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Good system, headset itself leaves something to be desired.
on November 16, 2011
I'm a big fan of plantronics headsets and have have the gamut of Wired, and bluetooth headsets. The Savi office W730 is a great system and works as advertised: The base is very simple, and easy to use once you get it working. However, the actual wireless headset itself it not quite up to the standards set by the Plantronics bluetooth headsets such as the 510s and the Voyager Pro.
-Very easy to use; elegant system. Base is also small and doesn't take a lot of desk space
-Excellent range, and incredible sound quality. This is also wideband capable, which means for office calls, sound quality is way ahead of a standard phone line.
-Spec sheet says 6 hours of talk, but I've already gotten 8 hours out of it. FYI, standby is only 1 day, but that's not a big issue for an office headset.
-Charges extremely quickly.. a few minutes on the charger will take you through an hour long conference call.
-Pairs with base automatically when charging, making it easy to replace headset.
-Pairing with a desk phone and mobile phone is very useful; and the headset does not auto connect, which is very nice considering you may be away from your desk when your mobile phone rings.
-Very susceptible to wind noise and breathing noise; you hear what sounds like gusts of wind from just walking around the office This is very different from the Bluetooth plantronics headsets which seem to be almost immune to wind noise.
-From the picture this looks like it would be the same size as the old 510, but it is in reality significantly larger and heaver, though still relatively comfortable; be forewarned.
-Volume buttons double as Mute and Flash, and they require a lot of force to press: Bad for a device that sits on your ear.
-Headset is very irritating without a EHS cable or lifter, as without it you will need both lift the headset and then hit the button on the headset to answer the phone. Similarly you have to hang up the headset and hit the button to disconnect as well, otherwise the headset will stay online and drain the battery. I have a Cisco 9971 phone (which i consider very mainstream in the corporate world), and I had to spend another $60 for an APU-70 cable in order to be able to use the headset button on the phone, or the button on the headset to answer and hang up.
- Buttons difficult to press. Mute on the headset is similarly difficult.
All in all, the Savi system is excellent; range, battery and sound quality are incredible. However, the actual headset itself could use to be improved. I'd recommend it, but you may want to consider the over the ear or convertible versions such as the w740 of it to avoid this actual headset. At the very least, know you will need to spend an additional $50-70 for a EHS cable or handset lifter.