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Plantronics Savi 8220 is 1st Wireless ANC Designed for Desk Phones

10/16/2018 - 0 Comments
 
Noisy open offices can lead to unproductive and stressed-out employees ... and, unfortunately, this work environment is prevalent. Organizations should look to headsets as tools to bridge the gap and increase productivity in the workplace. Headsets must meet the needs of employees (who need headsets that are comfortable, convenient, and cancel background noise) and their customers (who need clear conversations, every time they call) to achieve organizational goals.

Plantronics' newest DECT wireless headset series, the Savi 8200, has been built for the human experience. The Savi 8220 features active noise canceling (ANC) that blocks out background noise so you can always stay focused on what’s important. This is the first headset on the market that's designed with ANC for desk phones! And, to further enhance collaboration and communication, these headsets also connect to PCs and mobile phones/tablets. Count on Plantronics technology for rich, people-first collaboration experiences so good that ideas can be shared and heard—wherever, whenever and however they happen.

With the noise-canceling mic, you’ll sound your best even in noisy environments. For the most sensitive environments, you can turn up noise canceling with the close conversation limiting feature (configurable in Plantronics Hub, free download here) for additional privacy. The mic boom is flexible, allowing for optimal placement: two finger widths away from the corner of the user's mouth.



Top Features of the Savi 8220:

*Active Noise Canceling
*UC and Microsoft certified versions
*Conference up to 4 headsets to 1 base unit - great for training in contact centers and also conference calls
*Connect 2 devices together, for conferencing between PC to desk phone; or mobile phone to PC
*13 hours of talk time!
*Ringer on the base (can be disabled, if needed)
*Large leatherette ear cushions and padded leatherette headband
*Roam up to 590 feet away from the base (this depends upon physical environment)
*DECT Security certified: uses the latest standards in DECT wireless security





The Savi 8200 also comes in a single-ear variant, which does not have ANC. And, just like the Savi 8220 headsets, the Savi 8210 comes in UC and Microsoft versions for every user environment.

Is it time to reassess headsets at your organization? Are you looking for high quality professional headsets with superior sound?

Take a look at the Plantronics Savi 8200 headsets, and call one of our headset experts today: 1-866-998-9991.

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Is Excessive Sitting the New Health Epidemic?

10/10/2018 - 0 Comments
 

It’s a scientific fact that leading a sedentary lifestyle can be harmful to one’s health.

The job category of “knowledge worker” – people who handle information as their job – can be considered sedentary, where employees remain seated and desk-bound for 8 or more hours each day. This does not include their commute time to the job … which could be an hour or more each way. Your job (and the time it takes to get there) just may be harming you!

What are the harmful effects of inactivity?

According to an article on the Australian government health department web site, some hazards associated with sitting all day include:
  1. Weakened legs and gluteals, which could lead to falls, and strains when exercising
  2. Weight gain
  3. Hips and back – hip flexor muscles shortened, leading to problems in hip joints; sitting for extended periods of time can cause problems in your back, especially if you have poor posture
  4. Anxiety and depression
  5. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes
  6. Varicose veins, Deep vein thrombosis
  7. Stiff neck and shoulders
In the United States, it’s estimated that 86 percent of workers have desk jobs. This sitting epidemic could be a national health crisis! So, what can be done about this?

The current official U.S.-government issued Physical Activity Guidelines, in place since 2008, says that adults (classified as ages 18-64) who are physically active are less likely to develop chronic diseases than adults who aren’t active – regardless of gender or ethnicity. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion reports that the worst thing to do is to avoid activity – any physical activity is better than none, and has health benefits.

Aerobic activity is best for substantial health benefits. Each week, strive for at least 150 minutes (2 hours, 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (brisk walking, ballroom dancing, doubles tennis, water aerobics); or, 75 minutes (1 hour, 15 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity (jogging, singles tennis, jumping rope, aerobic dancing or swimming laps); or a combination of these activities. Doing more than these recommended amounts each week leads to even greater health benefits.

At least twice a week, muscle-strengthening activities that are moderate or high intensity and involve all major muscle groups should be completed. This is defined as lifting weights or using resistance bands. New government guidelines are expected to be published by the end of 2018.

Of course, these activities will happen either before or after work; however, it is still possible to incorporate physical activity into even the most sedentary of desk jobs.

Tips to Keep Your Office in Shape:
* Take the stairs instead of the elevator

* Walk over and talk to co-workers, rather than sending an email

* Exercise on your lunch break

* Organize “walking meetings”

* Use a wireless headset and walk around the office while on calls

* Park your car in a far away spot to get extra steps to the building; or, ride your bike or walk to work.





Enjoy this quick Sennheiser video about how to get your office in shape (we particularly like the chair lifts!)


Get moving on your job today – even if you are one of the approximately 86 percent of the U.S. workers who sit all day – be creative and find ways to incorporate movement in your daily routine.



Sources:
Victoria State Government Better Health Channel: The dangers of sitting: why sitting is the new smoking
ODPHP: Guidelines for Adult Activity
U.S. News and World Report: Are you suffering from sitting disease?

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Fall for These Headset Promotions

10/9/2018 - 0 Comments
 
These promotions are offered by several of our manufacturers, and include trade-in offers, cash back, and free product. Details and deadlines for each promotion vary, so scroll through this post for all of the current promotions, or go directly to the brand: Jabra, Plantronics, Sennheiser and VXi.

Jabra

Buy 8 headset solutions, get 1 free! Upgrade your communications experience with this limited time offer: Jabra Pro 9450, 9460, 9465 and 9470 are the eligible wireless products, and Jabra Biz 2300/2400 II Duo and Mono headsets are the corded products. Buy 8 of the same SKU, and the 9th is FREE.

This is good through Dec. 31, 2018, or while supplies last. And, this offer can be stacked with the Technology Refresh program, below, to make your dollars go farther.

Update your technology and take advantage of the unbelievable Technology Refresh promotion. Receive up to $40 per non-Jabra unit traded in, or $20 for every qualifying Jabra unit that's traded in. This promotion is good on purchases of the new Jabra Engage wireless headset series, and the Jabra Speak 710 wireless speakerphones. For every Biz 2300 or 2400 II headset purchased, get $10 back for every Jabra corded headset traded in, or $20 for any non-Jabra corded headset. Learn more about this generous promotion on our blog: Jabra Technology Refresh Program Offers Cash Back on New Devices. This promotion has been extended to the end of the year, and expires December 31, 2018.

Get Engaged with Jabra: a FREE remote answer device (either EHS cable or Handset Lifter) is yours, with purchase of any of the new Jabra Engage wireless headsets.

The Engage series is an entirely new class of DECT wireless professional headsets engineered to boost customer satisfaction. Integrated busylights (in the mic boom), up to 13 hours of talk time, Engage enables up to three times more users to operate in the same office space, with no loss in connection quality. The Evolve 65 headsets connect to an analog phone and a PC; Engage 75 headsets allow up to five connections simultaneously: 2 USB devices, 2 Bluetooth devices, and 1 desk phone.

Check out each Engage headset variant, below:
Engage 65 Mono
Engage 65 Convertible
Engage 65 Stereo
Engage 75 Mono
Engage 75 Convertible
Engage 75 Stereo

This promotion expires Dec. 31, 2018. To claim either the free EHS or Handset Lifter, visit Get Engaged with Jabra before Jan. 15, 2019.

The Trade-In Offer from Jabra gives you a rebate for the purchase of new Jabra headsets, when you trade in your old headsets:

•$20 rebate toward purchase of Jabra Pro 900/9000, Motion Office, or Evolve 65 wireless headsets or

•$10 rebate toward purchase of Jabra corded headsets (excluding UC Voice, Biz 1500 and Evolve 20/30 headsets)

Claims can be submitted at the official Jabra Trade In page. This program expires December 31, 2018.

Plantronics

Plantronics is continuing its Public Sector discount for organizations in the government, education and health care fields. If you qualify, we will adjust your pricing to reflect this incredible discount on most Plantronics products.

The Public Sector promotion continues, offering big discounts to Education (K-12 and Higher Education); Federal, State, City, County and Local Governments; Prime Contractors for Government; Not-for-Profits; and Healthcare Caregivers. This promotion ends March 31, 2019.

Sennheiser

Sennheiser's Trade-In/Trade-Up offer is good on purchases of the new SDW 5000 DECT wireless headsets. Customers trading in five Plantronics and/or Jabra DECT and/or corded headsets, with purchase of five SDW 5015 headsets, receive 1 free SDW 5015; or, with trade-ins of six, and the purchase of six SDW 5016 headsets, receive one SDW 5016 free.

Customers who currently use the SD and/or DW Series of Sennheiser wireless and want to upgrade to the SDW series, can purchase 10 of the SDW 5015 (or 11 of the SDW 5016), to receive an additional headset (same as purchased model), for FREE! Proof of prior purchase for the SD and/or D10 Series headsets is required. Contact us for more details; this offer expires December 31, 2018.

The GovEd Discount from Sennheiser lets you save big! Federal Government agencies, Educational organizations, Energy producers, Healthcare providers, State & Local Government agencies, and Not-for-Profit agencies including credit unions that are 501(C), are all eligible for this discount. Most of the Sennheiser product line is eligible for this discount, including the TeamConnect Wireless speakerphone units! There are a few products that do not qualify; contact us for details. The GovEd Discount ends Oct. 31, 2018.

VXi

Purchase a new V200 office wireless system and take advantage of the VXi Office Wireless Trade-In Program. For each headset purchased, and old VXi or competitive office wireless headset system sent in to VXi, you receive a $10 check. Download the claim form that's available on the VXi Trade-In web site once purchase is made. Claims must be made within 30 days of purchase, and an invoice must be included with the Trade-In request.

For corded headset purchases, there is a $5 Trade-In Allowance with purchase of new corded headsets or amplifiers. Trade in old VXi or competitor products, and receive $5 for each headset sent in. Download the Trade-In Claim form found on the VXi Trade-In web site, complete the information, and include the form, along with proof of purchase, when submitting the old headsets. Claims must be made within 30 days of purchase.

Are you ready to talk about new headsets? Give us a call at 1-866-998-9991 or send us an email!

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Jabra Technology Refresh Program Offers Cash Back on New Devices

10/8/2018 - 0 Comments
 
This new Jabra wireless trade-in promotion is a first of its kind, offering $40 cash back for each non-Jabra wireless headset that is traded in, when you purchase a new Engage Series wireless headset. If you have wanted to make the switch to a Jabra wireless headset, NOW IS THE TIME! We have not seen a trade-in this big, EVER!

Or, if you already use a Jabra wireless headset (specifically, the PRO 920, 930, 935, 9450, 9460, 9465, or Motion/Motion Office), you can upgrade to the new Jabra Engage wireless series and receive a $20 rebate check in the mail for trading in your old Jabra wireless through the Technology Refresh promotion.

Additionally, when you upgrade your technology to the new Jabra Speak 710 wireless speakerphone, receive $20 back for a Jabra Speak 410/510, or $40 for a non-Jabra personal or huddle room speakerphone that is traded in. The Speak 710 (both UC and MS versions) offers wireless linking and connects to an additional Speak 710, for double the room coverage (up to 12 people). Connect to laptop, smart phone and tablet via USB or Bluetooth, and with plug-and-play simplicity, it's easy to set up wherever you take meetings. Fifteen hours of battery life ensures you can meet (or listen to music) for a long time.

Corded headsets have also been added to the mix, and with any Jabra Biz 2300 or 2400 II headset purchased, get $10/unit for existing Jabra wired solutions; or $20/unit for any non-Jabra wired solution.

These Technology Refresh promotions are only good through December 31, 2018, so take advantage of the savings and equip your staff with the latest and greatest in office and mobile wireless technology. Click here for the promotion's T's and C's.

Learn more about the qualifying headsets, below:

Engage with Jabra and its Engage series, an entirely new class of DECT wireless professional headsets. The series provides superior wireless connectivity to a range of up to 490 feet - and enables up to 3 times more users to operate in the same office space with no loss in connection quality. Integrated busy lights in these headsets increase productivity and alert co-workers' to your busy status.

Engage 75 headsets connect up to five devices simultaneously, increasing availability for customer calls. And the choice of wearing styles support workers' preferences and workstyles.

For detailed information about each Engage headset, click on any of the following links:

Engage 65 Mono
Engage 65 Stereo
Engage 65 Convertible
Engage 75 Mono
Engage 75 Stereo
Engage 75 Convertible

Biz 2300 and Biz 2400 II headsets
Jabra's corded headsets feature world-class sound, tough construction, and comfort for all-day use. The specially designed “air shock” noise-cancelling microphones filter out sharp breathing sounds and popping noises often heard in conversations. Available in both one-ear and two-ear models, and with connections to desk phones or PCs, Biz 2300 and 2400 II headsets are perfect for all-day wear in contact centers, offices and more.

Visit the Jabra web site to learn more about the promotion, and instructions on how to claim the cash back: Jabra Technology Refresh

Contact us today for recommendations on the best headsets for your unique requirements! 1-866-998-9991

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ANC (Active Noise Canceling) Headsets from Plantronics Keep the Focus on Work and Distractions at Bay

10/5/2018 - 0 Comments
 
Tune out of a distracting environment, and tune into your work, with these headsets from Plantronics. Active Noise Canceling technology has crossed over to the business professional world, due to demand from professionals who require a space to concentrate, as well as headsets with noise-canceling microphones for premium call quality. The Active Noise Canceling (ANC) helps block out distracting sounds, creating a “quiet zone” to enhance productivity, no matter the environment.

According to Plantronics, a study out of the University of California shows that it takes an employee 23 minutes to recover from a distraction and get back to the task at hand, and that a majority of employees get distracted at least once a day. With these real-world statistics in mind, Plantronics created a calculator that helps you get an idea of how much noise is affecting your company’s profitability. Check it out: ROI Calculator

Overview of Plantronics headsets with ANC:

Savi 8220

• The newest addition
• Use with Desk Phones, PCs, and smartphones/tablets
• Headband
• Wireless
• Noise-canceling mic with close conversation limiting
• Up to 13 hours talk time
• Conference in 3 additional Savi headsets
UC and Microsoft-certified versions
• MSRP: $459.95


Blackwire 725

• USB
• Headband
• Corded
• Foldable ear cushions for travel
• In-line Call Controls
• Smart Sensor Technology lets you answer the call by placing the headset on your head
UC and Microsoft-certified versions
• MSRP: $179.99


Voyager Focus UC

• Bluetooth and USB (with included dongle)
• Comfort headband
UC and Microsoft-certified versions
• Smart mic boom: wear boom on either side and maintain right/left stereo performance and locations of volume/track buttons
• Oversized soft leatherette ear cushions
• Headset and Charging Stand available: UC or Microsoft
• MSRP: $299.95



Voyager 6200 UC

• Bluetooth and USB (with included dongle)
• Neckband vibrates to signal an incoming call.
• Ear buds
• Intuitive controls
• Choice of color: Black or Sand
• MSRP: $299.95




Voyager 8200 UC

• Bluetooth and USB (with included dongle)
• No microphone design features a 4-mic array for voice pick-up
• Large ear cushions completely surround the ear
• Choice of color: Black or White
• MSRP: $299.95





All of these headsets, with the exception of the Savi 8220, come with carrying cases to protect the headsets in and out of the office.

If you’re not sure which Plantronics ANC headset is right for you, give us a call at 1-866-998-9991, and our headset experts can help!

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