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Choose Comfort for your Next Call Center Headset

Choose Comfort for your Next Call Center Headset

If you are the manager heading a call center, you know you have options for what type of headsets to purchase. You have choices in features and technology. You can go wireless or corded. While these are important decisions to make, you shouldn’t forget one item when picking out headsets. You want the headsets to be comfortable to wear. If they aren’t comfortable, you will have many complaining employees. You also might face a lawsuit if the employees believe you are causing damage to their ears or head on a daily basis. What are the most comfortable headsets available? Read this list for more information.

1. Plantronics Voyager Pro 

The Voyager series has caught the eye of industry insiders for its comfort. The headsets use a single earpiece with Bluetooth technology. The type can be put into a call center or have at home. The problem is that the series is bulky even though the bulkiness is what adds the comfort to the wearer. It’s also more stable when it is sitting on the ear. These are great for situations where talking on the phone and to other people in the same room is important. Employees can change from conversing with customers or coworkers quite easily. Telemarketers, customer support technicians and others who are constantly on the phone will benefit from these.

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2. Novero Tour

If you want less bulkiness, you will want the tour. The design is slim and looks futuristic. You can buy a wired or wireless version. You can choose off-white or black. Like the Voyager, it uses just one earpiece, but the headset comes with a band that goes over the head and leads to the microphone. The Voyager doesn’t need the band.

3. Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset

While call centers don’t need gaming headsets, you might benefit from the technology. Because gaming headsets are not like Bluetooth headsets for office use, they need to be comfortable. They often use a double earpiece headset design and surround sound for the game sounds. Call centers or telemarketers probably would not need surround sound. When you use two ear pieces, you have to have a band that links them. Although they might be heavy and cause pain in long-term use, a well-fitted headset shouldn’t cause this problem. Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 has a memory foam headband, giving players hours of comfort. Then, they can go sleep on the pillow or mattress with the same material. Call centers that use double headsets might want to use the memory foam for the bands.

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4. Bose Bluetooth Headset

Bose is known for its many Bluetooth headsets. Users rate them highly. If you choose these headsets, they will fit comfortably in the ear instead of over it or around it. The silicone tip contours to the wearer’s ear with little pressure. The headset can sit on the edge of a fingertip and is lightweight. The downside of this technology is that people might find it uncomfortable at first if they aren’t used to wearing earphones inside the ear. However, they adjust. It has the advantage of being used anywhere. Generally, people use them if they are on the go or in the car.

5. Microsoft LifeChat LX 3000

The Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 is designed to use two ear pieces that are cushioned with ear cups and a noise cancelling microphone. Although Microsoft created the headset to go with its Windows Live messenger, you can use it for other functions.

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6. iMicro SP-IM942 Headset with Microphone

This iMicro headset has the added benefit that it’s not as expensive as some of the others. The company calls it an ultra affordable option. This the comfortable headset for people without a lot of money. However, you lose features. Still, people praise its quality.

7. Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset

Again, this is one that is for playing games not working in a call center. The Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset fits over-the-ear. The ear pieces don’t touch the ear. Besides the other features, this gaming headset also has a noise-reducing microphone that attempts to pick up only the user’s voice. You lose the background noise of the game or in a call center. Despite its comfort, it doesn’t come with many features.

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Featured photo credit: Call Center Environment via lifehack.org

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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