By Danny Hayasaka
October 22, 2014
Plantronics has introduced a new series of headsets called the EncorePro Series that includes the following models/variants:
- 201500-01 EncorePro HW530
- 88828-01 EncorePro HW540
- 89433-01 EncorePro HW510 (Available in Dec)
- 89434-01 EncorePro HW520 (Available in Dec)
- 89435-01 EncorePro HW510V (Voice Tube)
- 89436-01 EncorePro HW520V (Voice Tube)
Right now only the HW530 and HW540 variants are available.
HW530 – What’s in the box: EncorePro 530 headset that terminates in Plantronics QD, Lapel Clip, Small and Large Earhook, Headset Bag, Quick Start Guide
HW540 What’s in the box: EncorePro 540 Headset that terminates in Plantronics QD, Lapel Clip, Small EarHook, Neckband, Headband, Headset Bag, Quick Start Guide
EncorePro Set Up: Decide which wearing style. HW530 offers a small and large ear hook to choose from. The HW540 offers small ear hook, neckband and headband. Plantronics really did some work in making it super easy to change wearing styles. The ear hooks, neckband and headband easily snap on and off. Next step connect Plantronics QD to Plantronics interface ie. M22, 26716-01 Cable, HIC Cable, AP15, etc. In my case, I connected to DA45 USB Adapter and then into my PC with Microsoft Lync client.
Actual Use: The first thing you’ll notice is how very lightweight and sleek looking the EncorePro 530/540 variants are. I tried all wearing styles and all were comfortable. Another cool little feature is the little gauge on the ear piece to show mic position to ensure proper positioning every time.
Audio Quality: The speaker audio quality is good. I can hear clearly. The transmit quality is also very good. I can be heard clearly. Here’s my only ding. The noise canceling mic isn’t that noise canceling. Feedback I received from folks I called was they could hear background noise. Other than that, the EncorePro 530/540 are pretty solid in terms of performance.
The Plantronics EncorePro 530/540 are the lightest corded headsets I’ve worn to date. Even though small and light as they are, Plantronics was able to get very good audio quality in them. I especially liked how super easy it was to change wearing styles. The EncorePro 530/540 are nice additions to the Plantronics portfolio.