After my Plantronics Voyager Legend headset decided to stop working and went to headset heaven, or wherever faulty headsets go, I asked the Geoff over at Sennheiser if he had anything for me to try. I like to mix up the products to stay up to date with what technology is evolving – you would too if you didn’t have to buy them.
Within 24 hours I had the yet to be released Sennheiser Presence Bluetooth HD headset in my hot little hands. I can genuinely say that my old Voyager Legend had grown on me and they were big shoes to fill (check out my review of that product here).
So coming from a VERY prejudiced position I opened the apple-esque Presence headset packaging with low expectations. Boy was I wrong. It looked uber cool. Out of the box the headset was charged and rather than having to go through the normal rigmarole of Bluetooth connectivity no sooner had my Samsung phone discovered the device that it auto connected.
It took me a couple of tries to get used to the different fitment but once I had it felt snug and good. With my first call I noticed how incredible the new Sennheiser SpeakFocus technology was. The call quality was superb. The rest of the functions were easy to find, which is true of most good Bluetooth headsets nowadays, and turning the device on and off was as simple as sliding the protruding silver bar at the end of the Presence headset in and out.
Outside the WindSafe technology was equally at home and people that had complained in the past about me living in a “wind tunnel” noise didn’t say a word – even when I prompted them if they could hear the wind (yes it was a windy day when I was testing it for you skeptics out there).
The Sennhsier Presence headset also came with a car charger which was great. Other brands see car chargers as a licence to extort additional money. It was basic, the cord was short, but the cord was also firm and mouldable so i didn’t have it flying around the car.
One of the things I love is talk time. My my old headset claimed 6 hours of talk time. However by the end of the day the headset would be on it’s last legs or flat and there was no way it was 6 hours. That was even when it was new. The Sennheiser Presence Bluetooth HD headset offers me at least 8 (with a claimed 10 hours) of genuine talk time and I’ve yet to run out during even the heaviest phone use days.
Personally I don’t use a lot of the fancy features like voice dialling but they’re present also. So the headset is comfortable, the HD sound quality with SpeakFocus and WindSafe technologies are great and the headset is discreet and a all round excellent model. My only draw backs, when compared to my previous Voyager Legend, is it takes a fraction longer to get on and it doesn’t tell me who’s calling with a voice announcement. Even though the Voyager used to get the names wrong, it was consistently wrong, I got used to it’s weird translations. It’s actually a handy feature as you don’t have to look down at your phone. But if that’s the worst I can say about the Sennheiser Presence headset then it’s pretty damn good.