updated 04:20 pm EDT, Fri October 30, 2009
Voyager Pro UC bundles Bluetooth adapter
Plantronics today launched a rare Bluetooth headset aimed primarily at the desktop. The Voyager Pro UC bundles a USB Bluetooth adapter with the familiar Voyager Pro and lets any Mac or Windows PC handle calls over the wireless earpiece if they don't already have built-in Bluetooth. Its functions can work natively with many VoIP apps, including Skype and business-class apps from Cisco.
As a multi-point audio device, the Pro UC has a toggle to switch back to a phone or another device without having to re-pair. The audio characteristics of the headset remain the same and center on a high-quality microphone boom with active noise cancellation. As its ear hook is a large, integral part of the design rather than an add-on, the device also has higher than usual inbound audio quality and still lasts for six hours of continuous talk.
The new Voyager should ship next month for $200 with software to help organize and manage calls on Windows PCs.