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Plantron­ics Voy­ager Fo­cus UC

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - Bryan Chan

At most work­places, there are tons of am­bi­ent noise that could lead to a loss in pro­duc­tiv­ity. Re­al­iz­ing this, Plantron­ics has come up with the Voy­ager Fo­cus UC – a stereo Blue­tooth head­set that has ac­tive noise-can­cel­ing tech­nol­ogy and a ton of smart fea­tures to make it eas­ier to fo­cus on the task at hand.

One of the first things you should know about the Voy­ager Fo­cus UC is that it's de­signed for the mil­len­nial pro­fes­sion­als in mind. So what ex­actly does a mil­len­nial pro­fes­sional want

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DE­CEM­BER 2015 out of a head­set? Ac­cord­ing to Plantron­ics, it needs to be durable, wire­less, has great au­dio qual­ity, and more im­por­tantly, of­fers the abil­ity to move from one task to the next, with­out lift­ing a fin­ger. The Voy­ager Fo­cus UC lets you do all this, and more.

As men­tioned, the Voy­ager Fo­cus UC con­nects us­ing Blue­tooth, so com­pat­i­bil­ity with most smart­phones and tablets is not an is­sue. Of course, it'll also con­nect to your note­book or desk­top PC; if your sys­tem does not have an in­te­grated Blue­tooth mod­ule, the Voy­ager Fo­cus UC comes with its own Blue­tooth USB adapter, al­low­ing you to use it on your sys­tem, re­gard­less. If you're cu­ri­ous, the Blue­tooth adapter also works on video game con­soles like the PlayS­ta­tion 4 and Xbox One, which is def­i­nitely a plus.

Tak­ing a look at the fea­tures of this head­set, you'll be def­i­nitely im­pressed. First up, it has ac­tive noise-can­cel­ing tech­nol­ogy, which uses sev­eral mi­cro­phones to ac­tively de­tect am­bi­ent noise and can­cel them out. Then there's the flex­i­ble mi­cro­phone boom that can be tilted ei­ther to the front or back, so you can just put it on your head with­out wor­ry­ing of the ori­en­ta­tion (the me­dia con­trols will switch ori­en­ta­tion as well!). An­other cool thing about the Voy­ager Fo­cus UC is that it's equipped with a bunch of sen­sors that can tell if it's on or off your head. If you're in the middle of lis­ten­ing to mu­sic and you take them off, it'll au­to­mat­i­cally pause the mu­sic and switch off. Once you put it back on your head, it'll turn back on and re­sume mu­sic play­back. In terms of au­dio qual­ity, the Voy­ager Fo­cus UC per­forms great in both con­fer­ence calls via Skype, and when play­ing mu­sic. Vo­cals def­i­nitely take cen­ter stage, but it's im­pres­sive that this head­set also of­fers great sound­stag­ing, and re­pro­duces ex­cel­lent de­tails in mu­sic. The mi­cro­phones do their job well, keep­ing am­bi­ent noise at bay, whilst pick­ing up only your voice.

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Ac­tive noise-can­cel­ing is ac­ti­vated with this switch.

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