April is an exciting month! With more new VoIP phones, headsets and PBX appliance being released, it’s time to upgrade your or your customer’s VoIP system with the latest equipment!

Let’s check out what’s new for this month:

New RenegadePBX Pro 75 Premise-Based Appliance

The RenegadePBX Pro 75 is a premise-based IP PBX appliance built for small to medium businesses. This device supports up to 75 licensed extensions and 45 simultaneous calls. It is ideal for businesses looking to seamlessly integrate their VoIP phones, SIP trunks, and PSTN connectivity while improving team collaboration and productivity with advanced phone features! Learn more.

Key Features:

  • Quick-Start Installation Wizard
  • User Control Panel for Personnel Administration
  • Zero Touch Provisioning
  • Full Suite of Phone Applications

See RenegadePBX Pro 75 Datasheet

Grandstream Released WP800 Portable WiFi VoIP Phone for Beta

Grandstream recently announced the release of their upcoming WiFi VoIP phones for beta testing! This new WiFi phone supports 2 SIP accounts and features a built-in accelerometer, proximity sensor, panic button, and much more.

Unique Features:

  • Integrated dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support
  • 2 SIP accounts and 2 lines, and a 2.4” color LCD with real-time video streaming features
  • HD voice & dual MIC design with wide-band voice codecs such as Opus
  • Built-in accelerometer, proximity sensor, panic button, and push-to-talk features
  • Integrated Bluetooth for syncing headsets and mobile devices
  • Runs on AndroidTM 7.0 and supports custom Android apps

New Cisco Headset 500 Series: 531 and 521 headsets

Cisco released their very first VoIP headset series, the Cisco Headset 500 Series, a professional range of VoIP headsets designed to pair with Cisco’s IP Phones and softphones! The 500 Series includes two headsets:

See Datasheet here

Key Features:

  • Premium sound in a sleek form factor
  • Powerful noise isolation with unidirectional microphones that are designed to hone in on the user’s voice and simultaneously minimize background noise
  • Proven reliability: These headsets support Cisco IP phones, Cisco DX Series endpoints, and Cisco soft clients
  • Lightweight comfort that is ideal for extended wear

VTech ET685 ErisTerminal 12-line SIP Color Deskset

The ET685 is the latest innovation from VTech. This high definition SIP color deskset supports 12-line and is Asterisk-based. With Bluetooth connectivity for headsets, USB support for up to three expansion modules and a 3-year warranty, the VTech ET685 also makes you feel safe with powerful security features like VPN support!

  • Advanced call handling
  • Zero-touch provisioning
  • Second screen programmable keys
  • Bluetooth connectivity for headsets
  • USB connectivity
  • PoE
  • Three-year warranty

Download datasheet here!

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Cisco recently announced their very first VoIP headset series, the Cisco Headset 500 Series, a professional range of VoIP headsets designed to pair with Cisco’s IP Phones and softphones. The Cisco Headset 500 Series includes two headsets:

Noise Isolation and Exceptional Comfort

Optimized for workers in open workspaces, these headsets are perfect for noisy environments to improve work productivity with vibrant audio, powerful noise cancellation, and exceptional comfort.  

Some features you won’t want to miss:

  • Premium sound in a sleek form factor
  • Powerful noise isolation with unidirectional microphones that are designed to hone in on the user’s voice and simultaneously minimize background noise
  • Proven reliability: These headsets support Cisco IP phones, Cisco DX Series endpoints, and Cisco soft clients
  • Lightweight comfort that is ideal for extended wear

See Datasheet here!
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Browsing page over a page, website over a website, you are still not sure which wireless headset will be your perfect match? Take a break and read the 7 keys in this blog to help you find your ideal Bluetooth headset efficiently!

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What to look for when choosing a Bluetooth headset?

You may be looking at a ton of headset features and don’t know where to start. Take one step back to think about the seven keys here and list o ut your requirements before you start shopping, you will be able to easily find the best headset that simply works for you! Let’s get to it.

Key #1 Location

Think about the location you will be using your headset in. Are you using it for jogging in a park, working in an office, or talking on the go? Chances are, you have a couple places where you take calls or listen to music most often. If you plan to use it outdoor, a Bluetooth headset with a strong microphone and noise cancellation technology is a good choice to go for.

Key #2 Talk Time

Take talk time into consideration. If you are a salesperson, you may want to have over 8-10 hours of talk time. Be aware that there’s a tradeoff between the battery life and the size of your Bluetooth headset. So enjoying a lighter headset means you might have to charge it more often.

Key #3 Standard USB Port

Make sure your headset has a standard USB port that lets you charge from a powered USB port on a desktop or laptop easily. This will save you trouble from carrying too many chargers when traveling and can easily borrow from someone when you forget to bring yours.

Key #4 Multipoint Connectivity

If you are a multi-tasker who needs to switch your headset from one device to another, make sure your headset support multipoint connectivity. This feature will save you a lot of time without needing to manually switch back and forth.

Key #5 Binaural vs Monaural

Typically, binaural options are suitable for people who need to concentrate on a call while monaural headsets are good for people who need to be aware of what’s happening around him/her while on a call with someone.

Key #6 Sound Technology

Pay attention to the sound technology your headset has to offer. For example, if you plan to talk in a windy outdoor area, WindSage technology and Sound Focus technology will come in handy. Most of the headsets nowadays have HD voice to enhance clear sound.

Key #7 Other Special Features

After running through the basics above, you will want to check out some special features that can make your day just a little bit more efficient. Everyone had different needs when it comes to using a headset, but here you can find some of the features I find useful:

Check out our blog for some quick suggestions: Best Bluetooth Headsets to Pair with Your Mobile VoIP [Comparison Chart]

What Bluetooth headset are you using? How did you choose it? Share in the comment box!

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Are you currently using Polycom phones? Pairing the right VoIP headset with your Polycom VoIP phone is an important factor to enable clear communication. Let’s see some of the best Polycom compatible options on the market.

 

Jabra PRO 9460 Mono Wireless DECT Headset

Jabra PRO 9460 MonoJabra PRO 9460 features several state-of-the-art sound technologies to deliver unrivaled call clarity and safety. The Jabra PRO 9460’s wideband quality ensures crystal-clear communication, while its SafeTone technology protects your hearing. Multi-taskers love this world class multi-use solution that allows you to connect up to 3 devices (Desk phone, softphone, and Bluetooth-enabled devices) from a single headset.

Look at some of the popular functions:

  • Touch screen base with SmartSetup wizard
  • Noise-cancelling microphone and Digital Singal Processing
  • Wideband sound (150 Hz – 6,800 Hz)
  • Full hearing protection with Jabra SafeTone
  • Up to 450 feet wireless range

 

VXi Passport 21P-DC Binaural Headset

Passport 21PFor leading companies or contact centers who are looking for a reliable and affordable solution, the Passport 21 single-sire binaural headset can be a good choice. It is designed to provide an easy integration into call centers utilizing Plantronics or VXI-P quick disconnects to meet the demands of all-day use in the office.

See some useful features VXi Passport 21P-DC has to offer:

  • Compatible with Plantronics and VXI-P lower QD cords and Y-cords
  • Binaural 2 speaker design blocks out background noise
  • Noise-canceling microphone blocks background sounds from the other end of the line
  • Flexible “gooseneck” microphone boom stays in position for consistent voice input level
  • Competitively priced!
  • 2 Year Warranty

 

Plantronics CS540 Headset

Plantronics CS540Featuring three different wearing styles, the Plantronics CS540 headset is best known for being lightweight (only 21 grams). The Plantronics CS540 is also equipped with one-touch controls, energy efficient power management, and simple plug-and-talk installation to optimize your satisfaction. If you have a limited budget, the refurbished Plantronics CS540 is available at our refresh center.

Som helpful features and functions include:

  • Range up to 350-feet away for maximum mobility
  • Offers you a choice of three wearing options to match your personal style
  • Premium wideband audio quality
  • One-touch call answer/end, vol +/-, and mute
  • Smart power management system optimizes for range and talk time

What headset are you using for Polycom phones? We want to know.

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