Small business owners don’t have the time or deep pockets to test multiple products in today’s hyper-accelerated business environment, so we’re going to give you our take on the top three bluetooth headphones that suit the specific needs of smaller businesses and owners. Clarity of calls tops the list, as well as the reliability of the bluetooth connection. Other big factors include ease of pairing and battery life.
Plantronics Voyager Focus UC Headset
Although the Plantronics Voyager isn’t cheap, at around $250 dollars, it’s worth every cent. They provide all day long comfort for the wearer and sharp, crystal clear audio. A 5.4 ounces, this is one light headset, making use of an over-the-ear design. These are top-notch noise cancelling headphones, able to silence the usual distractors in the office environment, even loud industrial copiers. It charges either on the sleek desktop dock or by a micro usb power port. Dual mics let you gauge your own voice level, so you can make sure you’re not too loud for your listener. The working range from the base is 30 feet, the same for all bluetooth devices, with an unusually high level of clarity at the far end of its range. Note that these ‘phones don’t have an audio jack. They’re bluetooth only. By the way, the “UC” stands for “universal communications,” in case you were wondering. Battery life maxes out t 15 for listening, 10 for speaking and listening, for business.
VXi BlueParrott S450-XT Stereo Bluetooth Headset
The VXi headset is heavier than the Plantronics Voyager but still provide all day long wearability. The sound seems shifted to the bass end of the spectrum, but remains more than good enough for business applications. They don’t have active noise-cancellation, but muffle most distracting noises well. LIke other bluetooth headphones, they provide NFC tap-to-pair, which makes getting the ‘phones to work with the sending station a snap. The snazzily named BlueParrot uses aptX audio compression, a newer technology from QualComm. . Be aware that the earcups on this model are a tad bit smaller than on other brands. As many, if not most call centers employee a majority of women, these headphones are made to cater to that application. Still, anyone can wear these comfortably.
Plantronics Voyager UC
These noise-cancelling bluetooth headphones feature a new technology Plantronics calls “WindSmart,” with 4 mics set into the booth. WindSmart does a great job at nulling out not only the loud, disruptive peak noises; it also shushes out the low rumble of conversations typical in open floor plan offices. Noise cancelling on these headphones is so good windy conditions outside are no problem whatsoever. The speaker boom can be moved back and forth from ear to ear, which is a thoughtful feature. The headpiece can be used behind the ear or over the ear. The headset is sold alone or in a package. In the package you get the headphones, as well as the charging base and the slimline bluetooth adaptor.