When today's workplace can be noisy and filled with distractions, device connectivity should be the easy part. That's why the Blackwire 5200 series allows management of PC calls using USB or USB-C, or can plug directly into a smartphone or tablet with the 3.5 mm connection. And it's so comfortable, it can be worn all day. Similar to the USB port, the USB-C represents a new standard in the world of device compatibility and is becoming more prevalent in the latest PCs, smartphones and tablets.
•Ideal for all-day use, long conference calls and listening to multimedia
•Noise-cancelling microphone masks nearby talkers for maximum call privacy
•Variants include universal USB or USB-C
•Connectivity to smartphone and tablet via 3.5 mm
•Available in monaural (Blackwire 5210) or hi-fi stereo with passive noise reduction (Blackwire 5220)
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As an authorized reseller of some of the top brands in the telecommunications world, our success grows as the industry continues to diversify, expand and advance. We can look to the future with excitement as we note these trends: Active Noise Cancelling, USB-C, wireless conferencing, and more.
Headsets have come a long way in the past 10 years. Dual connection to both desk phone and soft phone is now most often a requirement. Bluetooth is continuing to evolve into one of the most popular features requested, due to the continuing popularity of a mobile, work-anyplace, any time workforce. User preference in wearing styles have been accounted for in the variety now offered: behind-the-neck, over-the-ear, and earbud, most notably.
For speakerphones, wireless seems to be the preference, and flexible configurations and multiple connection types are needed. We also added USB video cameras to our product offerings, to further support our customers' conferencing requirements.
Happy 10 years, Avcomm Solutions! Here's to many, many more!
The SPEAK family of speakerphones from Jabra is a range of easy to use conference call speakerphones with superior audio, for the most efficient and productive meetings wherever you are, whatever your needs. Improve personal and group collaboration among your team, no matter their location.
For 1-4 people in the same room, the size of the Speak 410s and Speak 510s are perfect for instant conferencing and videoconferencing on a smaller scale. The personal – yet professional – speakerphones are portable and lightweight, and turn any room into a conference room to facilitate collaboration the simple way. The slim profile and included zippered neoprene travel pouch allow for easy and protected travel.
All of the Speak series devices have user-friendly features such as the LED soft buttons at the top of the speakerphone, which allow you to answer, end, and mute calls at the tap of a button. You can also turn the speaker on and off; adjust the volume with the Volume + and Volume - buttons, and check the Battery Level. Tap the Battery Level button and all of the LEDs light up to show the charge level. Omni-directional microphones make this an ideal collaboration solution and with up to 15 hours battery life, for optimal performance.
The Speak series is optimized for Unified Communications with straightforward USB and/or Bluetooth connectivity for immediate conference call set up using your PC or smartphone/tablet. Skype for Business certified versions are available, too.
The Jabra Speak 410 is the most basic of the family and connects via USB only; the connection cord wraps around the device and is secured there. The connection cord cannot be removed, so you will always have it when you need it. To make the conference call private, the Speak 410 has a 3.5mm headset port to plug your Jabra headset into. MSRP for the Speak 410 is $159.00.
The Jabra Speak 510 offers USB and Bluetooth connectivity options. Connect to your PC, smartphone, tablet, or Bluetooth headset. For corded headsets, a 3.5mm headset port allows you to turn the conference call into a private conversation. When you're not on a call, you can use the device as a music speaker. MSRP is $149.00.
The Jabra Speak 510+ offers USB and Bluetooth connectivity with extensive wireless range for more flexibility to collaborate with your contacts however you choose. The USB dongle to the laptop means you can benefit from up to approximately 325 feet of wireless range to move the conference call to the best place. This device also has the 3.5mm jack port to connect your headset; turn a public conference room discussion into a private smartphone call in seconds.
The included Jabra Link 360 BT USB dongle provides added wireless flexibility, for example:
When a public meeting space needs to become private and you need to move the device into a private room.
If the current conference space becomes too noisy and you need a ‘closed door’ for enhanced focus and collaboration. MSRP is $179.95.
The newest addition to the Speak family, the Jabra Speak 710 can be paired with another Jabra Speak 710 wirelessly in seconds. This will easily cover a meeting room of 12 people or lets you enjoy even more powerful, stereo music.
In addition, the Speak 710 has new features to the Speak series. This includes a folding stand that is stored in the back of the unit, a storage spot for the included Link 370 dongle, and a one-touch Smart Button that makes interacting with a digital assistant (such as MS Cortana, Siri and Google Now) a breeze. MSRP for the Speak 710 is $299 and the Speak 710 is available in both UC and Microsoft certified versions.
The Jabra Speak 810 is a premium grade speakerphone that connects via USB and Bluetooth (NFC/MFI) and 3.5mm jack cable for smartphone or tablet connection. The broadest range of connectivity in the Jabra Speak Series, the Speak 810 is ideal for hassle free, simple conference call set-up in seconds, for collaboration with up to 15 attendees in the same meeting room for perfect sound.
Using ZoomTalk microphones for excellent audio quality, the mics uniquely detect the human voice and not the ambient room noises (such as people eating or keyboard tapping) making the Jabra Speak 810 the ideal choice for those empathetic to those working remotely and dialing in to the call. ZoomTalk makes it easy to hear, and easy to be heard, no matter where you are located.
With a USB charge out port for charging your tablet or smartphone the Jabra Speak 810 offers you the full flexibility to connect however you want to without the worry of battery life. A/C powered yet lightweight, the Jabra Speak 810 is portable from room to room as required. However the Kensington lock secure port means you can keep it securely locked to replace more traditional dial pad and fixed meeting room collaboration solutions.
With the variety of choices available, the SPEAK series from Jabra is truly a professional and flexible solution for your conferencing and video conferencing needs. Contact us to learn more about the SPEAK family today!
To accommodate the latest USB port on the market, headset manufacturers are now offering adapters, as well as headsets, with USB-C connectors.
Why the change in standard to USB-C? First, the size. By diminishing the size of the port, laptops continue to slim down and weigh less. At first glance, the USB-C is similar to micro USB; however, it is slightly thicker and more oval than micro USB and differs in a major way: it has no up or down orientation. PC magazine calls USB-C the emerging industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power.*
The Jabra USB-C Adapter enables you to connect Jabra USB headsets to USB-C devices, providing the same functionality as if connected to a USB-A device. The adapter is flexible, which makes it easy to use with your preferred devices without flipping around.
Plantronics also offers two types of adapters: USB-A to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A. Perhaps you are currently using computers with USB-A ports, but plan to upgrade to new computers. Your business chooses to purchase USB-C headsets, knowing that eventually, they will directly plug into the new computers. In the meantime, using an adapter will allow you to use the new headsets, with the old computers.
Within its Blackwire series, Plantronics offers headsets with the USB-C connector. The Blackwire 3200 and Blackwire 5200 headsets both have USB, as well as USB-C, headsets. In addition, the Blackwire 5200 headsets have 3.5mm connectors for use with mobile phones and tablets. And, they all feature in-line call controls, just like the USB-A versions, for ease of use. (Pictured is the Blackwire 5220 Duo headset.)
We expect to see the trend of USB-C headsets continue, as the technology evolves. Of course, don't expect the USB-A connectors to fade away; we believe they too will be present and readily available. The goal is to provide the technology you need, at a great price. Look to us as your headset experts. Contact us today!
“Do you have an Active Noise Cancelling headset that I can use with my desk phone?” is one of the top questions we’ve been receiving lately. While all Active Noise Cancelling headsets so far are either Bluetooth or corded USB connection, with the addition of the MDA 220 adapter, employees are able to have the true concentration they need in noisy office environments that still utilize traditional desk phones.
The Plantronics MDA220 USB (MSRP: $99) is an audio switcher that toggles between desk phone and PC and is great for those who are transitioning to Unified Communications and still need to use a traditional desk phone. It allows the user to utilize the same headset for both their desk phone and PC.
Avcomm has tested this solution and it’s one of our top recommendations for customers with this particular need.
How to Set Up the MDA220 USB
Connect the MDA220 USB with the two cords at the back of the device: an RJ9 cable to plug into either the desk phone's headset or handset port, and a USB cable for connection to the PC.
The headset, or its USB dongle, connects into the USB port at the front of the MDA220 USB. EHS cables and handset lifters can be used with the MDA220 USB, to allow for remote answer/end from the headset. That would be an additional purchase, and would need to be compatible with the desk phone it's being connected to.
You can toggle between the desk phone and PC by simply pressing the corresponding icon on the MDA220,which then illuminates solid green to indicate connection.
Recommended ANC Headset Options
The Jabra Evolve 75 UC has captivated us with Active Noise-Cancelling in the speakers, a noise-cancelling microphone, comfortable wearability for all-day use, and a hard-sided case for travel. In addition, this headset either comes with a charging stand, or without. This is what we use daily at Avcomm, and the set-up that we recommend to customers whose open office environments present a challenge when it comes to concentration and productivity.
Another great option is the brand new Jabra Evolve 75e UC for those who prefer an ear bud wearing style. This headset also features Jabra’s excellent Active Noise Canceling technology, an integrated busylight, and a protective travel case.