Poly Studio P5 Kits

Poly Studio P5 Kits – Great for Hybrid Work

The Poly Studio P5 Kits are a great option for Hybrid Work, Remote Work, or Work from Anywhere! Organizations everywhere have implemented video conferencing to stay connected to their team members, partners, and customers. In our post-COVID world, video meetings will continue to be a part of the overall business communications and collaboration strategy moving forward.

What business leaders are looking for

Business leaders are looking for solutions to video enable their individual employees regardless of where they are working. The solution needs to support these requirements:

  • Compatible with all major video collaboration platforms and applications to include Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
  • Easy to set up and use
  • High quality audio and video device
  • Satisfy various workstyles
  • Easy to order and deploy

Poly Studio P5 Kits – A range of options for any workstyle

Poly has done a great job of creating a solution that helps satisfy all the above and then some with their Poly Studio P5 Kits. These kits include everything you need for a great audio and video experience. All the components come in a single box which makes it easy to order and deploy. And because the Studio P5 webcam includes an integrated USB-A port, all you need is a single USB port on your PC to connect both webcam and audio device. Take a look at this video that provides a complete overview and audio and video quality test of the Poly Studio P5 Webcam.

There are currently four different kits designed to support a broad range of users and workstyles. The packaging is important. IT deployment teams and individual employees receive everything they need thoughtfully packaged in a single box! This makes it easy to order and deploy without having to mix and match different products. This makes it easy for users to set up, with one common, integrated set of instructions. As an added benefit, the wireless headset and speakerphone bundles can connect the wireless USB adapter right to the Studio P5 webcam!

Let’s take at review the four Studio P5 Kits:

Poly Studio P Series

MSRP $149.95 – Poly Studio P5 kit with Blackwire 3210 – The Studio P5 with Blackwire 3210 is ideal for users who need a professional quality experience at an affordable price. The single-ear design of the headset is ideal for multi-taskers who want one ear free to hear what else is going on in their environment, while still getting great call quality.

Poly Studio P Series

MSRP $259.95 Poly Studio P5 kit with Blackwire 3325 – The Studio P5 with Blackwire 3325 is ideal for users who prefer a stereo experience so they can fully focus on the meeting, while staying at an affordable price.

Poly Studio P Series

MSRP $259.95 Poly Studio P5 kit with Sync 20+ – The Studio P5 with Sync 20+ is ideal for users who don’t want to wear anything at all. It delivers a premium personal speakerphone experience with a wireless connection that also goes directly to the camera and is ideal for enclosed workspaces.

Poly Studio P Series

MSRP $269.95 Poly Studio P5 kit with Voyager 4220 UC – The Studio P5 with Voyager 4220 UC is ideal for users who value a wireless stereo headset experience. This allows them to maintain a great calling experience with the freedom to move around, unattached to any cables. The Bluetooth adapter for the headset connects directly to the Studio P5 camera to simplify setup and free up USB ports on the laptop.

Poly Lens Desktop

Poly Lens Desktop is a single app for customizing your supported Poly personal devices. In the desktop app you will have access to:

Insights – Check your device usage and workstation connectivity.

Poly Studio P5

Health and WellnessYou can enable Soundscapes that include Mountain Ranch, Gentle Ocean, or Babbling Brook sounds to create a soothing environment to keep distractions at bay. Get reminders to hydrate, take vision breaks and rest. Play soundscapes to improve focus.

Best PracticesOptimize your camera and learn how to make your workspace more ergonomic.

Poly SupportExperiencing issues? Let Poly help.

Poly Studio P5 Kits

Customize Your Personal Poly Device

Overview – Get status update of device.

Settings – Customize the multiple settings depending on device.

Support – Access Quick Start Guide, User Guide, Device Info & Logs, Contact Support

Poly Studio P5 Kits are a great Value

Personally, I believe Poly has a created an awesome solution that aligns well with the current landscape. Business and IT leaders are actively searching for solid performing, easy to set up and use, personal audio and video device solutions they can deploy across their organization to support multiple uses cases and budgets. Poly has provided that at a great value. Check out the savings you get by going with a Poly Studio P5 Kit vs buying each item separately.

Poly Studio P5 webcam $129 + Blackwire 3210 $44.95 = $173.95 – P5 Kit $149.95 = $24 Savings

Poly Studio P5 webcam $129 + Blackwire 3325 $84.95 = $213.95 – P5 Kit $179.95 = $34 Savings

Poly Studio P5 webcam $129 + Sync 20+ $199.95 = $328.95 – P5 Kit $259.95 = $69 Savings

Poly Studio P5 webcam $129 + Voyager 4220 UC $239.95 = $368.95 – P5 Kit $269.95 = $99 Savings

Poly Solutions

Poly offers complete solutions that include headsets, speakerphones, video solutions, conference and desktop phones, software, and services to support small to global enterprise customers. If you would like to learn more about Poly Solutions, contact us!

See the Poly Studio P5 Kit with Voyager 4220 UC Video!

Want to see what you get and how it’s packaged? Watch the video below where I do an unboxing and quick audio and mic test.

Hybrid Work Solutions from Yealink

Hybrid Work Solutions from Yealink

Yealink was established in 2001. They are a global brand that specializes in video conferencing, voice communications and collaboration solutions with best-in-class quality, innovative technology, and user-friendly experience. Their solutions can be found in 140 countries and regions and rank number one in the global market share of SIP phone shipments (Global IP Desktop Phone Growth Excellence Leadership Award Report, Frost & Sullivan, 2019).

Their portfolio of voice and video solutions continues to expand. They offer a full suite of products to support hybrid work or wherever you work. They recently introduced the Yealink Dual/Mono UC Workstation DECT Wireless Headset solutions. The UC Workstation gives users the possibility and flexibility to connect devices and manage communications from a single device. It also acts as a hub that integrates a full-duplex speakerphone, a wireless charging mobile phone stand, a 4-inch touch console, and a USB hub, which, together offer incredible set of features allowing you to meet, connect and collaborate seamlessly and intelligently. Watch this video to see an overview of the WH6X UC Workstation and see it in action!

You can personalize and manage your Yealink headsets, webcams and speakerphones with Yealink USB Connect software for Windows or Intel MAC.

Now, let’s take a look at some of their portable hybrid work solutions!

At only an MSRP of $89, the UVC20 is a great budget-friendly webcam that provides these key features and benefits:

  • Smooth Video, Premium Experience – UVC20 ensures smooth experience and clear communication with premium video and audio experience. 5 mega-pixel full HD glass lens delivers 1080P HD (1080p@30fps, 720p@30fps) video and true-to-life clarity. The built-in Omni-direction mic supports accurate voice pick up ranging up to 180°/4.9 feet, ensuring crystal-clear communication.
  • EPTZ Control, Rotatable Lens – Through Yealink USB Connect software, you can realize ePTZ control for UVC20. Moreover, it is easy for you to rotate the lens to quickly switch video images. Easy Using, Quick Start-up as a USB camera, UVC20 is plug-and-play and right for various video conferencing platforms or applications with a convenient BYOD experience. Moreover, Yealink USB Connect delivers a host for the capability to monitor usage, access the device information, conduct diagnoses, and perform firmware updates, which is time-saving and worries-free for management.
  • Lens Cap, Privacy Secure – The built-in lens cap is anti-lost and well protects the camera lens, conference security, and personal privacy, which is reliable and safe for personal desktop use.
  • Watch UVC20 Webcam in action in this video: https://youtu.be/3ZDu6C6GNL0

The Yealink UVC30 Desktop comes in at an MSRP of $279. The UVC30 Desktop is a USB camera with 4K ultra-HD and 3x digital zoom to provide a vivid and excellent video experience.

  • Superb image quality – UVC30 Desktop delivers a best-class image quality with natural color reproduction, but also the smooth video and detail, endeavoring to optimize the meeting experience for users. UVC30 Desktop also supports multiple resolutions, including 4K/30FPS, 1080P/60FPS, 720P/60FPS adapt to different display and application.
  • Ultra-expansive field of view – With a large 120° field of view, people sitting in front of the monitor or laptop can be seen without adjusting the camera.
  • Windows Hello feature – Certified by Microsoft, UVC30 Desktop is capable of Windows Hello feature to enhance your PC login security.
  • HD voice quality – The embedded microphone helps UVC30 Desktop to achieve 150°/ 6.6 feet voice pickup range, delivering a vivid and optimal human sound.
  • Watch UVC30 Desktop Camera Video: https://youtu.be/TbaLLwT13QM
  • Watch Video of Overview of Yealink USB Connect Software and UVC30 Desktop Camera: https://youtu.be/5oGMSqAfga8
Hybrid Work Solutions from Yealink

The Yealink UH33 is a single ear headband style headset with wideband audio technology and HD voice. It provides USB-A and 3.5mm jack connectivity for computer or mobile devices. The UH33 offers an inline control with answer/end call, volume up/down and mute. At only $53, this headset is a great value.

  • Supports SIP-T41S/T42S/T46S/T48S/T53/T53W/T54W/T57W/T58A/VP59
    • For T41S/T42S/T46S/T48S: upgrade to the version 82 or higher
  • USB and 3.5mm connectivity to laptop and mobile phone or tablet
  • Simple call management via control unit
  • Integrated LED indicator and warning tone
  • ActiveProtection technology safeguards users from acoustic injury
  • HD Voice/Wideband speaker performance and noise cancellation
  • 330° bendable boom arm for easy adjustment without breaking.
  • Watch Yealink UH33 Overview and Mic Test Video https://youtu.be/cE9MliRV0nI

The Yealink UH36 is a USB wired headset available in single and dual ear headband wearing styles. They are available in USB-A or USB-C with 3.5mm jack connectivity for use with select IP phones, computer, tablet, and smart phone. They are also available in UC and Microsoft Teams certified variants. Currently the Yealink UH36 Mono variants are only $55.99 and UH36 Dual variants are only $63.99!

Yealink UH36 Diagram Hybrid Work Solutions from Yealink
  • Simple and Flexible Connectivity – USB-A connectivity to Yealink IP Phones, including T41S/T42S/T46S/T48S/T42U/T43U/T46U/T48U/T53/T53W/T54W/T57W/T58A/VP59 (T41S/T42S/T46S/T48S should be upgraded to version 82 or higher)
    • USB and 3.5 mm connectivity to PC and mobile device
  • HD Voice / Wideband speaker performance
  • Noise Canceling Microphone and passive noise cancellation
  • ActiveProtection technology safeguards users from acoustic injury
  • Integrated LED indicator and warning tone
  • 330° bendable boom arm for easy adjustment without breaking
  • Watch Yealink UH36 Unboxing and Mic Test video https://youtu.be/Gr–K1zoylM
  • Watch Updated Yealink UH36 USB Headsets – Including Mic Test video https://youtu.be/XKb1sL2jrTQ

CP900 and CP700 Series

The Yealink CP900 and CP700 Series are portable USB/Bluetooth speakerphones designed for personal use or small groups in small meeting spaces or on-the-go. They are available with the BT50 USB dongle or without. They are a great value based on their premium quality and performance and low price.

  • A premium full-duplex experience – Yealink speakerphones support full-duplex technology, so calls sound their best on both ends.
  • Intelligent noise canceling – Enjoy crystal-clear sound thanks to the distraction-free noise canceling technology, so participants can focus on the call and catch every single word and idea.
  • Excellent sound performance – Built with wideband audio, acoustic echo cancellation, and Optima HD Voice, Yealink speakerphones provide exceptionally clear sound. And you can also use them for listening to music.
  • Portable design – Yealink’s CP700 and CP900 speakerphones have a lightweight design and are small and compact enough to carry in a laptop bag or backpack. (A sturdy travel case is also included.)
  • Intelligent connectivity – Yealink speakerphones can connect to PCs, tablets, and smartphones via the USB cable, Bluetooth, and the BT50 dongle, supporting up to two simultaneous connections.
  • Teams smart buttons – Multiple buttons for full call-control compatibility offer a low-learning-cost experience and call effectiveness. Deep integration with Microsoft Teams includes a dedicated Teams button, making it easier for users to achieve Teams collaboration.
    • A flashing light indicates a notification for an unanswered call, a voice mail, or an upcoming meeting from the Teams application.
    • Press to activate the Teams application.
    • Press to access the Cortana intelligent assistant.
Yealink CP900 Diagram Hybrid Work Solutions from Yealink

The Yealink CP900 is designed with six directional microphones positioned around the base, which pick up sound from 360 degrees. Participants do not need to huddle around the speakerphone while speaking. This enables a flexible setting with a more natural and immersive conversation.

CP900 Series

  • CP900 with BT50 USB Dongle, Microsoft Teams certified MSRP $259 (Currently only $184.95)
  • CP900 (no dongle), Microsoft Teams certified MSRP $230 (Currently only $159.95)
  • Ideal for meetings of up to 6 people
  • Premium audio quality for calls and music
  • Battery with 12-hour talk time and 450-day standby time, power save mode after 30 minutes
  • Optimized for voice pickup range of 6.5 feet
  • Watch Yealink CP900 Speakerphone – Audio Tests and Overview video https://youtu.be/k9_Lmwnj_z8

CP700 Series

Conclusion

Yealink’s Hybrid Work solutions are a small part of very broad communications and collaboration solutions portfolio that includes SIP desk phones, conference phones, DECT phones, video phones, and audio/video solutions for meeting spaces of all sizes. If you’d like to learn more about Yealink solutions or see if you qualify for a free Yealink Trial, contact us!

Jabra Evolve Series

Jabra Evolve 30 II vs Evolve2 30 vs Evolve2 40 – Which of these headsets is best for your business?

Jabra is a leading device manufacturer for audio and video solutions for today’s work from anywhere world.

One of our YouTube viewers asked to compare the Jabra Evolve 30 II and new Evolve2 30. We took it one step further and included the Jabra Evolve2 40 as well. In the video below we provide a brief over of the differences between these three headset models and include a side-by-side mic test. Which headset do you think performed best?

All Jabra headsets listed in this blog are available in UC and Microsoft variants. The newer Evolve2 series Microsoft Teams certified models include a dedicated Teams button.

Add more value to your investment with future firmware upgrades through enterprise Jabra Xpress or individual desktop with Jabra Direct.

Jabra Evolve 30 II

First available in September of 2016, the Evolve 30 II provided USB and 3.5mm connectivity to support use with computer and mobile devices with 3.5mm headset jack. Due to it’s low cost, it was a favorite among organizations transitioning to unified communications platforms.

SKU#MODELMSRP
5393-823-309Jabra Evolve 30 II Mono MS$77.00
5399-823-309Jabra Evolve 30 II Stereo MS$83.00
5393-829-309Jabra Evolve 30 II UC Mono$77.00
5399-829-309Jabra Evolve 30 II UC Stereo$83.00

Features

  • Optimized for Unified Communication with USB adapter that enables easy integration with your PC.
  • 3.5 mm jack integrated into the control unit allows you to easily connect your headset to your PC, smartphone, and tablet.
  • Certified for Microsoft Teams via firmware update through Jabra Direct or Jabra Xpress
  • Leatherette ear cushions
  • Soft carry pouch included

Jabra Evolve2 30

The Jabra Evolve2 30 series were introduced March of 2021. The Jabra Evolve2 30 Series are engineered to keep you productive. Jabra measured hundreds of heads to engineer a headset that’s 27% lighter (Based on Jabra calculations, compared to Evolve 30.) and extremely comfortable, with reinforced steel headband and a new design that exerts gentle, evenly distributed pressure.

An advanced 2-microphone audio system captures you voice while simultaneously analyzing and reducing background noise, for 12% less background conversation noise on calls. Evolve2 30 meets premium Microsoft Open Office requirements. You must listen to believe it. My opinion based on my tests is that the Jabra Evolve2 30 provides stronger noise canceling mic performance compared to the Evolve 30 II and Evolve2 40.  Look at our initial Evolve2 30 Overview and Mic Test video!

SKU#MODELMSRP
23089-999-979Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-A, MS Stereo$99.00
23089-989-979Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-A, UC Stereo$99.00
23089-999-879Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-C, MS Stere$99.00
23089-989-879Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-C, UC Stereo$99.00
23089-899-979Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-A, MS Mono$89.00
23089-889-979Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-A, UC Mono$89.00
23089-899-879Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-C, MS Mono$89.00
23089-889-879Jabra Evolve2 30, USB-C, UC Mono$89.00

Features

  • Plug-and-play connectivity to your computer via USB-A or USB-C
  • Microsoft Teams certified variants meet Microsoft Teams Open Office requirements.
  • 2-microphone technology for great call performance
  • Professional grade 28mm speakers deliver great sound for an exceptional audio experience.
  • Integrated busylight turns on automatically when you’re on a call, acting as a do-not-disturb sign and protecting your focus.
  • Call management located on speaker. Answer/reject calls; increase/decrease speaker volume; mute (with compatible softphones and collaboration platforms – check compatibility with authorized Jabra Reseller)
  • Available in in stereo and mono variants. Microphone can only be used on right side.

Jabra Evolve2 40

The Jabra Evolve2 40 Series were engineered to keep you on task. In the comparison video below, you will see the Evolve2 40 speakers are larger than the Evolve 30 II and Evolve2 30. In this video you can see a “First Look & Mic Test” of the Jabra Evolve2 40. Put on your Evolve2 40 and feel the noise around you instantly fade. Memory foam oval ear cushions and pioneering new angled design cancel 48% more of the noise around you (Based on Jabra calculations, compared to Evolve 40).

SKU#MODELMSRP
24089-889-899Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-C, Mono UC$129.00
24089-889-999Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-A, Mono UC$129.00
24089-899-899Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-C, Mono MS$129.00
24089-899-999Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-A, Mono MS$129.00
24089-989-899Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-C, Stereo UC$139.00
24089-989-999Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-A, Stereo UC$139.00
24089-999-899Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-C, Stereo MS$139.00
24089-999-999Jabra Evolve2 40, USB-A, Stereo MS$139.00

Features

  • Plug-and-play connectivity to your computer or mobile device via USB-A or USB-C
  • 3-microphone technology for outstanding call performance
  • Noise isolating design. Instant noise isolation for improved focus in noisy surroundings
  • Software integration. Additional features available via Jabra Xpress and Jabra Direct
  • Powerful 40mm speakers deliver richer sound for a more immersive audio experience
  • 360° busylight on both earcups is visible from all angles, acting as a do-not-disturb sign and protecting your focus
  • Move boom arm up to mute or down to unmute or answer call
  • Call management located on speaker. Answer/reject calls; increase/decrease speaker volume; mute (with compatible softphones and collaboration platforms – check compatibility with authorized Jabra Reseller)
  • Available in in stereo and mono variants. Microphone can only be used on right side.

In conclusion

The Jabra Evolve, and now Evolve2 Series are solid headsets with strong audio performance that should be considered for mass deployments or as options in hybrid work environments for home, office, or anywhere work happens to be. To learn more about setting up a pilot or proof of concept with Jabra solutions, contact us! Check out the video below to see the Jabra Evolve 30 II, Evolve2 30 and Evolve2 40 in side-by-side mic tests!

Bluetooth Headsets Hybrid Work

My Top Picks for UC Bluetooth Headsets for Hybrid Work or Work from Anywhere

In our blog, Questions to ask when selecting audio and video devices for Hybrid Work we learned that organizations should understand if their team members setup is the same in their home as in their office.

If your team members use a computer (softphone) and mobile devices in both locations, here is a list of my top picks for UC Bluetooth Headsets for Hybrid Work, Work from Home, or Work from Anywhere. All models listed are compatible and/or certified with all major business communications and collaboration platforms to include Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Cisco and more. All these headsets will pair to your mobile device via Bluetooth and your computer via included USB dongle. Check out this video below on Why you need a USB dongle:

UC Bluetooth Headsets with ANC Speakers

Based off my personal tests and our YouTube Channel viewer comments and feedback, here are my top picks based off overall audio quality, compatibility, ease of use, comfort, & portability. In no specific order:

You can find a complete list of ANC Headset Solutions from Poly, Cisco, EPOS, Jabra, Logitech, and Bose here.

Discreet UC Bluetooth Headsets

If you are looking for a discreet UC Bluetooth headset, here are some you may want to consider.

Poly Voyager Focus 5200 Bluetooth Headsets Hybrid Work

Budget-Friendly UC Bluetooth Headsets

If you are looking for a no-frills, get the job done, UC Bluetooth headsets starting at $159.95 USD, look at these options available in single or dual ear headband wearing styles from Poly and Jabra. Both series support corded USB mode if you forget to charge headset or are experiencing Bluetooth density problems. To help keep you productive and uninterrupted, both offer online indicator/busy lights to show you are in a call. Carry cases are included with all models to make it easy to transport between locations.

See the complete list of UC Bluetooth headsets designed for computer and mobile phone here!

If you would like to learn more about Hybrid Work audio and video devices for your team members, contact us directly Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm ET at 1-800-749-3160 or fill out this form! Don’t forget to ask about our Agent in a Box Service that can help simplify deployments by shipping all the components your employees in need in a single box right to their doorstep anywhere in the US, business, or residential addresses!

DECT headsets Hybrid Work

How to use existing Poly and Jabra DECT wireless headsets for Hybrid Work

Organizations seeking to provide a consistent audio experience for their hybrid workforce have a few questions they need to answer like, “Is their setup the same in their home as their office? If not, what are the differences?” More questions to consider can be found in this blog: Questions to ask when selecting audio and video devices for Hybrid Work.

I will share a couple examples of how to convert headsets you may be using today into a hybrid work solution for audio. Starting with the Poly Savi 8200 Office Series and ending with the Jabra Engage 75/65 Series.

Poly Savi 8200 Office for Hybrid Work

Many organizations have deployed the Poly Savi 8200 Office. However, due to the Savi headset and base, phone interface cable or EHS cable connected to their desk phone, USB cable connected to their work computer, and AC power supply that’s part of the spaghetti of cables under their workstation, it’s not really designed to be “portable”.

The Poly D200 DECT Wireless Savi Adapter can be purchased separately as an accessory to enable PC connection. They are available in in USB-A, USB-C, UC, and Microsoft variants.

To see how to pair your Savi 8200 Series headset to the D200 DECT Wireless Savi Adapter, watch video below!

The other accessory you will need is a charger for the headset or battery depending on which Savi 8200 Office headset model you have.

Jabra Engage 65/75 Series for Hybrid Work

The DECT wireless Jabra Engage 75 and Engage 65 Series are top sellers deployed in thousands of offices nationwide. Enable your Jabra Engage 75/65 or Jabra Evolve USB wireless headset to work as a corded USB device with the Jabra USB-A Cable – 14201-26 that is included with the Jabra Engage 75/65 system. The cable is black with a length of 4.9 ft/ 1.5 m. Leave the Jabra Engage base, telephone interface cable or EHS cable, and AC power supply in the office and take the headset and USB cable to work from home or from anywhere!

If you prefer to leave set up in office intact and not disconnect existing USB cable from the Engage base, buy a spare USB cable for only $23.

There is a prerequisite, you must have installed firmware version 2.0.5 or later (Jabra Direct version 4.x or later is required to install the firmware update) so you can use your Jabra Engage 65/75 wireless headset as a wired USB audio device.

Please note when your headset is connected as a wired USB audio device, call controls and the busylight feature on the headset are not supported.

See the steps to use your headset as a wired USB audio device in the video below!

If you would like to learn more about audio and video solution for the hybrid workforce, please contact us directly. As authorized partners of Poly, Jabra, Logitech, JPL, Cisco, EPOS and more, we can help your business identify solutions to support the multiple use cases across your organization.

See the steps on how to pair a Savi 8220 headset to a D200 Savi Adapter (dongle) and the steps on how to convert an Engage 75 / 65 headset to a wired USB headset in video below!

Questions to ask when selecting audio and video devices for Hybrid Work

As businesses settle into the new normal, some are adopting hybrid and flexible work models where teams and departments split between working remotely and working in office. Models will vary depending on organization.

Due to the massive surge in demand for USB audio and video devices the first few months of the pandemic, established leading brands had a hard time keeping up. Many organizations and people purchased audio and video devices from lesser-known brands and vendors.

Companies are now beginning to establish audio and video device standards after a year of dealing with “whatever was in stock”. Supply Chain is ramping back up and the leaders in the personal business audio and video device space have product flowing once again.

Organizations are looking for high-quality devices that are durable, reliable, easy to set up and use, and are compatible across the major business communications and collaboration platforms. Some IT Teams are also looking into device management software to help them monitor and manage devices remotely.

When it comes to selecting audio and video devices for your team members, it is critical to understand the individual users’ role and their environments. Here are some questions you should be asking:

  • Where will they be working? In the office? At home? A combination?
  • What are the noise levels? Quiet, standard Office, Loud? Check out our What’s the Decibel Level Blog and Video.
  • What will they be connecting to? Desk phone (brand & model), Computer, Mobile device, a combination of those, other?
  • If computer (Windows or MacOS, USB-A or USB-C), what communications and collaboration platforms are being used? What is the primary voice platform? Check out this blog and video on What’s the difference between UC and MS Headsets!
  • Is their setup the same in their home as their office? If not, what are the differences?
  • Will they get a set of audio and video devices for each location or are they expected to transport to and from home and office?
  • If at home and their audio or video device breaks or quits working, what is the expectation? Are there plans to supply a secondary or backup device?
  • Do they have ample USB ports?
  • DECT and Bluetooth wireless headsets provide connectivity flexibility and the benefit of mobility. What’s the difference between DECT and Bluetooth and which should you select? Check out this blog and video!
  • Do your IT teams need the ability to monitor and manage devices? Device manufacturers like Poly, Logitech, Jabra and others offer device management software solutions
Jabra Direct Xpress Selecting Devices for Hybrid Work

Authorized partners like Call One, Inc. with over 34 years of experience and a nationally certified Women’s Business Enterprise and Woman Owned Small Business can help narrow down your audio and video device choices. We work hand in hand with all the leading brands to include Poly, Jabra, Logitech, Yealink, JPL, EPOS, and more. Together we can develop customized solutions for your teams wherever they work. You can also take advantage of our Agent in a Box service and have the required components packed in one box delivered to the office or to individual residential addresses nationwide.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation to help you select the right audio and video devices for your organization!

Jabra Evolve2 30 | Outstanding Noise Canceling Headset

In today’s work from anywhere landscape, the Jabra Evolve2 30 is engineered to keep you productive. The headset is lightweight, portable, reliable, and comfortable. With the Evolve2 30, your team can look forward to outstanding calls, superior audio, all-day comfort and noise isolation for instant concentration anywhere.

The Evolve2 30 series is available in USB-A or USB-C, with single or dual ear headband wearing styles and UC or Microsoft Teams variants. There’s an integrated Busylight that turns on automatically when you’re on a call, and you can turn it on manually to signal ‘do not disturb’ mode. But how well does the noise cancelling mic perform? Stick around until the end for a link to our review video.


Jabra Evolve2 30 Features

  • Lightweight USB Business Headset available in UC and MS Teams Variants
  • Plug-and-play connectivity to your computer or mobile device via USB-A or USB-C
  • 2 built-in Microphones filters 12% more background conversation noise for clear, collaborative calls.
  • Integrated Busylight
  • 28mm Speakers for outstanding audio.
  • Future-proof tech that gets better with age thanks to an advanced digital chipset.
  • Noise Isolating Design
  • Reinforced Steel Headband Slider
  • Cable length – 1.5 m / 4.9 ft

Danny’s Opinion on the Jabra Evolve2 30 Series

I was thoroughly impressed with the latest addition to the Jabra Evolve2 Series of headsets and would recommend to anyone looking for a great value on a high-quality USB headset. The Jabra Evolve2 30 is great for use to work from anywhere including contact centers, work from home and in the office. Based on the low cost, light weight, comfort, strong audio performance, and compatibility across all major communications platforms, it’s a winner. The noise canceling mic performance of the Evolve2 30 was so impressive I will be creating another video comparing it to the older Evolve 30 II and new Evolve2 40. For now check out the video below to hear for yourselves how well it performed.

If you would like to discuss deploying Jabra Evolve2 30 in your business, contact center or home office, contact us!

Contact Center Headset Solutions

Contact Center Headset Solutions for 2021

It’s been a year since the first stay-at-home orders were issued here in the US. I remember how incredibly easy it was for Call One, Inc. and our sister company Hello Direct to transition from in-office to working from home because we had invested in cloud platforms for our ERP/CRM and business communications and collaboration platforms. We’re looking at the best contact center headset solutions for 2021.

8x8 Contact Center Difference Between UCaaS CCaaS Contact Center Headset Solutions

Our businesses utilize 8×8 as our primary voice and UCaaS platform however, we also use Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Cisco Webex, and other collaboration platforms to communicate with our customers, partners, and vendors. Our team has access to pretty much any headset they would like. Many of our team members are using the Poly Voyager Focus UC (MSRP $299.95, currently only $199.95). It was great in our open office environment, and it’s also a great solution in their home office environments. It provides ANC speakers, compatibility with all major business communications and collaboration platforms, wireless connectivity to their computer and mobile device, and up to 12 hours of talk time which is more than enough to cover an 8hr workday. Shop all Poly Voyager Focus Series Here!

For this blog I’m focused on Contact Center Headset Solutions that are available from the leading manufacturers: Poly (formerly Plantronics + Polycom), Jabra, EPOS, Cisco, and JPL.

Compatibility

Poly, Jabra and EPOS are the current leaders globally in the contact center headset solutions space for a reason. Poly has been in the call center/ contact center space since the 1960’s and Jabra is a subsidiary of the GN Group that’s been around for over 150 years. These leaders have deep relationships and integration with all leading contact center on-premise and cloud platforms like Avaya, Cisco, Genesys, NICE inContact, Amazon Connect, 8×8, Five9, talkdesk, twilio, and more!

Flexibility – Wearing Styles, Corded and Wireless

Headset Wearing Styles – Headsets are available in a variety of wearing styles to include: Single or Dual Ear Headband Style, Over the ear, Neckband (behind the neck) and Convertible options that include multiple wearing styles with a single sku (Headband, Over the ear, Neckband, other).

USB Corded Headsets – As many contact centers shift to cloud-based platforms, there has been an increased demand in USB corded headsets. Manufacturers have developed headsets with USB-A and USB-C connectivity as well as offer UC and Microsoft Teams certified models. Look at available corded USB headsets from Jabra, Poly, Logitech, Cisco, JPL, EPOS and Yealink here!

QD Corded Headsets – Headsets that terminate in a QD or Quick Disconnect (Easy Disconnect for EPOS Headsets) allow agents to change out interface cable to support connectivity to a desk phone, computer, dispatch console, turret and more. There is not a universal cable that allows you to connect a headset to all phones, computers, and consoles. An authorized headset vendor like Call One, Inc. can provide compatibility and help you choose the right interface option.

Wireless headsets today offer a ton of flexibility. They utilize DECT and/or Bluetooth to support multiple connectivity options and provide you freedom to move about your workspace.

The preferred wearing style for most contact center agents is single or dual-ear headband style like the new JPL Element TT3 Avant Monaural and Binaural options that have QD (Quick Disconnect) feature that allow agents to change out interface cable to support connectivity to a desk phone or computer.

Contact Center Headset Solutions
Jabra Engage 50 series

The Jabra Engage 50 series are headsets designed for the digital contact center. The Jabra Engage 50 features a powerful processing chip in the earcup that delivers advanced functionality including call analytic data. A unique, 3 microphone system with intelligent noise-cancelation filters our background noise and breathing sounds, giving callers a superior experience. For greater efficiency and call control, pair with the Jabra Engage Link. 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.

Contact Center Headset Solutions Blackwire

The Poly Blackwire Series offer a broad range of solutions that include ANC speakers, USB-A, USB-C, and 3.5mm Connectivity options, UC and Microsoft Teams certified variants, and headset models that align with all budgets. From the entry-level Blackwire 3200 and 3300 Series all the way to the Poly Blackwire 8225 that includes Hybrid Active Noise Canceling (ANC) speakers and microphone that is Noise canceling with Acoustic Fence Technology and meets Microsoft Teams Open-Office certification levels. Check out this video below showcasing Poly Blackwire 8225 vs Barking Dog!

https://youtu.be/cr5ILr2HrhU

Pre-and Post-Sales Support

All leading headset manufacturers along with their authorized partners like Call One, Inc. and Hello Direct understand the challenges of the contact center. Together we can work to support Proof of Concept or Pilots that allow you to thoroughly evaluate headset solutions before you make a purchasing decision. Additionally, for those contact centers looking to deploy wireless headsets, select brands offer Wireless Density Surveys to determine which wireless headsets and how many you can deploy.

Call One, Inc. offers Agent in a Box service to help simplify deployment of headsets nationwide by including all the required components in one box. We can ship headsets to your contact center agents wherever they are (Business and/or Residential addresses in the US). Learn about how Agent in a Box helped one organization deploy thousands of EPOS SC230 & SC260 Headsets, CAVA31 phone cable and ED01 USB Adapters here!

Warranty Service – Most Contact Center headsets include a 1-3 Year Warranty depending on brand and model. In-Warranty Service is available directly from the manufacturers.

Full Line of AccessoriesSave money and Increase the life of your headset by replacing accessories like ear cushions, mic screens, voice tubes, wireless headset batteries, and more!

Wireless Headset Accessories

Corded Headset Accessories

Headset Management Software

 As Contact Centers shift to working remotely, a robust CCaaS solution like available from 8×8 is becoming critical, as well the ability to monitor and manage headsets remotely. Most IT leaders understand that you need more than the ability to push out software and firmware updates. Headset Management Software continues to evolve. Today, headset software from select partners allows you to monitor, manage and maintain your headsets. IT can help troubleshoot and fix issues remotely as well as manage deployment and inventory effectively. But there’s so much more! Contact Center customers can improve the customer experience by leveraging the power of analytics to influence business results with unique data captured directly from the headset. Please contact us to learn more about current headset management software.

Poly Lens

 Other Contact Center Services

Call One, Inc. can support contact centers of all sizes. Global Contact Centers may have additional services available directly through the manufacturers depending on size and global footprint. Contact us directly to see if you qualify!

Trade-In Programs – To help simplify the deployment of new headsets, trade-in programs are sometimes enabled to leverage existing headsets by assigning them a dollar amount and using that as a credit towards the purchase of new. Contact us to see if you qualify!

Eprocurement – Our in house Ecommerce team can integrate with your existing purchasing platforms and even help to develop and manage CIF and PunchOut catalogs to help simplify access to the headsets and full line of accessories you need. Contact us to learn more!

Budget Optimization Program – Call One, Inc. offers convenient monthly payment options for your contact center headset needs. We understand the value of positive cash flow and provide equipment financing options to help you make the most of your budget. Contact us to see if you qualify!

CCaaS Solutions – Call Center as a Service (CCaaS) solutions enable you to architect a customer experience that will leave your customers pleased and feeling good about interacting with your brand when they call. They enable a more dynamic business with on-demand scalability, global reach, and easy, out-of-the-box integrations into the widely used software that makes your business run. Contact us to learn which CCaaS provider is best for your Contact Center!

Conclusion

2021 marks 34 years of servicing customers. In the beginning we served primarily call centers and dispatch centers with Plantronics, GN Netcom, ACS and Unex headsets. Today, the contact center manages multiple channels of communications with customers that includes email, social media, chat, voice and increasingly, video. Our long term and very strong relationships with the leading brands and providers give us an additional layer of support when it comes to helping meet your contact center headset solutions needs. If you would like to learn how we can help your contact center, contact us today!

Jabra Evolve2 85 Definitive Mic Test | Boom Up or Down?

On our YouTube channel, we have several videos featuring the Jabra Evolve2 85 however, viewers have asked for definitive mic up and mic down test to settle once and for all which sounds best. Additionally, we’re asked if there is difference if paired via Jabra Link 380 dongle or directly via Bluetooth to laptop. We test that as well! Stick around until the end for a link.

Features

Evolve2 85 Comes in MS and UC Variants: MS – $449.99 UC – $449.99

  • Stereo Binaural Headset with USB-C dongle
  • Digital hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
  • Up to 37 hours battery life
  • Over-the-ear wearing style
  • 10-microphone technology
  • Microsoft Teams Version

We set out to create instant quiet, anywhere. The result is a world-class professional headset with cutting-edge digital hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), powered by our most advanced digital chipset ever, and designed for incredible noise isolation; just put it on for instant immersion in your thoughts. It’s time to change the game. Welcome to the new standard.

Our Thoughts

After testing the Evolve2 85 with connection to the wireless dongle (boom mic up and down) Danny Hayasaka’s professional opinion is the following:

“My vote is mic down, connected to the USB dongle.”

Short and sweet and to the point, Danny!

If you have questions please feel free to reach out to us. Also, if you’re interested to see how this headset preforms, check out our YouTube video where we test different Evolve2 85 scenarios:

What EPOS is Seeing in This New Normal

What EPOS is Seeing in This New Normal? | Interview With Scott Houston

Danny Hayasaka, Sr Director of Marketing and Emerging Technology of Call One, Inc. and Hello Direct had a virtual Q&A with Scott Houston, Field Engineer with EPOS to learn what they’re seeing in this new normal. What questions did we ask? Here’s a list

1. In regard to peripherals, what changes has EPOS seen from users when it comes to headsets and speakerphones?

2. How are organizations managing these assets for remote users? Does EPOS offer a solution?

3. What technologies does EPOS utilize in their solutions that make them a good fit for Contact Centers?

Scott answered the first question( In regard to peripherals, what changes has EPOS seen from users when it comes to headsets and speakerphones?) with the following:

“What we’ve seen before, you know, pre-pandemic and everything that’s happening. You’re in your office space, and you’re kind of just handed a headset.

But now with so many working from home and utilizing so many of the features that are out there for these devices, it’s just having a quality product to deliver that message.”

For the second question (How are organizations managing these assets for remote users? Does EPOS offer a solution?) He states:

“There was such a focus for so many enterprises on how do we keep our workers and and the information and, everything that they’re doing secure, right?

“But also what’s been changing is the UC landscape as a whole, right? Changes coming from Microsoft people switching from, island mode into teams only and now with the removal of Skype for business.”

And finally, the last question, (What technologies does EPOS utilize in their solutions that make them a good fit for Contact Centers?) here is what Houston had to say;

“So that’s where our offering for it is called EPOS manager. There you have a cloud service where your admin can go in and have visibility of everyone who has kind of the client version on their machines at home.

“It’s not just EPOS devices. So you can see what your people are using out there, which will help you with, you know, troubleshooting calls and keep the burden of support tickets to a minimum.”

Thanks for tuning in! We want to thank Scott Houston for joining us on this Q&A with Danny Hayasaka. If you want to watch the full interview to see what EPOS is seeing in this new normal, check it out below: