Today is Plantronics 50th anniversary as a company. I was at their corporate headquarters to join in the celebration, which included American hero Buzz Aldrin as a guest speaker. As a part of the celebration they launched two new products and then took a few of us to see their industrial design labs which included the infamous wall of ears. This wall is not just famous it is IN-famous (kudos to the commenter who ID's this movie quote.)
The folks at Plantronics are celebrating their 50th anniversary by announcing some brand new communication devices, software, and services. Amongst them, two items stand out: the Voyager PRO UC Bluetooth headset and the Calisto 825 speakerphone set. In addition to these two, a Plantronics Unified Communications Toolkit has been announced, "the industry's first" totally complete set of tools, training, and documentation "for expanding the growth of unified communications solutions. Ken Kannappan, president and chief executive officer at Plantronics, notes the following: “We want to end the pain-points that people experience when trying to stay connected at work or home. We think everyone - from consumers to mobile professionals to the business world- should be able to simply communicate regardless of device or location. We want to deliver innovative products with uncompromising quality, an ideal experience and extraordinary service so everyone can simply communicate.”
How would you like to win yourself an Xbox gaming bundle, an Xbox Live gaming bundle, or a Plantronics GameComm 777 Headset? I know I would. To win, all we've got to do is put our most extremely amazing game faces on and take a photo - Plantronics are looking for photos taken all around the world of people who show real "gaming fanatic" spirit, they're looking for all walks of life! Starting TODAY (November 29, 2010) and going through Friday December 10, all participants are encouraged to take an in-action photo of themselves that showcases how and where they game.
Plantronics continues to plug away at the Bluetooth headset market, and while there are plenty of super-budget models out there, the company still reckons there's a higher-tier of premium buyers looking for the very best in wireless performance. Into that niche drops the new Plantronics Savor M1100, which blends voice control with a audio-controlled companion service called Vocalyst, as well as an update to the well-received Plantronics Voyager Pro, the Pro+. Check out our full reviews after the cut.
Plantronics' BackBeat headphones have been around for some time now, with the company gradually evolving the design and hardware to keep the stereo Bluetooth headset ahead of the game. The latest iteration is the BackBeat 903+, packing the newest version of Plantronics' AudioIQ2 DSP and tighter iPhone integration. Sweet music or a bum note? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Plantronics is a Bluetooth headset brand we're very familiar with here at SlashGear, having tested the company's past few generations of models. Of course, that developing heritage can be both a blessing and a curse: the bar is set high, and any new headset needs to not only offer performance to match the price-tag but justify its existence over its predecessors. Next up is the Plantronics M100, a compact dual-microphone headset with a relatively compact $79.99 MRSP. Can its iPhone integration and other functionality keep it distinct not only from rivals but previous models? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Plantronics makes a ton of different headsets for various uses. The company has made headsets for use in offices for folks that answer and talk on the phone a lot for years. The company also makes some of the best Bluetooth devices on the market for smartphone users.
Bluetooth headsets are mostly associated - literally, in fact - with cellphones, but there are plenty of people looking to go wireless with their computers for VoIP. Plantronics' Voyager PRO UC looks like a regular headset but is designed to pair not only with your phone but your computer via a bundled USB dongle, and to maintain those connections simultaneously. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
We've been impressed with Plantronics last few Bluetooth headsets, finding the company's DSP offers a decent balance of background noise reduction while not making callers sound hopelessly artificial. What happens when Plantronics tries to do DSP on a budget, however? The new Plantronics Explorer 395 has a bargain $49.95 MRSP and, the company reckon, is ideal for first-time Bluetooth headset users. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
The Bluetooth headset market has split in recent years, with the budget end of the market being served by low-cost, simple devices for $50 or under, and the high-end packing complex noise-reduction and DSP for $100 upward. Into that fray steps Motorola, whose Endeavor HX1 headset packs military-type bone conduction in order - they claim - to completely vanquish background noise. After the cut, check out the full SlashGear review and why we reckon the HX1 isn't quite ready for the urban battlefield.