As more and more people works remotely, there are a lot of questions regarding to the equipment that from now on, had become essential for their job and depending on the duties, perhaps will become a permanently option. One of the most common item is the headset that currently we use, and that brings some questions : What is UC? Is MS the right option for me? Which one is better?
We will discuss those here today, these questions doesn’t mean necessary that we are opening Pandora’s Box, so we will keep it in the most simple and understandable way possible.
UC which stands for Unified Communications is simply the integration of your current desk phone service (VOIP) into your computer using a cloud based software that allows you to answer calls, voicemails, conference calls and even texts from your computer. The sky is the limit with this new technology, as in most of the cases, depending on the user can reply any of those mentioned in real time and the opportunity to answer them in different devices as for example a laptop or cell phone. Some companies had done their transition to soft phone applications from Cisco Systems, as Jabber or Communicator to mention a couple.
MS that can be found in 2 ways; MS , that refers to Microsoft and MS, it is also short for mobile subscribers, but to make it short and easy, here we will go with Microsoft. Is the most common nomenclature found in headsets with the legend “MS Teams Certified”, that establish that the headset or device had been designed to work with your Microsoft Teams software.
OK, now some people will start yelling “But my Company uses Jabber and I do have my Microsoft Teams account that I use to reach to my coworkers and follow up in my daily basis, whats the difference between both headsets? Why making it so complicated?”
And to keep it simple and easy, I would say that physically speaking both kind of headsets are the same, there is no price difference there, both headsets will work the same way. The main difference is that the MS version will have a dedicated key in order to launch your Microsoft Teams and depending on the manufacturer it can have a dedicated light to let you know when you are using the Microsoft soft phone. So there’s no need to get frustrated regarding that matter.
Here comes the follow up doubt. “I don’t use Microsoft Teams at all, however I do use Communicator One. Should I get the MS version or the UC?”
Here there is no right answer, as both versions will work with your soft phone. The MS version is particularly support features for answering and ending calls, adjusting the volume and muting without the need for additional configurations or settings. Straight out from the box for using Microsoft Teams. That is helpful if you have more than 1 headset working in your computer, that allows the user to avoid changing settings every time they have to use Microsoft Teams.
Manufacturers had develop special features for MS headsets, among them the lightening when using the headset or when the user got a missing call straight out of the box by simply plugging in the headset.
For the UC versions they can have something similar, that would be depending the soft phone manufacturer. Jabra, Plantronics and Sennheiser among others have been working jointly with every manufacturer and developer in order to give the best interaction with their products in order to have the end user up to dated and get them a seamless integration when working remotely.
Hello class, today we will be looking at headsets that are compatible for your PC (Windows) and Apple Mac OS. Many businesses today are opting to use their computers in lieu of phones to make phone calls. It’s a very cost effective method to reduce spending by using VOIP and other soft phone applications. There are so many options out there, but I will list the ones that stand out most to me. The most important things to consider are the call quality and comfort. All of these headsets below are plug and play, and even someone like myself can install them. If you plan on sitting at the computer and don’t need to be mobile, I’d recommend getting a corded. If you need to be more mobile, or just don’t want to be tied to your desk, go wireless. Let’s begin shall we?
This headset is the newest edition the the Plantronics Blackwire line. It’s basically a corded Voyager Focus. This is a corded USB-A (or USB-C) headset with active noise canceling. You don’t really see any corded headsets with active noise canceling but here it is. This headset also has a nice omni directional boomless mics to help pick up your voice. The microphones are noise canceling as well. If you’re not working, you can still use this headset to listen to music. It has nice Hi-Fi stereo earphones. This wouldn’t be my first choice when picking a noise canceling headset, but if you’re on a a budget, this might be a good pick for you. Click here to buy now.
This is a great entry level corded headset from Jabra. It has a USB-A (or USB-C) connection. It has 3 microphones to pick up your voice in addition to a noise canceling microphone. Large 40mm speakers (ear cups) so you can focus on the task or phone call. In addition, a built-in busy light so your colleagues/friends know if you’re on a call, visible 360 deg around you. Hi-Fi wideband frequency response. A great headset for the casual user. The best feature I like the most is that you can mute the call by simply by moving the microphone boom up. Move the microphone down to un-mute. Comes with a manufacturer’s 2 year warranty. Click here to buy now. (USB-C version)
Next up we have the….
This is quite a unique wireless headset. Generally speaking, wireless USB headsets use Bluetooth connectivity, however, this headset runs on DECT 6.0 (similar to a cordless phone.) Because of this you get an astonishing range of up to 300ft. This headset has a great noise canceling mic and WideBand audio. The only downside to this headset is the lack of Bluetooth capability but still an awesome headset. Comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty, click here to buy now.
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This bad boy is a great wireless headset without breaking the bank. This Bluetooth USB-A (or USB-C) headset is basically an upgraded “wireless” version of the Evolve 40 series. It comes with a Bluetooth dongle that plugs into your PC or Mac via USB and gives you up to 100 feet Bluetooth range. Up to 37 hours of battery time! You have a great noise canceling mic, and Hi-definition sound from the large 40mm speakers with soft leatherette ear cushions, which is great for you and your customers. It has a built-in LED in-use light to let the people around you that you’re busy or on a call – great feature to have! If you’re not on a call, simply kick back and jam to some tunes. The coolest feature of this headset, is you can connect to your cellphone simultaneously via Bluetooth. Comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty. Click here to buy now.
Out of all of the wireless Bluetooth headsets, this headset provides the longest range of up to 150ft through the computer. It has active noise canceling through the ear phones (think of Bose), Wideband audio, great noise canceling microphone, and built in smart sensors which can detect when you put on and take the headset off. You have 12 hours of talk time, and up to 15 hours of music streaming. Comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. Click here to buy now.
And one of my favorite…
This is a beast of a headset. You have Hi-Fi stereo sound, excellent noise canceling microphone, active noise canceling through the ear phones (think of Bose), and it they just look great all around. Similar to the Evolve 65 you will have up to 100ft wireless range, but an incredible 15 hours of battery on a full charge. Like the above headsets, you just simply plug it in via USB and you’re ready to rock. Need to take a long drive or flight somewhere? Take them with you and use enjoy music on your phone! Your customers will love talking to you on this headset. Comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. Click here to buy now.
Pure luxury. . .
This is a new wireless Bluetooth USB headset by EPOS (formerly Sennheiser). It’s a nice headset for for use with a computer. The EPOS Adapt 360 comes with the BTD 800 USB-A adapter for your PC or laptop. You can listen to music and take calls. It has a dual noise canceling microphone and you get up to 100 ft wireless range. The cool thing about this headset is it has active noise canceling. You can block the unwanted background noise if you’re in a loud environment. It has a great battery time of 46 hours! It also comes with a 2.5mm and a 3.5mm cable for use with a smart phone and a storage pouch. It can easily be folded for travel or storage. Comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty. Click here to buy now
As times changes, companies have to make adaptations in their structure by making making their employees in some cases to work from home. For this reason we will discuss some options that will help for those times when people have to work remotely.
A main thing that we have to consider is that homes are going to be running standard landlines, that are different as the lines used at offices which are VoIP, for this reason not all headsets would be compatible by simply plugging them into the phone line, however there are options on corded and wireless options.
The entry level headset coming with an over the headset only wearing style, in a corded style with Noise Canceling microphone, comes with a fully functional dial pad. This headset is designed for just one single line, simply plug in the Plantronics T110 Practica to the the standard wall telephone jack and you are good to go. Basic functions built in to the pad, like Mute, Redial and Flash, making it an excellent option for a home worker that doesn’t require many bells and whistles. Order yours HERE.
If looking for a wireless setup for your home office, this is one of the best ones for you on entry level with the convenience of being wireless with DECT frequency that allows you roam around up to 300 feet away, having a convenient LCD screen with Caller ID and a full dial pad that allows you to dial numbers , answer calls by pressing virtually any key. Take the headset with you with its convenient convertible 2-1 wearing style, so can be worn over the head or over the ear.
Computer USB headsets if you are using your PC our Laptop
Recently launched, the Jabra Evolve 20SE Mono USB is one of the most affordable USB headset in the market with and over the head wearing style covering 1 ear and noise canceling microphone, designed to work with virtually any computer with a USB-A port and volume control. The Evolve 20SE comes with leatherette ear cups making the different of the SE version against the standard one. Order yours HERE.
The Plantronics C3225 Stereo brings the practicality of being a USB-A headset and a 3.5mm headset at the same time, so can be used virtually with any computer, tablet, smart phone or portable electronic. Being a helpful tool for home workers that are looking for the best value with versatility to be used at any time. The USB adapter comes with Inline controls to answer calls, volume, and mute. Certified to be compatible with Microsoft Skype for Business.
The UH36 is a nice option in an affordable package, one of the best qualities of this headset is the built in quality, the headset looks and feels great at first touch, many people (me included) could be fooled by the name of the brand or even the price point thinking that the unit can’t perform, however after testing it at full with PC, Mac, and smart phones I can say that as the old establish: “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, a seamless integration with Teams and a nice feature that allows you to call Cortana at any time making it a nice touch for people that are at their computer most of the time. Get yours HERE.
Sennheiser offers the SC 260 as a USB headset covering both ears with an over the head wearing style with large ear cushions, noise canceling microphone and with a pivot-able boom that rotates through 360 degrees and with a bendable boom arm, making it easier to find the right position for the microphone for the user. The SC 260 Stereo USB has ActiveGard, Sennheiser’s technology that protects you from acoustic shock and sudden sound surges.
Jabra had just released the Evolve2 40 MS Stereo with an incredible sound quality and volume controls built in the headset compatible with most of the soft phones in the market, including Microsoft Teams, formerly known as Skype for Business. The Evolve2 40 offers now memory foam ear cups with an adjustable cushioned headband, offering the best comfort on a corded headset for people that need good sound quality with the best connection and reliability. The Evolve2 40 MS is offered in 2 version, The USB-C that can be used with most of the newest laptops, desk tops and Android phones and the USB-A that is most commonly found in any laptop or desktop.
Jabra bring us the Evolve 75 MS Stereo Bluetooth USB, which is a wireless headset with a range of 100ft when using the Jabra Link 370 that it is included. Active Noise Canceling in the leatherette ear cups, built in Busy Light and Talk through technology that allows you to hear through the headset, making it a nice feature. Multi pairing is included as well, making it a great headset if you need to have 2 devices sync without having to switch back and forward.
Plantronics give us the Voyager Focus, which comes with Active Noise Canceling, range of up to 150ft. Leatherette ear cushions and smart sensors that allows you to answer calls by simply putting the headset on , muting the call or pausing music if you take it off. Voice alert announces when you mute a call and let you know if still on mute after a long period of time. Volume/track controls built in the side of the headset allowing you to skip track without having to go back to the device you are streaming from.
The EPOS Adapt 660 UC its our option from EPOS, formerly known as Sennheiser for a wireless headset with active Noise Canceling for people wanting one of the best designs and easy to pack for traveling thanks to its foldable ear cushions, with built in microphone and Active Noise Canceling, with a battery time of up to 30 hours when fully charged, making it a nice option for people that are looking for the longest battery life time. Range of up to 100 ft using the BTD 800 adapter included and coming with a 3.5mm cable that allows it to be used either by Bluetooth or the jack on any electronic with a 3.5mm jack. Boom less microphone design with foldable earcups and traveling carrying case. Compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems.
The latest addition from Jabra, the Evolve2 65 offers an extraordinary talk time of 37 hours, beating almost every headset in the competition, offering fast charging as needed too. Memory foam can be found in its 40 mm ear cups with Jabra’s amazing sound quality. Built in Busy light allows you to let people know when the headset is in use. The Evolve2 65 has a range of up to 100 feet using the included dongle, and offering multi pairing, allowing you to have the headset sync with your computer and cell phone at the same time. Evolve2 65 offers you the mute of the microphone when in a call by simply bringing the microphone boom, making it one convenient option for people when they need to mute the microphone without the hassle of pressing keys.
Designed for people that need to have the best noise canceling, the Jabra Evolve2 85 MS Teams Stereo Bluetooth headset is one of the best designs from Jabra, with Active Noise Canceling that can block the users noise so they can focus in the call with no distractions. Evolve2 85 comes with large 40mm circumnaural speakers with Jabra Talk Through technology and with 10 microphones with advance noise canceling technology and 360 degrees busy light. The Jabra Evolve2 85 can be used as a corded headset with the included 3.5mm cable. Comes with a 2 year warranty, talk time of up to 37 hours in one single charge, fast charging allowing to get 90 mins. of talk time by 15 mins. of charge. Foldable with carrying case and stand that allows to simple rest the headset without having to deal with cables. When the microphone boom is not being used, it gets stored in the same headset, giving it a nice and discrete design allowing the user to submerge in its rich sound quality.
There are so many certified Microsoft Skype for Business, MS Teams (formerly Microsoft Lync) compatible headsets by Jabra, Plantronics, VXi. But which one is the best? We stock over 70 different model headsets that are certified for Skype for Business. Price range any where from $50 to $400 depending on your budget. Obviously it’s not fair to compare a $400 to a $50 headset, the $400 headset will obviously be a better headset. It’s the old saying goes – “you get what you paid for”. Given that there are so many to choose from, I will break these choices down by price – low end, mid range, and the high end:
Affordable – for the price conscious (<$100)
The Yealink UH36-Dual Stereo USB-A Headset is one of the top offers in the affordable corded headsets for Teams, with a nice built quality and firm structure, this headset offers an incredible performance either being used with its included USB-A adapter (YHC20) or by the 3.5 mm jack output. Easy to use as simply plug and play without having mayor issues after starting using it. You can find volume controls, answer/end call and mute control in the USB-A adapter, compatible with PC/Mac as with any smartphone by 3.5mm jack input. The UH36 can be ordered in either Mono version covering one ear or Dual version, in a rich Stereo sound quality. Order yours HERE.
The Jabra Evolve 30 MS is an excellent entry level headset for Microsoft Skype for Business. Very good “bang for the buck”, price only at $79. Very well built, high quality construction, best of all – Jabra stands behind its product with a full one year warranty. It’s plug and play and certified by Microsoft to Skype for Business. In addition, in comes with a 3.5mm jack for smartphones (ie – iPhone, Android). It has all the features of an high end headset, noise canceling microphone, in-line controls, peak-stop noise protection, etc. and it even comes with a travel pouch. Here if from HERE
Plantronics C3220 is another very good choice for call centers deploying large amount of MS Skype for Business headsets. This model has hi-fi stereo, covers both ears. So when the agent is not on a call, he and she can listen to music on the computer. The dual ear feature also helps block out background noise in a busy office, so the user can focus more on the phone call and not be distracted by all the office chatter in the background. Plantronics Blackwire C3220 also is backed by a one year warranty. Order it HERE
Mid-Range – ($80-$150)
Jabra Evolve 40 is an “all purpose” headset, not only it’s a good headset for Skype for Business, you can also use the same headset for your smartphone (like an iPhone). It’s integrated with a 3.5mm smart phone adapter. So you can connect it either to the computer via USB or a smartphone or tablet. It has DSP (digital signal process) for clear audio, a feature that the low end models do not have. Of course, plug-and-play compatible with Skype for Business. It also has an built in busy light to alert other workers around that you’re on a live call. Order it from HERE
Plantronics Blackwire 5220 is a very good quality “mid-range” Microsoft Skype for Business certified headset. It has a feature that no other headset have – both 3.5mm smart phone plug and USB connection. You can use this headset for Skype for Business as well as a smartphone like an iPhone or Android phone. Dual speakers that offer wideband quality hi-fi stereo sound. Noise canceling microphone. Like the others, it has all the in-line call controls. The Blackwire C5220 is foldable. So you can easily take it with you for business travel and use it on your laptop. It’s firmware also up-gradable using Plantronics Spokes software. Of course with DSP (digital siginal process) for the best audio possible. Order it HeRe
High End – ($150+)
This is the the newest top of the line Plantronics wireless USB headset for MS Skype for Business. It has all the latest technology and bells-and-whistles. Of course Skype for Business plug and play compatibility and certified by Microsoft. It has SoundGuard® DIGITAL technology provides protection against audio spikes. Enhanced voice alerts tell you connection status. Up to 12 hours talk, 15 hours music listen, and 13 days standby time. Up to 98 ft/30 range from supported smartphone or laptop with optional BT600 Bluetooth adapter. You can buy it HERE
Plantronics Savi Savi 8240-M is a wireless USB Headset and it’s the also the most versatile headset certified for Microsoft Teams. It’s Plug-and-play compatible with Microsoft Teams (formerly Skype for Business). It comes with 3 different wear styles (over-the-head, over-the-ear, and behind-the-neck). So you’re covered regardless of which way you wear your headset. It has a hot-swap-able battery (extra battery sold separately), so you could have an endless hours of talk time if you need it. It has a 300 feet wireless range if you like to wander the office. You can also answer your call or end it at 300 ft away by pressing a button on the side of the headset. This is the ultimate headset for Microsoft Teams. You can order it Here
The Jabra Evolve 75 is the newest wireless headset for Skype for Business from Jabra. It designed for noisy call centers. It has a binaural design with double speakers that cover both ears. In addition it includes Jabra’s “active noise canceling” technology – engineered specifically to block out additional unwanted noise in the office or contact center. It’s been certified by Microsoft for Skype for Business – which means it’s plug-and-play out of the box for the MS Skype for Business UC software. the package includes the Jabra Link 370 Bluetooth adapter for the PC. It’s a Bluetooth headset, so when you’re not on phone, Jabra Evolve 75 becomes a high end HD headphone for music. The boom arm can be fliped up and clipped onto the headband. When needed, you can also use it as a headset for your smart phone (like an iPhone). Once fully charged, it’s good for 15 hours of battery life, so it’s almost impossible to run out of battery during a business day. Order it HERE
If you also have a desk phone and/or Cell Phone
Plantronics Savi 8210-M Microsoft Wireless Headset (staff favorite)
The newest of all the Skype for Business headset is the Plantronics Savi 8210-M. The beauty of this headset is that it’s a wireless headset you can use with Skype for Business, desk phone, and your mobile phone (3 devices). If you have an office phone and Skype, you can switch between the landline phone, cell phone and your MS Skype softphone without switching headsets. It has a noise canceling microphone, so it blocks out background sound for your customer. When fully charged, it has 13 hours of battery time. 50+ hours of standby time. So you never run out of battery in a normal day of work. There are two versions, mono Plantronics Savi 8210-M and the binaural Plantronics Savi 8220-M. The Saiv 8220-M is a stereo wireless headset that cover both ears for extremely busy and noisy office or call center, it can also be used as a high quality stereo headphone for music as it has hi-fi quality speakers. Both of Plantronics Savi 8200 series headsets comes complete with USB cable, AC adapter and base for charging. Nothing else is needed for your deskphone or cell phone.
These some of staff picked headsets specifically for Microsoft for Business. There are of course many others. You can see the entire line of Skype for Business Headsets Here You will not go wrong and be very happy with the ones we have recommended on this page. If you have further questions regarding these headsets, call HeadsetPlus.com at 877-999-3838, our headset specialist will answer any questions you may have.
Today’s enterprises and corporate offices besides using their VoIP are using soft phone applications and one of the best known and with long time reputation is Skype for Business which was launched back on 2015 by Microsoft, allowing professionals to make video conference calls with up to 250 people, chat and voice calls from their offices and/or their own home!
Skype for Business had been an amazing tool for these professionals and Microsoft took a bigger step by introducing Microsoft Teams, which is not just a new version of Skype for Business, but a totally new platform which integrates the versatility of Skype for Business with the ability to add third-party applications, integration of Microsoft Office and the diversity of being available in 18 languages. Being all this is one of the main points of why Microsoft is now pushing more than ever their new cloud system.
With these cloud-based applications, there are going to be some requirements among other for speaker phones, headsets and/or video cameras, and we will review the best ones in today’s market. Some of these options will be on corded style and others will be on wireless, depending on space and location giving you a wider fan of options to look.
This is the entry level corded headset , from respectable Jabra covering both ears giving the user the best sound quality and with Jabra’s Noise canceling microphone, control unit with volume controls and Plug and Play installation, making it a really easy to use headset on an affordable price, order yours HERE.
Climbing up we have the Jabra Evolve 30 II , similar to the younger sibling , but with main changes like leatherette ear cushions , and with the ability to be used in virtually any smart phone with a 3.5mm jack, thanks to its USB adapter with built in call control keys with LED indicators, making it a nice option for a medium budget corded style headset.
We have now the Jabra Biz 2300 being this a more long lasting headset and on professional grade, thanks to its Kevlar made cables and soft, washable foam ear cushions covering one ear, with an incredible weight of just 49 grams,, making it a nice option for professionals that have to wear a headset on all day. Volume controls with mute, that allows you to mute the microphone directly from the device.
From Plantronics, we have the Blackwire 5220, a corded headset compatible with any computer thanks to its USB connector and virtually any smart phone or MP3 player with a 3.5mm jack, covering both ears , giving the best sound quality on stereo with leatherette ear cushions, providing extremely comfort to the user. One of the few headsets available in the market that are Telecoil hearing aid compatible, being a nice option for people looking for a corded headset for users with hearing issues, order yours HERE.
Plantronics gives us the 7225 USB Stereo Corded headset, a big step up in technology. Corded USB with busy light in the USB port, with Active Noise Canceling, and Telecoil Hearing Aid Compatible, gives this headset an incredible advantage. The 7225 is a boom-less microphone design headset with 4 built in microphones into the ear cups, built in controls into the headset that lets you answer/end calls and even play/pause tracks and control the volume on the headset, making it a nice option for a USB corded headset.
Sennheiser gives us this affordable option with its SC 30 ML, a corded USB headset covering one ear with HD quality sound, ActivGard present, which protects the user from acoustic shock loud noise spikes, and with a 2 year warranty, making it a nice entry level USB corded headset. Noise canceling microphone built into the bendable boom arm for multi adjustments.
The SC 60 comes in courtesy of Sennheiser, with a respectable Noise Canceling microphone, covering both ear in stereo with built in ActiveGard technology from Sennheiser and large foam ear cushions. The most interesting part besides the bendable boom arm in this headset is the really accessible price point of this, making it a serious contender in the market.
Jabra gives us the Jabra Pro 930 which allows you to use it with your computer and virtually any desk phone in the market, beign wireless gives the user a little more of freedom on movement without the compromise of loosing signal thanks to its DECT wireless technology that gives a range of 325 ft, Jabra’s respectable Noise Canceling microphone is built in the arm boom. Order yours HERE.
Jabra offers the super compact size EVOLVE 65T, this earbuds offers the best sound quality compatible with Skype for Business, compatible with any computer using the Link 370 and any smart phone by Bluetooth, a nice feature of the EVOLVE 65T is the ability of pairing 2 devices simultaneously and the HearTrough Technology, that allows you to hear the outside world without taking off your earbuds.
Plantronics offer the Savi 8210-M with leatherette ear cushion covering one ear, being a Telecoil Hearing Aide Compatible and DECT wireless range of up to 590 ft line of sight, this wireless headset allows you to be used with any desk phone, computer and smart device by Bluetooth built in the base of the headset, Noise Canceling microphone present in the arm boom and answer/end calls keys , volume and mute with easy to use access. One of the best headsets in the market.
We now have the Plantronics Voyager 6200 earbuds, this are one of the best headsets available today, with Active Noise Canceling and with a battery life of 16 hours in listen time, 9 of talk time and 14 days of standby, making it a nice option for road warriors. Charging time of 90 minutes, premium hi-fi stereo sound for music, and vibrating neckband that alerts when an incoming call or alerts from applications making it a nice option for people looking for some compact size earbuds.
The D10 USB ML is the most affordable wireless headset from Sennheiser, this headset cover one ear, letting you to hear the environment while on a call, coming with 2 wearing styles and with DECT wireless frequency with a range of up to 500ft line of sight, with up to 12 hours of talk time when fully charged and Sennheiser ActiveGard technology that protects the user from loud sound spikes. The D10 USB ML allows you to have up to 3 additional users with its conference hot desking feature.
The MB 600 UC Wireless Headset is a boom-less design headset with Active Noise Canceling, comes with the USB dongle for your PC/soft-phone applications, NoiseGard is present in its Active Noise Canceling, which monitors the background environment for noises and adjusts the level of noise reduction to the headset, making it a nice feature, fold able design with hard travel case for easy transportation. Comes with 3.5mm cable for mobile devices if your devices doesn’t have built in Bluetooth. Get yours HERE.
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A majority of the enterprises in these days have their employees either with a work station or a portable computer running Microsoft Windows 10 (or 7), Microsoft had been in the market for a while and its platform is a well known starting point that most of major industries uses for theirs Points of Sales, Archives, Payroll, Productivity, among others.
For same reason, now days the soft phone industry had been bringing its game on, some well know as Microsoft Skype for Business that replaced MIcrosoft Lync a few years ago, Ring Central and 8 by 8 are another well known soft phone providers that had been used by big names around the country for their UC solutions.
Today we will review and recommend some headsets compatible with Microsoft Windows 10 that would make y our interaction with your computer an unique and extraordinary experience. There are a few options for everyone from corded to wireless , all the way to covering one ear or both ears with Active Noise Canceling.
We will start with some examples from Jabra, which is well know for their Noise Canceling microphones and elegant style:
The Jabra Evolve 30 II Stereo USB Headset w/3.5mm is the entry level from Jabra and any corded headset that uses a USB-A plug. Covering both ears with a noise canceling microphone, making it an affordable and easy to use headset without being a super tech person. The Evolve 30 II comes with an USB-A adapter to be used in any computer or you can use the 3.5mm jack that comes with it if you feel like using it with your smart phone or tablet. Order yours here.
The Jabra Evolve 40 UC Stereo USB, 3.5mm Headset is the next step up in corded USB-A headsets from Jabra, built in with Advance Noise Canceling technology, leatherette ear cushions and busy light that allows you to let people know when you are on a call. The Evolve 40 UC offers the practicality of the USB-A adapter and 3.5mm adapter as well, so can be used with virtually any device either by USB-A or 3.5mm jack. Learn more about its features by clicking here.
Following next we have some examples from Plantronics on corded styles, being one of the first ones that offer Active Noise Canceling:
The Plantronics Blackwire 5210 USB, 3.5mm Headset Microsoft Skype is Plantronics entry level covering one earin corded style, this headset offers the USB-A or USB-C connectivity, plus the old well know 3.5mm adapter that can be used with your smart phone or tablet. Order yours here.
My favorite headset on corded USB style headsets will be this one, the Plantronics Blackwire 7225 USB Stereo Corded Headset, Black. This headset is the first one that has Active Noise Canceling, a boom-less microphone and busy light built into the USB plug. Available now in USB-A or USB-C , with built in audio controls to the headset, making it one of the best corded headsets in the market for computer use.
Following now we will check on wireless options, for people that needs to move around without compromise of standing in one place.
The first one to mention is the Jabra Evolve 65 UC Mono Bluetooth Headset, this headset is a wireless headset, can be paired to any computer thru the Jabra Link 360 USB adapter (included), and can be paired to any other device with built in Bluetooth, either smart phones, tablets, or laptops. Covering one ear over the head for people that always moving and need to keep their headset in its place at all time.
The next one on the list is one of my preferred headsets to be used with your PC/Laptop, the Jabra EVOLVE 75 UC Stereo Bluetooth USB Headset has the Active Noise Canceling which blocks the outside noise and allows the user to focus on the sound coming from the ear cups. Covering both ear with an over the head design , helping the headset to stay in place even if you are moving a lot. Volume control, and built in light into the sides of the ear cups makes it a really nice and discrete design for the road warrior, Order yours here.
The Plantronics Savi 8240-M Microsoft USB-A Wireless Headset, Teams is one option from Plantronics, it offers the convenience of being able to be worn in different styles, this headset offers a range of up to 300 ft. thanks to its DECT 6.0 wireless frequency, making it a really nice option for a wireless headset that can be used with any PC/Laptop thru the USB-A port.
The Plantronics Voyager 4220 UC Bluetooth Stereo USB Headset, Skype is one option for the road warrior that needs to keep communicated. Connected by the USB-A Bluetooth dongle (included), Built in control buttons and Busy light into the headset that gives you control on your phone call and let your co-workers know that you are in a live call.
My top choice in wireless headsets for Windows, the Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC Bluetooth Wireless Headset offers Active Noise Canceling, plus a boom-less microphone built in the ear cups, built in volume controls allows you to modulate volume, mute, pause/play and answer/end calls makes it a nice intuitive headset that can be easily used at work or down the road. One feature that the Voyager 8200 offers is the connectivity thru 3.5mm cable (included), making it my favorite in this list.
As you are aware, the venerable 3.5 mm headphone jack so commonly found on cell phones, tablets and laptops is getting axed in a slow but steady pace. This transition started with the iPhone killing the 3.5 mm for the Lightening , HTC with their newest phones, Google with its Pixel2 and 2XL , among others in order to have a more compact and slim design.
The 3.5 mm transfers stereo analog audio out of the socket, which means that all the “magic” of nice sound will be credited to the same phone, on the other hand USB-C transmits the digital audio data over the same headsets instead.
With this being said, here are the best USB-C headphones you can get on the market today:
The Engage 50 Stereo headphone is one of my favorites thanks to its 3 microphone noise canceling, Intelligent Volume Control, slim design and built in busy lights. So easy to adjust over the head, and Skype for Business Certified make this one of the easiest headsets to use on the market. Click HERE to know more about it.
The Jabra Engage 50 Mono, is as good as the big brother the Engage 50 Stereo, mainly for not so noisy working environment, built in busy light, adjustable boom arm with the nice 3 microphone noise canceling system making it one of the best, easy to use and adjustable with an extraordinary lightweight of 61g. You can learn more of the Jabra Engage 50 Mono HERE.
Plantronics enters the USB-C Market with the Blackwire 5220 USB-C, a nice stereo headset with USB-C plug in, plus the 3.5 mm jack, meaning you can use it on almost any device that you can imagine. Leatherette, fold able ear cushions add a really nice value to he 5220 USB-C when you need to take it with you. Superb voice alerts that can be personally customized by user. Order yours HERE.
The Blackwire 5210 USB-C Mono comes with the USB-C and the 3.5mm that allows you to work on any variety of mobile phones. One-touch call answer/end, volume +/- and mute adds a nice touch to the amazing sound quality of this headset. The Plantronics Dynamic Mute Alert is an amazing feature that warns you in case you try to talk on the microphone but you are muted. More information in HERE.
The latest addition to the USB-C corded headsets is the Plantronics Blackwire 7225 USB-C , this is the first USB-C corded headset with Active Noise Canceling, which I recommend specially in really loud environment and if you want to keep focus without distractions. This headset has not 1 but 4 built-in microphones into the ear cups, which makes it a perfect companion for your smart phone or tablet on the go. Has a built-in busy light into the USB-C port that allows you to show when are you in a call or available, the volume control, mute, play and stop controls are located in the right side of the headset. If you need to make more settings and take your headset to the max, use the Plantronics HUB suite and unleash the maximum potential of this unit.
The latest addition from Plantronics on the USB-C wireless headsets, The Plantronics Voyager 8200 USB-C comes with a nice well design for travelers, with Active Noise Canceling, boom less microphone, audio controls built in to the ear cups, nice leatherette earcushions that cover the ears , adjustable headband for comfort while traveling and a nice range thanks to the USB-C dongle that comes with it, making it the best headset for travelers who want the best performance. You can order yours HERE.
With this Plantronics USB-A to USB-C adapter you can use any Plantronics regular USB-A headset into a USB-C in your mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop. This adapter works with wired and wireless headsets. Get yours HERE today.
Update: Microsoft Office Communicator has been renamed Microsft Lync in 2013, then Microsoft Skype for Business in 2014.
Q: What is Microsoft Office Communicator 2007?
A: Office Communicator 2007 is Microsoft’s new unified communications client (softphones) for computer-based Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephony. It helps users communicate easily with others through instant messaging (IM), voice, and video. Office Communicator offers integration with programs across the 2007 Microsoft Office system. Learn more at: http://www.microsoft.com/uc/products/oc2007.mspx
Q: What is Microsoft Unified Communications?
A: Microsoft Unified Communications is a software platform that unites existing communication systems and tools: desktop telephone systems,
legacy PBX and IP-PBX systems, voice mail and faxes. Learn more at
Q: How do headsets integrate with Microsoft Office Communicator 2007?
A: Plantronics and GN Netcom/Jabra has worked with Microsoft to integrate various headsets (wireless and corded) with Office Communicator so it’s simply plug-and-play. No drivers to install. Just plug the headset into the USB port and Office Communicator will recognize the device. Commands sent from the headset are recognized by Office Communicator and visa versa.
Q. How do I answer/hang-up the call when using a headset with Office Communicator 2007?
A. All OC headsets that are qualified to work with Office Communicator have integrated buttons for answering and hanging up a call and adjusting the volume. Simply press the dedicated “Hook switch” button to answer a call. To end a call, press the same button again.
Q: What current problems are Microsoft Office Communicator headsets addressing?
A: Until today the quality of a VoIP call has not been that great. Some of that is due to the network but a lot can be attributed to the endpoint
devices. All headsets that are certified to work with Office Communicator 2007 are wideband headsets.
Q. What does “wideband” mean and why is it important?
A. “Wideband” refers to the frequency range supported by the headset when transmitting and receiving sound. GN/Plantronics and Microsoft adhere to the definition of wideband as defined by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). This is also the definition that GN/Plantronics and Microsoft use. Wideband headsets have superior audio quality for VoIP , which allows people to experience the true sound of Office Communicator 2007.
Q. What other sound quality issues should headset users be aware of?
A. Sudden loud sound spikes such as the high-pitched squeal of a fax machine can be harmful. All our Office Communicator headsets have PeakStop technology, which eliminates loud noises above 118 dB SPL.
Q: How do headsets improve the enterprise communications environment?
A: Plantronics and GN Netcom has taken a sophisticated audio device and made it easy to set-up, simple to use, comfortable to wear and durable. The end result is superb call clarity and energized users. A headset is a personal device that will allow people to be more productive in the office by
having their hands free to do the work they do.