The Plantronics CS500 series has 4 headsets in its range – there’s something to suit everyone and every wearing style.
The Plantronics CS510 Wireless Headset is a monaural (single sided) over the head aka headband style headset.
The Plantronics CS520 Wireless Headset is a binaural (double sided) over the head style.
The Plantronics CS530 Wireless Headset is an over the ear wearing style with an earbud.
And the Plantronics CS540 Wireless Headset is a bit of both worlds and can be worn as a monaural over the head or converted to a over the ear wearing style. As an accessory a neck band can also be purchased.
Design aside the CS500 range is a great starting point for those wanting a desk phone only headset. By desk phone only we just mean that it won’t work with computers and mobile like some of the other Plantronics range (the W700 series).
The CS500’s have a range of up to 100m and when paired with an EHS cable or lifter give the user the ability to answer calls when away from the phone simply by pressing the button on the side of your ear piece. The earpiece also has controls for volume and a mute feature.
Plantronics CS500 headsets use DECT technology which means you will not get interference if you have several headsets in a small space. It will also not pick up interference from WI-FI or Bluetooth networks. The CS500’s give you the option to switch between wideband and narrowband audio. By switching to wideband you will get a clearer sounding call (when used with an IP phone) however for those that need a longer talk time you can switch it into the narrowband mode to extend your talk time.
The CS500’s come with a noise cancelling microphone like most wireless headset which help to filter out background noise giving the person on the other end of your call a more uninterrupted sound.
While the CS510 and CS520 have a much longer talk time of 9 hours the CS530 and CS540 headsets have a talk time of only 6-7 hours. The CS540 also has a slight design flaw in it which means if you have it in the headband wearing style and move the microphone up and out of the way it can sometimes drop completely out of its holder. I recommend that if you know which wearing style you prefer you go with one of the other models rather that the dual wearing style.
The CS500 series have the conference feature – which allows you to pair up to 4 headsets to 1 base, Great for conference calls and listening in while training!
All in all there is something to suit everyone in the Plantronics CS500 range and it is a great basic desk phone only setup. Batteries are replaceable in the headsets (except CS530) so you are bound to get years of use!