The Plantronics Voyager 510 USB is a Bluetooth headset equipped with Multipoint technology.  The manufacturer proudly boasts that it’s the first headset to support VoIP softphones on your PC and mobile phone at the same time, freeing you from the task of having to disable and reenable the connection between devices.  Lets go over the details.

Design

While somewhat bulkier and heavier than other Bluetooth headsets, the Voyager 510 is still a lightweight device that you are quite likely to forget about after a while.  Unlike some other headsets, it provides a pretty snug fit and will stay put during your commutes throughout the office.  In addition, the Voyager 510 is very comfortable which is always a great attribute.

There are still a lot of PCs that aren’t equipped with Bluetooth but you don’t have the worry about that with this headset.  The Voyager 510 USB comes with a Bluetooth USB adapter that fires up a connection without having to install any special software or drivers; simply plug and play.  This handy addition enables easy hands-free communications over VoIP.

The system integrates smoothly with software from a number of leading companies such as Skype, Avaya, Nortel and Cisco among others, enabling call notification and remote answering via the headset.  It also works with a range of popular VoIP services from providers like Yahoo, AOL and MSN.  Anyone familiar with the Skype application will truly appreciate the VoIP capability as your calls come in crystal clear.

Features

The headset’s Multipoint technology has the ability to detect the Bluetooth device in current use and enables you to accept calls with the simple push of a button.  The Plantronics Bluetooth DeskPhone Adapter is optional but very useful, allowing you to easily switch between your Bluetooth-enabled phone and the office line.  This means that you wouldn’t have to rely on a headset using a dedicated land line.

The Voyager 510 features a microphone with noise-canceling to provide clearer communications.  The mic boom is adjustable and can be positioned on either ear.  The headset also supports AFH (adaptive frequency hopping) which helps to eliminate common interruptions caused by nearby WiFi networks.  You’ll get an estimated 6 hours in talk time from the integrated Lithium polymer rechargeable battery while getting up to 100 hours of standby time.

Conclusion

The Plantronics Voyager 510 USB definitely gets the job done as a reliable Bluetooth headset.  There are a few drawbacks such as the one button you have to rely on for most of the functionality - an extra button would do justice.  This is quite minor when considering that it can be registered with a variety of audio software and works in perfect harmony with your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone.  You’ll enjoy a comfortable fit and stable connection as it offers excellent range.  While perfection remains hard to achieve, we’ll just say that Plantronics got it right with the Voyager 510.