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Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 Wins CES Best of Innovations Award

Plantronics Honored by CEA with Innovations Awards for Sixth Consecutive Year

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 5:01 am PST

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif.

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"Evolving and enhancing how people communicate is fundamental to our product development"

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SANTA CRUZ, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) today announced that two new products have received the prestigious International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The BackBeat® GO 2 Bluetooth wireless stereo earbuds and charging case has been awarded the Best of Innovations in the Headphones category, representing the very best technology and design of that group. The Voyager Legend® CS, an enterprise office and mobile Bluetooth headset system, placed as an Honoree in the Wireless Handset Accessories category. This marks Plantronics’ sixth consecutive year of recognition from the Consumer Electronics Association.

CES Innovations winners are selected by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 29 product categories.

“Evolving and enhancing how people communicate is fundamental to our product development,” said Renee Niemi, senior vice president of Communication Solutions at Plantronics, “Each device honored today is a simple solution for individuals’ complex lives – whether it be a wireless headset system for the modern-day business pro or Bluetooth earbuds for the on-the-go consumer. It is an incredible honor to be recognized by CEA for the sixth straight year, validating that we’re innovating in ways that our customers value.”

The BackBeat GO 2

The BackBeat GO 2 is the next generation of the company’s best-selling wireless stereo earbuds for today’s always-connected consumer. Leveraging expertise in technology miniaturization, BackBeat GO 2 earbuds deliver immersive, high fidelity audio quality delivered through a wireless, Bluetooth stereo connection with a smartphone or tablet. Military grade P2i technology provides an invisible coating that protects the product from moisture or sweat damage. When away from a paired device, DeepSleep® mode puts the earbuds in hibernation, extending battery readiness up to six months. The optional charging case protects the headset and increases listening and talking time by two full charges (approximately 10 hours).

The Voyager Legend CS

The Voyager Legend CS is the latest addition to the award-winning Voyager Legend family, designed to provide mobile flexibility without sacrificing in-office productivity. The Bluetooth headset provides workers a seamless experience regardless of location, allowing easy management of mobile and desk phone calls using Smart Sensor technology, which intuitively directs calls to your phone or headset and allows you to automatically answer by placing the headset on your ear. The Voyager Legend CS features the flagship Bluetooth headset from Plantronics, as well as a sleek charging dock that connects to the desk phone. It is available with or without the HL10 Lifter that allows for remote call control with the desk phone at the push of a button.

About the International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
  • Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
  • The product’s intended use/function and user value
  • Why the product deserves the Innovations award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
  • How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place

In addition to being shown in the Plantronics booth at the event, the BackBeat GO 2 plus charging case and the Voyager Legend CS will be on display at the CEA Innovations showcase being held in The Venetian during the 2014 International CES, which runs Jan. 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: The Official Media Event of the International CES from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, in South Seas Ballroom C at Mandalay Bay.

Products chosen as an Innovations honoree reflect innovative design and engineering of the entries. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs.

Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on CESweb.org/Innovations, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.

About Plantronics – Simply Smarter Communications®

Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers. We have pioneered new trends in audio technology for 50 years, creating innovative products that allow people to simply communicate. From unified communication solutions to Bluetooth® headsets, we deliver uncompromising quality, an ideal experience, and extraordinary service. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100™, as well as 911 dispatch, air traffic control and the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.

Plantronics, BackBeat, Voyager Legend and Simply Smarter Communications are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc.

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact:

Plantronics
Lerin O’Neill, 831-458-7595
Senior Manager, Public Relations
Lerin.Oneill@plantronics.com

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