In a work environment, it is often difficult to focus. Be it ambient noise or colleagues, there will always be an unintentional distraction. The Polly Voyager Focus 2 Here to help, this professional headset is part of a high-end line and stands out from its peers specialized in listening to music or gaming, like the Arctis Nova Pro, for example.
Poly Voyager Focus 2 is available in different versions, with or without charging support, USB-C or USB-A, standard version or Microsoft. For our part, we have the standard version with USB-A charging support, so this test will be based on this particular model.
Visually, the Poly Voyager Focus 2 is small and very thin. Emphasis is placed on its compactness. Otherwise, the Poly Voyager Focus 2 is black for the plastic parts and dark gray for the metal parts. Its weight is 175 grams.
One of the most important components of a helmet is the quality of the headband. In this model, we are not disappointed. It is therefore made of metal and is very thin (15mm wide and 0.8mm thick) which allows it to be flexible while remaining rigid.
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The headband has a headband (or elastic headband) to optimize comfort on your head. It is made of a silicone coating, a material that is very pleasant to the touch. It is also adjustable according to your morphology thanks to a kind of elastic.
Below, we also find plastic branches. This is where the battery is located. But we have the possibility to adjust their height through a notched system from 1 to 10 to best customize the helmet to your head shape. Finally, the poly logo is engraved on each of them.
Next comes the headphones (or earbuds). They are first tilted on an axis by 180°, so that, again, the fit is as good as possible. What distinguishes them from more basic models of helmets is the shape of the pads that do not include the ears. Their surface is so flat.
Regarding connectors, we find only one of them. So we put the buttons on the front panel to adjust the volume and 3 small holes for the noise reduction system On the side we have the USB-A port, power button and ANC adjustment which we will detail in another part.
We find the microphone that is placed from the bottom up to disable it or not depending on its position. On the front of the headphones, the casing is slightly different with a glossy black color in a spiral shape. You can also see an LED indicator on one of the two earphones to transmit to people in the same room as you, whether you’re on a call or not.
It is quite small with a length of about 75 mm. It can be located on either side of the helmet which makes it pointless.
We can notice a big gap between the pads and the rest of the earphones. This is not done by chance as this space allows the headset to slide over the connector and plug into the charging support.
The latter is L-shaped and therefore has an earphone attached to the helmet. It is black in color and has a USB cable. We see the “Poly” logo on the front and non-slip foam on the back as well as legal notices.
Here are the contents of the box:
- Poly Voyager Focus 2 Helmet
- Charging stand
- USB-A cable
- carrying case
Features of Poly Voyager Focus 2
|model||Polly Voyager Focus 2|
|Type of helmet||Professional|
|bearing shape||Extra auricular|
|connection||Bluetooth 5.1, Micro-USB|
|Frequency response||10Hz – 20,000Hz|
|Cables are provided|
The microphone of the Poly Voyager Focus 2 is therefore an essential component of this headset due to its desire to be intended for professional use. On paper, it sounds pretty good. In fact, there is a microphone equipped with Acoustic Fence technology. It creates a virtual sound barrier in front of your face.
After testing, it is true that the voice detection is focused only on the person using the headphones, transmitting almost no ambient sound, not even the sound of my Corsair K70 RGB TKL mechanical keyboard. On the other hand, as far as the microphone quality is concerned, it is very disappointing. The sound emitted by the microphone is low quality and for a headset that sells for more than €350, we would have expected better in this aspect.
The microphone, however, allows for fairly clear and crisp conversations.
As you might expect, sound quality is far from headphone quality. It lacks everything, bass, treble, vol. But again, this helmet is not made for such use although it is possible. It’s still nice to be able to listen to a video or podcast because the voices are transmitted quite well in isolation from the rest. Which is logical because of its specificity.
We still find an immersive binaural sound that’s pleasing when making calls or listening to music. Peak volume is low but high enough.
Ease of use
During professional use, the Poly Voyager Focus 2 should stay on your head for many hours. So it has to be comfortable enough to forget it’s in our head. The helmet meets these conditions well and is very comfortable even after more than 3 hours of wear.
The leatherette pads are very comfortable and do not cause sweat in the ears due to their flat shape. The headband, elastic headband and adjustable temples are also customizable and hence allow for optimum comfort of use.
Configuration of the Poly Voyager Focus 2 is very simple and goes through a USB dongle that indicates the status of your microphone (activated or not).
Finally, different movements are possible for a sensor to activate practical shortcuts during your call. For example, you simply remove your headphones from your head to mute the microphone or pause your music during a call.
Noise reduction is very important in this Poly Voyager Focus 2 because of its main purpose. In fact, the headphones are equipped with Hybrid Digital ANC technology. It offers an active noise cancellation system with two digital MEMS microphones and two analog ECM microphones.
The button on the earpiece lets you disable ANC depending on the situation you’re in. It is also possible to adjust it to two other levels, resulting in a more or less strong reduction of ambient noise.
For us, the noise cancellation is very good but not exceptional, but this can be explained by the size of the pads which does not favor total noise cancellation.
Poly Lens app
Poly Lens software is very ergonomic. We already saw this in the Poly Studio P5 webcam test and we found the same layout with four separate tabs. The connection is very easy as the app takes care of everything.
This tab allows you to see the connection status of your headset via a green or red dot. We find the remaining battery percentage and software version.
Here we find the same thing as the previous tab but for the USB dongle.
This is the tab we are most interested in here. In fact, it has many features and allows us to customize it according to our preferences. Sensor activation, voice assistant volume, mic and headphone settings more generally. It’s very complete and being able to disable certain functions (which can be annoying) is a real advantage.
The last tab displays the various aids available to use the webcam and software most effectively
The battery equipped on the Poly Voyager Focus 2 has 560 mAh and allows up to 19 hours of talk time and 40 hours of listening with noise cancellation disabled. When activated, we have 16 hours of communication and 24 hours of listening autonomy. So it doesn’t allow you to worry about recharging your headphones, which is a component that can be annoying in a professional environment.
Finally, the full charge time is 2 hours, which is relatively good.
Polly Voyager Focus 2 Review: Review
The Poly Voyager Focus 2 is a high-end headset aimed at the professional audience. It is ideal for use in open spaces thanks to its noise cancellation but very efficient voice detection. But the sound quality as well as the microphone quality is quite disappointing.