The distinctive functional case, all-day battery life and advanced features give you every reason to buy the HP Poly Voyager Free 60 Series Wireless Earbuds if you travel for business or spend time working on a computer and smartphone.

Enterprise workers in office settings are ideal users of these high-end and specially designed earbuds. Remote corporate employees also gain a tremendous amount of added functionality to enhance the convenience of their workday.

I have yet to find a set of earpieces that compete successfully with the features packed into these relatively small yet well-fitted dual devices.

However, the cost is also in the higher price range than most people would be willing to buy out-of-pocket. But if your needs go beyond wireless convenience for phone calls and listening to music throughout your workday, HP gives you a compelling list of reasons to plug in a pair.

Pricing and Purchasing

For some potential users, the performance outweighs the $329.95 price tag for the premium product – the Poly Voyager Free 60+ UC that comes with a touchscreen charging case and more.

Two less-endowed but still great performing versions of these earbuds start at $229.95.

The starting price gets you the Poly Voyager Free 60 model that comes with a standard charge case that offers premium call and music features. The dependability and reliability of this unit is designed for what HP calls “prosumers”.

Poly Voyager Free 60 Series Wireless Earbuds

The Poly Voyager Free 60 wireless earbuds and basic charge case, shown here in Carbon Black, are also available in White Sand. (Image credit: HP/Poly)

In addition to the HP/Poly website, you can find these earbuds at B&H Photo and other online outlets.

Be careful when searching for this product. I found it listed under the Plantronics label on Amazon and elsewhere. Based on the price and product description, such listings that are not branded as HP appear to be older units rather than the latest product releases from HP.

HP acquired Poly last August and rebranded the new release but kept the Poly moniker. For example, the Poly name is on the charge case, and even the Poly app doesn’t have an HP label.

For stepping up to $279.95, you get the Poly Voyager Free 60 UC earbuds with a standard charging case and enterprise-grade audio and music features. This edition is Microsoft Teams/Zoom-certified and designed for enterprise users.

Unmatched Premium Features

One of the really impressive performance factors of these earbuds is the Poly Voyager Free 60 UC’s ability to fight off ambient noise during calls and video sessions that affects both sides of the conversation.

This product reduces background noise during calls with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). Between calls, the same ANC functionality reduces background noise and provides the ability to listen to music in high quality thanks to three environment settings.

One of them, Transparency Mode, lets you hear your surroundings without having to remove one or both of the earbuds. If you remove one earbud, it will pause the soundtrack playing from the connected device.

Voice production is at a premium level, stemming from the six microphones, stem design, and noise-canceling circuitry called NoiseBlock, which is AI-powered.

With the help of multi point connectivity, users can stay connected to two devices simultaneously. The technology associates the phones as Phone One and Phone Two, regardless of whether one of the devices is a speakerphone or a computer.

Smart Charge Case Does More

Another advantage of the Voyager Free 60+ UC earpiece is the unique charging case. All three Voyager models come with cases that wirelessly charge the earbuds in the rechargeable case and have Qi charging capabilities.

The free 60+ UC model goes well beyond that limited functionality. The smart charging case features a color touch screen with three control panels for customizing configuration and earbud controls.

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The Voyager Free 60+ uC touchscreen charge case displays the charge status of the case and the battery level of each earpiece. (Image credit: HP/Poly)

The case charges with a USB cable that connects to a computer or wall power plug. When the earbuds are in use, their case is wirelessly connected to control voice functions showing battery charge status, listening environment settings and volume controls.

You can easily switch between connected devices. The case lets you connect to external audio sources via the 3.5 analog audio input.

intelligent design

The oval shaped design and includes three shaped rubberized ear shields that provide extra wearing comfort to the earbuds. The tips are designed to reduce pressure in the ear while providing superior audio isolation.

You can use both pieces in either ear for extended use. For long-term travel listening, for example, you can simply insert one earpiece into either ear while the other is charging in the case.

The earbuds offer up to 5.5 hours of talk time with the ANC on. If you don’t need the ANC, the usage time is even longer.

The Smart Charge Case provides up to 16 hours of additional talk time and comes with a USB-C port for charging on the go. The case also includes the BT700 Bluetooth Adapter for advanced functionality.

The inclusion of a USB-C to 3.5mm audio cable is a really neat feature that lets you plug the charging case into almost any modern device and use the earphones wherever a physical connection is needed instead of wireless connectivity. uses.

The included USB receiver tricks the host computer into pairing the earbuds without needing to open the computer’s Bluetooth stack to connect the dongle. The result is a more seamless user experience than built-in Bluetooth on a computer.

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long stem functionality

The stems of the Poly Voyager Free 60 series earbuds are longer than other wireless ear devices. The oval shaped tip adds to the comfort factor and makes the earpiece very easy to hold, insert and remove.

A small button on the bottom of each stem plays or pauses music and answers calls. Press and hold it for two seconds to activate Google Assistant and offer even more functionality.

A touch sensor is located along the middle portion of each stem. Swipe it up and down to change the volume or mute the sound.

It took me a while to get used to the swiping motion to activate functions, and I didn’t find it very comfortable to use in conjunction with the smaller buttons on the bottom.

app power handy

Last but certainly not least is the Poly Lens app, available on Google Play and the App Store. You can just use the earbuds and get an excellent out-of-the-box user experience.

But I didn’t find it any less convenient to reach for my smartphone to adjust additional settings. It’s similar to using a smartphone app to aid in setting up my smart watch, and as a complement to a smart TV remote control device.

You need the app to handle software updates for the earpieces and smart charge case, and to access detailed configuration options for setting up your earbuds to your preferences. The app offers a long list of toggles and sliders to tweak every possible decibel and frequency to fine-tune your productivity and enjoyment.

Enhanced Communication Features

Advanced SideTone technology lets you be aware of how loudly you’re speaking. I never lost my boisterous vocal projection learned in my early days of public speaking classes. This special feature helps me not to strain my voice.

The earbuds are designed with a wide microphone pickup area so users can adjust the wearing position for maximum comfort.

The Poly Voyager Free 60 Series wireless earbuds are available in two colors: Carbon Black and White Sand.

Apple’s 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday revealed the latest versions of the company’s own mobile and desktop operating systems, in kickoff of its annual week-long virtual high-tech show targeting developers and the Apple consumer experience .

The event showcased Apple’s major software updates to iOS 16, as well as updates to iPadOS, macOS for the company’s computers, and watchOS 9 for the Apple Watch.

Presentations highlighted the new MacBook Air with a 13.6-inch screen and Liquid Retina Display, as well as a new 13-inch MacBook Pro – both with enhancements powered by the new M2 Apple silicon chip.

This year’s conference was Apple’s first major opportunity to introduce some of its new product lines based on its processor designs.

Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed during his opening remarks that these platforms and the products they run provide amazing experiences for users and provide developers with incredible opportunities to create, build and develop apps that will change the world. to use their superpowers to cooperate. ,

“WWDC is designed to give this community what they need to do their best work. We love to support our developers beyond WWDC with extensive world-class support,” Cook said during the virtual keynote. said during

One particularly impressive announcement revealed the ability to use an iPhone as a webcam. A clip-on attachment will let users secure an iPhone to the top of a computer screen and there will be instant integration for FaceTime and other videoconferencing apps via the Continuity camera features.

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Continuity Camera uses an iPhone as a webcam on a Mac for videoconferencing. (image credit: Apple)

Developing developer community

Cook summarized Apple’s efforts to grow the developer community. This support for developers extends to several important initiatives.

One is the recently opened Developer Center across from Apple Park where developers can connect with Apple engineers and reach their global community. Another fall came with Apple’s first online tech talk for developers to learn more about new technologies and connect directly with Apple engineers in live sessions and one-on-one office hours.

“We are also committed to developing the next generation of developers, including through our efforts to reach underrepresented communities,” Cook said.

Apple’s Entrepreneur Camps include female, black and Latin founders and provide advice, inspiration and insight from Apple to developers from underrepresented communities.

The company started developer academies to teach students the fundamentals of code and other essential skills to find and create jobs in the app economy. These 17 coding centers are located around the world.

For example, last October Apple launched a racial equality and justice initiative in Detroit. In Saudi Arabia, Apple launched its first ever developer academy for women in February.

“We are pleased to say that we have expanded our developer community to over 34 million Apple developers,” Cook said. “Today we are going to advance our platform more than ever before for our developers and our users.”

macOS Extended Access

macOS Ventura, the latest version of the desktop operating system, takes the Mac experience to a whole new level with many integrated innovative features.

Stage Manager gives Mac users a new way to stay focused on the primary task while seamlessly switching between apps and windows.

Continuity Camera uses the iPhone as a webcam on the Mac to do things that weren’t possible before. Handoff comes to FaceTime, allowing users to initiate an iPhone or iPad call and pass it on to their Macs fluidly.

Mail and Messages gets new features that enhance the performance of apps. The Safari browser transitions into a passwordless future with Passkey.

“MacOS Ventura includes powerful features and new innovations that help make the Mac experience even better. New tools like Stage Manager make focusing on tasks and moving between apps and Windows easier and faster than ever before , and the Continuity Camera brings new videoconferencing features to any Mac, including Desk View, Studio Lite and more,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering.

New features in Messages, cutting-edge search technology in Mail, and an updated design for Spotlight give Ventura a lot to offer and enrich the many ways customers use their Macs, he said.

Integrating Apps and Windows

The Apple software initiative brings new ways of working across apps and opens windows with Stage Manager, Continuity Camera features, and shared Safari browser tabs.

Stage Manager automatically organizes open apps and windows so users can see everything at a glance. The current window is displayed prominently in the center. Other open windows appear on the left and are easily switchable between tasks.

macOS Ventura Stage Manager

New features like Stage Manager in macOS Ventura help users stay focused. (image credit: Apple)

Users can group windows together while working on specific tasks or projects that require separate apps. Stage Manager works in conjunction with other macOS windowing tools—including Mission Control and Space—and users can now easily access their desktop with a single click.

The Shared tab group enables friends, family, and coworkers to share their favorite sites in Safari. They can see what other tabs are watching live. Users can also create a list of bookmarks on the shared start page, and even start Message conversations or FaceTime calls from Safari.

Many more sharing features

Messages on Mac can now edit or undo a recently sent message, mark a message as unread, or even recover accidentally deleted messages. New collaboration features make working with others faster and easier. For example, a user sharing a share sheet or file via Messages with drag and drop can choose to share a copy or collaborate.

If the user selects Collaboration, everyone on the message thread is automatically added. Edits for the shared document appear at the top of the thread. Users can also join SharePlay sessions from their Macs from within Messages so they can chat and participate in synchronized experiences.

Don’t count the pictures out of the picture. The new features provide a more consistent experience across Apple devices. Users can now find images in their photo library, across the system, and on the web. They can also search their photos by location, people, scenes or objects, and Live Text lets them search by text inside images.

iCloud Shared Photo Library users can now create and share a separate photo library among up to six family members. They can choose to share all of their current photos from their personal libraries, or share based on a start date or the people in the photos.

To be more productive, users can now take actions from Spotlight, such as starting a timer, creating a new document, or running a shortcut. In addition, Spotlight now includes rich results for actors, movies, actors and TV shows, as well as businesses and sports.

m2 macbook

Apple introduced a completely redesigned MacBook Air and an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro, both powered by the new M2 chip that pushes the M1’s performance and capabilities even further.

The slim design of the MacBook Air packs a large 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, 1080p FaceTime HD camera, four-speaker sound system, up to 18 hours of battery life, and MagSafe charging.

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The new MacBook Air features MagSafe for dedicated charging when users are plugged in. (image credit: Apple)

It is now available in four finishes – Silver, Space Grey, Midnight and Starlight. The M2 also comes with the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which offers better performance, up to 24GB of integrated memory, ProRes acceleration, and up to 20 hours of battery life.

“Only with Apple Silicon can you create such a thin and light notebook with a fanless design and this combination of performance and capabilities,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

“The M2 debuts the second generation of Apple’s M-series chips and extends the features of the M1. With power efficiency, unified memory architecture, and custom technology, this new chip is compatible with Apple’s most popular Mac notebooks, the MacBook Air, and the MacBook Air. The 13-inch brings even more performance and capabilities to the MacBook Pro,” he said.

MacBook Air Ports Side View

Apple’s new MacBook Air features MagSafe charging, which keeps two Thunderbolt ports available for connecting a variety of accessories. (image credit: Apple)

The new MacBook Air features a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, which has been angled up and around the camera to make room for the menu bar. The result is a larger display with thinner borders, offering more screen real estate.

At 500 nits brightness, it’s 25 percent brighter than previous models. In addition, the new display now supports a billion colors for more vibrant photos and movie watching.

The new MacBook Air and the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro join the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro and M1 Max to round out Apple’s laptop lineup.

MacBook Pro 13-inch M2

The M2 on the 13-inch MacBook Pro supports up to 24 GB of faster integrated memory and 100 Gb/s memory bandwidth for more efficient multitasking. (image credit: Apple)

Both new laptops will be available next month. Prices start at $1,199 for the MacBook Air and $1,299 for the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

watchOS 9

Apple also previewed watchOS 9, which brings new features and enhanced experiences to the wearable operating system. The Apple Watch will now have more watch faces to choose from with more complex complications that offer more detail and opportunities for personalization.

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watchOS 9 brings new experiences and features, app updates, and creative ways to customize the Apple Watch. (image credit: Apple)

For example, the updated Workout app, advanced metrics, visualizations and training experiences inspired by high-performing athletes help users take their workouts to the next level.

watchOS 9 brings sleep stages to the Sleep app, and a new FDA-cleared AFib History feature provides deeper insight into a user’s condition. The new Medicines app makes it easy for users to manage, understand and track medicines easily and carefully.

This fall, watchOS 9 takes the Apple Watch experience to the next level with scientifically validated insights into fitness, sleep and heart health, said Jeff Williams, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, while allowing users to build their own Apple Watch. more creative ways to do it.” Officer.