Plantronics Voyager Legend review: Plantronics Voyager Legend

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
  • Overall: 8.7
  • Design: 9.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 9.0

Average User Rating

2.5 stars 16 user reviews
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The Good Lighter and less bulky than other boom-style headsets, the Plantronics Voyager Legend has superb audio quality and a well-crafted, comfortable design.

The Bad The Plantronics Voyager Legend's big boom mic arm isn't compact. Its ear tips don't form a tight audio seal.

The Bottom Line The $99.99 Plantronics Voyager Legend big boom microphone isn't for the fashion conscious but its superb call audio quality and comfortable fit make it an excellent buy.

CNET Editors' Choice Sep '12

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Plantronics has been in the communications business since the dawn of the Jet Age and heady days of the Apollo space program. This experience shows in the company’s latest premium Bluetooth headset, the $99.99 Voyager Legend. It’s sure not a modest product name but designed as a follow-up to the Plantronics Voyager Pro Plus, and the Legend does what many might have though was impossible, improve on an already stellar design. In fact, the Voyager Legend offers even better call quality, a smaller size, a more comfortable fit, and a longer battery life. It’s still not inconspicuous compared with more minute headsets but if you do a lot of talking all over town and clear sound is your priority, you’ll want to splurge on this excellent mobile accessory.

Design
There’s no getting around the fact that the Plantronics Voyager Legend is a big contraption as Bluetooth headsets go these days. With its signature, and rather dated boom arm design, the headset is more bulky than compact competitors such as the Motorola Elite Silver, Jawbone Era, or even Plantronic’s own M55.

That said, the Voyager Legend is elegant compared to the rather unwieldy Jabra Supreme. Compared with the Supreme, the Legend has a premium feel thanks to plastics that I found reassuringly solid and well crafted. Indeed, while the headset’s ear loop is thick, it provides controls within easy finger reach. At the ear loop’s base sits a sturdy power switch while another switch above it toggles volume up and down.

The boom microphone arm is thinner that the one found on the Voyager Pro yet manages not to bend when positioning or appear flimsy. Two buttons live on the arm as well, a Voice key on the bottom edge, and Call button at the tip closest to your ear. I found both a cinch to press, though it was easy to accidentally hit either one while pushing the headset into my ear.

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Plantronics Voyager Legend

Part Number: CNETVOYAGERLEGEND
MSRP: $99.99 Low Price: $59.99 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Weight 0.6 oz
  • Sound Output Mode mono
  • Additional Features voice activated
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear (with over-the-ear mount)