We’ve set ourselves a challenge in attempting to compare the Legend – the most popular Bluetooth headset we sell – and the 5200, which has also been flying off the shelves.
At the end of the day, it will come down to the finer details in Plantronics’ design, sound, and features.
Aptly named, the Legend is a Legend
As we mentioned, this is our highest selling Bluetooth headset, and it earned that title for a reason.
Plantronics make the bold statement that the Legend is the ‘first truly intelligent Bluetooth headset’, and it’s got the credentials to match the claim.
Let’s start with the smart sensor technology, which will react when you put the headset on, so you can answer calls without having to press or click anything. If you’ve already got it on, you STILL don’t have to press or click anything to answer the call – it waits for you to say “answer” or “ignore”.
And if you want to know how much battery life you have left, or your connection status, you can just tap the voice command button and ask it.
The Legend also directs your calls to your phone or headset intuitively, and pauses your personal music when there’s an incoming call.
Now to the physical side of things. The Legend is protected against rain, sweat, and moisture damage by P2i technology. During manufacture, nano-coating is applied, giving it invisible liquid repellent properties, making it more reliable, durable and long lasting. The once-disastrous coffee spill will now be like water off a duck’s back.
So, how is the Voyager 5200 better than the Legend?
With all the great features offered by the Legend, we wouldn’t blame you if you were wondering how the 5200 could possibly be improved. Appearance-wise, they both have a sleek and comfortable over-the-ear design, and they actually look quite similar.
The truth is, the differences lie only in the fact that the 5200 does exactly what the Legend does, only better. For example, it’s got more powerful noise cancelling technology, twice the Windsmart layers, and a range of up to three times more, at 30 metres. There’s also a pretty awesome upgrade on the charging travel case, now doubling as a desktop stand and charger, as well as a change in the position of the buttons to make dialing and adjusting volume easier.
But instead of trying to describe all the differences, we’ve included this comparison chart so you can see the differences side by side for yourself:
|Features||Voyager Legend||Voyager 5200|
|Noise cancelling||Triple mic active digital sound processing||Quadruple mic active digital sound processing|
|Windsmart technology||Three layers of Windsmart technology||Six layers of Windsmart technology|
|Wearing style||ON the ear, balanced design||One the ear, balanced design, improved for smaller ears|
|USB Bluetooth adapter||BT300||High fidelity BT600|
|Bluetooth version||Bluetooth 3.0||Bluetooth 4.1 +EDR|
|Range||Up to 10 metres||Up to 30 metres|
|Near Field Communication||No||Yes|
|Smart Sensors||Routes and auto answers calls, pausing music during calls||Routes and auto answers calls, pausing music during calls|
|Mute System||Dedicated button, timed voice alerts, desktop mute alert||Dedicated button, timed voice alerts, dynamic mute alert, visual mute indicator, desktop mute alert|
|P2i moisture resistance||P2i moisture repellant nano-coating||P2i moisture repellant nano-coating|
|Smartphone virtual personal assistant button||Long press functionality embedded on the call control button||Button press; easy access with a red button on the boom|
|Voice recognition||Just say ‘answer’ or ‘ignore’||Just say ‘answer’ or ‘ignore’|
|Talk time/standby time (up to)||7 hours/11 days (narrowband)||7 hours/7 days
7 hours/9 days (BT600 dongle)
|Charge connection||Proprietary magnetic charging connector||Magnetic or Micro USB charging connector|
|Charging accessory||Portable charging case||Charging case and integrated docking stand|
|Charging case time||Charging case provides up to 14 hours additional talk time||Charging case provides up to 14 hours additional talk time|
|Weight||18 grams||20 grams|
|Plantronics Hub||Locate your lost headset and personalised settings (Android only)||Locate your lost headset, change languages, wirelessly update firmware, personalise settings and alerts|
Both of these headsets are extremely popular because they are both amazing in design, sound quality, and features. As we mentioned, the Legend has been one of our best sellers, and the 5200 is quickly catching up.
They are both excellent for the heavy user, and the small differences in features and noise cancelling technology really come down to a matter of personal circumstance and preference; if having the latest Bluetooth version, noise cancellation, and an extended range aren’t on the top of your ‘must-haves’ list, then the Legend will suit your purposes just fine. If they are, then the 5200 would be more suited to your needs.
The other small but important added bonus with the 5200 is that the earpiece has been improved for smaller ears, so if that sounds like you, it could be worth the upgrade to ensure a comfortable and secure all daywear.
At the end of the day, if you’ve found your way here, you’re probably facing the tough task of choosing between these two amazing headsets. And while it is tricky to make a choice, we know that whichever of the two you choose, you will be absolutely satisfied with a top quality Plantronics product.
If you have any questions about either the Voyager Legend or the Voyager 5200, give our friendly team a call, and we’ll do our best to help you make the best decision. Good luck!