Jabra and Plantronics launch new wireless headsets for the modern workforce
There are many benefits to using wireless headsets in the workplace, most obviously the freedom and flexibility to move around. While a wired headset frees up workers’ hands, a wireless option enables them to move away from their desk as well.
In a busy open plan office, the addition of noise cancellation further improves comfort and productivity, making it easier for users to focus while taking calls. Mobile workers can take calls on the go or from a crowded coffee shop, free from distraction.
Here are three of the latest wireless headsets designed to support concentration in the office and beyond.
Jabra Evolve 75
Jabra has expanded its market leading Evolve series with a new premium wireless headset, the Jabra Evolve 75.
The headset features Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which when switched on virtually eliminates low-frequency sounds such as the hum of air conditioning. An integrated ‘busy light’ provides a visual ‘do not disturb’ sign, reducing interruptions from colleagues and improving productivity.
Holger Reisinger, SVP, Jabra Business Solutions, commented: “The premise behind the open plan office is to foster collaboration and improve communication among employees. But despite their many benefits, they have become breeding grounds for unsatisfactory labour output.
“Interruptions from colleagues and the noise generated in these environments are negatively impacting workers and contributing to lacklustre performance. Increasingly, knowledge workers are being forced into isolation to do their jobs. The Jabra Evolve 75 provides businesses with an alternative solution to support an open office philosophy that’s conducive to better performance.”
The Jabra Evolve 75 comes equipped with world-class speakers for music and high-definition (HD) voice for crystal clear calls. Dual Bluetooth connectivity supports calls and music by allowing the user to simultaneously pair the headset with two connected devices, such as a computer and smartphone.
The Jabra Evolve 75 has a wireless range of 100 ft for laptops and 33 ft for smartphones.
Leather-feel ear cushions and an on-the-ear design provide users with all-day comfort, while a handy button on the ear cup allows users to hear announcements without removing the headset. An optional charging stand provides easy charging and docking.
Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC
Also hoping to make noise and distractions in offices a thing of the past, Plantronics has announced the Voyager 8200 UC, a premium Bluetooth headset with passive and active noise cancellation.
Voyager 8200 UC has a boomless design with four ‘beam-forming’ microphones that detect and amplify the speaker’s voice. Two additional microphones detect and block environmental noise.
Other features include smart sensors that detect if the headset is being worn, pausing media streaming when the headset is taken off and resuming when it is put back on; dynamic mute alert, which warns you if you begin to speak while muted; and a wireless range of up to 98 ft from supported Class 1 Bluetooth devices.
The Voyager 8200 UC can pair with Windows/Mac computers and many IP phones via Plantronics’ BT600 USB audio processor and pair directly with iOS and Android phones and tablets.
Plantronics Voyager 3200 Series
For a more discreet option, the recently introduced Voyager 3200 Series Bluetooth headset has a sleek in-ear design that’s ideal for mobile professionals. The design, combined with 3-mic noise-cancelling technology, provides clear audio and comfort no matter where you are.
Like the Voyager 8200 UC, the 3200 series has smart sensors and dynamic mute alert. It also features voice recognition to manage incoming calls by saying ‘answer’ or ‘ignore’; smartphone assistant access (e.g. Siri, Google Now, Cortana); and up to six hours of talk time or seven days of standby time, with an optional portable charging case for another 10 hours of talk time.
A UC variant, Voyager 3200 UC, comes as standard with a portable charging case and includes a high-fidelity Bluetooth USB audio processor to connect seamlessly to a Mac, PC, tablet or smartphone for unified communications applications.
“Today, the world is your office, but you don’t want it to look or sound that way,” said Greg Miller, director of Portfolio Business Management at Plantronics. “The Voyager 3200 Series brings advanced audio management to a sophisticated form factor, allowing you to stay in control of the conversation so you can confidently take calls anytime, anywhere.”