Plantronics are in the process of discontinuing the Supraplus series of headsets – For those not familiar with that name this means the HW251, 261, 291 and 301(N) headsets. Some of these models in the last couple of monts have already become unavailable and over the next 12 months the series will be phased out.
They haven’t just discontinued them for the sake of it, these headsets have been around for a long time and Plantronics felt that it was time for a change. So they have created the Encore Pro series which feature 6 amazing new headsets. They have changed design, streamlined and reduced weights on the units all while maintaining the Plantronics quality that we have come to love and expect. The Encore Pro range now gives then end user even more choices than ever before.
So let’s start with the direct replacements.
The HW510 & HW510V is a over the head headband wearing style that covers one ear – so Monaural. The V stands for voice tube. If you are in an office on your own where there is not a lot of background noise or work from home then this is the headset for you. If you are in an office with slightly more going on around you or you have that one really annoying colleague that seems to talk at the top of their lungs when on the phone you may want to look at the HW510 – this incorporates the noise cancelling technology in the microphone to help block out unwanted noise so the person you are speaking to hears you crystal clear.
Again the HW520 is an over the head headband wearing style but this is designed for those looking for a headset that covers both ears – Binaural. Like with the HW510 headsets the V stands for voice tube so keep this in mind when deciding on which one to purchase.
These are considered top of the range in the Plantronics corded selection. Unlike the HW510 and HW520 the HW710 headsets come with the leatherette ear cushions for added comfort. The HW700 range has a telescopic microphone so you can ensure it is in the exact right spot for optimal speech quality. The ear cushions design is also a slightly different as it sits on a ball and socket joint so moves to fit the individual wearing it.
Again these have all the same features as the HW710 – ball and socket joint, telescopic microphone and leatherette cushions but these are a binaural headset (covers both ears).
The HW530 is an over the ear design – so, for those that don’t like headbands for comfort or simply because it will mess up your hair – this is a great option! Weighing in at only 22grams it is the lightest in the range and is great for someone looking for something just a little more discrete.
And finally that brings us to the HW540. This is a headset designed for someone that just doesn’t know what they want – you may have never used a headset before so don’t know what wearing style you like – or you may work in a job share situation where the person you share with likes the opposite style to you.
The HW540 has something to suit everyone, coming with the headband, ear hook and a neckband in the box. I think the detachable parts will make it slightly less durable but if you’re just not sure or need the flexibility the HW540 is the way to go.
I think the new HW500 and HW700 series of headsets are going to be a huge hit! The old versions certainly were and now with more options than ever why wouldn’t you switch over to one of these headsets?