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“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong.
“Houston, we have a problem.” Jack Swigert (Apollo 13)
You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who hadn’t heard these two quotes, and in case you don’t already know, they were both said on Plantronics headsets.
We’re not here to give you a history lesson, though.
The point we’ll make throughout this article is that Plantronics has always been an innovative and cutting-edge brand. They came into existence because of the need to solve the problem of clunky, uncomfortable headsets in the aviation industry and eventually played a large part in solving a problem with NASA’s communications.
Times may have changed, but Plantronics is still solving problems for people every day. An ever-changing modern-day workforce needs a multitude of headset solutions. Plantronics has moved with the times and now offers workers in all situations headsets that provide comfort, ease of use, and various connectivity options.
Who are Plantronics?
In the early 60s, pilots preferred carrying around handheld microphones rather than using the uncomfortable and ridiculously heavy headsets they were offered. Two of those pilots had the vision to change the status quo and create headsets that were more lightweight, comfortable, and easy to use. Out of that, Plantronics was born.
They went on to win the bid to be the sole supplier of all air traffic controller headsets in the Federal Aviation Industry in the USA, and it’s a privilege that Plantronics still holds to this day.
They wouldn’t have dreamed that their idea would eventually be taken to the moon.
In 1969, when NASA wanted a lightweight emergency contact system, they chose the Plantronics MS50 headset to take to the moon with them because it was the only headset that offered a solution to their problem. Using their headset during the moon landing propelled Plantronics into the future.
They became the go-to headsets for pilots, air traffic controllers and telephone companies and are still known as innovators of quality headsets that have been designing some of the best communications products in the world today.
Who are Poly?
Poly is the renamed version of Plantronics and Polycom. Plantronics acquired Polycom in 2018, and a year later, Plantronics changed its name to Poly to reflect its new image. So, the simple answer is that Poly is Plantronics. When you buy a Poly headset, you’ll still get quality with the same reputation as one of the leaders in headset technology.
Polycom had previously dedicated themselves to video conferencing and marketing, so when Plantronics acquired them, it allowed them to tap into the huge video conferencing market. The consensus is that the quality of Plantronics headsets has improved since they acquired Polycom.
Type of Plantronics Headsets
No matter what your communication needs are, Plantronics have you covered. They supply large organisations, small businesses, and individuals with DECT, Bluetooth and USB headsets, so whether you’re looking for the best work from home headsets, the best call centre headsets or the best wired or wireless headsets, you’ll find a Plantronics branded headset that is perfect for you.
Which Plantronics Headsets are the Best?
We’ve saved you some time and listed some of the best Plantronics headsets in their category. They’re all built for quality, comfort, and style. And, of course – they have killer quality audio. Check these out.
- Best DECT Wireless Poly Headset – Plantronics CS540
- Best Bluetooth Wireless Poly Headset – Plantronics B825 Voyager Focus
- Best Wired Poly Headset – Plantronics Blackwire 3320
- Best USB-C Poly Headset – Plantronics Blackwire 5220
- Best Mobile Phone Poly Headset – Plantronics Blackwire 3325
- Best Over-Ear Poly Headset – Plantronics Voyager 5200
- Best Teams Poly Headset – Plantronics Voyager Focus 2
- Best Zoom Poly Headset – Plantronics Voyager 4320
Best DECT Wireless Plantronics Headset
Plantronics Poly CS540
The CS540s are one of the most popular headsets Plantronics offers – and for a good reason.
This wireless Plantronics headset is lightweight (the lightest DECT headsets on the market), stylish and comfortable, and offer great value.
You won’t need to buy different headsets for staff members because these allow both over-the-ear and over-the-head fitting, making them highly versatile.
You’ll get an excellent noise-cancelling mic with this model too.
If you’re looking to use your headset with a landline, it’s worth giving these a try.
Best Bluetooth Plantronics Headset
Plantronics Poly B825 Voyager Focus
These rippers will work with Bluetooth-enabled Smartphones, PCs and tablets and come with a 2-year warranty.
No matter what device you’re using, you’ll get excellent sound quality with these, and they come with added bass balance, so when you’re listening to tunes on your break, they’ll sound even better.
They designed this model for all-day wear, so you won’t get any pinching or discomfort when you wear them.
These headsets are a solid offering for anyone looking for a Plantronics Bluetooth headset.
Best Wired Plantronics Headset
Plantronics Poly Blackwire 3220
These will work with your PC (available in both USB-A and USB-C), are Skype and MS Teams certified and are an excellent Zoom headset.
You’ll get a noise-cancelling mic, and because of the secure fit and lightweight headband, you can wear these comfortably all day.
If you need to buy a bunch of headsets for your team or are on a tight budget, then these Plantronics wired headsets will be perfect for you. The budget price doesn’t mean a compromise on quality either. Your inbound audio will still be excellent, and a dynamic EQ feature adapts to the music and multimedia you listen to on your breaks.
It’s worth considering these if you’re looking for a corded headset.
Best USB-C Plantronics Headset
Plantronics Poly Blackwire 5220
The Plantronics 5220 is an excellent USB-C Zoom-compatible headset that is also Skype and MS Teams certified.
They’ll work with your PC and mobile and are brilliant for voice calls and music while listening to tunes in your downtime. With these, you get a noise-cancelling mic, and the two soft cushions that conform to your ear’s shape will help block background noise.
A great mid-range Plantronics headset with a stylish design and a two-year warranty.
Best Mobile Phone Plantronics Headset
Plantronics Poly Blackwire 3325
The Plantronics 3325 from the Blackwire series is a great mobile phone headset that won’t break the bank. It’s affordable but doesn’t skimp on any features and has amazing sound quality and comfort for the price.
It includes a nifty dual connection, with both USB for connecting to computers and 3.5mm for connecting to mobile phones. You can also grab the USB C version for phones that take USB C as a connection.
The microphone is noise cancelling so you don’t have to worry about background noise distracting people on your calls, and it has wideband audio so your voice sounds natural just like you are talking in person.
It also comes with a protective carry case and a controller that has convenient buttons for call answer, ignore, hold, end, redial as well as mute and volume up and down.
Best Over-Ear Plantronics Headset
Plantronics Poly Voyager 5200 UC
These very popular headsets are part of the Plantronics ‘Voyager’ range.
You can use these beauties to connect to your mobile phone or tablet via Bluetooth and connect to computers using the supplied USB dongle.
These headsets work seamlessly with Skype, MS Teams and Zoom and have a noise-cancelling mic.
There’s also a handy feature on these that will announce who’s calling you and you can use the voice prompts to say ‘answer’ or ‘ignore’.
Best Teams Plantronics Headset
Plantronics Poly Voyager Focus 2
The Plantronics Voyager Focus 2 is a great wireless headset for using with MS Teams. It is officially Microsoft Teams certified, meaning it works seamlessly with the video conferencing software and allows you to open Teams and answer calls with the press of a button.
It can connect to both your mobile phone and computer via Bluetooth wireless. It features Active Noise Cancelling, which blocks out all background noise and keeps you focused on the task at hand. They’ve improved the ANC of the old Focus (B825) by 50%, making this their best performing noise cancelling headset so far.
Best Zoom Plantronics Headset
Plantronics Poly Voyager 4320
The Plantronics Voyager 4320 keeps up with the space theme by offering a futuristic Bluetooth wireless headset destined for the stars! These Voyagers are the entry level of the Plantronics Bluetooth line but they aren’t lacking in any features.
It’s compatible with Zoom straight off the bat and delivers amazing audio quality, all day comfort and an impressively awesome Active Noise Cancelling performance.
It has a long and flexible noise cancelling microphone, up to 24 hours of talk time and a whopping 50 days of standby battery time. So you will never get caught out with an empty battery.
To top it all off, it has an impressive wireless range of up to 50 metres, which can be increased up to 91m with the Office base. That’s a lot of range for a Bluetooth headset! This base will also allow you to connect the headset to your desk phone and it will give you Microsoft Teams certified functionality.
What are Plantronics Headsets Best Used For?
Plantronics supplies headsets to the air traffic control and aviation industries, call centres, large and small businesses, and individuals, making them an extremely versatile brand.
In short, you’ll find a Plantronics headset that suits your situation.
- If you work in a noisy office environment or a call centre, you’ll find a Plantronics wired or wireless call centre headset built to cancel out as much noise as possible that’s made for comfort to wear all day.
- If you work from a home office and are looking for a headset that has an easy setup like a Plantronics USB headset, is comfortable to wear and won’t break the budget, Plantronics have you sorted also.
- If you’re a trailblazer and prefer to work from wherever you like, you’ll find a Plantronics Bluetooth Headset that’s perfect for you.
Why Choose Plantronics?
Plantronics is an established and universally trusted brand.
The renaming of their company to Poly has only strengthened their position, and they remain heavyweights in the headset world. When you choose them, you know you’re getting quality headsets with state-of-the-art audio technology designed for comfort that suits you whether you work from home, at the office, or you’re a hybrid worker.
Browse Our Plantronics Headsets
Check out the huge range of Plantronics headsets for yourself. We love talking headsets at Simply Headsets, so if you need more info, call us on 1300 889 728 and we’d be happy to help you out. We are also a Platinum Poly/Plantronics partner, so you are in safe hands buying your Plantronics headsets from us.
Is Plantronics a good headset brand?
Plantronics are one of the top headset brands in the world and we highly recommend them to all of our customers. If you are looking for a quality headset for work then Plantronics have a headset to suit your needs.
Is Plantronics discontinued?
Plantronics is not discontinued, they have simply changed their name to Poly since merging with Polycom. All Poly headsets are the same quality and workmanship you have come to expect from Plantronics over the years.
Can I connect a Plantronics headset to my computer?
If you have a wired Plantronics headset then you can simply plug the USB connection on the headset into the computer to connect it. For Bluetooth Plantronics headsets you can open your computers Bluetooth settings and follow the prompts to pair it to your Plantronics headset and then it will be connected.
Which Plantronics headset is best?
The Plantronics B825 Voyager Focus is our recommendation for the best Plantronics headset. These Bluetooth headsets can connect to computers, smartphones and tablets and have excellent sound quality for calls. They also come with a 2 year warranty and are available in a Teams certified version.