Jabra has recently announced that they will discontinue their popular GN2000 series, however have no fear! The BIZ 1500 is here, and it’s ready to step up as Jabra’s hot new reliable, durable, and affordable replacement.
As you may already know, not all headsets are created equal. While there are the obvious differences in price, sound quality, comfort, and functionality, it takes some thought on the part of manufacturers to get the balance right when designing headsets for a specific purpose.
Jabra have sought to find that balance with the BIZ 1500 series, and they’ve come up with an entry level, corded headset that’s perfectly designed for call centres. This means that they’ve hit the nail on the head when it comes to designing a headset that’s ready to handle high use environments, is functional, and (most importantly) won’t break the bank.
Professional. Affordable. Durable..
…these are the words used by Jabra themselves to described the BIZ 1500, so let’s take a look at what makes this model such a great investment.
Entry level or not, Jabra hasn’t scrimped on sound, with HD audio and Digital Signal processing (DSP) to reduce background noise, protecting your ears from sudden changes in volume. If you opt for the Duo wearing style, you’ll find that DSP is even better at removing unwanted sounds and echoes. For the workplace that’s got a lot going on, the noise cancelling microphone also make life easier for the person on the other end of the line, eliminating outside distractions from your end so that your voice is easier to focus on. The BIZ 1500 aso features PeakStop™ technology, designed to protect your ears by intercepting loud and harmful noises before they reach your ears, ensuring that the sound level always stays within the safe range.
Available in either Mono or Duo wearing styles, the BIZ 1500 is a great headset for both people who like a single ear wearing style, and for those in busy (and noisy!) working environments who need coverage for both ears.
The 270˚ boom-arm is easily adjusted and built to withstand heavy wear and tear but, like anything that’s made to rotate, if you try to force it past it’s stopping point you’ll risk breaking it. The headband can also be adjusted to the wearer’s preference, and the soft foam ear cushions are designed to keep cool for all day comfort.
Jabra BIZ 1500 Variants
When you purchase this model, you’ve got four options to choose from:
The USB variants are designed to work in conjunction with your softphone, while the QD options offer a little more flexibility, connecting to several different devices. Bear in mind that only cables manufactured by Jabra will work with the QD variants, so you’ll also have to purchase a Jabra branded connection that’s compatible with the device you want to connect. The good news is that if you purchase a new phone system or move towards unified communications in the future, you won’t need to purchase new headsets. For example, if you’re connecting your headset to your desk phone now, but want to be able to connect to your mobile phone in the future – you just buy a new cable! So it’s super handy for future-proofing your phone setup.
The USB models aren’t as flexible when it comes to connectivity – but if you’re happy with your current softphone setup and don’t see any changes ahead in the near future, this probably won’t be a problem for you. The good news here is that they’re the perfect partner to Jabra Xpress software, making for easier, computer-based management in call centres or businesses with multiple headsets.
Who suits the Jabra BIZ 1500?
This headset was designed with a specific target market in mind; call centres. It’s durability makes it perfect for situations where it might get a bit of wear and tear, and it’s versatile for different user preferences. The big point, though, is that it’s affordable, so for businesses who need to purchase a number of decent, durable headsets at a reasonable price, it hits the nail on the head.
Having said that, it’s also a fantastic option for entry level use, and just a general good buy for the budget-conscious someone looking to save a few dollars without sacrificing sound quality and comfort. If you are looking to up the ante a little, the BIZ 2300 comes with the added advantage of having a 360˚ mic boom, which is a massive bonus for durability because there’s no stopping point, so you can’t force it too far and risk breaking it.
As far a headsets go, there’s a whole world of options out there, and if you’re looking for all the bells and whistles, you’re looking in the wrong place. It’s a great headset, but it isn’t top-of-the-line (nor does it claim to be). It’s practical, functional, and affordable, and if that’s a you’re looking for, it’s unlikely you’ll be disappointed.