The 3 Best Plantronics Headphones of 2021 Reviews

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Best Plantronics Headphones

We've currently tested nine Plantronics headphones. They're a brand well known for their business headsets, but they also make feature-packed Bluetooth headphones for casual use as well. Their consumer-level headphones tend to be fairly reasonably-priced and generally provide good value overall. Here are the best Plantronics headsets we've tested.

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Best Plantronics Headphones


  1. Best Plantronics Bluetooth Headset

    6.0
    Mixed Usage
    5.7
    Neutral Sound
    5.7
    Commute/Travel
    7.9
    Sports/Fitness
    5.5
    Office
    5.3
    Wireless Gaming
    5.2
    Wired Gaming
    6.1
    Phone Calls
    Type Mono Earbud
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best Plantronics Bluetooth Headset that we've tested is the Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset. This Bluetooth mono headset has a comfortable design that should be comfortable enough to wear for extended periods. It's quite stable and shouldn't move around or slip out of your ear even when you're on the go. It feels sturdy enough to survive a couple of drops and bumps too. While this headset's sound profile isn't especially well-suited for listening to music, human speech should sound fairly full-bodied, present, and clear. The Plantronics Hub companion app also features a multitude of phone-call-related configuration options. Its boom mic can swivel completely around, allowing you to wear the headset on either ear, and does an excellent job of isolating your voice from loud background noise. This headset also supports multi-device pairing, allowing you to take calls on your phone or PC.

    Unfortunately, the boom mic's recording quality is sub-par, as it makes recorded speech sound muffled, dark, and slightly distorted. The headset itself also blocks out very little ambient noise, so you may have trouble hearing what's being said on a call in a noisy environment, though this design does allow you to hear your own voice very easily. Otherwise, if you're looking for a mono headset well-suited to taking calls while you're on the move, this is a good option.

    See our review

  2. Best Plantronics Headphones

    7.3
    Mixed Usage
    7.7
    Neutral Sound
    7.4
    Commute/Travel
    7.1
    Sports/Fitness
    7.4
    Office
    5.9
    Wireless Gaming
    7.5
    Wired Gaming
    6.6
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best Plantronics headphones that we've tested are the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Wireless 2016. These Bluetooth-enabled over-ears are comfortable and sturdily-built. They also supply about 30 hours of continuous playback time, so you shouldn't need to worry about charging them very often, but they do come with a 1/8" TRS cable that allows for passive audio playback if you do run out of battery. They have a slightly excited sound profile that should emphasize the thump and rumble of EDM and hip-hop music without overwhelming more delicate vocals and lead instrumentals. They deliver audio fairly consistently and don't leak all that much audio, so you shouldn't annoy people nearby if you listen to content at moderately high volumes. They also support multi-device pairing, allowing you to listen to content from your phone while remaining connected to your computer.

    While these headphones do have an ANC feature, it isn't especially effective, though they do an adequate job of filtering out ambient noise overall. They're quite bulky, which can make them a bit of a nuisance to carry around when not in use, though they do come with a carrying case. Their integrated mic also makes your voice sound thin and muffled. Still, these are a good choice if you're looking for a feature-packed pair of over-ears.

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  3. Best Plantronics Headset For Gaming

    6.1
    Mixed Usage
    7.8
    Neutral Sound
    5.2
    Commute/Travel
    5.9
    Sports/Fitness
    5.8
    Office
    7.5
    Wireless Gaming
    5.9
    Wired Gaming
    6.7
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best Plantronics headset for gaming that we've tested is the Plantronics RIG 800LX Wireless. These wireless over-ears feature a modular, lightweight design with a self-adjusting ski-band headband, spacious ear cups, and breathable padding. Their sound profile is a good fit for a variety of content, and you should hear sound effects with the same emphasis as in-game dialogue and music. They come with a wireless USB dongle that allows for low-latency audio transmission, so you shouldn't notice much of a delay between what you're hearing and what's happening on screen. They supply over 24 hours of continuous playback time, which should be more than sufficient for several long gaming sessions. Their boom mic delivers decent recording quality and does a great job of isolating your voice from background noise.

    Unfortunately, these over-ears block out very little audio, which could be annoying if you're gaming in a fairly noisy environment. They also leak quite a bit of audio, which may annoy people nearby if you listen to content at a high volume. The audio cables leading to their ear cups are also exposed and could potentially break if you're not careful while adjusting the placement of the ear cups, though the rest of their construction feels quite sturdy. All told, this is a worthy choice if you're looking for a lightweight, comfortable gaming headset.

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Compared to other brands


  • Lots of features. The Plantronics headphones we've tested have some of the best combinations of active features. Their best models typically have noise cancelling, a great battery life with lots of different power-saving features, multi-device pairing, and even sometimes support for low-latency Bluetooth codecs, NFC for easier pairing, and talk-through modes.
  • Good audio reproduction. Most Plantronics headphones have good audio reproduction that's either very neutral or with a bit more thump and rumble while still-sounding well-balanced.
  • Great controls. One of the most noticeable features of the Plantronics lineup are the controls. They're unique and often unorthodox compared to other brands, but they're efficient and ergonomically placed on the ear cups, making them easy to use.
  • Mediocre noise cancelling. Although Plantronics headphones are packed with features, noise cancellation is not their biggest strength. They isolate well enough for certain environments, but they have a lot of self-noise and do not block ambient noise as well as other noise cancelling headphones from competing brands.
  • Bulky designs. While most Plantronics headphones feel durable and comfortable, many have a rather bulky design that doesn't look as sleek as stylish as competing models.
  • Limited budget options. While Plantronics headphones usually aren't that expensive, they don't have very many options in the budget range, unlike other brands that cover greater price ranges.

Overall, Plantronics makes versatile headphones that tend to be quite reasonably priced, especially considering how feature-packed they are. Their headphones have some of the best control schemes we've tested and tend to have lots of great features like active noise cancelling, power-saving options, and even low latency Bluetooth codecs. Their noise cancelling doesn't usually perform as well as competing models, and they don't have the most elegant designs, but the brand still makes some of the best wireless headphones we've tested.

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  1. Feb 18, 2021: Verified that all main picks are currently in stock and represent the best choice for their given category.

Conclusion

Plantronics don't have a ton of products geared towards more casual users, but they still make a few feature-packed, versatile headsets. We have yet to test their full lineup, but models from both their Pro and Go series offer easy-to-use controls and well-balanced sound. Unfortunately, their headphones tend to struggle with noise cancelling, and don't always have the sleekest designs. However, they provide excellent battery performance and generally feel well-built overall.

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