the "UC" version no? You spoke nothing of the bluetooth adapter, its connection to the computer, and how it worked in VOIP apps or apps like say Skype.
3. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
Oops, I see the Skype reference now. It would have been nice though if you commented on the adapter and if its integration was seamless.