I’ve long been a fan of Plantronics, the company that offers headset devices. Ever since we started the podcast back in 2005, we’ve all used a Plantronics headset to record the show. The company just announced a new wireless stereo headset, and as much as I’d like to cut the cord on my existing cans, there’s one (possibly silly) reason I’ll be passing on the new .Audio 995.
Instead of using Bluetooth, Plantronics opted for its own proprietary wireless method on the 2.4 GHz frequency. It sounds like a minor gotcha, but what it means is that you’ll need to plug in a USB dongle for this headset to work. That’s one more thing to lose and manage in the gadget bag, and I would have definitely preferred a Bluetooth connection. Some might not be put off by this, though, so for $99.99, the .Audio 995 could find a home. It works for listening to digital music from your PC as well as for voice communications through the built-in microphone.
On a semi-related note, Plantronics generously loaned me its new Voyager PRO Bluetooth headset for review. I attempted to use it last night for the review, and it paired up quite easily with my iPhone. Unfortunately, the two folks I called weren’t home, so I’ll have to ring up some of my other peeps later. Here’s a stock pic of the Voyager PRO while we wait for my friends to stop screening their calls. The PRO is advertised for six hours of talk time, five days of standby, Multipoint support, and AudioIQ noise canceling technology. Sounds good so far!