Plantronics aims for heavy industries with Voyager Legend headset

Plantronics aims for heavy industries with Voyager Legend headset

Audio accessory maker hopes to broaden target market with a tougher Bluetooth headset

Bluetooth headset will no longer be limited to the office and home as Plantronics' Voyager Legend sets its sights on the industrial sector with a tougher design.

Plantronics Australia national retail sales manager, Peter Petrides, in particular sees an opportunity for the device in the heavy industry sectors, particularly mining and resources.

“You have two types of consumers, with one we are trying to convince to wear a headset and the other consumer is already using one,” he said.

“You don’t need to sell the concept to them, as they just want the best features that will help them in their daily work life.”

Petrides said the Voyager Legend product is designed for the later, and thus the potential market has opened up to heavy industries.

“Having good noise and wind cancelling technology is great when just out and about in the city or in an office, but at the same time, there are people in industries such as mining where there is a lot of noise that prevents them from having a business call,” he said.

Last year’s Voyager Pro HD already had some of the best noise cancelling and wind performance that could be found in a headset, though Petrides says the Voyager Legend has two times better noise cancelling and three times better wind protection.

“It was about the industrial aspect and bringing those types of customers to the product,” Petrides said.

“They have a far needing necessity for noise cancelling products than someone inside an airport or similar.”

While Plantronics has put a lot of focus on noise cancelling, Petrides adds that the feature will never cancel noise out and affect the quality of the user’s voice.

“We want you to sound like you, and not a robot,” he said.

Size matters

In addition to the improved noise cancelling, the Voyager Legend is 25 per cent smaller than the Voyager Pro HD.

“The boom is a lot sleeker and contours the face, and looks a lot smarter,” Petrides said.

The call button has been relocated from the side of the headset to the rear, the volume button has been changed to a toggle switch, and instead of micro USB for charging like many other headsets, a magnetic dock has been adopted.

“For the person using it, it is not going to matter if they have one or fifteen chargers on their desk, they just want to reduce the clutter,” he said.

The Voyager Legend is available now for $129 in store and online at Officeworks, and Petrides says it will soon be made available from other telco and retail outlets.

The Voyager Legend UC model will be available in December through Plantronics’ distributors.

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