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)
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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
Are you using Dragon Naturally Speaking dedication software? Looking for compatible and the most accurate voice recognizing headsets for Dragon NaturallySpeaking? First you need to decide if you like to use a wireless or corded headset. Typically it’s about a $100 difference in price. With a wireless headset, you have the freedom to walk away from your computer (or laptop) wirelessly and speak up to 300ft away without any wires attached. Today’s wireless headset are just as clear as any corded headsets. Nuance has thoroughly tested many headsets and has rated them accordingly with an accuracy scale (in dragon scores). Some of our recommended headsets and my favorite picks for Dragon Naturally Speaking (all with the 5-dragon accuracy ratings).
Plantronics Corded Dragon Certified Headsets:
- Entry level for a corded headset with flexibility to be used either by USB or 3.5 mm jack
Plantronics Blackwire 7225 USB Stereo Corded Headset, Black (staff favorite)
One of the newer and best Plantronics USB headsets we’ve tested. It’s the only wired USB headset with active noise canceling speakers.
Plantronics Wireless Dragon Certified Headsets:
very well built, feels solid, excellent sound quality, very comfortable fit with well padded headband.
If you can’t decide how you like to wear the headset, the model is for you. it comes in 3 different styles in the box. So you can switch to any of them any time. It’s very very light weight.
You can also pair it to your mobile phone and take it with you where ever you go when’re not using it with Dragon on the computer
This is the double ear version that has excellent stereo sound for music and Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to music or any streaming content when you’re not using it with Dragon.
Jabra Corded Dragon Certified Headsets:
Affordable quality wired USB headset from Jabra. It has in-line controls on the cable. solid built with 2 year warranty
Another entry level Dragon certified headset. It also has a 3.5mm jack for any smart phone or tablet that has the 3.5mm connection.
double ear version
Top of the line Jabra wired USB headset certified for Dragon. Built from high quality material, including Kevlar reinforced cable, gold connectors. 3 year warranty.
Jabra Wireless Dragon Certified Headsets:
Jabra Evolve2 65 UC Stereo Bluetooth Wireless USB-A Headset – (staff pick)
The Jabra Evolve2 65 is the latest and greatest of all wireless headsets. It has whopping 37 hours of battery time when it’s fully charged. Large 40mm speakers help you filter out background noise. Busy light to alter people around you when you’re on a call or busy. 2-year warranty, Jabra will replace the headset if it fails within the 2 years.
The top of the line Jabra USB wireless headset, it has it all. Active noise canceling. connect to both Computer for Dragon and it’s also Bluetooth to pair with any smart phone or Bluetooth device.
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Yealink offers an affordable option in the Yealink UH36 as a corded headset with a discrete and elegant design. The UH36 offers the convenience of being USB-A headset with its In-line controls and a 3.5 mm jack that allows you to use it with virtually any device with an audio jack, making it really convenient for people that need to take their meetings or conversations down the road using a cell phone. Order yours HERE.
Jabra steps in with the Evolve2 40 UC, a well built headset with memory foam ear cushions, noise canceling microphone, Automatic busy-light that is visible from any direction and turns on when the headset is active. Jabra offers noise canceling microphone with its innovate muting function by simply bringing the boom up, making it an amazing function as convenient for user. The Jabra Evolve2 40 UC comes in two offers, USB-A and USB-C, making it a nice option for any computer or laptop.
Poly , formerly known as Plantronics brings to the table the new Blackwire 8225 USB-A with a flexible noise canceling microphone boom. Active Noise Canceling with 3 settings to optimize what you can hear when using the headset. Built-in LED busy light that helps to let people know when you are in a call. Volume control with mute function that allows you to answer/end calls and depending on the application, allows you to put a call on “hold”.
Jabra offers the Speak 410, that is the entry level for speaker phones compatible with any computer by simply plugging it thru the USB port. With an amazing 5′ in diameter size, makes it a portable option and with its travel case. Jabra Speak 410 offers full integration with corded Jabra headsets by the 3.5 mm port that offers quick privacy, even in an open office environment. Speak 410 offers true wide band sound for crystal-clear conversation.
The Speak 710 UC is an amazing option for wireless speaker phone, can be used as a speaker phone on your computer using the Jabra Link 370 dongle or pair directly to your cell phone via Bluetooth. This unit is the perfect for conference of up to 6 people, with a talk time of up to 15 hours. Once touch feature that allows to pair 2 Speak 710 together for full stereo and true fidelity sound for calls and for music. Making a portable option to be used in any place, comes with folding stand, that allows to place the speaker phone in different positions as needed.
Recently launched, the Savi 8240 UC USB headset offers up to 7 hours of talk time and 30 hours of standby. Being a convertible style, the 8240 offers all the wearing styles, over the head, behind the neck and over the ear, making it a nice option for people that need to switch wearing styles. With a range of up to 300 feet on DECT 6.0 thru the D200 USB-A adapter included. Noise canceling microphone, volume controls with mute and answer/end call with a simply tap. Order yours HERE.
Jabra offers the Evolve 65 Bluetooth headset with Digital Signal Processing, dual connectivity allowing you to use the headset with your computer by the Link 370 dongle and your cell phone at the same time. The Link 370 offers range of up to 100 ft, 10 hours of talk time and noise canceling microphone. Busy-light built into the headset allowing you to let people know when in a call, and so easy to use thanks to Jabra’s “Plug & Play” installation.
Lastly, we have the newest addition from Jabra, the Evolve2 65 UC Stereo Bluetooth USB-A Headset w/Stand, and so far it is my preferred option for a Bluetooth headset. Offering the amazing talk time of up to 37 hours, beating by far the competition. Fast charging can be found in the Evolve2 65 that allows you to get 8 hours of talk by 15 minutes, memory foam ear cushions welcome the ears into a best sound quality available. Jabra’s mute microphone by simply bringing the microphone boom arm up. The Evolve2 65 allows you to use it with 2 devices at the same time, so you can use it with your computer with the Link 380 and your cell phone at the same time. Order yours HERE.
PC VoIP USB Softphone Computer Headsets Review for 2020
There are a lot of USB Computers headsets for your VoIP softphone, this guide will help you decide which one is right for you, by showing some of the latest headsets with the best features available for your VoIP phone. Almost all of these headsets have Binaural Capability (both ears covered).
Jabra Evolve2 40 UC Mono USB-A Wire Headset ($129.95), Evolve2 40 Stereo ($139.95)
This is a standard corded Jabra USB headset that has a few cool features to set it apart from other headsets. The coolest feature with the Jabra Evolve2 Series, is starting at the Jabra Evolve2 40, they have a useful ‘Busy Light’ that lights up red on the side of the headset when you’re on a call, turns on automatically. It has 3 microphones on the boom for the best voice quality pickup. compatible with both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS. Large 40mm speakers, design to isolate background noise so you can focus on your task. Comes both in the mono and stereo versions.
This corded USB headset from Plantronics has a lightweight and comfortable design. Fit with a volume control, it can disconnect there and turn into a 3.5mm headset, usable with a smartphone or tablet. It has a great flexible noise canceling microphone, wide band audio and an affordable price point. The headset can fold into a soft carrying case for easy portability.
Plantronics Blackwire 7225 USB Stereo Corded Headset $149 <staff favorite
The newest edition to the Blackwire series. This is a unique corded usb headset. Not only is it great for communication, it is great for listening to music. You have Hi-Fi stereo sound! The best feature of this headset is the newly added active noise canceling. So not only do you have a nice noise canceling microphone, you can also block out the noise of your co workers. It has a 4 boom-less microphones that will help pick up your voice. Click here to buy now.
Jabra Evolve2 65 UC Stereo Bluetooth Wireless USB-A Headset <= staff favorite
This is the newest Jabra Evolve2 65 Bluetooth USB headset, with similar features to the Evolve 40 above. The Bluetooth USB Dongle, pictured below the headset, allows the headset to connect to your PC with up to 100 feet of range. It also has Bluetooth capability, you can connect to a cell phone or tablet via this headsets Bluetooth Connection. Like the Evolve 40, this headset also has a busy light, that is a red circle around the JABRA symbol, and has a microphone groove on the headband. Large padded leatherette ear cushions, very comfortable for all day use. 40mm speakers have excellent passive noise blocking to filter out background noise. The battery when fully charged will last 37 hours of use! Almost unheard of in a wireless Bluetooth headset.
Plantronics Voyager 4220 is the latest of the wireless USB computer headsets with all the latest headset technology. It comes with a class1 BT600 USB-A dongle (included) allowing 100ft of range (vs. 30ft for regular class 3 Bluetooth). Compatible with both PC and Apple Mac computers. Built-in busy light to alert people around you that you’re on a live call. Microsoft Skype for Business Certified to be plug and play compatible. when fully charged, the battery last for 12 hours of talk time. the Boom has 2 microphones (1 uni-directional; 1 MEMS-directional) for the best voice pickup possible, Making the Blackwire 4220 one of the best USB computer headset on the market today.
The top of the line as far as headsets go, this wireless headset has it all. Up to 12 hours of talk time or 15 hours of listening time, a best in line noise canceling microphone, and super comfortable headband and ear phones make this headset one of the best out there. It connects wireless to your computer or laptop, as well as having the ability to connect via Bluetooth to your cell phone or tablet. The sound quality is top notch, with active noise canceling to cancel out more background noise than usual, if you want the best headset available, look no further, this headset is for you.
The Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC is the latest (2017) addition to the Plantronics Voyager wireless headset line from Plantronics. It’s the first Plantronics with a “boomless” microphone. Don’t let the missing microphone fool you. The missing boom and microphone does not mean it was poor sound when you’re on the phone (or softphone). It has 4 total microphone, specially engineered and placed at different locations on the headset for optimal voice pickup. See below:
In addition, it comes with leatherette “circumnaural” ear cups and speakers to to surround both ears completely on top the active noise canceling technology to block out just about any background “unwanted” noise you have in your surroundings. it comes with a USB adapter for your PC/computer, so you can communicate wirelessly up to 100ft away. The Voyager 8200 is also a Bluetooth headset so you can pair it with your smartphone (like an Apple iPhone). so it can be used as a cell phone headset or simply use it as a great music headphone when you’re not working! Go HERE for more details.
The newest addition to the list comes from Sennheiser (now EPOS), with the EPOS Adapt 660 UC wireless Bluetooth Headset, this headset has NoiseGard Active Noise Canceling. Certified and ready for Microsoft Teams, this headset has a boom less microphone, with 3 digital noise canceling microphones built in to the ear cups. An amazing battery time of 30 hours and a superb 15 day battery life on standby, making it a good option for road warriors that need to have best talk/standby time on their headset for business. If you run out of power, the Adapt 660 has you covered, with a 2.5mm and 3.5mm cable that allows you to use it with virtually any device with a 3.5mm jack. A hard travel case gives it a nice touch when folding it and storing while traveling and the 2 year warranty gives you piece of mind on this headset. Go HERE for more details.
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.
We start with the UH33 from Yealink, this being the entry level “most affordable” headset designed to work with virtually any computer thru USB-A, you can find volume controls taht allows you to modulate the volume, mute the microphone and end calls depending on the application used. The Yealink UH33 offers leatherette ear cushions and the versatility of being able to be used thru any 3.5 mm jack, making it a convenient solution for students looking for a corded headset that can use at almost anytime. Order yours HERE.
On second step up we have the Jabra Evolve 20 UC Stereo USB-A Headset, this headset comes with Jabra’s well known noise canceling microphone and volume control that allows you to use it with desk tops and laptops thru the USB-a port. The foam ear cushions found here are one of the best ones and covering both ears which allows the student to keep track in the learning without interruptions from the outside. Pretty nice built and quality at a nice and affordable price easy to be reach out by students and teachers. Microphone boom that eliminate unwanted background noise. Get yours HERE.
On third spot we have the Plantronics C3220 Blackwire Stereo USB Headset, which is compatible with MS Teams and most of the UC applications used for Distancing Learning. The Plantronics C3220 comes in a nice package without breaking the bank, with volume controls that allows you to mute microphone, answer/end calls and put calls in hold. This headset comes with Dynamic EQ that automatically adjust the audio for voice or multimedia use during your meetings. Check more of it and gets yours HERE.
Jabra Evolve2 40 UC Stereo USB-A Corded Headset <= staff favorite
On 4th place we have another option from Jabra, the Evolve2 40. This being the latest addition from Jabra with their respectable noise canceling microphone, memory foam ear cushions gives the student an amazing feeling and comfort when in use. The design is very discrete and appealing. You can find this model in different flavors as Mono, Stereo, USB-A or USB-C, MS or UC, with all this variety Jabra takes a step forward in giving something for everyone and assuring that the headset will be compatible with virtually all the online applications and computers. Volume control are built in the headset as a busy light that let the user to let him/her is on a call. Order yours here today.
Climbing in the next spot we find the Plantronics Voyager 4220 UC, which is a wireless Bluetooth headset that allows you to roam up to 100 ft from your computer, pretty convenient for teachers and students that need to multitask without being interrupted by the cord of a headset. Noise Canceling microphone from Plantronics, SoundGuard technology and 12 hours of talk time, compatible with Microsoft Teams and most of the meeting applications, makes it one of the affordable entry level wireless headsets for Distance Learning. Get yours HERE.
EPOS (Sennheiser) joins in this market with its flagship the Adapt 660 UC, this headset offers a boom less microphone design, with amazing sound quality, Active Noise Canceling Leatherette ear cushions welcomes the user, making a nice option to be used for Distance Learning lessons and for leisure while doing homework or grading papers. The EPO Sennheiser Adapt 660 offers 30 hours of talk time and up to 15 day of standby with one single charge, making it a good option for people that are worried about keeping the headset charged, coming with a 3.5mm cable, this headset can be used as wireless or as a corded 3.5mm headset as well. Get yours HERE.
Lastly we have the Jabra Evolve2 85 UC Stereo USB-A headset with stand, this is far my favorite headset. With an amazing talk time of up to 37 hours with one single charge, fast charging that allows you to get 90 minutes of talk time by 15 minutes of charging, Active Noise Canceling Leatherette ear cushions that covers both ears, allowing you to turn on and off the Noise Canceling at will, with Talk Through technology, allowing you to hear thru the ear cushions without the need to take off the headset. Noise Canceling microphone from Jabra, built in busy light on the sides of the headset and 3.5mm cord option as well. Order yours HERE.
Q. How do I pair a Bluetooth headset with a Mac ruining macOS Big Sur?
Best practice with the latest UC headsets and the latest macOS is first, download the hub according to the manufacturer, either Plantronics HUB or Jabra Direct depending the manufacturer before plugging in the headset. The next part is really important, you need to use the Bluetooth dongle that came with your headset, even if your MacBook has built in Bluetooth, is better to use the dongle that came with the headset, as it makes the connectivity between the computer and headset to work properly, among some of the benefits are range, talk time and microphone sound quality.
Once the dongle is in, make sure to turn off the built in Bluetooth of the MacBook, as it we are going to be using the dongle instead. To do this, you have to go to right top corner, click in the Bluetooth logo, and slide to the left the Bluetooth switch.
Plantronics Hub does not require keystrokes from other applications or interact with the keyboard, but it does use USB HID device information from the headset to answer a call etc. when the button on the headset is pressed. Users will need to provide access to ensure the headset works as intended.
To provide access you have to:
- Click Open System Preferences.
- In System Preferences, click the lock at the bottom left corner to unlock.
- In the right panel, check the box for Plantronics Hub.
4. Click Quit Now to restart Plantronics Hub for the changes to take effect.
5. The screen shows that the installation successful.
6. To ensure that you get notifications from Plantronics Hub (for example new firmware updates etc) ensure that you allow notifications as shown.
Q. How do I pair a Plantronics Bluetooth Headset with a Apple Mac running OS X
- Open System Preferences.
- Click Bluetooth.
- Click the “+” sign to add a new device.
- Select “Headset” as the type of device.
- Put the headset in the pairing mode.
- Click the Search button.
- If prompted, enter the passkey, which is “0000” (four zeros).
- If pairing a stereo headset, a window with the known services of the new headset may appear. The Plantronics stereo headsets will display both the headset and headphone options.
- Click Continue, and then Finish.
You will be returned to the Bluetooth devices window. Your product appears in the left pane, with its status in the right pane. Note that it will have a status of “disconnected,” but that is normal.
Note: If you upgraded to Leopard from a previous version of OS X and your stereo Bluetooth headset was paired for headset use, you may need to delete it in the Bluetooth device window of the system preferences before you can get stereo function. To do this, click the headset in the device list, and then click the “ – ” sign to remove it from the list. Follow the instructions above to pair it again. also see
Apple OSX Leopard and Bluetooth Stereo Headsets
Q. No Transmit on Apple Mac 10.4.10? How do I fix it?
If you experience no transmit (microphone doesn’t work), try the following:
Make sure your Plantronics microphone is plugged into an open USB port on your computer.
Launch “Audio MIDI Setup.app.” (You will find this application in Applications> Utilities.)
In System Settings, select “Plantronics Headset” as the default input.
In “Properties For:” select “Plantronics Headset.”
In the bottom right area of the window, uncheck “Mute.”
note: this only to Macintosh computers running OS X 10.4.10
Q. Can I use a Plantronics Bluetooth headsets in Apple Mac OS X?
If your Plantronics Bluetooth Headset has a Bluetooth adaptor (i.e. dongle) plugged into a USB port, you do not need these instructions. The adaptor acts as the Bluetooth radio transmitter to send sound to the headset. If you wish to use the Bluetooth feature in the Macintosh, use the following instructions:
Apple Mac OS 10.x and Plantronics Bluetooth Headset setup instructions
Q. Does Plantronics Analog headsets work with Apple Macintosh computers?
The microphone plug on the Plantronics .Audio analog headsets will not work on a Mac. It will physically fit into the Mic input jack on a Mac; however, it will not function. Basically, the digital sound card does not recognize the analog signal coming in from the headset.
In order to convert that signal for our analog headsets to work completely, you need the following adapter:
- A Griffin adapter (I Mic. 2 prong adaptor into USB). Contact your local Apple store.
Are you in an IP (Voip) call center using softphones where you need train a new staff using USB headsets?
A Windows computer can only recognize one USB sound device at a time. So the computer cannot activate two USB headset at the same time. You can connect two USB headsets, but only one can be turned on.
There are no solution to utilize two USB headsets on a computer as training headsets. The reason is because your computer OS (Windows or Mac) does not recognize more than one USB headset at one time. This is a limitation of the computer OS.
With Quick Disconnect (QD), both Plantronics and Jabra (GN Netcom) have a training cable you can attached two headsets to one computer for training purpose
Jabra Setup: Use a Jabra Link 265 USB training cable with 2x Jabra Biz 2300 QD Mono Noise Canceling Headset.
Good option here for training. Great sturdy headsets that cover 1 ear and plug in via USB. Great sound and voice quality, great for training Has a great noise canceling microphone. Click here to buy now.
Jabra (GN Netcom) Setup:
Use a Jabra USB training cable with two Jabra QD Headsets. We recommend this pre-configured Jabra Computer USB Training Bundle, 2x Jabra Biz 1500 Headset :
Jabra also offer a better quality training bundle that includes 2 x Jabra Biz 2300 to cover both ears with only a slight increase in price. Having both ears cover helps the employee concentrate better so the background noise and disturbance doesn’t bother him during the phone call. Jabra PC USB Training Bundle with Two Jabra Biz 2300 Duo Headset :
Plantronics Setup: 1 x Plantronics DA70 USB Headset Audio Processor 2 x Plantronics HW510 EncorePro 510 Noise Canceling Headset HAC cert.
This is a Plantronics training setup for a computer. Comes with everything that you need. Very comfortable and great sound and voice quality. Has a great noise canceling microphone. Very easy setup and great for the price, click here to buy now.
Still not clear, call one of the headset experts at HeadsetPlus.com 877-999-3838. they can answer any questions you may have.
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.
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.