While I’ve been extremely pleased with my Jawbone Icon bluetooth headset, there are some features on the newly announced Plantronics Savor M1100 Bluetooth Headset that I could do with. I’m especially talking about the (packaged) ability to send and receive emails via voice and amongst other similar type voice initiated abilities, being able to create tweets just by talking!
On board it comes with three microphones to ensure clear voice calls by getting rid of the background noise as much as possible. Rather than go for the most teeny weeniest design, Plantronics have focused on a shape that aides optimal voice quality. I think some of the other manufacturers focus way too much on styling and miniaturization.
For all the juicy details see the press release below. According to my Plantronics contacts, the headset should be hit Australian shores early next year.
SANTA CRUZ, CA – September 27, 2010 – Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT) today extended its premium headset leadership with the Plantronics Savor™ M1100™ Bluetooth® headset. The Plantronics Savor combines precision three-mic audio performance and a new online voice service, Plantronics Vocalyst™, to deliver exceptional audio experiences for conversations, text-to-speech, audio streaming, and much more.
“We’ve established ourselves as the leader for premium headsets through an unrelenting quest for product, design and technology innovations that delight our customers and make communications simple and convenient,” said Elizabeth Bastiaanse Hamren, vice president of Marketing at Plantronics. “The Plantronics Savor with Vocalyst builds on the worldwide successes of the Discovery 975 and Voyager PRO, delivering a breakthrough in voice-driven simplicity and performance.”
Plantronics Vocalyst & Voice Commands
Plantronics Vocalyst is a cloud-based voice service integrated with the Plantronics Savor and Plantronics Voyager™ PRO+ that significantly enhances the user experience with convenient features and capabilities. By pressing Savor’s dedicated voice button and speaking commands, users may:
- Send and listen to emails and text-to-speech messages,
- Record and listen to reminders,
- Post messages to Twitter and listen to their streams,
- Update Evernote accounts to easily capture moments and ideas with their voice,
- Listen to the latest news, finance, sports and weather reports.
The Plantronics Vocalyst service is free for a full year (a $24.99 value) for Plantronics Savor and Voyager PRO+ customers. Compatible with any phone, users activate Vocalyst with a few simple steps at www.plantronics.com/vocalyst. Android™ and BlackBerry® smartphone users can also download the Plantronics Vocalyst application at their respective app stores. The apps provide hands-free listening to text messages and custom configurations for added convenience, such as an auto-responder for incoming text messages (“I’m currently driving and will return your message shortly.”). The Vocalyst service’s simple voice-driven services are powered by Dial2Do, a pioneer in delivering cloud-based voice services.
In addition to Vocalyst, the Plantronics Savor also features convenient voice commands so users can always keep their eyes on the road, not their phones. Users can answer or ignore an incoming call by simply saying, “Answer” or “Ignore”. The Plantronics Savor also includes whispered voice alerts for low battery, lost connection and more.
Precision Audio Performance
The Plantronics Savor features three microphones that work in harmony to ensure every word is heard clearly during conversations. Two of the three microphones precisely capture the user’s voice and simultaneously cancel background noise. The third microphone automatically activates when in extremely noisy situations, helping to overcome the most challenging environments while maximizing battery life.
The three mics work with AudioIQ3, the next generation of Plantronics’ AudioIQ® digital signal processing (DSP) technology, to preserve the natural voice — so users don’t sound robotic or tinny — and to improve speech accuracy. Plantronics Savor also includes WindSmart® technology to reduce wind noise when taking calls in the car or on a busy street, and its premium speaker and automatic volume adjustments mean that users don’t have to put a hand over their ear to hear inbound audio.
Call Bing411 and Stream Podcasts
With a single button press, Plantronics Savor users can access Bing 411™ for driving directions, the number of a favorite restaurant, to check on the status of a flight, and much more. The Plantronics Savor includes A2DP technology for streaming music, GPS navigation, podcasts, audio books and more from A2DP-enabled mobile phones, such as the iPhone and Droid. A new feature for iPhone users allows them to monitor headset battery levels with an on-screen battery meter.
Discreet Design and Comfort
The Plantronics Savor has a compact and lightweight design, featuring a stylish boom that ensures a subtle profile, while also maximizing audio performance by allowing for optimal mic placement. It includes soft gel ear tips in three different sizes and an optional ear loop to provide multiple wearing options and a comfortable fit. The Plantronics Savor provides up to four hours of talk time and seven days of standby time.
Voyager PRO+: Performance with a Plus
Plantronics today also introduced Voyager PRO+, a new version of the award-winning Voyager PRO Bluetooth headset. In addition to integration with Plantronics Vocalyst, the Voyager PRO+ features A2DP technology for streaming music, podcasts and GPS navigation, as well as the iPhone headset meter that allows users to monitor battery levels. The Voyager PRO+ also includes convenient voice alerts for remaining talk time, volume, phone connection, out-of-range and more.
US Pricing and Availability
The Plantronics Savor M1100 has a retail price of $99.99 and will be available at Amazon, Fry’s and wireless carriers in October. Plantronics Voyager PRO+ has a retail price of $99.99 and will be available at Amazon, Best Buy and wireless carriers in October. Both the Savor M1100 and Voyager PRO+ are available for pre-order today at www.plantronics.com.
Europe and Asia Availability
The Plantronics Savor M1100 will be available in Europe in 2011. The Plantronics Voyager PRO+ will be available in Europe in October without Vocalyst. The Plantronics Savor will be available in Hong Kong beginning in October and broader Asia in 2011 without Vocalyst and Bing411. The Plantronics Voyager PRO+ will be available in Asia in November without Vocalyst.
For more information about the new products, please visit: www.plantronics.com.
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