Plantronics Voyager Edge review:

Clean calls paired with sleek styling

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A handy battery case is also included. Sarah Tew/CNET

Plantronics includes a nifty battery case inside the Voyager Edge kit. Besides functioning as a way to transport and protect the headset, a built-in battery ups the Edge's 6 hours of talk time to 16 hours (through repeated charges). Still, the Legend offers a longer 7 hours of continuous gab time. The Era provides the shortest stand-alone longevity at just 4 hours without its battery case.

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Charge the Edge through Micro-USB or its battery case. Sarah Tew/CNET

Finally, the Edge boasts near-field-communication circuitry for quick pairing with compatible smartphones. Just tap the gadget to the back side of your handset to create a new Bluetooth connection. For instance, a few seconds were all it took to get the Edge up and running on my Nexus 5 and Galaxy Note 3 test phones.

I have to say I was impressed by how well the Voyager Edge handled real-world conditions. When linked to my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 test phone, calls I made using the wireless Bluetooth connection came through the headset loud and clear. Most importantly, the Edge transmitted my voice cleanly whether I was sitting in an office building conference room or talking on crowded New York City streets.

In fact, even surrounded by noise from construction, thundering trucks, and chatty passersby, people on the other end of the call could easily hear me. In contrast, audio quality was muddy when I conducted phone calls on the Jawbone Era (at the same location, time, and with an identical test handset). The Edge carried calls as cleanly as that of the Voyager Legend, which makes sense given that they both rely on the same hardware. To put things in perspective, though, I have to stress that talking through Note 3's mouthpiece delivered the best calling experience, proving there's always a price for going hands-free.

I admit I didn't expect the Plantronics Voyager Edge to impress me as much as it did. After all, it lacks the large, robust over-ear boom mic design employed by the company's $99.99 Voyager Legend and the Jabra Motion -- both of which boast excellent call quality. Likewise, while the Edge is much sleeker than its predecessor the Legend, it can't match the shockingly small size of the Jawbone Era.

In the end, my misgivings proved unfounded. Not only is the Edge as good at killing background din and isolating your voice as the Voyager Legend, it sounds noticeably better than the Era without being a heck of a lot bigger. If you're looking for a Bluetooth headset that strikes an admirable balance between performance and possessing a compact frame, the Voyager Edge can't be beat.

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