By Kathrina Ysabel Pineda
Getting a hold of the Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC headphones has got me dumbfounded, at first. I have never seen a pair of headphones that looked so advanced. But this headphones have taken me aback for the things I hear when I am listening with it, or should I say those I couldn’t.
Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC ticks off in the looks department. The design puts emphasis on comfort with its headband made form leather and suede. I also like the faux wooden design on each side, that way it doesn’t look too serious, you know? I had it on for hours, and even with my glasses on, I did not feel even just a slight discomfort eventhough it did weigh more than the other headphones I’ve tried. And I got to admit, it was fun playing with it as I test how stretcheable it was by pulling on both side of the cuffs.
Speaking of its cuffs, which is made of leather and could honestly pass as pillows for my ears, Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC has powerful 40mm speakers that enables hi-fi quality music. It has built-in technology reduces ambient noise and it lets you control the level of Active Noise Cancelling or ANC. You can opt to ANC HIGH and ANC MID options for when you want to activate the noise cancelling, and you can also turnit off just with a switch of buttons on your left ear side.
Now, as most enterprise-grade headphones have boom microphones attached to it, Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC achieves clear audio with its built-in four omni-directional microphones. It has an overall four microphones built-in to it and it functions as pairs on both sides. Each microphones work in tandem by detecting soundwaves to locate your voice spatially. This is also what allows it to reduce the ambient noise. Oh, and plus points for the giant L and R written for the left and right ears. It’s such a drag to always confuse which side is which and have to look closely because the labels are too small on other headphones.
Going to the controls, which I’d like to say is the main part of the headphones: Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC has made it possible for you to have access to everything without breaking a sweat. This way, you wouldn’t have to pull out your phone all the time, especially if you are outside on a commute. On the left side is located the Play/Pause, Forward/Back controls, as well as the Volume control which I think has a clever dial design instead of the usual click.
On the other end is located the button that lets you take calls, or reject them, the power and bluetooth swtich, and the Mute button. It also has a slot dedicated to an aux cable for when you don’t want to use the bluetooth with a device. On the right side is also five LEDs that indicate charge, pairing mode, call status, and button presses.
Taking calls with the Voyager 8200 UC is a walk in the park. Even though htere is no visible microphone attached, my voice can be heared clearly even amidst all the background noise. It’s also quite fun taking a call even while you’re listening to music because all you have to do is press the right ear.
The Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC also has this sensors that pauses and plays your music as you remove it and put it back on — saving us from that dreadful moment of not getting to pause a song because someone calls you, and you miss your favorite part.
You can also sync two devices at once with the Voyager 8200 UC. And with the Plantronics Hub app, you can get more insight on the device and you get better control over the settings.
Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC is made for the those who like to block out ditractions in everyday life. It captures both function and form replacing headsets you have for different uses.