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.
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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.
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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 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.
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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