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?
|Jabra EVOLVE 40 MS Stereo USB Headset for MS Lync:|
This is a great entry level corded headset. It connects via USB and as a bonus, it comes with a 3.5mm jack so you can connect it to your smart phone, tablet, etc. It has a noise canceling microphone, a built in busy light so your colleagues/friends know if you’re on a call, and Hi-Fi wideband frequency response. A great headset for the casual user. Comes with a manufacturer’s 2 year warranty. Click here to buy now.
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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 (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. As a bonus this headset comes with 3 different wearing styles, headband, ear hook, and neckband. 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.
This bad boy is a great wireless headset without breaking the bank. This headset is basically an upgraded version of the Evolve 40. It comes with a Bluetooth dongle that plugs into your PC or Mac via USB and gives you up to 100ft wireless range. You have a great noise canceling mic, and Hi-definition sound, which is great for you and your customers. 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. You have 10 hours talk time so don’t worry about those long winded calls. Comes with a 1 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 my personal 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 USB headset by Sennheiser. It’s a nice headset for for use with a computer. You can listen to music and take calls. It has a nice 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 25 hours. It also comes with a 3.5mm cable for use with a smart phone and a storage pouch. Comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty. Click here to buy now
This headset is the newest edition the the Plantronics Blackwire line. It’s basically a corded Voyager Focus. This is a corded USB 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.
If you’re looking for a device to connect a headset to both your desk phone and computer- here’s the Plantronics MDA200
The MDA200 is very versatile, having a USB port to connect a headset, you can use any corded or wireless USB headset, any H-series Plantronics headset with a USB Adapter, and even a Bluetooth USB Dongle compatible with a hearing aid pendant. If you would like to connect a Bluetooth Adapter with the MDA 200, please check out this blog post.
Connecting a USB headset to the MDA200:
After first plugging the MDA200 to the computer, then to the desk phone you will be using, you can plug in your corded or wireless USB Headset. There is a phone wire for the desk phone, and a USB wire for the computer, so that’s pretty straightforward. Once you are set up, to switch back and forth you simply push the button of the device you so desire. When a call comes into your deskphone, you will first have to answer the call by picking up the handset, then (if necessary) activate the headset by pressing the answe to allow it to take over the call.
*You can use a Plantronics HL10 Lifter to eliminate the need of picking up the handset, more on that in a moment.
With these two items, you can use a corded H-Series Plantronics headset with a DA USB Adapter form Plantronics to achieve the same end as a USB corded headset. The two Quick Disconnect (QD) plugs will snap together, and you’re ready to plug and play with the MDA200 the same way a USB headset would.
Remote Answering with the MDA200:
As shown above, the lifter will be placed directly under the handset with included double sided tape, and plugged into the MDA200, also pictured is the aforementioned wall adapter needed for the lifter. The lifter should be placed near the ear piece of the handset, once installed, engage the lifter by pressing the phone button on the MDA200. If you hear a dial tone, you are good to go! If not, there is a switch behind the lifter that controls how high the handset is raised, increase the height until you get the handset to a level where it is off the phone hook.
EHS Cable Set-up:
Your phone maybe compatible with an EHS cable, which takes the place of the lifter and answers calls electronically, as opposed to physically lifting/answering the phone. In this case you would not need a Wall adapter, and you would simply plug the dual pronged plug to the MDA200 and the other end to their respective ports behind your desk phone. Contact us for compatibility questions with EHS.
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