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Technology that delivers the best online learning experience

4/8/2021 - 0 Comments

Up to 40% off Jabra headsets and PanaCast cameras that will keep the class engaged


When the COVID-19 quarantine began last year, K-12 schools, colleges, and universities were forced to quickly adapt to remote and hybrid learning models. This has continued into the 2020-21 school year, and educators are doing their best to provide a consistent means to educate their students effectively.

Teachers need to keep students engaged when teaching remotely, which brings unique challenges. In a Customer Database Survey in April 2020, Jabra found that 61% of teachers' time is now spent in virtual classes, with 3-4 hours each day in lectures with students. The survey also found that both teachers and students are experiencing frustrations:

• 44% of students are not satisfied with the audio or video quality of remote learning classes

• 54% of teachers find it difficult to keep students’ attention when remote teaching

As an authorized Jabra reseller partner, we sell audio and video solutions that will answer the needs of the modern remote learning classroom. Our specialized team can put together a plan for your unique classroom and school. And, with some big discounts (up to 40%!) on these Jabra headsets and the PanaCast camera, now is the right time to equip your learning spaces.

Headsets for students and teachers, with premium sound and comfort

The Evolve 20 Special Edition headset features leatherette ear cushions and an inline call control unit that allows you to answer/end calls, mute calls, and increase/decrease call volume with a quick touch of a button. This is a plug-and-play USB headset that requires no set-up, making it a very easy headset to use and deploy. The 2-year warranty assures customer satisfaction and a full replacement within the warranty period, if necessary.

The other Jabra headset with a major discount is this Evolve 30 II stereo headset that ends in a 3.5mm jack. These headsets are ideal for those using tablets and computers with 3.5mm audio jacks. The leatherette ear cushions assure comfort for the wearer and with both ears covered, students and teachers will be able to focus on the classroom, and not their surrounding environment at home or in school.

PanaCast camera captures the classroom

Teachers will appreciate the wall-to-wall coverage of their teaching space as they move around freely sharing educational material. The 180-degree view lets teachers take full advantage of white boards, teaching aids, and the space in the classroom to move around and keep students engaged. Jabra PanaCast is a plug-and-play camera, certified for Microsoft and all major UC platforms. And, if they need to change classrooms, its small size makes it easy to move to the next space.

Contact us at 1-866-998-9991 or Chat us now for your Special Pricing on these three devices.

Other smart choices:
Speak 750 speakerphone for online and in-class learning; keep students engaged in conversations with a speakerphone. A second Speak 750 speakerphone can be wirelessly linked to double the coverage inside the classroom, for the clearest sound possible.

Evolve2 65 wireless headset connects to both mobile phones and computers, for teachers who need the freedom to roam. Three strategically placed professional microphones ensure crystal-clear audio, so your students hear every word.

Jabra devices will keep your students engaged, your teachers teaching, and your budget happy. Contact our sales team at 1-866-998-9991 or Chat us now, to learn about these products, and more.

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Poly Blackwire 8225 headset keeps you in the zone

3/19/2021 - 0 Comments
Working from home can be a challenge: maybe you have a spouse or roommates who also work from home; children at home doing on-line schooling; perhaps your pets are noisy. Whatever environment you have been working in, we know it can be a challenge to concentrate and focus on work tasks. That's why we suggest a high quality, professional headset designed specifically for workers who need to be on calls or in meetings using their computer, and require a distraction-free environment.

The Poly Blackwire 8225 meets these needs, and brings some hard-hitting technology to the table:

• Advanced Hybrid ANC using four digital microphones with three user selectable options (Off - Mid - High)
• Noise canceling microphone with Acoustic Fence technology (using 2 microphones) that meets Microsoft Teams Open Office-certification levels
• Hearing protection: SoundGuard DIGITAL: Acoustic limiting for protection against sounds above 118 dBA. G616 anti-startle protection limits the noise level to 102 dBSPL; Time-Weighted Average prevents average daily noise exposure from exceeding 80 or 85 dBA (enabled by Plantronics Hub software)

Other features we really like:

• 32mm speakers with large memory foam leatherette ear cushions

• Padded headband

• Two LED indicators on speaker housing show online/in a call status

• Call controller for volume maximum/minimum, mute on/mute off, answer/end call, noise canceling off/mid/high

• 7.2 ft cable

The included carry case protects your headset while you're transitioning from home to office, and everywhere in between.

There are four options to choose from, either USB-A or USB-C, and UC or Certified for Microsoft Teams variants. To decide which variant you need, read this blog post.

Blackwire 8225 USB-A
Blackwire 8225-M USB-A certified for Microsoft Teams
Blackwire 8225 USB-C
Blackwire 8225-M USB-C certified for Microsoft Teams


Call our Headset Experts at 1-866-998-9991, or Chat us now, to purchase a Blackwire 8225 headset, and watch our overview of the Blackwire 8225, including a side-by-side Acoustic Fence Technology audio test at 1:31.



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ANC (Active Noise Canceling) headsets from Poly keep the focus on work and distractions at bay

3/9/2021 - 0 Comments
Tune out of a distracting environment, and tune into your work, with these headsets from Poly. 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 Poly, 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, Poly 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 Poly headsets with ANC:

Savi 8220 Office

• 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 4 additional Savi headsets
UC and Microsoft Teams-certified versions
• MSRP: $459.95


Savi 8220 UC

• Use with computers only
• Headband
• Charge stand included
• Wireless
• Noise-canceling mic with close conversation limiting
• Up to 13 hours talk time
• Conference in 4 additional Savi headsets
UC and Microsoft Teams-Certified versions
USB-A and USB-C variants
• MSRP: $339.95


Blackwire 8225

• USB-A or USB-C
• Headband
• Busylights in ear speakers
• Hybrid ANC with 3 user selectable options
• Inline call controls
• UC or Microsoft Teams Certified versions
• Microsoft versions have dedicated Teams button
• MSRP: $209.95


Blackwire 7225

• USB-A or USB-C
• Boomless mic design
• Four microphones detect noise from all directions and separate noise from the speaker’s voice
• Call controls on the headset
• Voice alerts
• Choice of color: Black or White
• MSRP: $179.95


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: $279.95


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: $379.95





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

If you’re not sure which Poly 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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Work from anywhere with Jabra Evolve and Evolve2 Bluetooth headsets

3/8/2021 - 0 Comments
Our team recommends Jabra Evolve wireless headsets for a variety of reasons, and most especially for the superior Active Noise Canceling (ANC) found in the Evolve 75. This is our go-to headset for working in the office, working from home, and traveling. Yet, this is just one of the many reasons why we like Evolve wireless. The portfolio accommodates a variety of wearing preferences, from true wireless to the traditional over-the-head headband. All of these Evolve headsets connect to two devices at the same time: both mobile and PC; a Link 370 USB dongle is included with each of the headsets. Each Evolve carries a two-year warranty, longer than the typical Bluetooth headset warranty of a year or less, and all are available in both Certified for Microsoft and UC variants. To decide which variant you need, this blog post has the information.

If you work in a noisy office (or, work at home amidst cute children and pets), Active Noise Canceling headsets increase productivity by providing a "cone of silence" for dedicated work and interruption-free calls. Noise-canceling microphones block background noise so that your callers will hear only you and not your environment. You can wear the Evolve 75 all day — the cushioned rubber headband and large padded leatherette ear cushions provide extreme comfort. Get up to 15 hours of talk time on a single charge. Mute the mic as you lift the boom arm up.

The Evolve 75 also has a charging stand that can be purchased with the headset, or without. If you later decide that you need the charging stand, it is available as an accessory purchase. We recommend the version with the charging stand for those who work primarily from their desk. Otherwise, the headset is charged with the included micro USB to USB cord.

For those who prefer an alternate wearing style with Active Noise Canceling, the Evolve 75e is a neckband with ear buds. Wear one ear bud to be aware of your environment, or both earbuds with the ANC turned on for complete concentration. The lightweight design rests comfortably enough that you don't even realize you're wearing it. The neckband will vibrate at incoming calls, so you're assured not to miss anything. A great feature: when the ear buds are together (they are magnetized), your music pauses or your call ends. There is up to 14 hours talk time in this battery life, and a 2-hour time for a full recharge.


If ANC is unnecessary, Evolve 65 headsets have three wearing choices. Evolve 65 is the over-the-head headband style; Evolve 65e is the neckband with ear buds (similar to the Evolve 75e above, without ANC), and Evolve 65t are true wireless ear buds in a charging case.

Evolve 65 offers a choice between mono and duo ear versions, and comes with a charging stand, or without. The Evolve 65 has a smaller profile and ear cushions than the Evolve 75, and is a comfortable option. We like the freedom of a mono Bluetooth headset with a traditional headband style, leaving an ear on the call and an ear on your surroundings.

Jabra Evolve2 wireless headsets are the latest additions to the Jabra portfolio that you will want to consider.

Evolve2 85 are wireless, Bluetooth, Active Noise Canceling headsets with ear cushions that completely surround the ears. The folding mic boom arm is handy when you need it; and when you don't, simply fold it up and store it in the ear speaker. The ear speakers also have microphones, so it isn't necessary to have the mic boom in place, if you don't like that look on Zoom calls, Teams meetings and more. The hard-sided zip case stores the headset, cords, flight adapter, and USB dongle, and if you are part of the current "hybrid work" force, you can easily transport your headset, safely. There is an optional charging stand, if you would like a place to store and charge the headset when not in use. It is available in both Black and Beige, USB-A or USB-C, as well as UC and Certified for Microsoft Teams variants.

The Evolve2 65 headsets give you 37 hours of battery life and it takes only 15 minutes to charge for 8 hours of talk time (full charge time is 90 minutes). The soft memory foam ear cushions mold to your ears, for supreme comfort. and the brightly-lit busy lights are integrated into the ear speakers. If you do not need Active Noise Canceling, we recommend this headset, rather than the Evolve2 85. Within the Evolve2 65 line, you have choices: Black or Beige, USB-A or USB-C, UC or Certified for Microsoft Teams, with a charging stand or without the stand.

If you need a recommendation for an Evolve headset that fits your work style, call our headset experts at 1-866-998-9991 or Chat us now.

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Elevate employees' work from home experience

3/5/2021 - 0 Comments
When the Pandemic caused businesses to close last spring, many employees were sent home with a computer, a few office supplies, and no idea of when they would be able to return to the building. Communication devices such as headsets, speakers, and cameras (if they were even considered) were haphazardly ordered, or employees were left to use their personal ear buds and the built-in cameras in laptops.

Now that we've had some time to work through these issues and many employees remain in their home work spaces, they most likely are continuing to use the same thrown-together set-ups that they were sent home with in the spring. With the benefit of this past year as a teacher, we have a better idea of what works at home, and find many companies and individuals are starting to think of ways to enhance their WFH experience. We’ve put together some products for you to consider that will surely improve your work from home setup.

Wireless Headset

To experience complete silence while working, we recommend the Jabra Evolve 75 headset with Active Noise Canceling. It connects to both computers (with the included Link 370 USB adapter) and mobile phones via Bluetooth. The hear through feature lets you listen in to your surroundings, without removing the headset. We like the option to walk and talk, so you're able to take your calls on the go (up to 100 feet), whether it's to the kitchen to grab a glass of water, or to answer the front door to accept your FedEx package. The large, cushioned leatherette ear cushions rest comfortably on your ears for even the longest of calls and Zoom meetings. When you need to work in a new location, the included hard-sided zippered carry case will protect the Evolve 75 on the go. Available in both UC and Microsoft variants, you can also purchase the headset with a charging stand, if you would like to have a convenient place to store and charge the headset on a desk, when not in use.

Corded Headset

Jabra Engage 50 mono, or Engage 50 duo, and the optional Link call control take communication to a new level. The Engage 50 is a digital headset with a powerful processing chip in the ear cup that delivers advanced functionality including call analytic data. The 3-microphone system with intelligent noise-cancelation blocks out background noise and breathing sounds, so customers hear only the agents voice thereby delivering a superior call experience, whether you work from home or a physical contact center. The call control unit accessory enables agents to adjust volume levels and mute, speed dial, answer and end calls, and update their status lights at the touch of a button. The control unit is easy to use and designed to stay in place. Two programmable buttons can be customized in Jabra Direct; out of the box they are programmed for Speed Dial and Busylight (green: available; red; busy). The volume dial, and mute and answer/end buttons are intuitively placed and easy to use at a touch. There are Microsoft Teams-certified and UC variants in both USB-A and USB-C options. The Engage 50 headset ends in a USB-C connection, so if you are using these headsets in a computer with USB-A sockets only, you will need to purchase a Link unit.

We recommend the Engage 50 if you take calls and participate in team meetings primarily from your computer, and do not use a desk or mobile phone.

Speakerphone

If you're working in a private space, you will be able to use a speakerphone. We recommend the Poly Sync 40 or Sync 40+ models and you can find all of the Sync 40 variants, here: Poly Sync 40 Speakerphones.

Turn smaller or flexible spaces into powerful conference rooms; the Sync 40 provides premium sound. The multi-microphone array focuses on what’s being said and helps keep echo and noise out of meetings. And, full duplex audio lets conversations flow naturally, even when users talk over each other.

We like the flexibility that the Sync 40 offers. You can connect to either USB-A or USB-C computers with the same unit, thanks to the integrated cable that has both connections included. The Sync 40+ models include the BT600 USB dongle and a USB-A to USB-C adapter. When you go into the office, you can wirelessly pair two units together for larger meeting space needs.

It is certified for Zoom and Microsoft Teams, for seamless experiences, as well as other major UC communication platforms.

Camera

For a clear picture on all of your Teams and Zoom calls, we recommend the JPL Vision Mini camera, which is a diminutive device with some great features, including automatic low light correction, integrated privacy cover and 2-year warranty. The Field of View is 67° and you have full 360° camera rotation including 90° tilt for over-desk viewing.

The plug-and-play Vision Mini is designed to suit the way you like to make a video call, whether it’s one to one or conference, you can place the Vision Mini webcam where you want it - on a computer monitor, desktop or tripod. It is compatible with all major platforms and the price is pretty nice: $49.95 MSRP.

Busylight

Use this at home now, and in the office when/if you return. The design of the Omega Kuando Busylight makes it highly visible from across a room and is an instant notification of your status: Red for Busy; Green for Available; and other colors that can be programmed to suit your work style. It will also: Ring and flash on incoming calls; Beep & flash – Indication for IMs; and there's a Flash notification for missed calls/IMs. Everyone can benefit from an Omega Busylight at their work space.

We have become quite adept at collaborating with colleagues, customers, and students from a distance, and these products will raise your communications game — whether you remain at home, or return to the office building. Contact our team for personalized recommendations to elevate your communication devices at 1-866-998-9991 or Chat us now.

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