The headset came in a standard box, and had all the necessary cables and instructions required to get started right away. The battery was also charged about 50-60%, and it was possible to use it immediately.
Both the Focus and the 8200 are intended for travelling, and the 8200 also came with a nice little bag to stow your cable and headset when on the road. I liked the Focus bag better, but the 8200 bag makes more sense because of the size and shape of the headset.
To be honest, it took me some time to get used to the "over-ear" experience combined with the noise cancelling, it can be a bit difficult to control your voice without practice. But once I got the hang of it, it felt quite natural. The other thing I needed to get used to, was to talk without the boom. The boom on the Focus, was the one thing that looked "silly" when walking around and listening to music. I am pleased they got rid of it.
As a UC device, I find the 8200 as superb as as Focus, en even slightly better due to the better noise cancelling features. You may adjust the level of noise cancelling to suit you environment. If you're in an office with little noise, I think you will find the "low" level more than good enough. And using the "low" level actually feels "lighter" on you ears. I am sure many of you have noticed how wearing a noise cancelling headset all day can be slightly uncomfortable. The new "low" mode is created to avoid that discomfort. Setting the noise cancelling to high however, makes it a great headset to use when traveling. I have tested it on multiple flights the past month, and can finally pack only one headset for my trips. I've been looking forward to this.
Overall, I really enjoy the new 8200, and I think I have found myself a new primary headset. And this one can actually replace my old Bose headset for travelling purposes. I think Plantronics has raised the bar for standards of UC headsets with this one, and wonder how Jabra and Sennhizer will rise to meet the competition.
This post is a review of a product sent to me for testing.