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Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC, First Take: Flexible and feature-packed, but expensive Review

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Voyager headsets from Plantronics are traditionally office-bound devices, but the Voyager 6200 UC[1] can support work and leisure use cases thanks to its neat design, Bluetooth connectivity, well-made carry pouch and noise cancelling features. It even comes in two colours -- black and 'sand'. But is this versatile headset worth its £249.95 (inc. VAT, or $299.95) price tag?

The neckband is somewhat chunky, but it's lightweight and a slightly rubberised finish stops it from sliding about. The earbuds are a secure fit, and you can move your head around normally without fear of pulling them out. The whole setup is one of the most comfortable headsets I've used.

plantronics-voyager-6200-uc-main2.jpgThe Voyager 6200 UC has a 30-metre (98 foot) Bluetooth roaming range and claims up to 9 hours of talk time, or 16h of 'listen', from its 340mAh battery, which takes 90 minutes to charge. Image: Sandra Vogel/ZDNet

Some headset buttons are difficult to work with because they're hard to find by touch, but Plantronics has got things pretty well under control here. Buttons are both tactile and large, and are sensibly located on the band so there's no need to fumble around for them. The multiple presses for different functions are not too complex to remember.

For example, controlling music playback relies on a single large rectangular button on the inside right of the front of the neckband. I found it easy to remember one press for pause/play, two presses for next track, three for previous track. This button also handles call management when held down. Volume buttons are on the upper right edge and protrude slightly, so are easily found by touch.

The on/off button is a slider, and is used to effect Bluetooth pairing. It will also give a spoken

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