Review: Plantronics Voyager Legend CS Bluetooth Headset

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Review: Plantronics Voyager Legend CS Bluetooth Headset

EditorsChoiceImagine this scenario. You use your Bluetooth headset with your mobile phone while on the move – while driving your car, while walking towards your office and even till you reach your office desk. But as soon as you reach your desk, your desk land line rings, prompting you to remove the Bluetooth headset in order to pick up the handset of the land line. Wouldn’t it be better if you could use the same Bluetooth headset with both your mobile phone and your desk’s land line?

You can now with Plantronics’ Voyager Legend CS Bluetooth Headset. The Voyager Legend CS connects to the base station and your mobile phone using Bluetooth and the wired route to the phone on the desk. Once all of that is set up (details in a bit), you can use the headset for both devices – your mobile phone and the land line. That’s quite useful.

Upon opening the headset’s retail box, you will find that Plantronics bundles a wide range of accessories. These accessories include a Bluetooth USB adapter, carrying case with built-in rechargeable battery, charging dock, cable adapter, microUSB cable, wall charger, earpiece silicon tips of different sizes and foam sleeves for the silicon tips.

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A special mention of the Voyager Legend CS’ bundled dock – it not only serves as a charging dock for the Bluetooth headset, but also allows you to hook it up to your desktop phone so you can also use the headset for your land line calls, too. All you do is connect one end of the power supply into the powr jack on the back of the base and the other end into a power unit. Then, connect the the cables from your desk phone to the back of the base. Once this is done, you will be able to receive and make calls from your smartphone and your desk phone.

We found the overall build quality of the Voyager Legend CS Bluetooth Headset to be excellent. Though the body is made of plastic, the brilliant finishing gives it a premium look. A total of four physical buttons are present on the Voyager Legend CS, 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.

The Voyager Legend CS comes with Smart Sensor technology that allows you to automatically answering calls simply by placing the headset on your ear and automatically transferring calls between your mobile phone and headset. You can just say “Answer” to answer a call, or ask to hear a list of commands from the command menu, including redial and check battery level. You even don’t need to look at your phone to know who is calling – the headset’s Caller Name Announcement and voice alerts will let you know everything from balance talk time to connection status.

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As expected, the in-call performance of the Plantronics Voyager Legend CS was excellent. However, the headset did sound a bit distorted when using it on regular phone calls through the desk phone.

We tested the Plantronic Voyager Legend CS on a Nokia Lumia 1520 and a Lenovo Vibe Z – we found the results to be almost equivalent and positive. The headset also performed well when we used it for listening to music and for playing videos on a smartphone. The audio quality is great and the volume is sufficiently loud for comfortable listening.

The excellent build quality, good in-call performance, and brilliant feature-sets make the Plantronics Voyager Legend CS Bluetooth Headset a must-have for professionals always on the move.

Price: $210

Connections: Connects to desk phones, mobile phones, tablets
Talk Time: Up to 7 hours
Standby Time: Up to 11 days
Digital Encryption: 128-bit
Wireless: Bluetooth; version 3.0 + EDR
Audio: Mobile Wideband (HFP 1.6); echo cancellation, A2DP
Hearing Protection: Sound leveling for listening comfort and acoustic limiting for protection against sounds above 118 dBA (SoundGuard)
Weight: 18-gms (headset)

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