It's holiday time again and that means it’s time to make gift lists and check them twice. Remote workers love cool unified communications gadgets that enable them and their teams to work and interact with each other from virtually anywhere. Some examples of this year’s best gadgets for traveling and remote employees follow:
The Plantronics Voyager Edge mobile Bluetooth headset is a comfortable audio technology device. Voice commands and smartphone assistant integration keep users in control of calls. Audio alerts keep workers informed and premium noise canceling keeps calls clear. A portable charging case keeps Voyager Edge ready for use at anytime. The Bluetooth 4.0 headset uses wideband audio support and senses when the headset is being worn so it can automatically answer calls when users place the headset on their ear or redirect audio to their phone when they set down the headset. Calls can be managed hands-free via voice recognition technology; users can say “Answer” or “Ignore”. The “Find My Headset” applications allows users to locate the headset using an iPhone, iPad, Android or other smart device by sending a tone so it is easy to find. This headset comes with three optional ear tips; small, medium and large, for a comfortable fit in either ear. The portable case provides up to a total of 10 hours power for headset recharging. This headset is a great toy-like tool for remote workers to enhance productivity and make the job easier.
The Jabra Supreme UC Bluetooth headset helps users get more from the UC experience with quality sound, easy connectivity and comfort. This UC tool provides good sound quality (HD Voice) and Active Noise Cancellation technology improve the quality of conversations. Jabra’s state-of-the-art audio enhancement technology ensures a more natural audio experience and crystal-clear voice transmission for both parties. The headset uses a patented flip boom arm that provides convenient on and off microphone functionality and easy storage. It also includes a discreet nano Bluetooth USB adapter enabling users to connect to their PC using the USB port. Users can make and take calls from their PCs using the latest softphone UC clients such as Microsoft Lync, Skype or IBM Sametime. Workers can also maintain calls while switching seamlessly between their PCs and mobile phones.
The VXi BlueParrott® B350-XT has great noise canceling (96 percent) and sound quality. Users can set VXi’s new, exclusive Parrott Button™ to their choice of mute, speed dial and other features. The B350-XT is sleek, rugged and compact. Users can stream music or GPS directions to the headset and can pair the headset to their phone with a single touch. This headset can be used with up to two cell phones or a phone and a PC at the same time. Talk-time is 24 hours and charging is accomplished using a micro USB. VXi also has an updater on their web site so users can keep up to date with the latest firmware. Great gadget for the remote worker’s gift list!
This fun gadget will appeal to remote workers who like great sound in small packages. The Logitech X100 is a compact, hockey-puck-sized wireless Bluetooth speaker that has a built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery and offers good sound for its size. It's nicely designed, has speakerphone capabilities and a line input for non-Bluetooth devices. The speaker is travel-friendly with a hard, rubberized finish making it durable. It's got a little loop on the top that allows user to hang the speaker from a backpack or doorknob. The speaker weighs 5.6 ounces with a battery life of 5 hours and charges via micro-USB.
The PRESENCE™ UC is a great headset for mobile unified communication professionals demanding consistently clear communication for themselves and their listeners around their office, in the car and outdoors. Fully compatible with all leading unified communication platforms, UC variants are designed for multi connectivity, allowing users to switch seamlessly between softphone and mobile calls while enjoying the freedom of mobile wireless connectivity. PRESENCE™ delivers up to 10 hours of call time between charges and charges via USB cable. Unique SpeakFocus™ and WindSafe™ technologies enhance Sennheiser voice clarity in all sound environments to provide listeners with clear sound. This headset is in-the-ear, a treat for remote workers that also travel and prefer this type of headset.
Resellers should encourage customers to add these valuable tools to their gift lists for remote workers and employees that travel. Improved productivity, ease-of-use and fun are the benefits users will enjoy, perfect for the holidays!
Does your company use or sell these remote worker tools? Which are your favorites?