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Plantronics Savi W440 – Listening to Audio Books and Music

Plantronics Savi W440

Plantronics Savi W440

We have always written about the strict business applications for the Plantronics Savi W440. It is often used as an interface for Microsoft Lync or other softphones on your computer, and the audio quality is excellent for use with voice-to-text applications such as Dragon Speech Recognition Software.

But, if you run a home business or want to listen to audio books or other types of audio instructional material while roaming away from your laptop or desktop PC, this is an excellent tool. The wireless connection from earpiece to base allows you have reception up to 300 feet from your PC.  And if you want to join in on web conferencing applications, the noise cancelling microphone allows you to be clearly heard by your listeners without interfering background noise breaking in.

For additional technical information about the Savi W440, please visit our website at www.comfortcanada.com/Plantronics/savi_w440.htm

or contact in the Calgary Alberta office at:

Western Canada Office

Calgary, Alberta
Phone: (403) 239-8414
Toll Free: 1-877-244-8414
calgary at comfortcanada.com

Are Plantronics CS540 and Savi W440/W740 Earpieces Compatible

In one of our previous Blogs we showed how the CS540 headset is compatible with Savi wireless products such as the Savi W740, and by inference, the Savi W440. Both use the same communication language (DECT) and provide the same clarity and similar range for voice communications. You can subscriber a CS540 earpiece to a Savi W440 USB dongle or Savi W740 base, and you can conference earpieces from both systems on a single call.

However, there are some differences in the earpieces and batteries for the CS540 vs Savi W440/W740 that are clarified in the following table.

CS540 Savi 440/740
Frequency DECT DECT
Subscribe to alternate base Yes Yes
Colour Black boom Silver boom
Hot Swappable Battery No The battery can be switched in mid-call without getting disconnected as long as you reattach the new battery within five minutes.
Earpiece Order Code 86179-01 WH500 – 83356-01
Earpiece

CS540 Ear Piece

CS540 Ear Piece

Savi W440/W740 Ear Piece

Savi W440/W740 Ear Piece

Battery Order Code 86180-01 (Battery may be labeled “P/N 84479-01″ but correct Plantronics part number is 86180-01) 84598-01
Battery

CS540 Battery

CS540 Battery

Savi W440/W740 Battery

Savi W440/W740 Battery

Battery Type Li-Ion Polymer Battery Hot Swappable
Hot Swap Battery No Yes
Interchangeability Not interchangeable with other batteries including the CS55 battery (this one is smaller and is only for CS540). Not compatible with Plantronics Savi W440, W740 or W745 Specific to Savi W440, W740 and W745
Charging source CS540 charging cradle Can be charged using the standard Savi cradle, Deluxe USB cable or Deluxe Charging Cradle
Charge time Full charge takes 3 hours (charge approximately 20 minutes prior to the first use) 3 hours
Talk Time 7 hours 7 hours
Standby Time 50 hours
Storage time Up to 75 days of storage time when removed from the headset.

Usage Tips:

The CS540 is for dedicated desk phone connectivity and cannot be connected to a computer.

The Savi W440 uses a USB dongle to connect to a PC for voice applications, and can also be connected to a desk phone using a MDA 200 USB switch.

The Savi W740 is a multi-platform wireless headset system that connects to a PC, desk phone and a Bluetooth PDA device.

Plantronics UC Toolkit and Setup Videos

Plantronics UC Devices

Plantronics UC Devices

Audio is a key component in your Unified Communications (UC) implementation. To help enable UC voice and audio device adoption success, Plantronics has developed the Smarter Working UC Toolkit — a handy online portfolio of best practices, IT tools, and end-user training — based on the input, experiences, and collective wisdom of customers.  Devices included in this portfolio are the Blackwire family of corded USB headsets – e.g. Blackwire C320(-M) and C620(-M), the Savi W440 and Savi W700 wireless series, the Voyager Pro UC Bluetooth UC headset, and the Calisto 800 series UC Speaker Phone

The UC Toolkit features Video Setup Guides for each device variant for a selection of UC communication tools from Cisco, Avaya, IBM, Microsoft and others. This is meant for both individual users as well as IT departments who want to download the videos for distribution to in-house users.  Click here to link to the Video Setup Guides download page.

For additional product information and pricing, please visit the Comfort Telecom Canada website, or contact us directly at the Calgary, Alberta office Toll Free: 1-877-244-8414, or email us at calgary@comfortcanada.com.

Most Popular Phone and PC Headset Systems from Plantronics

Plantronics has come out with some new wireless headset models for telephone, computer and combined UC communications in the past few months that have been really popular with our customers, both from an ergonomic perspective and for the new and improved features provided.  Here are our favorites.

CS540

CS540 Wireless Telephone Headset System

CS540 Wireless Telephone Headset System

The CS540 replaces the venerable Plantronics CS55 as the wireless telephone headset most commonly found in front offices, customer support and contact centres.  The CS540 features newly designed and extremely light earpiece, converts from earhook to headband wearing style in a jiffy, and offers longer range (350 feet) than the retired CS55.  It also includes the multi-headset conferencing feature usually reserved for higher-end wireless headsets.  This means you can conference in 3 additional users to collaborate on a call, or simply bring in a manager/trainer in conference mode to mentor a trainee on a call.

The CS500 series also offers monaural (single ear) and binaural (2-ears) models for noisier environments.

Savi W740

Savi W740 Multi Device Wireless Headset System

Savi W740 Multi Device Wireless Headset System

The Savi W740 replaces the Plantronics Savi Office WO100 Wireless Phone/PC headset system. Range (350 feet) and features are similar, but the W740 incorporates a new lighter design for the earpiece with convertible earhook, headband and neckband accoutrements all in the box. The W740 also features an optional deluxe charging cradle with hot-swappable battery which allows you to extend your working hours with the headset.  The Savi 700 series allows you to connect to three different communications devices, desk phone, computer (USB port) and Bluetooth PDA, and mix calls between the different communication media. And with Plantronics new Spokes software, you can now use the headset Remote Call Control with softphones on your Mac.

The Savi W700 series also offers monaural (single ear) and binaural (2-ears) models for noisier environments.

Voyager Pro UC

Voyager Pro UC B230

Voyager Pro UC Bluetooth Headset System

The Voyager Pro UC  is a unique Bluetooth headset system with both PDA and PC voice connectivity.  Your mobile office is now unified like never before with the next generation Voyager™ PRO UC system. With revolutionary Smart Sensor technology, you can answer a call by simply putting on your headset, and when you do, it automatically updates your softphone presence so colleagues know your availability – and that’s just the beginning from a proven performer in delivering premium sound quality and comfort. The Voyager Pro UC Bluetooth earpiece is also a great performer when you go on the road. It features advanced AudioIQ2 technology that cancels noise while retaining the natural sound of your voice, and WindSmart® technology that aggressively blocks intrusive wind noise. A great little device for combined mobile and office voice applications.

Savi W440

Savi W440

Savi W440 DECT Wireless Headset for PC Voice Applications

The Savi®440 is the first portable DECT™ headset system on the market and now includes the ultra-light WH500 earpiece. Enjoy your choice of three wearing styles and wireless freedom to multi-task up to 300 feet from your desk. And you can change the hot swappable battery (option with deluxe charging cradle) in mid-conversation for unlimited talk time. Enjoy advanced audio technology and  world class sound quality, all in one convenient, portable package. Ideal for users in campus-like business environments using a laptop for voice calls and multimedia, the hands-free Savi 440 wireless headset system has been found particularly effective when used with Dragon Speech Recognition software.

For more information about communications products from Comfort Telecom Canada, please visit out website at http://www.comfortcanada.com/, or contact us at the Calgary Alberta office at calgary{at}comfortcanada{dot}com.

Plantronics New Wireless Headset Products

Plantronics has released a series of related DECT wireless products recently which anybody engaged in extensive phone PC voice and Bluetooth connectivity should take a closer look at. These are really neat gadgets, and should improve your productivity in this increasingly Unified Communications world.

The 3 models discussed here are the Savi W440, the CS540 and the Savi W740.

Savi W440

Savi W440

The Savi W440 is a DECT wireless headset for dedicated PC voice applications. The WH500 earpiece is very light weight at 21 grams, and the unit comes with a swappable headband. The W440 UC standard version is built for UC applications with Softphones from Avaya, Cisco, IBM, ShoreTel, Skype and other softphones, and the W440-M version is optimized for Microsoft Lync 2010 and Microsoft® OCS 2007. Range is up to 300 feet.

For complete product info and documentation on the W440, visit the Comfort Canada webpage.

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CS540

CS540 Base and Earpiece

The CS540 is a DECT wireless headset system for corded desk phone use. This model is part of the CS500 series which replaces the venerable CS55 and related models. The CS540 introduces a number of new or improved features over the older CS50 and CS55, including the extremely light weight and comfort of the the new earpiece, premium wideband audio, improved range up to 350 feet, and multi-headset conferencing (useful for manager monitoring and training). The WH500 earpiece is also compatible electronically with the W440 and Savi W740, as well as the existing Savi Office systems, so you can pair or conference the CS540 headset with those systems where you have a mix of units in the office.

For additional information, read the Plantronics New CS500 Wireless Telephone Headsets Rock! Blog article, or visit the Comfort Canada CS540 product page.

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Savi W740

Savi W740

The Savi W740 is part of the Savi 700 series which is replacing the Savi Office WO100, WO200 and WO300/350 Unified Communications wireless systems. The Savi 700 models connect through the base to the 3 primary communications technologies: PC softphones, desk phones and Bluetooth PDA devices.  The standard UC models support remote call control for a range of softphones from Cisco, Avaya, ShoreTel, Skype and others, and the -M model variants have built-in software optimized for Microsoft Lync 2010 and Microsoft® OCS 2007. Range is up to 350 feet. Advanced features include the ultra-light WH500 earpiece and hot-swappable battery (option) on the Savi W740 model, interchangeable charging cradles, multiple headset conferencing, advanced wideband audio, and more.

For additional product information and documentation, visit the Comfort Canada Savi W700 webpage.

For more information about Plantronics Wireless Headset Systems, please visit the Comfort Telecom Canada website at www.comfortcanada.com/Plantronics/plnt_wireless.htm or email us in Calgary:  calgary{at}comfortcanada{dot}com or Brampton:  productenquiry{at}comfortcanada{dot}com

Plantronics Savi W440 DECT Wireless Headset

Savi W440 System with Headband

Savi W440 System with Headband

The new Savi®440 is the first portable DECT™ wireless headset system and now includes the lightest headset on the market.
Experience world class PC sound quality with a versatile headset that can be worn three ways to match your personal style.
The shape and balance of the of the earpiece make it a device that you can wear for many hours without discomfort.
Pictured to the left is the W440 Charging base and earpiece with attached headband featuring swivel mount and leatherette ear cushion.
W440 with DECT USB Adapter, Charging Cradle/Base and Earpiece

W440 with DECT USB Adapter, Charging Cradle/Base and Earpiece

The Savi W440 has the same great clarity of sound as the Savi W430, both allowing you to manage PC voice communications as well as multi media such as web conferencing and speech recognition software.

The key advantages of the W440 are that it is lighter and more portable than the W430, and the W440 comes complete with 3 wearing styles: Headband, behind-the-neck band, and an ear-hook/Earbud kit with multiple sizes for maximum comfort.

Above is the charging Base/Cradle, with DECT  USB adapter and earpiece with earhook attached.

W440 and Savi Office WO100

W440 and Savi Office WO100

The W440 is complementary to the Savi Office.

The Savi W440 charging cradle separates from the Base. This allows the W440 Charging Cradle and WH500 (W440 earpiece) to be mounted, Subscribed and Linked to a Savi Office Base.

Pictured here is the W440 beside the Savi Office WO100. If you already have a Savi Office WO100, WO200 or WO300/350 system, you can use your W440 top with that system for the combined desk phone, PC applications and features provided by the Savi Office.

Savi Office Base with W440

Savi Office Base with W440 Charging Cradle and Headset

Here the Savi W440 charging cradle is mounted on the Savi Office base. The WH500 (Savi 440 earpiece) is Subscribed and Linked to the Savi Office base.

All the Savi Office features for desk phone and PC voice applications are available using the W440 headset. The advantage is the light weight and comfort of the W440, as well as the changeable battery (not available on the WO100).

Savi W440 and Savi Office Best of Friends

Savi W440 and Savi Office Best of Friends

The Savi W440 and the Savi Office are the best of friends. If you already have a WO100, and you simply want to replace the WH100 top either for comfort, or because the WH100 battery needs replacing (requiring a complete WH100 replacement), then consider a Savi W440 top consisting of a  W440 charging cradle, WH500 earpiece and headband or earhook kit. Or if you are an operations manager, and you want a lighter headset for PC voice applications, and you also want to be able to conference in with Savi Office users to monitor calls, the W440 is the perfect solution.

Note, the Savi W440 is available through Comfort Canada towards the end of July, 2011, and the various accessories such as the deluxe charging cradle and swappable batteries will be available at a later date. Please check with us for availability and pricing.

For product information on the Savi 440 or the Savi Office DECT wireless headset systems, visit the Comfort Telecom Canada Plantronics Wireless headset webpages, or email us at calgary{at}comfortcanada.com.

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