Regularly I’m asked to review a variety of audio and video devices, including consumer products. I often respond that the Call One, Inc. YouTube Channel focuses on solutions designed for use with business communications and collaboration platforms from Microsoft, Zoom, Cisco, 8×8, RingCentral, etc.
Packaging, Warranty, & Multi-Connectivity
Most people don’t realize there are differences between consumer and business audio and video devices. Some differences are subtle, like the packaging to support mass deployments and extended warranty periods. Another difference is the inclusion of a Bluetooth dongle with UC Bluetooth headsets to improve connection stability, audio quality, and compatibility and provide remote call control. Leading device manufacturers also offer multi-connectivity solutions to support a broad range of use cases.
Compatible and Certified
Business audio and video device manufacturers work directly with leading business communications and collaboration platform providers to develop compatible and certified solutions, so end-users have a great experience with setup, use, and performance.
Device Management Software
A critical difference that has become increasingly important in today’s remote and hybrid work world is device management software. Businesses spend thousands to millions of dollars on audio and video devices annually to empower and enable their employees to be productive wherever they are working. How do business leaders know where the devices are and if they are being used? Device management software allows IT teams to remotely provision, monitor, troubleshoot, and manage devices.
Depending on the brand and suite of products, some device management software offers analytics and actionable insights that can be highly beneficial for understanding user adoption, call analytics, room usage, and more!
Organizations need to consider developing audio and video device standards that provide device management software from these leading global brands:
Call One, Inc. is a Nationally Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC) and Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), helping people do their business better since 1987. We are an authorized reseller of Poly, Jabra, Logitech, EPOS, Yealink, and other leading audio and video device brands. Contact us if you want more information or schedule a meeting to discuss your device management needs.
Device Management Software Video Resources:
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2022 is just around the corner, and many businesses are still in a state of uncertainty. Are they heading back to the office, staying remote, or adopting a hybrid work model? Regardless of the work model, employees need to communicate internally and externally to maintain business continuity.
Today people work in various environments throughout their day or workweek. Many use collaboration platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Cisco Webex on laptops and mobile devices. Professional and business-grade headsets are a great way to ensure your team members can hear and be heard for more productive meetings and calls.
Fortunately, there is no shortage of headset options that offer USB and Bluetooth connectivity. A primary difference between consumer and business Bluetooth headsets is a USB dongle. I am frequently asked, “Why do I need a USB dongle?” There are many reasons that I share in this blog post link. I have tested several Bluetooth headsets paired directly with my laptop. While most Bluetooth headsets will pair, I experienced connectivity stability issues, audio input, and output issues, and a lack of call control (answer/end, mute, volume up/down) from the headset when using popular business collaboration platforms.
Compatible and Certified with all major collaboration platforms
Long Battery Life
Use as Corded USB Audio Device
Mute by rotating boom arm up
See the Jabra Evolve2 75 in action!
See the Poly Voyager Focus 2 in action!
Buy from Authorized Resellers
Suppose your business or organization is seeking headsets for your team members. In that case, I strongly recommend that you buy from an authorized reseller like Call One, Inc. who has almost 35 years of headset experience. They can help answer any questions, make unbiased recommendations, and ship anywhere in the US to include commercial and residential addresses. Contact us!
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I strongly recommend you utilize professional, business-grade headsets versus consumer models when using UC platforms from Zoom, Microsoft, Cisco, RingCentral, 8×8, etc. This recommendation extends to all personal and group audio and video devices, but I will focus on headsets to keep it short.
Many of the models I listed will pair and provide an audio path. Over time, I experienced instability with the Bluetooth connection, mainly with the transmit/input audio. Most consumer Bluetooth headsets are designed primarily for listen-only. And I can’t lie, some of them sound fantastic! Especially the Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose QuietComfort 45. The other challenge is the lack of call control. Meaning, you can’t answer/end calls from the headset. You must use your mouse. And in some cases, I had challenges muting the microphone. Other times, I experienced being able to hear but not be heard and vice versa when in various UC platform calls and meetings.
These consumer models can be incredibly frustrating for the IT teams that have to manage the Help Desk Tickets for these consumer headset issues.
Business headset models are compatible, optimized, and certified to work across all the major communications and collaboration platforms used in business. Leading brands like Jabra, Poly, Logitech, EPOS, and Yealink work closely with the platform providers to develop headsets that function and perform optimally in their environments.
Organizations should develop new audio and video device standards to support this new normal of hybrid work, remote work, work from home, and work from anywhere. Certified headsets meet a broad range of requirements set forth by the platform providers like Microsoft to provide the best possible end-user and administrator experience. One of the first questions asked when seeking help from Microsoft is whether or not you are using a certified device. Contact us! We can help your business select the appropriate headsets.
A frequently asked question is, ‘Why do I need a USB Dongle?’ I answer the question in this blog and video. The dongle is a crucial difference between consumer and business Bluetooth headsets for use with a computer. For example, Microsoft has the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2, which is their consumer model. The Microsoft Surface Headphones 2+ is their business model certified for Microsoft Teams and includes the Microsoft Surface USB Link. Watch this video playlist comparing the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Headphones 2+.
The last thing to note is where you buy these devices matters. In my blog, Why buy Certified Devices from Authorized Resellers, I share the potential risks of buying through unauthorized sources. It’s best to go through an Authorized Reseller in your region. Authorized Resellers like Call One, Inc. agree to adhere to manufacturers’ policies to ensure customers receive quality products and services designed for their geographic territory. Authorized Resellers undergo extensive education, training, and certification to meet the manufacturers’ requirements to position the appropriate solutions based on your organization’s use case.
In today’s “work from anywhere” landscape, the headset needs will vary. Contact us! Call One, Inc., and its partners can help identify headsets that align best with your team members’ work style and workspace.
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We recently ran a poll across Call One, Inc’s Twitter, YouTube Community, and LinkedIn. The objective was to see if there was a clear model businesses were adopting in this post-pandemic landscape: hybrid, fully remote, or return to the office. According to Best Practice Institute 2021 Return to Work Study, over 83% of CEOs wanting their employees back in the office in 2021, while only 10% of employees wishing to be back in the office full time. Some companies like Twitter and DropBox are giving employees the option to permanently work remote, according to Vox April 21, 2021 article. So what is currently happening? We asked in our polls, “As of July 2021, what is your current work model? Work From Home, In-Office, Hybrid, Not Working. We had a total of 2,010 votes. Here are the results:
Twitter Poll Results – 1,839 votes
31.4% Working from home
32% In the office
14.4% Not working
YouTube Community Poll Results – 140 votes
61% Working from home
15% In the office
6% Not working
LinkedIn Poll Results – 31 votes
52% Working from home
13% In the Office
3% Not working
If you take the average of all three poll results:
48.1% Working from home
20% In the Office
7.8% Not Working
What these results show is there is a strong need for audio and video solutions to support employees across multiple environments. Recently I posted a video sharing my home office setup and HQ office setup. My objective is to have a consistent work experience regardless of where I’m working. I’m fortunate to have a dedicated office in both locations. For those who don’t, you have the option of assigning seats or you can take a look at Office Hoteling.
Office hoteling is the elimination of assigned seating in a workspace. This allows members to reserve office space as needed. Effectively implement hot-desking or hoteling in your office with Embrava Desk Sign. These Desk Signs visually allow users to quickly determine which workspaces are available to be used. Green indicates the space is available. Orange shows it’s reserved. When checked in the sign glows red. Yellow is ending. Learn more in this blog, How Embrava Desk Sign helps with Office Hoteling which includes a video showing the Embrava Desk Sign in action.
Personal Audio and Video Devices
Business and IT leaders need to identify what experience they want their employees to have in a hybrid or flexible work environment. Those who have been working from home since March of 2020 understand the pros and cons. Hybrid work presents its own set of challenges when it comes to technology. Besides a laptop, what additional hardware will employees be expected to transport to and from the office? I’m a fan of the Poly Voyager Focus 2 and Evolve 75 as audio solutions for hybrid work. I explain the reasons why in this ANC Headsets for Business Collaboration blog. I also like the Poly Studio P5 Kits for the simplicity it provides organizations as they make decisions on device standards. The Poly Studio P5 Kits include an audio and video device all in one SKU which makes it easy to order and manage. Learn more in this blog Poly Studio P5 Kits – Great for Hybrid Work!
Another area business and IT leaders need to address are the meeting spaces. With video being a staple of how organizations communicate and collaborate, the need to video-enable all your meeting rooms is important. Konftel and Logitech have made it easy to identify what solutions are best for your various meeting spaces with online room configuration tools. For small to medium meeting rooms, All-in-One Video Bars are a simple and cost-effective way to provide video. There are several options available when it comes to video conferencing. Take a look at these options from Yealink, Konftel, Logitech, Poly, and Jabra.
Using Microsoft Teams or Zoom?
Having a certified, reliable, and secure device that offers high-quality audio and video ensures clear conversations. Teams and Zoom certified devices include headsets, desk phones, speakerphones, and more. Whether working from home or on the go, there are Microsoft Teams and Zoom devices for you.
Sharing Dry Erase Whiteboard in Video Meetings
Dry Erase Whiteboards are great for education, training, and collaboration. They are still widely used. In the past, remote participants struggled to see what was on a whiteboard. Today solutions from Logitech, Jabra, and others, allow presenters to share content from the whiteboard in stunning fashion. Take a look at this quick Logitech Scribe demo from my HQ office!
As of today, people are working remotely, in an office, or both. The need to communicate and collaborate doesn’t change regardless of location. Business and IT leaders need to ensure their team members have the right tools for their role regardless of where their working. Call One, Inc. can help people do their business better. Contact us to learn which solutions are best for your team members!
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Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology in business headsets became increasingly popular during the global pandemic as the multitude of traditional in-office workers transitioned to work from home. The home environment introduced sources of noise not often found in offices like doorbells, barking dogs, blenders, and screaming children. Today organizations are making plans that will include the return to the office, remote work, or hybrid work.
In addition to having a strong noise-canceling microphone, headset wearers have found they want to suppress the background noise they hear so they can focus on their work.
ANC headsets used for business, need to be compatible or certified with the collaboration platforms being used like Microsoft, Zoom, Cisco, Genesys, AWS, 8×8, RingCentral, and more. Leading headset manufacturers will often include a USB dongle to be used with their ANC Bluetooth headsets. Our customers and YouTube viewers frequently ask, “Why do I need a USB dongle?” With the help of our partners, we provide reasons in this blog: “Why Do I Need a USB Dongle vs Pairing the Headset Directly to a Computer?” The primary reasons to use the dongle are compatibility, connection stability, and call control (answer/end, mute, volume up/down) from the headset vs using your mouse.
Microsoft Teams certified models will work with no extra configuration required and offer call control with Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business. The dedicated Teams button and LED indicator light will provide user notification of events and alerts from the Teams client: Meeting starting, voicemail, or missed call. You can also activate the Teams client or respond to notification with a press of the button i.e. to join a meeting.
Today there are multiple headset wearing styles that include ANC technology to support the wide range of personal preferences. Some folks prefer having both ears completely enveloped by the speakers. Others prefer the more discreet earbud-wearing style. And, some wearers prefer a headset with a boomless mic.
DECT Wireless ANC Headsets
The majority of headsets that offer ANC speakers are Bluetooth. If you require a DECT wireless headset with ANC speakers, the Poly Savi 8220 stereo models are a great option. The Poly Savi 8220 are available in Office and UC variants. The Savi 8220 Office series support connectivity to desk phone, computer, and mobile device. The Savi 8220 UC includes the D200 DECT Dongle for computer-only connectivity. The D200 is available in USB-A UC, USB-A Microsoft, USB-C UC, and USB-C Microsoft. I’m not aware of another business-grade DECT headset with ANC.
Corded ANC Headsets
The Poly Blackwire 8225 Series are corded USB headsets available in USB-A, USB-C, and Microsoft Teams variants. Not only do you get ANC speakers, but you also get Poly’s Acoustic Fence technology built into the microphone so the people you’re speaking with don’t hear the noise around you. If you prefer a boomless mic corded USB option, take a look at the Poly Blackwire 7225 Series. If you prefer to have your ears completely enveloped, the Jabra Evolve 80 Series may be a good choice for you. The Jabra Evolve 80 offers USB-A connectivity as well 3.5mm for select mobile devices. They are available in UC and Microsoft variants.
I test a lot of headsets. Typically I’m testing the microphones to see how well they perform in real-world environments. Take a look at this Headset Mic Test Video Playlist on our YouTube Channel. Plus, I use headsets daily for communicating and collaborating with colleagues, customers, and partners. I’ve used them in the office, on the road, in airplanes, and from my home office. Here are the variables and factors I considered when selecting my top ANC headset picks for business collaboration:
Connectivity – I need connectivity to a computer and mobile device.
Compatibility – Headset needs to be compatible with 8×8, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Cisco Webex, Google Meet, and more.
Battery Life / Talk Time / Listen Time – Whenever I’m not writing blogs or filming videos, I’m in voice and video calls or streaming music. The headset should support 6hrs+ of talk/listen time. If I get back to traveling, I’ll need even longer battery life.
NC mic performance – Hybrid work means working from anywhere. The microphone needs to suppress background noise from multiple noise sources so the party on the other end can hear you.
ANC speaker performance – The key point of ANC headsets is to help you block out distracting background noises so you can focus and be more productive.
Flexibility to use as a wireless or corded USB device – On the off chance, you forget to charge your headset, having the ability to use it as a corded USB device is a great feature. Not all headsets support this option.
Comfort – Anyone who has worn headsets for extended periods knows how important comfort is.
Overall performance – Your headset is a primary collaboration tool that will be used daily. It must perform consistently every day. To ensure optimal performance, be sure to keep your headset firmware updated via the appropriate headset software or app.
ANC headsets are a great option for Hybrid Work which translates to Work from Anywhere. The need to block out distractions so you can focus on work or enjoy streaming music can be satisfied with a headset with good ANC speakers. We have created a page that lists all the current ANC Headsets by Brand (Poly, Cisco, EPOS | Sennheiser, Jabra, & Logitech). If you would like guidance or need mass deployment support regarding ANC Headsets for Business Collaboration, contact us! We are more than happy to help you do your business better!
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Businesses are still reviewing and developing post-pandemic work models. Many will implement a hybrid work model that includes both in-office and remote work. For organizations that are going back full time and do not allow Bluetooth headsets on the premises, a dual connectivity DECT wireless headset that does not include Bluetooth is beneficial.
Desk Phone and Computer Connectivity
The Poly Savi 7300 Office Series offer desk phone and computer connectivity. They are compatible with existing EHS cables and Handset Lifter. Included in the box are both USB-A and USB-C cables for connecting to a computer’s USB-A or USB-C ports. The Savi 7300 Office Series are available in four models that include single and dual ear headband wearing styles. There are also Microsoft Teams Certified models.
The Savi 7300 Office Series is a new range of ultra-secure wireless DECT headsets for connection to a computer and/or desk phone. They do not replace any existing products. A key difference is security. The Savi 7300 Office Series headsets are designed to meet the highest level DECT Security Step C enhanced with Military level FIPS 140-2 listed features, such as 256-bit AES encryption. These are a great choice for financial, medical, government, contact centers, or anywhere sensitive conversations happen.
Acoustic Fence and Microsoft Teams Open Office
Additionally, the Savi 7300 Office Series headset uses a flexible noise-canceling microphone boom with Acoustic Fence technology, so conversations stay private. Acoustic Fence technology uses a second microphone on the ear cup to help identify and reduce background noise. The Savi 7300 Office Series meets the Microsoft Teams Open Office specification.
Microsoft Teams Certified
The Savi 7300 Office Series are the first Poly Microsoft Teams certified DECT™ headset with dedicated Microsoft Teams button. When pressed, the Teams button brings the Microsoft Teams desktop client to the front of the screen. If there is a message waiting or other notification the application will open to that screen – for a seamless Microsoft Teams experience.
Conference Feature for Training
Like all other Poly DECT Wireless headsets, the Savi 7300 Office Series supports multi headset conferencing. You can conference up to 3 additional headsets to a call in progress. This is a great feature for training Customer Service Representatives, contact center agents, or new team members. You can also mix desk phone and softphone calls together via Savi 7300 Office Series.
2x Better Density
The Savi 7300 Office Series makes more efficient use of the available spectrum by using the latest compression and modulation techniques as well as a new codec to provide up to 2x better density (compared to existing Poly and competitor devices) without impacting audio quality. There is no question that wireless headsets increase productivity. A challenge for large enterprises is deploying large numbers of wireless headsets without impacting performance. If you are looking to deploy large quantities of wireless headsets in single location, it’s best to contact an Authorized Poly Reseller like Call One, Inc. or Hello Direct to start a wireless density survey for your location/s.
Combined call answer/end and Microsoft Teams button, mute volume +/-, power on/ off (Microsoft Teams version only)
In call indicator
Multiple voice prompts—chosen language configurable via software.
Desk phone, softphone selector buttons
Microsoft Teams button (Microsoft Teams version only)
Incoming call ringer (configured via software)
Plantronics Hub application on desktop
Plantronics Manager Pro (Asset Management and Adoption, Health and Safety Suites—see Supported Devices for full list of supported reports
Microsoft Teams Certified (Microsoft Teams versions only)
Savi 7320 Over-the-head (binaural): 160 g /5.64 oz
Savi 7310 Office Over-the-head (monaural): 120 g /4.23 oz
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The Poly Voyager Focus UC was launched in late 2015. It set the standard for enterprise headset by offering a comfortable headset with the headband and sling design along with including active noise canceling (ANC) speakers. The Voyager Focus UC has been an extremely popular and a favorite, top-selling headset. According to Persona Research October 2020 Factworks, 94% of workers experience ambient noise during calls – this is up from 71% in 2017. The new Poly Voyager Focus 2 headset creates a “focus zone” around the user thanks to the latest digital Hybrid ANC with three level settings that allow the user to select the right level of noise reduction based on their current environment. The pro-grade microphones with Poly’s Acoustic Fence technology provides 200% better transmit noise reduction compared to the Voyager Focus UC (according to Poly).
A great feature the new Poly Voyager Focus 2 provides is the ability to use as a corded USB audio device. However, with the extended talk time of up to 19hrs, not certain when that will be needed but it’s a nice option to have.
To provide even greater flexibility and connectivity options, Poly offers the Voyager Focus 2 Office variants that allow users to connect to a desk phone, computer, and mobile phone. The Voyager Focus 2 UC variants support computer and mobile phone connectivity.
These models are ideal for professionals on calls all day in noisy home or office environments looking for a premium solution.
Poly Voyager Focus 2 Features
The ultra-comfortable headband with sling ensures that the weight of the headset is evenly spread across the head – making it comfortable for all day use.
The plush ear cushions mold to the user’s ear for greater comfort
With up to 19 hours of talk time it can be used all day – for both work and leisure.
With the audio over USB mode – if users forget to charge their headset they can simply plug in and use as a corded headset – the best of both worlds.
The Digital Hybrid ANC reduces the background noise so users can stay focused on the task in hand and not be distracted.
The discreet microphone boom with acoustic fence technology ensures that any background noise is not heard by the far end. The noise-canceling works so well it meets the requirements of Microsoft Teams open office premium microphone specification.
Poly Voyager Focus 2 Specifications
Voyager Focus 2 UC: PC via included BT700 Bluetooth adapter or via USB cable; smartphone via Bluetooth
Voyager Focus 2 Office: PC via USB-A cable, desk phone via include cable; smartphone via Bluetooth. Headset can also connect to PC via included USB cable
Class 1, Multipoint connectivity, headset connect to two devices at the same time, remembers up to 8 devices
Supported Bluetooth profiles
A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP
Voyager Focus 2 UC: up to 50 m/164 ft
Voyager Focus 2 Office: Up to 91 m/300 ft
Connect to PC via included micro USB cable with audio over USB mode
Digital Hybrid ANC using two digital MEMS microphones and 2 analog ECM microphones with three user settings (Off/low/high)
Talk Time: Up to 19 hours (ANC off), Up to 16 hours (ANC on)
Listening Time: up to 40 hours (ANC Off), up to 24 hours (ANC On)
Charge Time: 2 hours for a full charge
Standby Time: up to 30 days
Answer calls by simply putting on the headset, mute by taking the headset off and pause/resume music
Microphone and Technology
Discrete noise canceling boom with Acoustic Fence technology to Microsoft Teams Open Office Premium microphone.
Smart discrete microphone boom: wear on either side and maintain location of R/L stereo. Rotate boom up to mute and down to unmute.
Headset Controls and Lights
Call answer/end, mute, volume +/-, power ON/OFF/PAIRING, ANC: Off, low, high
Online Indicator – Two LED indicators on speaker housing shows in a call status.
Stay comfortable during a full day of calls wearing an ultra-comfortable headband with sling and plush ear cushions
Enjoy the simplicity of an easy-to-use headset with smart sensors for answering calls, pausing music and instantly muting calls.
Give those around you a visual cue that you’re busy—an online ear cup indicator flashes when you’re on a call.
It just works—the smart microphone boom automatically maintains left and right audio no matter which side the headset is worn.
Poly has done a great job of keeping up with the changing landscape of business communications. In today’s hybrid work world, noise can come colleagues in an open office or a blender in the kitchen from your home office. The need for a headset that will perform regardless of work environment is essential. The Poly Voyager Focus 2 with digital hybrid ANC speakers, microphone with Acoustic Fence technology, and the ability to support multi-connectivity is a solid choice. Watch the video below to see the Voyager Focus 2 in action in an office, on top of a tower and at the beach! To learn more about Poly Solutions for your various work environments, contact us!
These webcams were designed for business use with all the major video conferencing and collaboration platforms to include Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Cisco Webex, and more. Below we have listed the features, functions, and specifications of each camera to help you make a more informed purchasing decision. We have also included a comparison video so you can see the video quality and hear the mic performance of each business webcam side-by-side.
Logitech C930e Business Webcam
The C930e is a part of Logitech’s business Webcam lineup. With a full HD 1080p resolution and 90-degree field of view, this camera is packed with features.
HD 1080p video quality at 30 frames-per-second: Brings life-like HD video to conference calls, enabling expressions, non-verbal cues and movements to be seen clearly.
Widest-ever business webcam field-of-view: Enjoy an extended view – 90 degrees – perfect for presenting using a whiteboard or doing demos.
H.264 UVC 1.5 with Scalable Video Coding: Frees up PC bandwidth by putting video processing within the camera, adjusting dynamically to the available bitstream. The result is a smoother video stream in applications like Skype® for Business.
Logitech RightLightTM 2 technology and autofocus: Webcam intelligently adjusts to improve visual quality in low light at multiple distances
4X digital zoom in Full HD: 4X zoom at 1080p provides the highest level of detail for your calls, visuals and presentations.
Pan, tilt and zoom option: Pan, tilt and zoom within the 90-degree field-of-view scene for focused viewing during desktop video conferences.
Professional-grade Certifications: Certified for Skype for Business, Cisco® compatible2and enhanced integration with Logitech Collaboration Program (LCP) members3 integrated experience with most business-grade video conferencing platforms
Premium glass lens: Enjoy razor-sharp images even when showing documents up close, a whiteboard drawing or a product demo.
Convenient privacy shutter: Easy lens enclosure for added privacy and security.
Plug-and-play USB connectivity: Easily connects to a PC or Mac® with no additional software required.
Multiple mounting options: Freedom to mount the camera wherever it works best – LCD screen, notebook, or tabletop – by using the attached clip or the tripod embedded thread.
Poly Studio P5
As of 4/22/2021, the Poly Studio P5 personal webcam is Microsoft Teams certified. Designed for business use, the P5 is both innovative and smart. One simple but important feature that makes it stand out from competitors is; the integrated USB port (see image below). This allows you to plug in an extra wireless headset, speakerphone, or other USB peripherals. Get a complete audio and video solution with the convenient and value-priced Poly Studio P5 Kits that include the camera and audio device.
Works with any video app and is certified for Microsoft Teams and Zoom
Low light quality & true-color images
1080p (Full HD), 720P (HD) Compatible
Custom controls through Poly Lens Desktop
Autofocus with 4x zoom / EPTZ
Single directional microphone optimized for personal workspaces
UVC/UAC Plug and Play compatible
Integrated USB 2.0 Type A cable
Integrated privacy shutter
Adjustable monitor clamp
USB-A port built-in for wireless headset adapter
Status LED indicates calling and mute state
Cloud: Poly Lens service
Local (Windows/Mac): Poly Lens Desktop App
The Konftel Cam 10 is built for those who demand professional video quality. Create an enhanced visual and audio experience with a wide 90 degree viewing angle, HD video output, dual microphones and easy set-up. The portable Konftel Cam10 is your perfect home and traditional office companion, or for wherever you are working.
1080p Full HD
4x digital zoom
Digital picture noise suppression
Audio noise suppression
90° field of view
Built-in privacy shutter
Climate Neutral Certified
You can’t go wrong with any of these $129 Webcam options. It comes down to your personal preference and use case. Check out this blog on things to consider before buying a webcam. To get a better idea of how these webcams perform, take a look at this side-by-side comparison video! If you would like to learn more about these webcams or audio and video solutions for your employees and meeting spaces, contact us!
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The Jabra Speak 510 models are part of a larger Jabra Speak Series of speakerphones that include:
Jabra Speak 810UCandMicrosoftModels – Premium professional conference speakerphones, designed to be used as a stationary unit and suitable for up to 16 people.
Jabra Speak 750 Models – Engineered to power your meetings with seamless, premium audio. Full duplex sound for more natural conversations. Microsoft Teams certified models include dedicated Microsoft Teams button.
Jabra Speak 710 Models – Professional portable conference call speakerphones with superior sound quality, suitable for up to 6 people.
Jabra Speak 510 Models – Conference call speakerphones that offer amazing audio quality, suitable for up to 4 people.
Jabra Speak 410 Models – Personal conference call speakerphones, designed to make collaboration easy and suitable for up to 4 people. USB-A connectivity only.
Jabra USB Speakerphones are a great primary or secondary audio source to participate in audio calls across all major business communications and collaboration platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Cisco Webex and more. Convert into a complete video conferencing solution by adding the Jabra Panacast camera!
Jabra Speak 510 Models
The Speak 510 models are Jabra’s top selling USB speakerphone for a reason. They just work. There are four Speak 510 models: with or without Jabra Link 370 USB Bluetooth adapter and available in UC and Microsoft variants. Want to know if you need UC or Microsoft variants? Watch these videos!
It’s slim and compact design includes cable management and a protective travel case that makes it a great hybrid work solution for anywhere you work.
The Speak 510 is plug and play solution that ready to work when you are. Simply plug in the USB cable to your computer or connect via Bluetooth to your tablet or smartphone.
Jabra Speak 510 Features
15 hours of wireless talk-time (unlimited when corded) – 2-hour charge time.
UC and Microsoft variants
Compact portable design lets you hold conference calls anywhere
Mic pick-up range 4.9ft (1.5m)
Bluetooth 3.0 – Supported Bluetooth profiles A2DP (v1.2), Hands Free Profile (v1.6), Headset Profile (v1.2), AG/HFP (V1.6) Smart button (off by default) – Interact with your voice assistant, Siri®, Google Assistant™ or MS Cortana (smartphone dependent) or make a speed dial with the one-touch Smart button – Only available for Speak 510/Speak 510+ (with Smart button) version D/F or later. Must first be configured in Jabra Direct app. Download the app at https://www.calloneinc.com/jabra-direct-xpress/
The Jabra Speak 510 UC or MS is a great audio device solution for an individual or small group of up to 4 people. You can use it for voice and video meetings from your computer or mobile device across all major business communications platforms and apps. You can also stream audio from your mobile device in between calls. The Speak 510 is very simple to use and transport. At a starting price of only $149 it’s priced just right.
If you need audio or video conferencing solutions to support larger groups or large meeting spaces, contact us! Curious to see the Speak 510 in action? Check out the video below!
One thing we have all learned from countless hours of video meetings via Zoom,Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, and more is that audio is critical. Don’t get me wrong, great video resolution from a business webcam certainly enhances the overall experience. But, if you cannot hear or be heard, the productivity of the video meeting suffers.
Corded USB Headsets and Wireless Headsets certainly fit the bill when it comes to providing professional-grade audio quality. Those fortunate enough to have a dedicated workspace in their home or corporate office may find a personal USB Speakerphone to be extremely beneficial. They are a great primary or secondary audio device. As organizations develop device standards for hybrid and remote work, USB speakerphones should be included as options. USB Speakerphones offer these key features:
Always On – Every speakerphone listed in this blog has a USB cable that can be used to power the speakerphone when connected to a computer. No need to change batteries or use an additional AC power supply. Just plug into your computers USB port to start using.
Mute feature – When on a call, the mute button is your friend. These speakerphones have a prominent mute button that allows you to quickly mute to block out undesired noise from pets, children, lawn mowers, blenders, significant others or even a cough or sneeze from you!
Beyond, USB-A or USB-C corded connectivity, some speakerphones offer USB Bluetooth dongles for wireless connectivity to your computer and Bluetooth and/or NFC pairing to your mobile device. Some include a 3.5mm jack and select models include a 3.5mm headset port.
The 3.5mm headset port is an ideal option for use cases that require the user to switch from public to private conversation by simply plugging in a 3.5mm headset. These models offer this feature:
Models with Bluetooth and/or NFC are great for pairing your mobile device. This greatly improves the overall audio quality of voice calls and streaming music and media! Please note that not all Bluetooth models include a USB dongle for wireless connectivity to your computer.
Business-grade speakerphones are compatible with all major communications and collaboration platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Cisco Webex, 8×8, and more.
Select models have met Microsoft Teams specification certification requirements. This peripheral certification program ensures USB devices like headsets, speakerphones, and webcams are plug and play and will work, to include call control with no extra configuration required. Some devices are Skype for Business certified with Teams upgrade. Newer devices will be Certified for Microsoft Teams and include a dedicated Teams button with LED indicator.
Full duplex speakerphones allow a more natural conversation since both parties can transmit audio simultaneously. Most speakerphones support half-duplex where each party can transmit audio one at a time. Currently only select USB speakerphones have full-duplex audio.
For over a year, like many I have been working from home. As empty-nesters, my wife and I are fortunate to each have dedicated rooms in our house to use as offices. She is a Director of Human Resources and like me spends a lot of time on voice and video calls. My wife has long curly hair, so headsets are not her friend. She prefers to use a speakerphone. I spend most of my days on video calls or, filming videos for our YouTube Channel. Even back in our corporate HQ, I had a dedicated office so my set ups are similar minus the revolving door of people that would physically come in and out of my office. Now it is IM’s, texts, and impromptu video meetings. Because I test audio and video devices as part of my role, I have several devices always connected.
Please note, no manufacturer is paying me, and I am not in any affiliate program. These are my picks based on my personal tests and preferences.
3. Yealink CP700 – This is the younger sibling of the Yealink CP900, but I must tell you, I’m a fan of the kickstand feature. The audio quality is very consistent throughout calls across multiple platforms and it is priced at MSRP of only $129! (currently on our website Yealink CP700 only $104.95!). Unlike the other models that provide a neoprene carry case, the Yealink CP700 and CP900 include a solid, sturdy carry case to provide greater protection as you travel back and forth between locations. Watch this Yealink CP700 vs CP900 Video!
4. Yamaha UC YVC-200 (Black or White) – Yamaha UC solutions don’t get enough attention in my opinion and they have great sounding products. All speakerphones mentioned have a Microphone Mute button so the other party cannot hear anything you are saying. The YVC-200 also includes a Speaker Mute button. Let’s say I’m jamming out to some music via the YVC-200 and my wife comes in to ask me something, I can very quickly hit the speaker mute button to quickly stop the sound. You can also get complete audio and video solution including the YVC-200 with these bundles.
5. Jabra Speak 510 – This rounds out my list. This is a solid performer that has been around since 2013. This speakerphone just works. Plug it in and start using it across all collaboration platforms. And would you believe I don’t have a video on this device? I have added to my list of videos to film. You cannot go wrong with the Jabra Speak 510.
When it comes to audio devices, it is important to stick with leaders in this space who develop solutions that provide professional audio quality, are easy to set up and use, and are compatible across all business collaboration platforms. As an authorized partner and reseller, Call One, Inc. can help guide you to which audio and video devices are best for your organization and multiple use cases. Contact us to learn how we can help you do your business better!
https://www.calloneinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Top-UC-Speakerphones-Call-One-blog.jpg310850Danny Hayasakahttps://calloneinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/logo.pngDanny Hayasaka2021-04-05 13:10:102021-04-06 08:04:20Top 5 Picks for UC USB Speakerphones for Hybrid Work and Work from Home