This year Apple launched 3 new iPhones , and if you are as excited as I am about this. Your next question on mind is “Which headset should I get for my brand new iPhone that would allow me to make it more productive?” For this answer I took the liberty of analyzing a couple of headsets that can help on getting the more of your new iPhone. Main brands will be analyzing will be Plantronics and Jabra, two well know names in the industry and dedicated on bringing the best active and passive noise canceling on productivity headsets.
Jabra have done their homework with the EVOLVE 75, this handset has Active Noise canceling speakers, which eliminate the background noise for listening. microphone boom arm that can be clipped on the headband when you use it for music only. It has 100 ft. range using the USB Bluetooth dongle that comes with, amazingly it gives you up to 15 hours of battery life when fully charged after 3 hours. My favorite part of the EVOLVE 75 would be the docking station that comes with, making it easy to set up, plug, charge, and use with a very clean and neat style. Another benefit of the EVOLVE 75 would be the compatibility with most of soft phones and virtually compatible with any desktop, laptop either PC or Mac. You can read more about the Evolve 75 HERE
Plantronics give us the Voyager Focus which is an amazing headset with 15 hours of music streaming, or 12 hours of talking time. Active noise cancelling technology that helps blocking out distracting sounds. The Voyager Focus comes with an amazing feature of answering calls by simply putting the headset, mute a call by just taking it off, same as with pause/resume music. Comes with a nice charging station that paired to the USB Bluetooth dongle that comes with can give you a range up to 150 feet on range. Can be used virtually on any Windows or Mac computer, Plantronics Hub is available for both platforms. More details on the Voyager Focus can be found HERE
Jabra just launched its second generation of their Earbuds with the latest technology from the Evolve2 family. The Jabra Evolve2 Earbuds offers an impressing talk time of up to 8 hours in a single charge before storing it back in the case to charge it again, giving a total of up to 33 hours of talk time with one single charged case. The new improvement on the earbuds can be found on the design, being more comfortable than before, the new Active Noise Canceling feature that allows the user to block most of the noises around him/her by simply pressing one of the earbuds or by using the Jabra app on the cell phone or Jabra Direct on the computer. Hearthrough technology can be found, allowing the user to hear thru the earbuds and avoid to taking them off. Another improvement found on the Evolve2 Buds is that the Link 380 Bluetooth adapter now goes inside the case, allowing to transport all together in one package and with that avoid loosing it, and now the user can choose if want to use either earbud or both without compromising performance, huge improvement from previous generation. Get yours HERE.
Plantronics has the Voyager 5200 for the “Road Warriors”, people that are always on the move and they need a reliable and ergonomic headset. The Voyager 5200 has the WindSmart technology, that as its name says, clears the audio in the microphone in windy days. 7 hours of talk time is standard, or can get up to 9 days on standby. Best of this headset is the “whispered alerts” that gives you Caller ID when a call comes in, you can just say “answer” or “ignore” without taking your cell phone out of your pocket. Compatible with any laptop/desktop on Windows/Mac OS. Click HERE for more details on the Voyager 5200.
Voyager Legend comes with a nice P2i technology, which is a nano-coating that protects the headset against sweat and moisture damage for the people that are always moving around. Voyager Legend will give you 7 hours of talk time or 11 days of standby with barely 90 minutes of charging, you can use this headset for your soft phone using the Plantronics Hub software available either for Windows or Mac, a nice feature is the integration of the headset battery meter on your iPhone’s screen. The range will not be as amazing as the previous headsets, but its a quiet significant at 33 feet. This headset is already optimized for Microsoft Lync 2010, so you don’t have to worry about firmware updates for that application. To learn more of the Voyager Legend click HERE
The last but not least on my list, Sennheiser give us the MB 660 UC with and amazing noise canceling microphone, Active Noise Canceling Ear Cups, with a battery time of up to 30 hours with one full charge and 15 days of battery on standby. Coming with it the USB dongle so can be used with your computer for soft phone applications. The comfortable ear cups are easily fold able for traveling and can be stowed away in its hard travel case, one of the only wireless headsets int he market with a 2 year warranty, making it a nice contender in my review, The MB 660 UC comes with a 3.5 mm cable so can be used by virtually any device with a headset jack.
More features and details on the Sennheiser MB 660 UC can be found HERE