Pros:Voice quality (Both ends), battery life, comfortable for all day wear, and noise cancelling (Ambient)
Cons:Wind noise suppression could be a little stronger.
The Bottom Line: I recommend this to anyone looking for REAL noise cancelllation that works as advertised. Plantronics has just made a loyal customer out of me if they can keep this up.
I am an over the road truck driver and I was in the market for cream of the crop of headsets as I need REAL noise cancellation for the noisy environment that is my truck. Not just some marketing gimmick to lure people in.
Recommend this product?
I have previously owned a Jawbone (original), and I liked it a lot. It was by far the best performing headset I had ever used. So naturally, I wanted to look to Aliph for my next headset. I purchased the Jawbone Icon (The Hero) for $99 at my local Best Buy. Sound quality was very good on my end. Ear-piece volme could be a little louder, but I didn't have to strain (once I figured out how to turn it up). Call quality on the other end was acceptable, nothing special. I wanted to like it, I really did, but its combination of skimpy battery life and uncomfortable/finicky fit made it a compromise I wasn't willing to make.
In comes the Plantronics Voyager Pro for only $79.99, I was tossing between the Jawbone and the Voyager Pro for replacements for my lost headset, The $119 Silverado Blue (http://www.silveradoblue.com/). Amazing noise cancellation from the Silverado, but as you can see, its... um... huge!! Plantronics seemed to fit the bill better than the Jawbone did. It helped that it was also about 20 dollars cheaper.
After a trip back to Best Buy to return the Icon I had my Voyager Pro in hand (and some refunded cash). The fit of the Voyager is VERY comfortable. The Jawbone is smaller, but oddly enough it is fatiguing on your ear. Not so with the Voyager Pro, the Voyager is fairly large, though not so large as to be cumbersome, the plastic/rubber that coats the 'hook' is very soft ensuring that it remains all but invisible to the wearer.
In a call test that I did with my friend we decided that the Voyager had a much more natural sound than the Jawbone Icon did, even in noisy environments. I started up the truck and went trundling down the road to test the noise cancellation, on the other end I was crystal clear, with no noise. Then I proceeded to lower my windows and continue the conversation. There was a little bit of wind noise, but my friend said that I could still be heard fine. Battery life seems to be on par with what they list on the box, I havent done a full drain test on the battery, but it is already holding up better than the Jawbone did. I will update this review if need be and issues arise from the battery department.