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Logitech Zone 305 for Business

Introducing the Logitech Zone 305 for Business: A New Standard in Professional Audio

As technology evolves, so does the demand for high-quality, reliable audio solutions in professional environments. At Infocomm 2024, I had the opportunity to visit the Logitech booth and receive a sample of their latest innovation—the Logitech Zone 305 for Business headset. This new headset, with its advanced features and exceptional performance, is set to redefine the standards for business communication.

Logitech Zone 305 for Business

Unpacking the Logitech Zone 305 for Business

Upon unboxing, the Logitech Zone 305 looks like an upgraded, updated, more modern design wireless version of the top-selling Logitech H390. Logitech is known for creating aesthetically pleasing products, and the Zone 305 is no exception. The headset is lightweight (only 122g) and comfortable, suitable for extended use throughout the workday. I have the Teams certified model that includes the Zone 305 headset, USB-C receiver, USB-C to USB-A adapter, USB-C to USB-C charging cable, Travel bag, and User documentation. Here are the three Zone 305 for Business Models:

Key Features and Specifications

1. Crystal-Clear Audio: The Zone 305 has advanced audio drivers that deliver crystal-clear sound quality. Whether on a conference call, listening to music, or watching videos, the audio experience is immersive and precise.

2. Noise-Canceling Microphone: Background noise can be a significant distraction regardless of the work environment. The Zone 305 features a noise-canceling microphone that filters out ambient noise, ensuring your voice is loud and clear during calls.

3. Teams Version with Native Bluetooth: One of Zone 305’s standout features is the Teams version, which has native Bluetooth support. This makes it incredibly easy to pair the headset with multiple devices and switch between them seamlessly. It’s perfect for professionals who need to stay connected on the go.

4. All-Day Comfort: Comfort is crucial for headsets, especially those who wear them for extended periods. The Zone 305 is designed with soft ear cushions and an adjustable headband, providing all-day comfort without compromising on durability. And it only weighs 122g, or as much as a standard deck of playing cards.

Logitech Zone 305 for Business

5.  Move Around Freely with Great Battery Life: The Zone 305 will connect reliably to two devices with up to 30 m / 98 ft wireless range via Bluetooth or plug-and-play USB-C receiver, allowing you to move around your workspace. The Logitech Zone 305 provides up to 16 hrs of talk time and 20 hrs of listening time to support an entire workday and then some. You can get a full charge in 2 hours and up to 1-hour of talk time with a 5-minute quick charge.

6. Easy Controls and Integration: The headset features intuitive on-ear controls for adjusting volume, answering calls, and activating voice assistants. Additionally, it integrates smoothly with popular collaboration platforms, including Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Meet. The Teams-certified models have a dedicated Teams button.

7. Customize via Logi Tune: Zone 305 can be managed by Logi Tune, allowing you to customize the settings to your preferences. Within Logi Tune, you can see the remaining available battery life and check for firmware updates. Other available settings and options: Sidetone (0%-20%), Mic level (0%-100%), Equalizer (Default, Volume boost, Podcast, Bass boost or Custom), Headset diagnostics (Test speakers and mic), Device name (Allows you to rename headset), Sleep settings ( 5 min, 10 min, 15 min, 30 min, 1 hr, 2 hr, 4hr or Never), Rotate to mute (turn on/off), Voice prompts (turn on/off), Headset language (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, or Portuguese), and Connected devices: See which devices the Zone 305 is currently connected to.

Logitech Zone 305 for Business

8. Competitive Pricing: Cost is a crucial factor for large enterprises with mass deployments. The Logitech Zone 305 is priced competitively, starting at an MSRP of $69.99 for the Teams version with native Bluetooth. For those requiring UC and Teams Certified models with dongles, the MSRP is $99.99. This affordable pricing makes it an attractive option for businesses looking to equip their teams with high-quality headsets without breaking the budget.

Logitech Zone 305 for Business

Commitment to Sustainability

In today’s world, sustainability is more important than ever, and Logitech has taken significant steps to ensure that Zone 305 for Business is an environmentally responsible choice. Here’s how:

1. Made with Recycled Plastic: Zone 305 is made with 55% post-consumer recycled plastic, helping to reduce waste and minimize the environmental impact of new plastic production.

2. Responsible Packaging: The headset comes in FSC™-certified paper packaging, ensuring that the materials used are sourced from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits.

3. Certified Carbon Neutral: The Zone 305 is certified carbon-neutral. This means that the carbon impact of the product and its packaging has been reduced to zero through Logitech’s investment in carbon offsetting and removal projects. This commitment to carbon neutrality is a testament to Logitech’s dedication to sustainability.

4. Replaceable Parts: To enhance the product’s longevity, the Zone 305 features replaceable earpads. This not only extends the headset’s life but also reduces the need for frequent replacements, further contributing to environmental conservation.

Hands-On Experience

Logitech Zone 305 for Business

The Logitech Zone 305 was easy to charge; simply connect via the included USB-C charging cable. Setting up was easy. I connected the USB-C receiver (dongle) to my Logi Dock and turned the headset on. Logi Tune recognized the headset and notified me of an update. Pairing the Zone 305 to my mobile phone was easy; I pressed the power button until it went into pairing mode. I select “Zone 305” on my Bluetooth menu, and they “connected.” After pairing it with my mobile and updating the firmware, I used Zone 305 in Zoom, Teams, Google Meet, and mobile calls. The headset’s sound quality is exceptional, making my virtual meetings and calls more productive and enjoyable. The noise-canceling microphone ensures I am heard clearly, even in a noisy environment (Yes, I have done the blender test!).

The comfort of the headset is another highlight. The lightweight design and cushioned ear pads make it easy to wear for hours without discomfort. Whether working at my desk or moving around my home office, Zone 305 stays securely in place.

Logitech Zone 305 for Business

Conclusion

The Logitech Zone 305 for Business is a versatile and high-performing headset that meets the demands of today’s professionals. Its combination of superior audio quality, noise-canceling capabilities, and seamless connectivity makes it an ideal choice for anyone looking to enhance their communication experience. The Teams version with native Bluetooth is particularly noteworthy, offering flexibility and convenience that is hard to match.

With competitive pricing starting at just $69.99 for the Teams version with native Bluetooth and $99.99 for UC and Teams Certified models with dongles, the Logitech Zone 305 is an attractive option for large enterprises looking for cost-effective yet high-quality audio solutions. The commitment to sustainability, using recycled materials, responsible packaging, carbon neutrality, and replaceable parts makes it a conscientious choice for environmentally aware organizations.

If you’re in the market for a new business headset, the Logitech Zone 305 is worth considering. Its innovative features and user-friendly design make it a standout option for individual users and teams. I recommend contacting a Logitech Business Authorized Reseller like Call One, Inc. for additional information on Logitech’s audio and video solutions for personal and team workspaces.

Stay tuned for more updates and reviews as I continue to test and explore the latest tech products in the industry. In the meantime, check out our latest product review and demo videos!

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Top 5 Most Comfortable UC Bluetooth Headsets

As an experienced tester of numerous headsets, I am frequently asked about their comfort levels for extended use. However, it’s important to note that ‘comfort’ is a subjective term that varies from person to person. Multiple variables impact ‘comfort,’ including personal preferences, head and ear shape and size, and even the amount and type of hair! For example, my wife has long, curly hair and prefers earbuds over headband-style models because her hair gets caught in the headset when putting on and removing it.

Most Comfortable UC Bluetooth Headsets

Headset Comfort Tests

Depending on my work, I test each headset for at least a week, some for several weeks. I do my best to wear the headset for 8 hours (if comfortable enough) and use it with and without glasses.  Some headsets get uncomfortable after a short period while wearing glasses. I also do the ‘around the neck’ test. This is a test where I place the headset around my neck to identify how comfortable it is. Some pinch my throat or are too big and bulky and get uncomfortable. The ‘DJ test’ is another I perform when testing dual ear headset models. This requires me to uncover one ear while keeping one ear covered. Some sit comfortably on my head without assistance, and some I have to hold in place, or they may fall off. I also drink from a glass and try to eat food. They sound like silly tests. However, you’d be surprised at the questions I get.

Work from home worker using Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex headset Most Comfortable UC Bluetooth Headsets

Designed for Work From Anywhere

These headsets are designed for seamless connectivity with computers and mobile devices, making them perfect for professionals working from various locations (work from anywhere). They are also optimized or certified for leading UC platforms and applications like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Meet. Additionally, these have solid-performing noise-canceling mics to help suppress background noise regardless of where you work.

Top 5 Most Comfortable UC Bluetooth Headsets

Here are my top five most comfortable UC Bluetooth Stereo headsets. Please note that the order of the headsets, except for the top one, does not indicate their ranking.

Most Comfortable UC Bluetooth Headsets

Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex – This headset weighs 136 g (4.8 oz) or as much as a hamster or 4 AA batteries. The Evolve2 65 Flex utilizes Jabra Air Comfort Technology. Jabra’s Air Comfort Technology revolutionizes headset comfort with a redesigned earcup cushion pattern and material that evenly distributes pressure. A softer, more responsive inner earcup material further reduces pressure points, while the perforated headband design evenly distributes pressure on the head’s crown. Years of engineering have perfected this technology, creating a near-weightless feel even during extended wear. Experience the next level of comfort with Jabra Air Comfort, available on the Evolve2 65 Flex, Evolve2 55, and Evolve2 50 models.

Shokz Opencomm2 UC – This headset weighs 33 g (1.16 oz) and is the lightest on my list. The Opencomm2 weighs less than a golf ball (45g). Unlike traditional headsets that cover or go into your ears, the Opencomm2 UC sits outside the ear canal. This eliminates the discomfort or fatigue often associated with prolonged use of in-ear or over-ear headphones. The headset is built with a lightweight titanium frame, which makes it easy to wear for extended periods without feeling weighed down. The Opencomm2 UC utilizes bone conduction technology, which transmits sound through vibrations in your cheekbones to your inner ear. This eliminates the need for earbuds or earcups, further enhancing comfort. The headset features a wraparound design with a silicone band that helps keep it securely in place without causing excessive pressure or discomfort.

HP Poly Voyager Focus 2 – This headset weighs 175 g (6.08 oz), comparable to a hockey puck or billiard ball. The headband is designed to be lightweight, reducing pressure on the top of your head with a sling design that helps distribute the headset’s weight evenly, preventing it from feeling too heavy on any one spot. This is currently the only headset I’ve tested that has this feature. The ear cushions are made from a soft, plush material that conforms to the shape of your ears, providing a comfortable and secure fit. The headband and ear cups are lined with soft padding to enhance comfort further and reduce pressure points.

Most Comfortable UC Bluetooth Headsets

Yealink BH70 Stereo – This headset weighs 147 g (5.19 oz), less than a medium-sized apple. As one of the lightest headsets on the market, it helps reduce neck and shoulder fatigue during extended wear. The BH70 has an ergonomic design that contours to the shape of your head for a comfortable fit. The earcups are made of soft, leatherette material that is gentle on your skin. The headband is adjustable to ensure a snug fit that won’t slip or slide during use.

Most Comfortable UC Bluetooth Headsets

Logitech Zone Vibe WirelessThis headset weighs 185 g (6.52 oz), or as much as a standard-sized chocolate bar. While it’s the heaviest headset on my list, it’s still lighter than most over-the-ear headphones. This lightweight helps reduce strain during extended wear. The earcups usememory foam; you can find the perfect fit by expanding the headband. The headband and earcup covers use a soft knitted fabric for a comfortable feel against your skin. The headset is designed to distribute weight evenly, minimizing pressure points on your head.

Most Comfortable UC Bluetooth Headsets

This top five list is based on headsets I’ve tested as of writing this blog post. Beyond comfort, other factors to consider when selecting a headset include compatibility, connectivity, corded vs. wireless, budget, and more! It’s best to contact a subject matter expert like Call One, Inc. to help you navigate the hundreds of headset models available.

Most Comfortable UC Bluetooth Headsets

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Yealink BH70

Why You Should Consider the Yealink BH70 for Your Next Headset Purchase

I have the privilege and opportunity to test professional-grade headsets from all the leading brands. Want to see and hear how they perform in real-world environments? Check out the Call One, Inc. YouTube Channel. The Yealink BH70 Bluetooth Headset should be considered the next time your organization needs UC Bluetooth headsets. Why? Let’s get into it.

Yealink BH70 Model

Wearing Style

USB-A or USB-C

UC or Teams Certified

Yealink BH70 Mono Teams USB-C

Mono Headband

USB-C

Microsoft Teams

Yealink BH70 Mono UC USB-C

Mono Headband

USB-C

UC

Yealink BH70 Mono UC USB-A

Mono Headband

USB-A

UC

Yealink BH70 Mono Teams USB-A

Mono Headband

USB-A

Microsoft Teams

Yealink BH70 Dual UC USB-C

Dual Headband

USB-C

UC

Yealink BH70 Dual Teams USB-C

Dual Headband

USB-C

Microsoft Teams

Yealink BH70 Dual UC USB-A

Dual Headband

USB-A

UC

Yealink BH70 Dual Teams USB-A

Dual Headband

USB-A

Microsoft Teams

Ideal for Work From Anywhere

The Yealink BH70 Series is designed to connect to your laptop via the included BT51 dongle and Bluetooth 5.2 to your mobile device. This makes it an ideal headset for various work environments, including hybrid work, open offices, remote work, and contact centers.

Comfort and Durability

Based on my experience with the current Yealink headsets, the BH70 is one of the most comfortable I’ve used. Designed with user comfort in mind, the BH70 headsets feature an ergonomic design and leather ear cushions. They are lightweight, with the dual-ear models weighing 147g and the mono-ear models weighing 91g, making them comfortable for all-day use. The headsets are built to last with high-quality materials and have a 2-year warranty.

Long Battery Life

One of the standout features of the BH70 series is the impressive battery life. With up to 35 hours of talk time and a quick charging time of just 90 minutes, you can rely on these headsets for extended periods without frequent recharging. I have gone an entire work week without charging. Additionally, the headsets have a standby time of 22 days.

Use as Corded Device

If you run out of battery, are in a location that doesn’t allow Bluetooth, or are experiencing wireless density issues, you can use the Yealink BH70 as a corded/wired audio device by using the included USB-C to USB-A 2.0 cable.

Wearing Style Versatility

The Yealink BH70 series is available in mono and dual-ear headband-wearing styles. You can also rotate the mic boom to have the mic on your right or left side.

Certified for Microsoft Teams

The Yealink BH70 Bluetooth headsets are certified for Microsoft Teams and include a dedicated Teams button. This certification ensures compatibility and optimal performance with Microsoft’s communication platform.

Low Pricing

Compared to other brands that offer similar features, functionality, and audio performance, the Yealink BH70 Bluetooth Headsets are much lower priced.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Yealink BH70 Bluetooth Headset is a standout choice for anyone needing a reliable, high-quality headset. Its versatile connectivity options make it suitable for various work environments, whether at home, in the office, or on the go. The exceptional comfort, ensured by its ergonomic design and lightweight build, allows for extended wear without discomfort. The impressive battery life and quick charging capabilities mean you won’t be left without a functioning headset during crucial times. Additionally, using the headset as a corded device adds a layer of reliability and flexibility. Certified for Microsoft Teams and available at a competitive price, the Yealink BH70 offers exceptional value. If you’re looking for a headset that combines comfort, durability, and advanced features without breaking the bank, the Yealink BH70 should be at the top of your list.

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Call One, Inc. offers an Enterprise and Contact Center Program (ECCP) that enables qualified customers to get a free sample of Yealink headsets to test in their environment. To learn more, visit our website or contact us for help selecting the right headset for your organization.

Call One, Inc. is a nationally certified woman-owned business that provides professional-grade audio and video solutions for personal and team workspaces.

 Jabra Evolve2 65 vs. Evolve2 65 Flex: Which is Right for You?  

The Jabra Evolve2 65 and Evolve2 65 Flex are excellent UC Bluetooth wireless headsets designed for hybrid workers, with several key differences. Here’s a comparison to help you decide which one is right for you: 

Price: 

  • Jabra Evolve2 65: The price range varies from $289 to $362 
  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: The price range varies from $329 to $389

Color: 

  • Jabra Evolve2 65: Available in both black and beige options.  
  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Only available in black.

Mono and Stereo: 

  • Jabra Evolve2 65: Mono (single ear) and Stereo
    (dual ear) models are available. Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Only available in black.
  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Only available in Stereo (dual ear). 

Flexible Design: 

  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Can be folded into a compact form for easier storage and transport. Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Only available in Stereo (dual ear). 
  • Jabra Evolve2 65: Ear Cushions fold flat for easy storage and transport. 

Jabra Air Comfort Technology: 

  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Includes Jabra Air Comfort technology, featuring redesigned earcup cushions, softer earcup material, and a perforated headband for improved comfort during long meetings and calls. 
  • Jabra Evolve2 65: Does not include Jabra Air Comfort Technology. 

What is Jabra Air Comfort Technology? 

Back-to-back meetings can mean being in a headset all day. To take the pressure off, Jabra has created a new comfort technology called Air Comfort. It features redesigned earcup cushions with a new pattern and material that distributes pressure on the ear more evenly. The inside of the ear cups have also been changed to a softer, more responsive material that helps to relieve pressure on the ears. The headband has a new perforated design that distributes pressure more evenly on the top of the head. This makes it feel like you’re not even wearing a headset during long meetings. Jabra Air Comfort technology was perfected by engineers over many years, so you can look forward to a new level of comfort during meetings and calls. Jabra Air Comfort comes with the Evolve2 65 Flex, Evolve2 55, and Evolve2 50

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Active Noise Cancellation (ANC): 

  • Jabra Evolve2 65: Provides Passive Noise Cancellation (PNC) using memory foam ear cushions and a new angled design. 
  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Includes Hybrid ANC and HearThrough features for noise cancellation and environmental awareness. 

Want to learn more about PNC vs. ANC? Check out this blog: Exploring the Difference Between Active and Passive Noise Cancellation in Headset Speakers 

Charging Options:

  • Jabra Evolve2 65: Offers models with a charging stand, which can also be purchased separately. 
  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Offers models with a wireless charging pad with a lower profile, making it more portable. 

Summary:

  • Both headsets are suitable for hybrid work and work-from-anywhere setups. 
  • The Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex is preferred for its foldable design, sleek profile, thin earcups, hidden boom arm, wireless charging, long battery life, ANC speakers, and extreme comfort. 

Why Buy from Authorized Jabra Reseller: 

Authorized Jabra Resellers like Call One, Inc. provide subject matter expertise, pre-and post-sale support, genuine Jabra products, full warranties, and access to special incentives and programs. 

Here’s a comparison matrix for a more detailed overview: 

Model 

Jabra Evolve2 65 

Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex 

MSRP Range 

$289 – $362 

$329-$389 

Designed For 

Hybrid Worker 

Hybrid Worker 

Box Contents 

Headset, desk stand (SKU dependent) Jabra Link 380 BT adapter, 1.2m/3.9ft USB-C to 
USB-A cable, soft pouch, warranty, and warning (safety leaflets) 

Headset, Link 380 Bluetooth adapter, USB cable 1.2m/3.9ft, carry 
pouch, user documents, Wireless Charging Pad (SKU dependent) 

Connectivity 

Computer and Mobile Devices – Bluetooth, USB-C, USB-A 

Computer and Mobile Devices – Bluetooth, USB-C, USB-A 

Bluetooth Version 

Bluetooth 5.0  

Bluetooth 5.2  

Bluetooth Profiles 

HSP v1.2, HFP v1.7, A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.6, PBAP v1.1, SPP v1.2 

A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.6, HFP v1.8, HSP v1.2, PBAP v1.1, SPP v1.2 

Headset Type 

Bluetooth Wireless can be used as a Corded USB device 

Bluetooth Wireless can be used as a Corded USB device 

Headset Weight 

Stereo 176.4g/6.22oz 
Mono 99.2g/3.49oz 

Stereo 136g | 4.8oz 

Warranty 

2 Years 

2 Years 

Busylight 

Yes 

Yes 

ANC 

No (Uses Passive Noise Cancellation) 

Yes – Hybrid ANC 

HearThrough 

No 

Yes 

Speaker Size 

40mm 

28mm 

Audio codecs supported 

SBC 

SBC 

Microphone Type 

3 Digital MEMS 

2 Analog MEMS / 4 Digital MEMS (Stereo) 

UC & Microsoft Teams Certified 

Yes 

Yes 

USB-A and USB-C  Models 

Yes 

Yes 

3.5mm Jack 

No 

No 

Wireless Range 

Up to 30m/100ft 

Up to 30m/100ft 

Wearing Style 

Headband – Single and Dual Ear 

Headband – Dual Ear Only 

Talk Time 

Up to 35hrs (with busylight off)/Up to 24hrs (with busylight on) 

Up to 20 hours (with ANC/busylight off)/Up to 15 hours (with ANC on/busylight on) 

Music Time 

Up to 37hrs 

Up to 32 hours (with ANC off)/Up to 21 hours (with ANC on) 

Charging Time 

Up to 90min 

Up to 120 minutes 

Software 

Jabra Direct, Jabra Sound+, Jabra Xpress 

Jabra Direct, Jabra Sound+, Jabra Xpress 

Number of Models 

20 

8 

 

Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex and Evolve2 65 Part Numbers, Models, and MSRP 

SKU

Model

MSRP

26599-899-999

Evolve2 65 Link380a MS Mono Black

$289

26599-899-899

Evolve2 65 Link380c MS Mono Black

$289

26599-889-999

Evolve2 65 Link380a UC Mono Black

$289

26599-889-899

Evolve2 65 Link380c UC Mono Black

$289

26599-999-999

Evolve2 65 Link380a MS Stereo Black

$301

26599-999-899

Evolve2 65 Link380c MS Stereo Black

$301

26599-999-998

Evolve2 65 Link380a MS Stereo Beige

$301

26599-999-898

Evolve2 65 Link380c MS Stereo Beige

$301

26599-989-999

Evolve2 65 Link380a UC Stereo Black

$301

26599-989-899

Evolve2 65 Link380c UC Stereo Black

$301

26599-989-998

Evolve2 65 Link380a UC Stereo Beige

$301

26599-989-898

Evolve2 65 Link380c UC Stereo Beige

$301

26599-899-989

Evolve2 65 Link380a MS Mono Stand Black

$350

26599-899-889

Evolve2 65 Link380c MS Mono Stand Black

$350

26599-889-989

Evolve2 65 Link380a UC Mono Stand Black

$350

26599-889-889

Evolve2 65 Link380c UC Mono Stand Black

$350

26599-999-989

Evolve2 65 Link380a MS Stereo Stand Black

$362

26599-999-889

Evolve2 65 Link380c MS Stereo Stand Black

$362

26599-989-989

Evolve2 65 Link380a UC Stereo Stand Black

$362

26599-989-889

Evolve2 65 Link380c UC Stereo Stand Black

$362

26699-989-999-01

Evolve2 65 Flex Link380a UC Stereo

$329

26699-999-999-01

Evolve2 65 Flex Link380a MS Stereo

$329

26699-989-899-01

Evolve2 65 Flex Link380c UC Stereo

$329

26699-999-899-01

Evolve2 65 Flex Link380c MS Stereo

$329

In summary, choosing the Jabra Evolve2 65 and Evolve2 65 Flex will depend on your preferences and priorities, such as color, design, ANC capabilities, and charging options. Both are designed to meet the needs of hybrid workers and offer a high level of comfort and functionality. 

Have questions or need more information? Contact us!  

Yealink BH71 Mono Bluetooth Headset

Yealink Introduces the BH71 Mono Bluetooth Headset Series for Work From Anywhere

Introducing the Yealink BH71 Mono Bluetooth Headset Series for Work from Anywhere, a revolutionary device that provides high-definition audio quality wherever you are. This headset is perfect for those who are always on the go, whether in the car, train, or office. With the BH71, you can connect to your smartphone, desk phone, or PC and experience crystal-clear audio with every call. 

Yealink BH71 Mono Bluetooth Headset
Yealink BH71 Workstation

The BH71 features 4-mic beamforming noise cancellation technology, ensuring you are always heard clearly, no matter the surrounding environment. This advanced technology blocks background noise, so you can focus on the conversation. The BH71 also provides an adjustable ear hook for comfortable wearing, and you can pull out the ear hook easily to best fit your ear. 

Moreover, the BH71 guarantees 10-hour talk time, ensuring you are always connected throughout the day. For those who need even more battery life, the BH71 Pro and BH71 Workstation Pro models come with a portable charging case that provides an additional 20 hours of battery life. With this charging case, you can even cover all week’s use. 

For those who need an all-in-one UC communication experience, the BH71 Workstation and BH71 Workstation Pro models are the perfect fit. These models come with a station that can connect to your desk phone, PC, and smartphone simultaneously. The station also has a 3-inch touch screen, a speakerphone, 3 USB 3.0 ports, a Qi wireless charger for your smartphone, and a portable charging case. With all these features, the BH71 Workstation and BH71 Workstation Pro can make your office look stylish and nice.

In terms of design, the BH71 is sleek and modern, with a matte black finish and minimalist design. The device is lightweight and compact, making it easy to carry around wherever you go. The BH71 Pro and BH71 Workstation Pro models come with a stylish charging case that is also lightweight and portable. 

Overall, the BH71 Mono Bluetooth Wireless Business Headset System is an excellent choice for anyone who needs high-quality audio for business communication. With its advanced noise cancellation technology, comfortable fit, and long battery life, the BH71 is a must-have for anyone who wants to stay connected on-the-go.

The Yealink BH71 Series of Bluetooth Headsets include four models:  

Similarities: 

  • 4—Mic Beamforming noise cancellation 
  • Adjustable Ear Hook for added comfort 
  • Up to 10 Hours of Talk Time 
  • 18 grams / 0.63 ounces 

Warranty:

2 years

Differences:

Connectivity

  • BH71 – Mobile  
  • BH71 Pro – Mobile/PC 
  • BH71 Workstation and BH71 Workstation Pro– Mobile/PC/Deskphone 

Wireless Range 

  • BH71 and BH71 Pro – Up to 100ft / 30m 
  • BH71 Workstation and BH71 Workstation Pro – Up to 250ft / 75m 

BT51 Dongle

  • BH71 Pro and BH71 Workstation Pro include BT51 dongle 
  • BH71 and BH71 Workstation do NOT include BT51 dongle 

Portable Case 

  • BH71 – Carrying case without built-in battery 
  • BH71 Pro – Charging case (20hrs battery life) 
  • BH71 Workstation – Case NOT included 
  • BH71 Workstation Pro – Charging case (20hrs battery life) 

Workstation  

  • Workstation is a base with 3-inch Touch screen, Speakerphone, Built-in 3 USB Hub and Qi Wireless Charger 
  • BH71 Workstation and BH71 Workstation Pro include Workstation 
  • BH71 and BH71 Pro do NOT include Workstation 

Contact an authorized Yealink Reseller like Call One, Inc. if you would like to learn more or check if you qualify for a free demo.  

My Favorite Home Office Technology

My Favorite Home Office Technology – The evolution of our home office from March 2020 to November 2022

As we head into the 2022 Holiday Season, I wanted to share my favorite home office technology! But first, let’s rewind to March 2020. March 2020 was the first month for most office workers to start their work-from-home journey. Reminder at the time, it was only going to be temporary. My wife and I are empty-nesters, and I was fortunate to have a dedicated home office. My wife set up her workstation on our dining room table. We all know two weeks turned into months and months into years. We have made several changes to our work-from-home environments over that time.

As a Director of Human Resources, it became impractical for my wife to remain at the dining room table. She often deals with sensitive information and needs to keep it private. After two weeks, she purchased a small desk and moved into our guest bedroom. Over time, we replaced the bedroom furniture and carpet with proper office furniture and vinyl plank floors. We converted the guest bedroom into a real home office.

Many of the changes I made are not immediately visible or noticeable. I added a work table next to my desk to film unboxing videos, stage, and charge audio and video devices. I added shelves in my home office closet to hold the additional devices. I also made some changes to the equipment I use daily.

My Favorite Home Office Technology
My wife’s home office March 2020

I need to have an optimal home office setup to support the way I work and can be the most productive. As the Sr. Director of Marketing and Emerging Technology, I spend a lot of time testing professional-grade audio and video devices. I film videos to help people make more informed purchasing decisions. I also do standard office stuff. I review and respond to emails, IMs, and texts, take and make voice calls, join many video meetings, and work with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, Sheets, and other applications. My wife and I started venturing back into society and traveling again this year, so I added some new family pictures and picture frames to my home office!

Before I share our favorite home office technology, here are some changes we made to our technology and equipment, starting with my wife.

Changes to technology I’ve made in my home office:


My Favorite Home Office Technology
My home office March 2020

Since March 2020, I have tested hundreds of devices. In addition to my favorite pieces of technology, here are some devices I’ve tried recently:

    My Favorite Home Office Technology

    My Favorite Home Office Technology
    My home office November 2022

    Over the past few years, our hiring practices have shifted. We now employ team members across multiple states and cities.

    Logitech Brio

    One of my wife’s favorite pieces of technology is her Logitech Brio webcam. She states the camera helps to make her look her best compared to other cameras. I have shared several webcams with her, and she continues to stick with the Logitech Brio.

    Jabra PanaCast 20

    The Jabra PanaCast 20 has become my favorite webcam for several reasons.

    The video quality of the Jabra PanaCast 20 is excellent across all video platforms, including Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, Webex, and more! Jabra Direct provides a Camera Controller that allows me to customize the experience. I can turn on Intelligent Zoom, so the camera focuses on whether I sit straight up or lay low in my chair. The Jabra PanCast 20 Picture-in-Picture feature is an excellent feature that allows me to share a close-up of a product. Hence, people see the details while keeping my face in the video for a more engaging experience. I use this feature frequently in our YouTube videos to show the decibel level readings while I test headset mics in loud environments.

    Manufacturers need to make their devices portable to support the growing hybrid workforce. The Jabra PanaCast 20 included carry case is a welcomed addition. Initially, it doesn’t seem like a big deal until you have to pack up your gear to work in a different location. A designated carry case makes it easier to pack up the camera and cable and protect them.

    I have tested several cameras, and the Jabra PanaCast 20 is my favorite webcam!

    Logitech Logi Dock

    The Logitech Logi Dock is our absolute favorite piece of home office technology! It is a game-changer and a must-have for anyone in a dedicated office space. There is no other device I have tested or am aware of that provides the features and functionality of the Logi Dock. TIME recently revealed its list of Best Inventions of 2022, featuring 200 extraordinary innovations changing our lives. The Logitech Logi Dock is listed as a winner in the productivity category.

    Logi Dock – One Cable to Laptop

    My wife really dislikes clutter and cables. Before the Logi Dock, disconnecting and reconnecting our laptops to head into the office was very cumbersome and inconvenient. My wife had to crawl on the floor to disconnect the power cable from the power strip, the USB-C cable from the dock, and one of her USB devices because her original dock did not have enough USB ports to support all her peripherals. I found myself in a similar situation, except I have power strips easily accessible on the top of my desk. When testing products, it was always a challenge because of the limited USB ports. I was constantly disconnecting and reconnecting USB peripherals and devices.

    The Logi Dock has a single USB-C cable that will provide power and access to all the devices and peripherals you have connected to the dock. Disconnecting and reconnecting for hybrid work is a breeze with just one cable!

    Logi Dock Ports

    Monitor ports

    • ·1 x HDMI v. 2.0 (Support up to 4K, i.e. 3840 x 2160 @60Hz HDR) 7See support page for compatibility updates
    • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 (Support up to 4K, i.e. 3840 x 2160 @60Hz HDR) 8See support page for compatibility updates.

    Peripheral ports

    • 2 x USB-A
      • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) with 4.5W charging 9See support page for compatibility update
      • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) with 7.5W fast charging
    • 3 x USB-C
      • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) with 4.5W charging 10See support page for compatibility updates.
      • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) with 7.5W fast charging
    • 1 x USB-C Upstream

    Others

    • 1 x Bluetooth Sync button
    • 1 x AC power (230W, 19.5V)
    • Security slot type: Kensington security slot

    Logi Dock – Join Meetings with one touch

    One of the top features and functions of the Logi Dock is the ability to join meetings with one touch and receive ambient light notifications when a meeting is about to start! Whenever you have any scheduled events or meetings coming up, the Logi Dock begins blinking to notify you of upcoming meetings visually! All you have to do is press the button directly on top of the Logi Dock to join Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Meet meetings! (I have also been able to join Cisco Webex Meetings) To access this, you integrate your Office 365 or Google Calendar via Logi Tune. It was such a hassle before Logi Dock and Calendar Integration with Logi Tune. Now I can keep working until I see those purple lights start blinking!

    Logi Dock – Mute Mic and Camera

    Mute is your friend during video meetings, especially when several people are in the meeting. It’s courteous to mute yourself if you are not the one speaking or if there are distracting noises like dogs barking, lawnmowers, or loud people around you. Logi Dock has a lovely prominent mute button on the top you can press. It lights up red when muted to let you know. Sometimes it’s necessary to turn off your camera. The camera mute is especially beneficial when your camera doesn’t have a privacy shutter. While many webcams have attachable or integrated privacy shutters, the dedicated camera mute button on the Logi Dock is very convenient and less distracting than your fingers reaching up to the camera to close the shutter.

    Logi Dock – Premium Speakerphone

    I started using the Blue Mic Yeti to record audio for our YouTube videos, and I am now using the Logi Dock! Whether you are on a call, video meeting, or listening to music, the Logi Dock audio does not disappoint. It sounds good. Like really good. We often use a separate USB speakerphone in our home offices for listening to music or for those extended meetings or webinars, and now we use the Logi Dock.

    • Custom, 55mm, neodymium audio drivers
    • Six noise-canceling microphones
    • Passive radiators for enhanced bass
    • Anti-vibration suspension system
    • Anti-vibration acoustic enclosure

    Logi Dock – Certified and Compatible

    Logi Dock is certified for Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Google Voice, Zoom, and Tencent Meeting. It’s also compatible with common calling applications across most platforms and operating systems within your IT ecosystem. And because it’s simple for employees to set up, you can confidently deploy Logi Dock to your remote and hybrid workforce.

    Logi Dock – Beyond the Home Office    

    Whether employees are in the office, at home, or somewhere else, Logitech Sync device management software helps everyone stay connected by letting you ensure their Logitech Business devices are healthy and up to date. In addition to Logitech Meeting Room Solutions, Logitech Sync supports Logitech Personal Collaboration Devices, including Logi Dock! See the complete list of supported devices for management here.

    Logi Dock covers multiple bases

    The Logi Dock is our dock, meeting control center, and premium speakerphone. It connects our laptop to our larger displays and USB peripherals, including our two other favorite home office pieces of technology, our webcams.

    In summary

    The work landscape changed forever on March 2020. My wife and I have transformed our home offices to support the way we work. While our roles are different, our need to communicate and collaborate is similar. We both join many video meetings across multiple platforms. The Jabra PanaCast 20 and Logitech Brio provide us with excellent video quality! The Logi Docks are an entirely new productivity device category that offers many great features, including premium, professional-grade audio!

    My Favorite Home Office Technology
    My wife’s home office November 2022

    My wife and I have invested much time and money into creating optimal workspaces in our home offices. The challenge we face is that the technology in our home offices is better than our corporate office. I suspect this is true for many and one of many reasons employers struggle to get employees back in the office.

    We will probably get a dedicated Logi Dock for our corporate offices to have a consistent experience in our home and corporate locations.

    What changes have you made to your home offices?

    Contact us if you want to learn more about technology and devices for wherever you work! Call One, Inc. is a certified Woman-Owned business that has been helping people do their business better by simplifying access to communications and collaboration solutions for over 35 years!

    Online Room Configuration Guides

    Online Room Configuration Guides from Logitech, Poly, Jabra and Yealink 

    Video conferencing and collaboration continues to expand and evolve to support the new ways of working. Microsoft Teams and Zoom are front runners; however, businesses use multiple platforms, including Webex, Google Meet, BlueJeans, GoTo, 8×8, and more.  

    Leading brands have developed online tools to help establish a starting point. It’s always best to contact a subject matter expert. Something as simple as a wrong cable or length can delay your project. Subject matter experts can help guide and ensure you get all the required components to set up an optimal video conferencing experience based on your needs and expectations. Companies like Call One, Inc. have been in the audio and video conferencing space since 2003 and can help provide the right solutions.  

    Below are the current online video conferencing selection tools available. I’ve also created short videos to help you navigate these awesome online tools!  

    Logitech Room Configurator

    Online Room Configuration Guides for Video Conferencing 

    Logitech Room Configurator 

    Walk through video:

    How it works: 

    • Answer a few quick questions about your space. 
    • What is your primary video conferencing platform? Choose the video conferencing platform your organization uses most often. 
      • Google Meet 
      • Microsoft Teams 
      • Zoom Rooms 
      • Ring Central 
    • What size room are you setting up? Choose the option that best matches the seating capacity of your room.
      • Phone Booth (Up to 3) 
      • Huddle Room (Up to 6) 
      • Medium Room (Up to 12) 
      • Medium Plus (Up to 16) 
      • Large Room (Up to 20) 
      • Board Room (20+) 
      • U-Shaped Table (20+) 
    • Would you prefer to deploy via a dedicated video conferencing appliance, or a meeting room computer?
      • Appliance-Based Video Conferencing Solution 
      • PC-Based Video Conferencing Solution 
    • Choose Conference Camera 
    • Add room-filling audio. – Choose from the following audio extensions to make sure everyone can hear and be heard clearly. Please note: Some items may be required based on a previous selection. Choose your meeting controller – Select a controller that directly connects to the meeting room PC or video bar, or one that is untethered from the room system. 
    • Pick optional mounting hardware and cables – These items will safely secure your meeting room devices. Please note: Some items may be required based on previous selections. 
    • Choose optional add-ons – Enhance the meeting experience with optional add-ons. 
    • Finish up by selecting your software and services 

    Poly Spaces 

    Walk through video:

    How it works:  

    • As of writing this blog, there are multiple “Spaces” to choose from, including Home Office, Education, Government, Healthcare, Office, Financial, and Mobile. However, “Office” is the only Space currently available for selection. 
       
    • Pick your Platform
      • Poly 
      • Microsoft Teams 
      • Zoom 
    • Select Workspace
      • 1-2 people – Focus Room – Room size 10’ x 10’ / 3.05m x 3.05m 
      • 3-5 people – Small / Huddle Room – Room size 10’ x 15’ / 3.05m x 4.57m 
      • 6-10 people – Medium Room – Room size 15’ x 20’ / 4.57m x 6.10m 
      • 11-15 people – Large Room – Room size 15’ x 28’ / 4.57m x 8.53m 
      • 16+ people – Custom / Specialty Room – Room size 20’ x 33’ / 6.10m x 10.06m  
    • When a Workspace is selected, you will have the options to review:
      • View Cabling
        • Room View 
        • Diagram View 
      • Check Coverage
        • Cameras 
        • Displays 
        • Speakers 
        • Microphones 
      • Show Materials
        • Featured Poly Hardware 
        • Poly Accessories 
        • Poly Service / Support 
      • Accessories
        • Available Poly Accessories 
        • Available Third-Party Accessories 
      • Options
        • List of available options by Poly or 3rd Party 
      • Download
        • You have to option to download a pdf of the results
           

    Jabra Video Solutions Guide 

    Online Room Configuration Guides

    Walk through video:

    How it works: 

    • Scroll down their Business Video Conferencing page until you locate: Meeting your meeting needs – Use our configurator to help you decide which PanaCast is right for you and your business. Scroll down and click Start
       
    • Question 1 of 3
      • What type of collaboration solution do you need?
        • Personal Solutions 
        • Teaching Solutions 
        • Meeting Solutions 
    • Question 2 of 3
      • Please select your platform
        • Personal Solutions
          • Microsoft Teams 
          • Zoom, Google, Others 
      • Teaching Solutions
        • Microsoft Teams 
        • Zoom, Google, Others 
      • Meeting Room Solutions
        • Bring your own laptop 
        • Teams Room 
        • Zoom Room
    • Question 3 of 3
      • Personal Solutions
        • Where do you work?
          • Home Office 
          • Office Desk 
          • Co-Working Space 
      • Once you select work space, you will be provided a list of Jabra audio, video, and accessories models including highlighted Recommended solutions.  
      • Teaching Solutions
        • Where do you work?
          • In the classroom 
          • From home 
        • Once you select work space, you will be provided a list of Jabra solutions including highlighted Recommended solutions.  
      • Meeting Room Solutions
        • Where do you meet?
          • Huddle Room 
          • Medium meeting room 
          • Large meeting room 
        • Once you select a meeting space, you will be provided a list of Jabra audio, video, and accessories models including highlighted Recommended solutions.   

    Yealink Room Configurator 

    Online Room Configuration Guides

    Walk through video:

    • Click Get Started
      • A pop-up window recommending you login or register to a Yealink Support Account to enjoy more advanced feature (export/share/project files management) 
    • Select Seat Number and Room Type of Conferencing Room
      • Phone Room – 1-2 people – 1m x 1m 
      • Small Room – 3-7 people – 3m x 5m 
      • Medium Room – 7-12 people – 4m x 6m 
      • Large Room – 12-20 people 5m x 8m 
      • Ultra-Large Room – 20-40 people – 8m x 16m 
    • Select Core Kit to start
      • Different options will appear on the right side of the screen 
    • Choose Your Preferred Peripherals
      • Different options like cameras, audio, presentation tools, and other peripherals will appear on the right side of the screen.  
    • Choose your Preferred room accessories
      • Available accessories will appear on the right side of the screen.  
    • Add Optional Mounting Hardware and Cables
      • Depending on your selections, you will see a list of mounting hardware and cables.  
    • This is Your Room Design
      • 3D Diagram 
      • Wiring Diagram
        • X-Ray view of the room with hardware and cables and a legend
      • Seating Diagram
        • Shows Camera FOV and mic pick up range 
    • Picture – SKU – Category – Description – Qty 
    • Options to:
      • Start Over 
      • Share Save Proposal 

    Video Enable All Meeting Spaces 

    As business leaders wrestle with decisions to return to the office, remain remote or adopt a hybrid work model, the reality remains that how people work and collaborate has changed. Leading platform vendors like Microsoft and Zoom continue to evolve and introduce new features to improve collaboration regardless of whether people are in the room or remote.  

    Video conferencing device manufacturers are also evolving and developing new solutions that make it easy to video enable all meeting spaces, small to large.  

    From Your Desktop 

    Team members who join meetings from desktops have several options, including corded and wireless headsets, speakerphones, webcams, and all-in-one audio/video devices.  

    Wireless headsets are available in DECT or Bluetooth. DECT headsets offer stronger security and typically longer wireless range while Bluetooth headsets support connectivity to multiple devices. Corded USB headsets are a great option since they generally are plug-and-play and simple to use. 

    ANC headsets are a great option if you work in a noisy environment. ANC headsets include true wireless earbuds, on-ear, and over-ear options. There are also different boom mic options, from boomless mics to retractable mics.   

    USB Speakerphones can be simple or include a long list of features to support however you work. Speakerphones are an excellent alternative for whenever you don’t want to wear a headset. They are also portable, many support Bluetooth, and can connect with your computer and mobile device.  

    Webcams are available to support all use cases and budgets. Things to consider when selecting a webcam include:  

    • Compatibility with the operating system 
    • Video platforms supported 
    • Windows Hello support 
    • Video resolution 
    • Field of View (Fixed or Adjustable) 
    • Auto-Framing 
    • Auto-Focus 
    • Light Correction 
    • Built-in Microphones 
    • Privacy Shutter 
    • Mounting Options 
    • USB-A or USB-C 
    • Cable length 
    • All-in-one 
    • Warranty 
    • Additional features 
    • Price 

    Logi Dock for Desktop 

    The Logitech Logi Dock is a new category of devices. Logitech describes this as an All-in-one docking station with meeting controls and a speakerphone. Used in conjunction with Logi Tune software, you have a powerful device that allows you to join meetings across different platforms at the press of a button. The Logi Dock is a must-have to help increase productivity in your home or independent office. Watch these videos to see the Logi Dock in action! There is nothing else on the market that compares.  

    Video Enable All Meeting Spaces

    All-In-One Solutions  

    All-In-One video solutions are convenient, and an inexpensive way to video enable small to large rooms. All-In-One solutions are available as simple USB audio & video devices (imagine a big webcam with microphones and speakers) or can be used with an in-room PC or placed into Appliance mode, depending on the model. Your in-house teams can typically install these, saving money on installation fees. These solutions support the latest features available for Microsoft Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms, including Microsoft Teams Room Front Row, Touch-enabled display solutions for Teams Rooms, Zoom Rooms for Touch, Digital whiteboarding, Zoom Smart Gallery, and more! 

    Some models have a wide range of peripherals that can be attached to enhance the collaboration experience. Peripherals include analog whiteboard cameras, touchpads, extension mics, and more!  

    Video Enable All Meeting Spaces

    All-in-One devices have extended beyond a video bar. Brands like Poly, DTEN, and Neat offer solutions that include a camera, microphones, speakers, and a display for personal and group use.  

    Contact an authorized reseller to schedule a virtual demonstration to see the solutions in action! 

    Video Bundles 

    Video bundles include all the necessary components as separate items to support placement flexibility depending on room size and configuration. Video bundles may include a camera, microphones, speakers or a camera, speakerphone (mics, speakers, dial pad), and extension microphones.  

    Some use cases require an independent speakerphone that can be used in video meetings or support voice-only calls.  

    Video bundles for personal use include a webcam+ (corded or wireless) headset or webcam + speakerphone. Video bundles are conveniently packaged in a single box to simplify deployments. Examples include the Konftel Personal Video Kit and Poly Studio P5 Kits.  

    Microsoft Teams Room and Zoom Room Bundles 

    Microsoft and Zoom have strong relationships with hardware partners who develop solutions designed to support a wide range of spaces with Microsoft Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms licenses. It’s important to note that you must have the appropriate Microsoft Teams Rooms or Zoom Rooms Licenses and use recommended and certified Microsoft Teams Rooms or Zoom Rooms Hardware to access all the available features.  

    Logitech Video Conferencing Video Enable All Meeting Spaces

    Wireless Presentation and Conferencing  

    Some solutions support wireless content sharing and conferencing and are compatible with most of the leading video conferencing device manufacturers. These solutions allow you to wirelessly share content, turn a dedicated platform meeting room into a BYOD space or take over the USB peripherals from your laptop. Examples of these solutions include ScreenBeam and ClickShare by Barco.  

    Make it easy to join a meeting 

    There are so many options to video-enable meeting spaces of all sizes. Ultimately, it comes down to what you want team members and partners to accomplish while in that space. The easier it is to use the technology in the room, the more productive meetings will be. Make it easy for anyone in your organization to join a meeting.  

    Call One, Inc. has been in business since 1987. We entered the audio and video conferencing space in 2003. We partner with leading brands, including Logitech, Poly, Jabra, Konftel, Yealink, JPL, DTEN, Neat, and more, to help organizations video-enable all their meeting spaces so they can do their business better. How can we help?

    Audio Video Devices 2022

    Audio and Video Device Highlights for First Half of 2022 

    Device manufacturers have created solutions to support work from anywhere. We have seen several new audio and video devices for business this first half of 2022 and shared several via our YouTube Channel. In this blog, we share some highlights! 

    January 2022 

    Konftel Personal Video Kit

    February 2022

    Audio and Video Device

    March/April 2022

    • Enterprise Connect 2022 Video Playlist – This playlist features videos from the Enterprise Connect Expo Hall Floor. We focused on audio and video device brands that are compatible with all the leading enterprise communications and collaboration platforms including Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Cisco Webex, RingCentral, 8×8, GoTo, and more! We film at the booths of AVer, Biamp, DTEN, EPOS, Jabra, Konftel, Logitech, Neat, Poly, Shokz, Spracht, Targus, and Yealink. We also filmed an onsite mic test comparison video that includes eleven UC Bluetooth headsets from Poly, Jabra, Logitech, EPOS, Yealink and Shokz. 

    May 2022

    ADAPT 660 Lifestyle Office Headset Solutions Audio and Video Device
    EPOS Adapt 660
    Audio and Video Device
    • EPOS Adapt 660 AMC vs Adapt 660 (And Adapt 661) – EPOS introduced the stylish EPOS x Aston Martin F1™ Team co-branded headset. Powered by EPOS AI™ for crystal clear communication, the headset has adaptive ANC, superior stereo sound and microphones enhanced by machine learning. This is uncompromised audio for those who live life in the fast lane. How does the Adapt 660 AMC compare with the EPOS Adapt 660 and 661? 
    • Samsung Galaxy Ecosystem | Galaxy Book Pro 360 + Galaxy S22 + Galaxy Tab S8 + Galaxy Buds Pro – I share how you can increase productivity in a Windows and Android environment by utilizing Second Screen and Phone Link with the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360, Galaxy S22, Galaxy Tab S8 and 43” CJ890 Ultra-wide Curved Monitor. 
    • Logitech Zone True Wireless Earbuds | Certified for Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google – Stay focused and in the zone with Zone True Wireless Bluetooth® earbuds. The certified noise-canceling mics, hybrid ANC, and immersive sound are ideal for collaboration in busy workspaces without compromising quality, productivity, or creativity. This video provides an overview of the specifications, microphone, and wireless range tests. 
    • Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere Bundles | Unboxing and Overview – Jabra has created four Jabra PanaCast Meet Anywhere Bundles to support Hybrid working and work from anywhere! They have combined all the necessary components and packed them in a convenient Travel Case. The versatile Jabra PanaCast camera allows you to adjust the Orientation, Field of View, Intelligent Zoom, and Image Quality (Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness, White Balance) all from Jabra Direct. The Jabra Speak 750 is a compact premium speakerphone with two-way full duplex so both sides can hear and be heard clearly, for natural communication even when you’re all in different places. With a dedicated Microsoft Teams button to instantly connect you to your meeting, and a plug-and-play connection for all leading Unified Communication platforms, including Zoom, Google Meet, and more, it offers a seamless meeting experience with fast and powerful communication, anytime and anywhere. The plus (+) bundles include a Table Stand and a set of cable management clips to provide a clean look. 

    June 2022

    • JPL Convey Speakerphone | Overview, Speaker, and Mic Tests – The new JPL Convey is ideal for anyone wanting to talk and listen hands-free when using a softphone. The high-quality speaker is loud enough for everyone around the table to hear. Perfect for team briefings and pitches to clients. The JPL Convey is perfect for any small office or meeting room with up to 4 people. 
    • Logitech Logi Dock | Overview and Demo – The Logitech Logi Dock is an absolute game changer and has established a new category of devices. It is a docking station with meeting controls and enterprise-quality audio that simplifies personal workspaces and improves the work-from-home experience. In this video, I provide an overview and several demos, including speaker output level, how you can quickly join Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Webex meetings from the LogiTune app and Logi Dock, and mic and camera mute features! 
    • JPL Agora | Overview and Demo Video – The JPL Agora is a 4K Ultra HD Intelligent All-In-One Video Sound Bar with Intelligent Zoom. This simple plug-and-play video sound bar allows you to video enable focus rooms, huddle, small, and medium meeting rooms. Designed with a fully adjustable mount, the JPL Agora can be placed above a computer monitor, on a desktop, or on a wall. The JPL Agora video sound bar is simple to connect using the included USB and power cable. The USB cable offers USB-A and USB-C connectors, allowing them to connect to either USB-A or USB-C devices. The JPL Agora is designed with JPL’s plug-and-play software last approach. No software or downloads are needed on installation, and it works with all leading UC and collaboration platforms, including Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, and Webex. 
    Audio and Video Device

    Many organizations are still deciding whether to return to the office, remain remote, or adopt a hybrid work model. Fortunately, there is no shortage of audio and video solutions to maintain communication and collaboration with team members, clients, and partners.  

    An Authorized Reseller like Call One, Inc. can provide pre-and post-sales support and is a nationally certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), supporting your Supplier Diversity initiatives. How can we help?  

    Personal Audio and Video Devices for Hybrid Work in 2022 

    Today hybrid work means working from anywhere. The goal of business and IT leaders is to ensure their teams have a consistent experience whether they are working from home, their corporate offices, or from wherever they choose to work. Professional-grade audio and video devices can aid in providing a consistent experience.  

    Here is a list of factors business and IT leaders need to consider when selecting personal audio and video devices for their employees.  

    Workstyles / Personas 

    There are several roles or personas within an organization with different communication needs. Poly has studied workstyle evolution for nearly a decade and identified six distinct work styles, or personas, making up 92% of a typical enterprise: Office Communicator, Office Collaborator, Remote Collaborator, Flexible Worker, Road Warrior, and Connected Executive. Each persona uses a different set of communications tools. Take a look at the Get To Know Your Workforce – Personas Overview.

    Connectivity 

    Each persona utilizes different communications tools depending on their role and environment. They may need connectivity to a desk phone, computer, mobile device, or a combination. Audio devices have a wide range of connectivity options to support whatever connectivity combination your team needs. For example, teams returning to the office may require connectivity to desk phones and computers. Employees working from home may require connectivity to a laptop and mobile phone. Hybrid team members may need an audio device that supports connectivity to phones, computers, mobile devices and can easily transport between work locations.  

    Platform 

    Leading device manufacturers like Poly, Jabra, EPOS, Yealink, and others offer compatible solutions for all major platforms, including Zoom, Teams, and Webex. Some platforms like Microsoft have developed a peripherals certification program to ensure USB peripherals (such as headsets, speakerphones, webcams, and monitors) offer rich audio or video quality, are plug-and-play, and provide an excellent experience for end-users and administrators. An authorized partner can help with compatibility and identifying which variants are best for your business. Contact us

    Environment 

    Work environments can range from corporate offices, third spaces, home offices, remote locations, or on-the-go! Noise levels will vary. Today workers can experience noise from noisy open offices, traffic, construction, lawnmowers, blenders, children, barking dogs, and more! Knowing your team members’ work environments is essential when selecting devices. Battery life may be a factor if they are somewhere without access to an electrical outlet. Video calls and meetings have become standard during the past two years. When it comes to video, good enough is no longer acceptable. Video quality expectations have increased. Multiple personal and group video conferencing solutions offer high-quality audio and video for more engaging and productive meetings. Take a look at these desktop video solutions from Cisco, Huddly, Jabra, JPL, Konftel, Logitech, Poly, Yealink, and more! 

    Fixed / Portable 

    Hybrid work has made it necessary to transport devices between work locations. The Targus 2 Office Antimicrobial Backpack is made to fit laptops between 15 to 17.3 inches, a full-sized keyboard, and whatever you need to carry! Headsets include carrying cases made of different materials depending on the brand and model. The cases are designed to hold your headset, cables, and dongle. The Jabra PanaCast 20 and the Huddly ONE Work From Anywhere Kit are two cameras that include a travel case to contain the camera and the cable for secure storage during travel.   

    One Size Does NOT Fit All 

    There are multiple roles within an organization with varying levels of communication and collaboration internally and externally. A person who seldom takes or makes calls will need a different audio device than someone with a call-intensive role. The same is true for video. Some positions require being on video presenting and sharing content regularly, while some only join weekly or once a month. The point is, one size does NOT fit all. Business and IT leaders need to consider the above topics when developing standards.  

    New Device Standards 

    The global pandemic has forever changed how, when, and where work is done. Gone are the days of controlled office environments. Organizations need new audio and video device standards. The good news is there is no shortage of options. Leading device manufacturers like Jabra, EPOS, Logitech, JPL, Poly, Yealink, and more have a broad range of solutions to support hybrid and remote work. They are also developing new solutions in response to this new normal of work from anywhere.  

    An Authorized Reseller like Call One, Inc., with over 35 years of experience and a focus on personal and group audio and video solutions, is a great choice to help you develop device standards. To help people and businesses make more informed purchasing decisions, they test most audio and video devices and share them via their YouTube Channel. Call One, Inc. also provides pre and post-sales support and can ship to commercial and residential locations anywhere in the United States. We specialize in supporting mid-market to large enterprises and are a nationally certified Women’s Business Enterprise. Contact us to learn how we can help.