We are moving to a work-from-home situation across the world. For those who haven't set up a home office yet, here are our suggestions for a productive space to work during this modern-day pandemic.
The best option for home work is to close yourself off in a dedicated office space, or a quiet out-of-the-way bedroom. If you have younger children who need you near, you may be working in the middle of the family at the kitchen table. In either situation, a headset with a noise-canceling microphone is a must! We offer headsets with both noise-canceling and ultra noise-canceling microphones, for extreme noise cancellation.
We recommend an Active Noise Canceling headset for complete concentration, and with a variety of wearing styles and connection types, there's guaranteed to be a headset that works for you. The Jabra Evolve 80, pictured above, is a USB and 3.5mm headset with large ear cushions that completely surround the ear; and with ANC, and Busylights on the ear cups, it's a great choice for productive working and clear calls.
Other work at home tips:
•Don't sit in the same place all day. Get up and move! Wireless headsets let you walk and talk. •Take a lunch break ... but don't extend it to all-day grazing. No need to gain weight in your comfies while you enjoy unlimited snacks from the pantry. •Speaking of comfies, you may find that you accomplish more when you're not wearing pajamas or sweats. That's something you'll have to test for yourself. •Take breaks ... but not too many. Turn off notifications for any non-essential tasks (such as social media) so you can focus on what needs to be done.
•When it's time to take a break, walk around outside for a few minutes. Get a change of scenery and clear your thoughts.
•Take advantage of collaboration tools and communicate with your co-workers regularly. A quick conversation can go a long way to building relationship, and don't forget to have team meetings to keep everyone connected and informed.
Take heart! This quarantine cannot last forever, and may provide you the time necessary for personal reflection and family connection that we typically don't get in our usual daily lives. And, once we get the "all-clear" to return to our work spaces, we go with the knowledge that we can conquer anything! (And now have a GREAT headset to work with!)
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Plantronics has announced the Savi 710, 720, 730, 740 and 745 wireless headsets are being withdrawn from production and will only be available until supplies last.
The recommended replacements are the new Plantronics Savi 8200 DECT wireless headsets. Similar to the Savi 700s, the Savi 8200s offer triple connection to desk phone, PC and mobile phone. Some great features of the Savi 8200 series are the large leatherette ear cushions, comfort padded headband, and the Savi 8220 has Active Noise Canceling. Savi 8200 headsets offer up to 13 hours of talk time on a single charge. You can roam up to 590 feet (environment-dependent) from your PC for maximum freedom. And, convenient voice prompts notify you of mute status, roaming range limits and more.
Dispatchers are the unsung heroes in the law enforcement field: keeping their cool in high stress situations while communicating clearly with callers, officers, and more. The equipment must be dependable, and headsets that can toggle between the radio and the telephone keep the focus on the conversation.
Plantronics is a leader in emergency responder telecommunications equipment, and designs headsets for demanding environments. Their expertise ensures that every product built meets the highest standards of quality and reliability. These devices connect to radio systems, are comfortable enough to wear for an entire shift, and offer premium sound for clear conversations.
Plantronics makes a number of products for emergency dispatchers that are compatible with nearly every major radio console.
These pieces are necessary to connect to a dispatch console: Push-to-Talk amplifiers and headsets.
Push to Talk options:
The SHS1890 has a Push To Talk button that allows you to switch between radio and telephone, with proper configuration of the console. There are three choices of cord length:
The CA12CD is a cordless PTT (push-to-talk) headset adapter designed to provide encrypted communications and PTT functionality for applications such as Public Safety Dispatch and Air Traffic Control. The CA12CD uses digital processing (DECT standard) and operates in the UPCS band (1.92 – 1.93 GHz) in North America. If you'd prefer a wireless solution, the CA12CD-S offers a portable remote unit, with belt clip. It comes with two battery packs and two recharging wells: One for the remote unit and one for the spare battery — allow for 24/7 operation. Volume can be controlled on the CA12CD-S.
Plantronics headsets, including the EncorePro series and StarSet, are great headsets for dispatchers. The standard EncorePro 500 headsets includes the EncorePro 510 mono; EncorePro 520 duo; EncorePro 530 ear hook; and EncorePro 540 convertible. The lightweight headsets are constructed with aircraft-grade aluminum joints, yet are sturdy, thanks to laser-welded construction. The noise-canceling mic boom arm is flexible and adjustable to ensure proper placement.
EncorePro 700 headsets are the premium variant in the EncorePro series, which Plantronics calls "the thoroughbred of headsets." In fact, a review on the Plantronics web site from a dispatcher confirms this is a great headset for the job, giving the headset 5 out of 5 stars: "This is the most comfortable & clear sounding headset I have every [sic] had. I've been dispatching for 17 yrs and I love this headset." Leatherette ear cushions, a unique extendable mic boom, and a slim, stylish, elegant design are all reasons to choose EncorePro 700 headsets, either mono or duo ear.
StarSet H31CD features a unique design, for an extremely lightweight solution. The eartip is inserted in the ear canal, and headset rests behind the ear. The voice tube microphone boom is not noise canceling; extremely busy and noisy dispatch centers will want to use a different headset with a noise-canceling microphone. A review from a dispatcher on the Plantronics site confirms its usefulness: "I have been using this headset for nearly 10 years as a 911 operator; Clear and great tone."
Public Sector Discounts from Poly are available now through September 30, 2020. These incredible discounts on most Plantronics products are available to all State, City, County and Local Governments. Contact us today for your pricing: 1-866-998-9991 or Chat us now!
When we're in the office, most of us take calls on our desk phones, mobile phones, and various PC/Mac soft phones. We need our headset to easily support all of those connections. Plantronics, now Poly has answered this need with the new Voyager Office series.
“Open office floor plans require a certain amount of flexibility and mobility of employees,” said Tamara Lane, director of product marketing, at Poly. “To escape noise and distraction, you might duck into a huddle room for a call, take your next meeting in the lobby or join a meeting from someone else’s office which means you not only use a desk phone but a PC or Mac and your smartphone for collaboration. The Voyager Office Series delivers high-quality audio in a comfortable headset that performs in all of those scenarios.”
The Voyager 4200 Office Series offers an over-the-ear, hi-fi stereo and mono headband wearing style. The Voyager 5200 Office Series offers a sleek and discreet over the ear wearing style for those working on the go in and out of the office. Both the Voyager 4200 and Voyager 5200 Office Series come with the option of a one-way desk phone only or two-way desk phone and PC/Mac office base, in addition to a mobile phone. The headset connects directly to mobile phone via Bluetooth, so this is an office wireless headset you can use without the base, ANYWHERE! And, thanks to Bluetooth 5.0 with BLE, roaming range for these headsets is up to 300 feet (dependent upon environment), and talk time is up to 12 hours!
The Voyager 4200 and Voyager 5200 Office Series have a version available with a dedicated Microsoft Teams button, both on the base and the headset, to instantly invoke the Teams app. This instant access to the Teams app makes scheduling a meeting, starting a call, or checking the calendar easy. The Teams versions also provide audio and visual alerts when a Teams notification occurs. The Voyager Office Series headsets are also supported by Zoom and other UC platforms.
Amazon Alexa and Tile Built-In Support
The Voyager 4200 and 5200 Series headsets also feature Amazon Alexa Built-In and Tile integrations. Just tap-and-ask, and Alexa will respond so you can focus on your tasks at hand. Tile is integrated right into the headset which makes finding your Voyager headset easy – you can literally “ring” it.
Control Calls and Media from the Headset
It's easy to manage calls and media directly on these headsets. Features include: Call answer/ignore/end, redial, mute, volume + /-. Media controls are track forward/track back/pause/play.
Voyager Office headsets are available in both USB-A and USB-C variants. Here's the complete product listing.
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: BlueParrott, Jabra, Konftel, Plantronics, now Poly and Sennheiser.
When you purchase 10 BlueParrott eligible products on the same invoice, receive either a FREE BlueParrott headset or Jabra Speak 710 with this BlueParrott Promo. Eligible headsets include the B550-XT, B450-XT, C400-XT, C300-XT, B350-XT, B250-XTS and B250-XT.
These are the same headsets that can be requested for the free product; or, choose a Jabra Speak 710 UC or Speak 710 MS speakerphone as the free product. Offer is valid until June 30, 2020; submit invoice here before July 31, 2020, to receive a free headset or speakerphone.
The generous Technology Refresh is back in 2020! Is it time to update your hardware? This year, the Jabra PanaCast is included in the program, and the cash back amounts are incredible! Get $150/unit for each non-Jabra huddle room camera you trade in; and $75/unit for existing PanaCast 2 or 3 cameras. For each Jabra or non-Jabra headset or speaker phone traded in, earn from $20-$40 per unit. Purchase Jabra Evolve or Engage wireless headsets, and get $20/unit for existing Jabra Pro 900/9400 or Motion Office headsets or $40/unit for any non-Jabra wireless headset.
When you purchase Jabra Engage 50, Biz 2300 or 2400 II, get $10/unit for your existing Jabra corded headsets; or $20/unit for any non-Jabra corded headset. With the purchase of Jabra Speak 710s, get $20/unit for existing Jabra Speak 410 or 510s, or get $40/unit for any non-Jabra personal or huddle room speakerphones. To learn more about the Technology Refresh/Trade-In program and how to save, visit the Jabra Technology Refresh Program site. Deadline for purchases is June 30, 2020; submit invoices by July 31, 2020.
Earn a FREE Jabra Evolve 65t or Evolve 65e! The newest offering from Jabra, the Evolve 65t are true wireless ear buds for professionals who work both inside and outside of the office. The Jabra Evolve 65e are ear buds on a lightweight, sweat-proof neckband. Customers who qualify as Small and Medium Businesses must purchase eight Jabra Evolve 65 or Evolve 75 headsets; for Enterprise organizations, purchases of 25 and more meet the requirements for the free Evolve 65t or Evolve 65e ear buds. This offer ends June 30, 2020.
If you have old conference and speakerphones, now is the time to buy new and take advantage of Konftel's Trade In Program. Get up to $130 off per unit, with the purchase of a new Konftel 800, Konftel 300Wx IP, Konftel 300Wx Analog, or Konftel 300Wx. This offer is good through April 30, 2020. Simply fill out this form at time of purchase, and we will take care of the rest (including taking the discounted amount off the purchase price).
A Public Sector Discount from Konftel stretches your dollars a bit farther, if you are a federal, state or local government entity, an educational organization, a health care provider, or any non-profit agency. Contact us for further details on discounted pricing. Special pricing ends December 31, 2020.
Plantronics, now Poly, 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.
These big discounts are for Education (K-12 and Higher Education); State, City, County and Local Governments; Prime Contractors for Government; Not-for-Profits; and Healthcare Caregivers. This promotion ends September 30, 2020.
The Free Trial Program sends out enterprise-quality headsets and speakerphones for your team — at no cost! Eligible products are the Savi 8210 and 8220 DECT wireless headsets; the Voyager 4200 UC series of Bluetooth headsets; and EncorePro 500 Digital corded headsets. Along with a DA90 USB audio processor and Plantronics Manager Pro, EncorePro 500 Digital is the first of its kind: a fully integrated audio and asset management solution. Calisto 3200, Calisto 5200 and Calisto 7200 are the three speakerphones available to test in this Free Trial Program. Read about this fantastic offer, here: Plantronics Free Trial Program. Up to three devices per organization may be available. Contact us to learn more!
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. All Sennheiser products qualify for this discount! The GovEd Discount ends Dec. 31, 2020.
The Sennheiser D 10 wireless headsets now have special pricing until March 31, 2020. Each D 10 headset comes with 2 wearing styles: headband and ear hook, with the option to purchase an additional neckband, if desired. The D 10 Phone model connects to desk phones; the D 10 USB ML connects to PCs and is Skype for Business certified. Sennheiser offers 2 year warranties for wireless headsets, double the industry standard. The D 10 is a single connection headset for simple set-up and use.
Are you ready to talk about new headsets? Give us a call at 1-866-998-9991 or send us an email!