“A smart headset for smartphones” is how Plantroics refers to its Marque M155 and Voyager Pro HD to be. With its neat design, the Marque M155 has a fresh appeal. It has been done with shades of white on the top with silver on the sides. A circular key on the front used for answering and disconnecting calls resembles the iphone’s home key. It is easy to operate, and turning on the headset tells the user how much talktime he or she has. It worked well most of the time we used it and was comfortable during use. However, as with devices of its sort, prolonged use can hurt the ears. Indoors and in quieter surroundings, the sound is impressive. However, in a noisy environment, say at a market or on a road, the calling party was hardly audible.
The Voyager Pro HD doesn’t have anything revolutionary about its design. It has a long extension that is flexible enough to be turned around to be worn in either ear. But the thick body that hides behind the ear made it uncomfortable to wear for long durations. The excellent sound output, however, made such complaints recede. The sound was so clear at both the ends that the calling party could hardly make out whether we were talking over a handset or a Bluetooth headset. It also automatically senses whether a call needs to be transferred to the headset or the phone. While on a call, removing the headset instantly transferred it to the handset, without any lag.
Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled phones, both the headsets have some special features that one can enjoy with Apple and Android devices. When paired with the iphone, the headset’s battery indicator appeared on the top of the display. As for Android, the ‘Myheadset’ app directs you to access Vocalyst—a one year free subscription for listening to emails, text, update social networks, etc. The user would, of course, need to register with Vocalyst, which requires a specific registration code (wasn’t available with us).
While the Marque M155 gave close to five hours of talktime on a single charge, the Voayger Pro HD was active over six hours of talktime. The Marque 155’s charging cable has a regular charging jack along with a USB connector for plugging in phone’s data cable whereas the Voyager Pro HD comes with a USB charger along with a wall charger.