Updated: June 14, 2015
Plantronics Headset Reviews and Buying Guide:With more and more states enacting laws against driving while using cellphones, the need for handsfree phone kits and wireless headsets has continually grown. Many makes and models of cellphone, from Nokia to Blackberry to Ericsson to Palm to Sony, make this process much easier my using wireless Bluetooth technology in their phones. With Bluetooth, you can connect two electronic devices wirelessly, whether it is syncing an organizer to your PC or using a headset to speak and listen while your physical cellphone is in your pocket. Plantronics has been a leading name in the headset market for decades -- they even helped build the headsets built into the space helmets that the Apollo astronauts used during their moon missions. Plantronics latest Bluetooth enabled headset is the Plantronic Voyager 510. Other popular Plantronics headsets include the Plantronics M2500 and M3500, but this guide will take a look at the pros and cons of the Voyager 510, along with some pictures, specs, and pricing information.
Plantronics Voyager 510 Specs
- Lithium polymer battery, up to 6 hours talk time, 100 hours standby
- Dimensions: 4 x 2.5 x 0.8 inches
- Weight: 5.6 ounces
- One-touch call answer/end
- Folding, noise-canceling microphone boom
- Headset Controls: volume, mute, call answer/end, voice activated dialing
- Adaptive frequency hopping (AFH) to avoid WIFI interference
- 30+ foot roaming distance from cellphone
- Multipoint Technology for switching between two Bluetooth devices (ie, cellphone and deskphone)
Plantronics Voyager 510 Review and PricesThe Plantronics Voyager 510 Bluetooth Headset looks like most over the ear headsets you have seen. It is black and gray in color - you can see the photo of it above. The battery sits in the larger piece that wraps around the back of your ear, hence most of the weight is here. In general, we found the fit to be OK. None of these earpiece headsets is really meant to deliver a custom fit, so its kind of one size fits all. So by default, most of these earpiece can be either too loose or too tight, depending on your ear. The Voyager 510 was a little hard to position, but held fairly snuggly once in place -- certainly would stay in place while driving or walking around, though you might not jog with it. Overall, we give the fit an 8 out of 10. Again, all these small headsets require small buttons and control switches, and the 510 is no exception. The on/off switch is on the top part of the behind-the-ear component, and it is quite small - it can be a real challenge to find -- HINT: turn the headset on BEFORE putting on your ear! The sound quality, from both the speaker and the microphone, was very good - 8.5 out of 10. We had no problems hearing, and the noise-cancelling mic did a good job picking up our voice, even in noisy street and mall settings. One common problem with these units is wind, but we found the 510 worked well even in decent breezes (we used it without the sponge mic cover, since it looked a little bulky). We never had any problems getting it to connect to our 2 different test phones, so the Bluetooth component gets a 9 rating. How much does the Plantronics Voyager 510 cost? We found it at a number of online merchants, ranging from $39 to $89. Check out CellXPO.com for a $39 price (at time of writing). Amazon.com carries the Plantronics Voyager 510 for $42. Overall, this is a good BT headset at an attractive price. You can buy more expensive and fancier Bluetooth headsets, but why? The basic Plantronics Voyager 510 comes with just the headset and a AC plugin charger. There is also another package called the Voyager 510S that comes with a desktop charger unit that plugs into a landline (regular phone line), allowing you to use the headset with any home or office phone.
One complaint we have about all these Bluetooth headsets is the need for yet another charger to keep batteries charged -- we know it is a pipe-dream, but we keep waiting for the day that batteries can somehow be recharged by passing through an electronic field as you walk, or via radio waves, or something, other than having 8 different devices plugged into 8 different chargers spread around your desk and kitchen countertops. Browse all the best selling Plantronics headsets here.