Plantronics Voyager 510 review: Plantronics Voyager 510

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Solid sound quality; decent features; loads of accessories.

The Bad Pricey; tiny controls; fit may be too loose for smaller ears.

The Bottom Line The Plantronics Voyager 510SL Plus comes with satisfactory performance and a generous range of accessories, but it needs a few tweaks to its design.

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Plantronics Voyager 510SL Plus Bluetooth headset

In our previous reviews of Plantronics Bluetooth headsets such as the Plantronics M2500 and the Plantronics M3500 , we noted that we mostly enjoyed the sound quality but weren't terribly impressed with the fit or the tiny controls. On the M3500, the fit was much too tight, while on the M2500, it was too loose. With the new Plantronics Voyager M510, however, we found the fit to be just about right. That's not to say it couldn't be better, but it was an improvement over previous models.

The Plantronics Voyager 510 is available in several different versions, all of which are expensive. The 510 ($99) is simply the headset with a compact charger. The 510S ($299) adds a desktop charger that can be hooked to a landline phone for taking calls on the headset. The 510SL ($379) comes with the desktop charger, as well as a handset lifter that raises your landline phone off the cradle in a manner similar to the GN Netcom GN 6210 . Finally, the 510SL Plus ($429) includes all the aforementioned offerings along with a variety of accessories such as a car charger, a USB charger, and a belt-clip carrying pouch. You can buy the lifter alone for $79 or the base by itself for $229.

The headset itself is gray and black and largely resembles the M2500 with its behind-the-ear-fit, swiveling boom mic, and nonprotruding earpiece. Though it's among the largest Bluetooth headsets we've seen, it still weighs a slight 0.67 ounce. Since the battery rests in the wraparound ear hook, it's not wholly flexible, but we were able to get a mostly secure fit on either ear. Be advised, however, that users with smaller ears may find it too loose. Unfortunately, as with its predecessors, controls on the Voyager 510 were tiny and tough to manipulate while wearing. The volume rocker wasn't bad, but the power/muting key located immediately above it was so small that we had trouble finding it even when we were holding the headset in our hand. Likewise, the call control button at the top of the boom mic was also too little for our tastes. The headset has one indicator light that flashes red during charging and blue during a call.

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  • Sound Output Mode mono
  • Additional Features foldable
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor over-the-ear