Sennheiser (soon to be known as EPOS) is a well known name for many long distance travelers as they bring their wireless headsets for leisure, and most of them don’t know that Sennheiser has work headsets as well, and for that reason they brought us one of their flagships and we will analyze and compare it against its rivals today.
We are going to review and dissect the SDW 5066, on first impression the 5066 gives a solid and sober headset impression, not as techie as the Plantronics Savi 8220 or as minimalist as the Jabra Engage 75. Making it an option for people looking for a discrete style headset when at work. Comparing against the former rivals, the built quality is one of the best ones, on hand it feels medium heavy and solid. The only disadvantage I can note is that the ear cups are not fold-able as the ones found in its competition.
Sound quality speaking, I love the quality of the SDW 5066 when using my computer, was able to test it playing “Never Enough” at maximum volume and Sennheiser has delivered with its exceptional sound. Rich sound and able to modulate the volume of the computer with the headset, the best part is that this headset doesn’t have ANC and I was able to submerge in music while typing these words. In this field the SW 5066 goes ahead of the rivals, providing the best sound quality for streaming from the computer. Best sound quality that the one found on Savi 8220 or Engage 75. A nice feature that is built in the headset by itself it’s the “Busy light”, this one lights red when on a call, purple when using it with the computer , and blue when charging, going to give extra points to Sennheiser in this area because the same light alerts you if a call is coming by flashing repeatedly in blue. really useful if you are not wearing the headset and away from the desk.
We are going to follow our review with the headset base, I want to give special mention to the folks of Sennheiser in this area, they make it easy to install the headset by following a simple color scheme, so you can find it even fun to plug and setup your headset, think like following a Lego instruction manual.
The base its heavy compared with the competition, which can give the impression to some people of “if it’s heavy then it’s expensive”, the base has easy to ready and use commands, not so complicated, giving you battery charge, device that it’s being used and mute. Only flawless that want to mention over here is the integration of their BTD 800 USB dongle, the competition had made a better design, for not saying more elegant, easy to the eyes and neat. The Bluetooth integration had been built in the base, while the folks Sennheiser decide to just leave a USB-A port available to plug in the dongle. One note I would like to mention, if you don’t setup the mentioned Bluetooth dongle, it will be blinking blue and red until you do the pairing, in my case i see it kind of annoying as reminder of that issue, Plantronics and Jabra had done a better job there. In their case, if you don’t need or want to pair your cell phone, the Bluetooth option simply will turn off.
In conclusion we can resume that the folks of Sennheiser had done some work and want to reach out to office employees that have to ,still in this modern world use a desk phone as part of their duties, plus the multi connectivity with a computer and a cell phone and there is where the SDW 5066 fits in. I do enjoy the sound quality while playing music, battery life, easy instructions of how to connect/setup and busy light that allows you to be notified of incoming calls. Points to be adjusted or fixed in my opinion would be, the headband, they need to make some adjustments as people with big heads like mine can wear the headset without being uncomfortable, the base does its job without pain or glory, however the Bluetooth integrity design leaves a lot to wish for.
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 MB 660 UC its our option from 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 fold able 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 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.
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.
Most modern office environment is quick paced, with numerous competitive demands on your time. This generally means that like never before, you have to depend on multitasking in the work environment to accomplish things on time. The two most basic tasks that are done at the same time are chatting on the telephone via internet voice chat with customer and typing. To be able to effectively multitask in the office, there has been a significant increase in the use of headsets, which permits you to speak with clients or associates on the telephone and keep your hands free to do other tasks. That’s why more offices are looking for the top wireless office headsets and the best wireless headsets for customer service to increase productivity and work efficiency. or the affordable corded office headsets if you’re not looking for wireless or on a super tight budget.
Today we are going to help you choose the Sennheiser wireless headset that is right for you. In the world of office headsets there is Plantronics and Jabra and then there is everyone else. The two audio communication giants have an iron-like choke-hold on the headset market leaving many consumers gasping for more options. Sennheiser, a brand trusted and celebrated by audiophiles the world over has been slowly creating a buzz around their office headsets and giving consumers a much welcomed alternative to Plantronics and Jabra. Lately Sennheiser had updated their line up to compete with the giants and continue being an option in the market.
The Sennheiser SDW 5016 offers the triple connectivity, which means that you cna use it with your desk phone, computer and cell phone. Being Skype for Business Certified and with a nice range of 590ft line of sight and having a convertible style, that allows you to wear it over the head, over the ear or behind the neck, making it a nice option for people looking for a single headset for almost all their needs. Sennheiser’s Ultra Noise Canceling Microphone is present as its ActiveGard, that safeguards the user’s hearing from potentially dangerous spikes in receive-volume. Click here to buy now!
The SDW 5015 is a monaural (single earpiece) headset equipped with an ultra-noise cancelling microphone that guarantees to filter out any unwanted background noise. The SDW 5015 offers dual connectivity that allows you to use it with your desk phone and computer via USB and the outstanding audio quality that only Sennheiser can provide. SDW 5015 offers a 10 hour battery life on talk time, with a busy light built in that allows you to let people know when you are in a call, being a convertible style, making it an option for people looking for different wearing styles. -PRO 1 is a true workhorse, providing an impressive 12-hour talking time and wireless range of over 400 feet. Add the HSL10 II Lifter for true freedom of movement. Click here to buy now!
The SDW 5065 offers the convenience of dual connectivity, workign with your desk phone and computer with a binaural setting, giving you the best sound quality that a Sennheiser fan will totally appreciate. Giving you an amazing 10 hour battery life and Skype for Business certified, with a range of 590ft line of sight. Comes with Sennheiser’s well known Ultra Noise Canceling Microphone, ActiveGard, fast charging, allowing you to get up to 50% of charge in 30 minutes with a 44 hour of standby, making it an option in the market for a stereo headset. Click here to buy now!
The latest update in the line up is the SDW 5066 , as the younger sibling this headset offers stereo sound quality by covering both ears and allowing you to use it with your desk phone, computer and cell phone, thanks to the triple connectivity. One feature is that the SDW 5066 allows you to be connected to 2 mobile devices simultaneously. Ultra Noise Canceling Microphone, as ActiveGard are present in the DSW 5066. With 4.8 oz of weight , making it a really light headset for daily use. Compatible with the Sennheiser HSL 10 II lifter, for best performance with your desk phone.
Sennheisers’ handset lifter is compatible with any Sennheiser wireless headset system. The HSL10 II sits atop of your phone receiver while connected to the wireless base and your desk phone, allowing you to answer remotely. The HSL10 II is backward compatible with discontinued models, making it an option for fans that want to continue using their headsets. Don’t be chained to your desk, you rebel. Give yourself the freedom to roam within the range of your wireless headset base! Click here to buy now!
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