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Jabra Evolve2 30 not your basic corded headset

3/25/2021 - 0 Comments
Jabra Evolve2 30 headsets at $99 ($89 for single-ear models) provide the right amount of comfort and user-friendly features that keep you working, whether it's at home or in the office. Collaboration and concentration are the two key pillars of effective work, according to Jabra, and these headsets help you with both.

The headband is cushioned in ultra soft foam covered in color-matched leatherette. The ear cushion is soft audio foam covered in leatherette with a stainless steel slider arm. While wearing the headset, adjust the headband so that it fits your head comfortably.

When using the microphone, it should be positioned close to your mouth. You can gently bend the mic boom above the tip of the boom, where there's a little bit of flexibility. Do not bend the boom arm where it meets the ear speaker; the boom arm could break off. Mute the mic by pushing the mute button at the front of the speaker. If you have voice alerts activated, you will hear that you are "Muted." To turn the voice notifications off or on, you can change the setting in Jabra Direct, or by pressing and holding the Mute and Volume Up buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds. You'll find the Volume buttons on the back side of the ear speaker. We recommend that you download Jabra Direct once you get this headset; it will keep your headset updated with all of the latest firmware, and allow you to change a variety of settings.

There is an integrated busylight at the back of the ear cushion, and an LED light on the USB plug, to alert you of your mute status.

The cord length is approximately 5'. This is a great length for a laptop configuration; if you are connecting to a desktop computer tower, you may need a longer length cable; we have plenty of other headsets that fit the bill.

Taking collaboration one step further, the Jabra Evolve2 30 meets the Microsoft Open Office requirements (Teams Certified variants, naturally) – which is a strict test of how effective a headset microphone is at suppressing surrounding noise and office talk. The Teams button on the middle of the ear speaker will invoke Teams with a quick tap.




It's easy to take the headset with you and keep it protected, in the included felt carry pouch. Rotate the ear cushions flat and slide it into the pouch; the flap tucks under the elastic for security.

It may be possible to use the USB-C variant of this headset to mobile phones; however, we don't recommend it for primary use, as not all USB-C devices or apps support an audio connection to the Jabra Evolve2 30.

Our Headset Experts can recommend the best variant for your unique work needs at 866-998-9991 or you can Chat us now.

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The next thing: Hybrid Working

7/22/2020 - 0 Comments
Poly's new white paper brings together thought leadership for what it calls the "Next Normal," which puts people first, to empower them in productive work environments — wherever the physical space may be. According to Poly, "2020 will be the catalyst for hybrid working, offering employees flexibility and choice, driving productivity through collaboration and communication." Basically, creating environments that foster productivity, collaboration, innovation and safety.

The digital transformation ensures consistent work experiences that will react to the crisis and mitigate any harm to the business.

Policies and procedures that support both the business and individual, in a "People First" culture as Poly calls it, will prove to be mutually beneficial.


Interestingly, Poly found that 85% of businesses surveyed believe that greater location flexibility has lead to an increase in productivity.

What can we expect in the "Next Normal?"
  • Home office spaces built into residences
  • Increased flexible work across locations
  • Recruitment over larger demographic (and perhaps geographic) areas
  • Work from home, meet in the office, bringing everyone together virtually
  • Smaller company footprints over more dispersed locations
  • Seamless work flows between home and office
  • Technology designed for ease of use with personal devices
  • Necessary business travel only

The only certainty? The core components of any organization: practices, workspace, and culture, will change as we transition into the "next normal." This won't be easy, but evolving to suit the needs of people and organizations will be worth it.

For more information about Hybrid Working, read Hybrid Working: Creating the "Next Normal" in Work Practices, Spaces and Culture, a resource from Poly.

If you need communication tools to support your work style, reach out to our Headset Experts at 1-866-998-9991 or Chat us now!

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Poly Elara 60 Mobile Collaboration Station

10/17/2019 - 0 Comments
Workplaces and work styles are continually evolving: it's estimated that 36% of workers rely on their mobile devices for day-to-day communication. The convenience of working anywhere is a key benefit of mobile phones; yet, when you're in the office, a single place to charge the phone, charge and store a headset, or even use a speakerphone, can be a real productivity boost.

For the mobile professional, Poly (Plantronics + Polycom together) has designed the Elara 60 mobile phone station. The Elara 60 series will offer a variety of configurations. The first two are the Elara 60 WS for Voyager Focus headsets. Available both with the Focus, and without the Focus (if you already own the headset), the dedicated headset hook provides a place to store and charge the headset. The Elara 60 WS offers wireless charging and a speakerphone. Other Elara 60 variants will even have a traditional phone handset.


Experience the convenience of a desk phone, along with some extra features of a headset charger, mobile phone charger, and a speakerphone.

It's easy to set-up: Plug in the included power supply, and pair your mobile phone. If you have your own headset, you will need to pair it with the Elara 60, following the easy directions on the Elara screen. It is not a touch screen, so the buttons directly below the screen will help you to navigate through the menu.

It's easy to use: Seamlessly transition between mobile and desk phone setups to ensure important conversations are never disrupted. There are large buttons on the dial pad and a nice-sized screen that's easy to read.

It's built for Microsoft Teams: Press the Teams button to launch Teams on mobile, and manage video, chat, and audio conferences. The button flashes if you’ve missed a call or have a voicemail. For video calls, the adjustable platform lets you change your camera angle, for the best possible angle in your video meetings.

It has its own app: With the Poly Elara app, it's possible to customize settings, update Elara 60 firmware, and a handy User Guide for reference.

Watch our overview of the Poly Elara 60 WS below, and learn how its desktop-like convenience make it the ideal collaboration tool for your mobile workers.




Our team delights in finding the best communication tools for your unique environment and needs. Contact them today at 1-866-998-9991, on Chat, or email.

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Huddle Rooms: STOP! Collaborate & Listen

1/19/2018 - 0 Comments
“Alright, stop! Collaborate and listen… " These wise words from Vanilla Ice circa 1989 still hold true today, especially in today's work climate. With employees working some or all of their week from home, and the Open Office design making private collaboration difficult to accomplish in the office, huddle rooms have seen an increase in popularity.

Huddle rooms, defined by AVI Systems, Inc., as "small conference areas that are equipped with audio, video and display system technology," support group collaboration at a small scale. These informal team collaboration spaces are a place to “huddle” together for impromptu and scheduled meetings, and to collaborate on projects. Typically, an average huddle room houses 5-7 people, and contains a table, TV, and some type of speakerphone and USB video camera arrangement. White boards are also prevalent (and even some smart boards) to complete the tools available.

With the limited space comes requirements for equipment that not only allows for meetings and content sharing, yet doesn't cost a fortune. Organizations typically have more than one huddle room to equip.

The wall-mounted Yamaha CS-700 (MSRP: $799) from Revolabs is a new all-in-one video and sound collaboration system that allows for simple USB connection to PC. The CS-700 is easy to use, but don't let the simplicity fool you: it's a powerful tool. A beam-forming microphone array, and four speakers provide clear, rich sound. The 120-degree ultra-wide angle camera captures all meeting participants in one field of view. Audio, video, and screen sharing are all accomplished with one USB cable!

According to Revolabs co-founder and former CEO, JP Carney: "What this means for IT teams is a simple to use, set-it-and-forget-it meeting room audio and video system. No longer will they get calls asking how to connect to meeting room equipment, how to use camera controls, or worry about control pads walking out the door." This means that "the remote monitoring and provisioning of this unique system simplifies installation and control, reducing the number of IT service tickets and enabling simple collaboration for their customer base,” said Carney.

Any video conferencing software may be used. Common applications include Microsoft Skype for Business, Vidyo, Zoom, BlueJeans, and many more. The CS-700 provides a SIP interface to the corporate call manager, replacing the need for a separate conference phone in the huddle room. USB and SIP communications can be easily bridged in the CS-700, expanding the communication opportunities even further. And Bluetooth allows for fast and easy audio connections, instantly turning a mobile or computer call into a conference call.

If you're unsure about how to set up a huddle room, contact us for recommendations. The CS-700 is just one of the many options we can put together to best fit your requirements. After all, Communication is Our Business.

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