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Microsoft Teams is a popular chat-based workspace and video conferencing tool used by over 145 million people daily. The MS Teams dedicated work hub brings businesses, employees and clients together and includes a bunch of benefits designed to make your life easier.
Whether you work from home, in an office environment, or manage your own team, using Teams presents a great way to collaborate and communicate with your co-workers, staff members or clients.
Teams can drastically improve the flow of information through your business or workplace, and in the process, boost productivity and cut admin costs.
There’s a stack of features and benefits you’d be aware of if you’re using Teams regularly, but if you need a reminder, or are new to Teams, here are a few of the best.
- Microsoft Teams Meetings. Meetings are easy to set up and start running with Microsoft Outlook or the MS Team’s app.
- Microsoft Teams Integrations. There are over 600 apps and plugins that integrate with MS Teams, which makes it the ultimate hub for your business communication needs.
- Together Mode. This feature makes you feel like you’re in the same room, even if you’re in another state or country. Perfect for the remote worker or hybrid workforce.
- Audio Conferencing. A benefit of Teams audio conferencing is that you can call from a Teams meeting to a phone number or vice versa.
- One-On-One Chat. Once you’re in a conversation with someone on your chat list, you’ll be able to send them files, links, GIFs, stickers and emojis.
- Group Chat. Group chat is private, and only group members will be able to read the content.
- File Sharing. Send files to a team channel, group, or one-on-one chat.
As handy as Microsoft Teams is, if you don’t have a decent pair of professional-sounding headsets, you may not be getting the most out of its features.
If you consider that a significant portion of the Teams platform relies on quality audio, your headset choice is critical.
What Headsets Work With Microsoft Teams?
Firstly, all the headsets sold at Simply Headsets will work with Teams, and they’ll work well. Most computers will auto-configure any standard headset to use with Teams.
An important thing to remember is that headset manufacturers often produce two of the same headsets, a standard version and a Teams-certified version. They look identical to the user, but their firmware is different.
Microsoft doesn’t certify every headset that works with Teams as they demand a high level of integration with their services. For that reason, a Teams-certified headset will allow shortcuts into MS Teams and its functions, including dedicated Teams buttons.
Teams buttons allow you to launch Teams, answer a call and give you the option to View Teams voicemails and missed calls. On an MS Teams certified headset, you will find this button on the wireless base station, on a wired dongle, or on the headset itself.
Plus, MS Teams certified headsets make it dead easy to join a scheduled meeting. When a meeting is due to start, the Teams LED on your headset will flash. Tap on the Teams button, and you’re in!
Microsoft also requires Teams-certified headsets to have premium noise-cancelling features, and Teams headsets will auto-configure once plugged into your device. In most instances, you’ll be up and running in seconds.
If you’re a dedicated Teams user and want to use all the extra compatibility and features they offer, you’ll gain more benefits from a Microsoft Teams-certified headset.
What Type of Headsets are ideal for Teams Meetings?
The ideal headset is the one that suits your specific needs. Both wired and wireless headsets have their pros and cons.
Wired Teams Headsets
Wired Headsets are perfect for Teams Meetings if you’re working from a work office or home office and don’t need to move too far from your base. They’re easy to set up, and there’s little long-term maintenance required. The only thing you’ll need to do is change the ear cushion when needed, which you can conveniently buy from Simply Headsets.
The benefits don’t stop there. You won’t get any Bluetooth interference, and since corded headsets don’t have a battery, you’ll never need to worry about the power running out. And if you stick with a well-respected brand, you’ll always get top-notch audio.
If you’re on a tight budget or purchasing a bunch of headsets for your staff members, then it’s worth looking into a wired Teams headset.
Bluetooth Teams Headsets
Bluetooth Headsets require a bit more setup than wired headsets and are usually more expensive.
You’ll need to charge the battery every night, but it’s not an inconvenience compared to the benefits you’ll receive, including the most obvious one – no wires.
Also, if you want to have a meeting while you’re working from home or sitting in the park, you can do that if you like. You’ll need to get a pair with noise-cancelling capabilities, however.
Plus, technological advances mean that the audio quality in a wireless Bluetooth headset is equal to wired headsets.
If you’d prefer the freedom of no wires and the ability to roam around the office while you work, then a Bluetooth Teams headset is for you.
So which is better?
If you can afford it, wireless is the way to go. Wireless headsets are the best option for conference calls and productivity increases when workers can take a breather or stretch their legs while still taking calls. Check out our blog post on wired vs wireless headsets if you’d like to learn more.
What are the Benefits of Owning a Quality Headset for Teams Meetings?
- Quality teams certified headsets are more likely to have in-built noise cancelling features in either the microphone, earcups, or both. Noise-cancelling improves concentration and reduces the possibility of having to raise the volume to excessive levels.
- They’re less likely to have static or interference. Headset static and interference is frustrating and distracting for users and clients.
- The quality of the inbound and outbound audio will be better. This is important for calls, video calls, and when listening to music in your downtime.
- They’ll last longer and be more comfortable. Comfort is everything when you’re wearing your headsets for hours on end.
- They’ll look professional. Why not look your best when wearing your teams headset? The image you project will give you confidence and you will put out a professional vibe.
What are the Best Headsets for Microsoft Teams Meetings?
Whether you’re looking for wired or wireless headsets, here are 6 of the best that have all the features you need for a great experience with Microsoft Teams meetings.
- Jabra Evolve 40 MS
- Jabra Evolve2 40 MS
- Plantronics Blackwire 8225-M
- Jabra Evolve 75 MS
- Jabra Evolve2 75 MS
- Plantronics Voyager Focus 2 UC-M
Best Wired Teams Headsets
Jabra Evolve 40 MS
The Jabra Evolve 40 MS is a teams certified headset and one of our best sellers at Simply Headsets. It comes with a USB connection and a 3.5mm connection for connection to mobile phones. The microphone boom integrates into the headband so that you can put it away when not in use and use it like a regular pair of headphones. It also has comfortable ear cushions, great sound and it comes with a protective soft pouch carry case.
Jabra Evolve2 40 MS
The Jabra Evolve2 40 MS is the updated version of the Jabra Evolve 40. It is designed to work with both PC and Mac and comes in both USB A and USB C variants. The Evolve2 40 MS is a Microsoft Teams certified headset and comes with a dedicated Teams launch button. You can generally tell if a headset is teams certified by seeing either MS or M at the end of the product name. The audio is outstanding, and while they don’t have active noise cancelling, the earcups will fit perfectly over your ear and block out most of the surrounding noise. We call this passive noise cancelling in the headset industry.
The Evolve 2 40 MS also has a busy light on the front and back. This means that colleagues can tell from all directions that you’re on a call and won’t disturb you.
Plantronics Blackwire 8225-M
These Plantronics 8225-M headsets are perfect for a busy, noisy work environment. You get active noise cancelling with the earcups and the microphone, so even if there’s chaos and noise all around you, you’ll still be able to take calls with minor interruptions.
The Teams certification means that they’ll work seamlessly with Teams, and you’ll also get superior comfort and quality audio.
Best Wireless Teams Headsets
Jabra Evolve 75 MS
The Jabra Evolve 75 MS is built to help the user focus and avoid interruptions. They have busy lights on both earcups, so you won’t be disturbed when you’re meeting in Teams or chatting with a co-worker (you can press the busy button if you need a break too!). These headsets come with active noise cancelling, and they’re suitable in a noisy office or if you want to stretch your legs and take a call outside. An excellent option for anyone that uses Teams.
Jabra Evolve2 75 MS
The Jabra Evolve2 75 MS is the newer version of the above Evolve 75. It features larger ear cups, superior Active Noise Cancelling in both the microphone and ear cups, as well as improved sound quality and more responsive controls with Jabra’s latest chipset and latest AAC codecs. It also features an adjustable EQ to increase sound clarity, extended wireless range, a super comfy padded headband and a foldaway mic boom, so you can put the mic away when not in use. This Jabra Evolve2 75 gets our top pick for best wireless teams certified headset.
Plantronics Voyager Focus 2 UC-M
These Plantronics Voyagers will work with your PC/Laptop or mobile phone, giving you the freedom of a worker on the move. They’re Teams certified, and whether you’re working in a busy office or working from home, you’ll be able to wear these beauties all day as they’re built for comfort. You’ll also get a built-in noise-cancelling mic, which means the surrounding noise won’t distract your client.
See our Range of Microsoft Teams Compatible Headsets
As you can see, a wide range of headsets integrate well with Microsoft Teams. Whether you need headsets for your team or want to get the best out of your work-from-home experience, Simply Headsets have you covered.
If you browse our range of Microsoft Teams Certified Headsets, you’re bound to find something that suits you.
Any questions? Call our headset experts on 1300 889 728, who’ll be more than happy to help you out.
What headsets work with Microsoft Teams?
All headsets at Simply Headsets will work with Microsoft Teams, simply plug them in and you are good to go. If you would like extra Teams functionality, then consider a Teams certified headset, which will allow you to launch Teams and answer calls with a dedicated button.
What is the best Microsoft Teams headset?
The best Microsoft Teams headset in our opinion is the Jabra Evolve2 75, it is a premium quality teams certified headset with Active Noise Cancelling, long wireless range and excellent sound quality.
Why is my headset not working with Microsoft Teams?
If your Microsoft Teams headset is not working click on the three dots in the Teams meeting and select Device Settings to ensure that your headset is connected and recognised by Teams. You can also open your computers security settings and make sure that under the privacy section your headset microphone access is set to on.