Big things are happening with Microsoft Teams. Recently, they announced that they have more than 13 million daily users and more than 19 million weekly users, an incredible achievement for a service that has only existed for two years.
Teams integrates phone calling, video conferencing, workplace chat, and file sharing in one cloud-based application.
New features are regularly being added: one-click meetings in Outlook, proximity detection for conferences, companion mode for mobile, and many more.
To take full advantage of the ever-expanding call capabilities of Teams, you need a Microsoft Teams compatible headset.
Why do you need a professional headset? Here are four reasons:
- Business-class audio quality — Headsets give you the best possible audio quality on calls.
- Softphone integration —Teams is wonderful as a desktop app, no desk phone required, but you still need a USB headset so you’re not relying on inferior internal computer microphones and speakers.
- Noise cancellation — Especially for open office or mobile users, you need noise cancellation to clarify the sound.
- Simplicity — Reduce the number of devices to worry about and streamline your workflow: when you have a call, use a headset. You can get a single headset that will work across all your devices: desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone.
What Headsets Work with Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft has worked with the leading manufacturers to develop headsets for Teams.
With these headsets, you get a native Teams experience with no additional configuration required: plug-and-play.
The headset must offer professional audio quality to pass Microsoft’s tests. If the headset itself supports call control, it will be able to control Teams calls.
Here are four recommended headsets for Microsoft Teams:
- Jabra Evolve 65t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
- Jabra Engage 75 Stereo DECT & Bluetooth Wireless Headset
- Plantronics Blackwire 5210 USB-A Mono USB & 3.5mm Wired Headset
- Plantronics Voyager 8200 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headset
Jabra Evolve 65t
Jabra Evolve 65t MS is the first true wireless headset for Teams. Evolve 65t has no cables: it’s just two comfortable earbuds you place in your ears. It connects using Bluetooth 5.0.
Evolve 65t uses a four-microphone array to offer excellent call quality. You can answer and end calls, adjust the volume, and mute right on the earbuds. When using the earbuds for music, they offer incredible fullband audio.
Jabra includes small, medium, and large eargels in the package. Properly fitting silicon eargels not only increase comfort, but also provide passive noise cancellation.
Evolve 65t connects to two devices simultaneously using Bluetooth, which means, for example, you can seamlessly migrate calls between smartphone and laptop.
You can double-tap the multifunction button to active Hear Through, which lets you hear what’s happening around you without requiring you to take out an earbud.
If you use a voice assistant, Evolve 65t gives you one-tap access to Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa.
The earbuds have 5 hours of estimated battery time. They come with a stylish carrying case that gives you another two full charges, for 15 hours of battery time in total. They are IP55 rated, protecting them from dust and water.
As compared with the very popular but consumer-grade Jabra Elite 65t headphones, Evolve 65t offers improved microphone performance and comes with a USB adapter to connect to computers.
Jabra Engage 75 Stereo
Jabra Engage 75 Stereo is a premium wireless headset that integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Teams.
Engage 75 uses the wireless DECT protocol to offer incredible wireless range: up to 490ft!
Because it uses DECT, it can reduce spectrum density, which causes signal loss in offices with too many Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi devices. It uses DECT Security Level C with 256-bit AES encryption and 128-bit authentication to protect your communications.
On top of that, it can also connect via Bluetooth, so you can use it with your smartphone or tablet.
Where Engage 75 really shines, though, is in audio quality. The advanced noise-cancelling microphone helps the headset to meet Microsoft’s Skype for Business Open Office requirements.
And its dual enhanced speakers provide incredible sound quality.
You can control calls on the headset. It has an integrated busylight to provide a visual signal for when you don’t want to be disturbed.
Its battery lasts all-day: up to 13 hours. If you’re running low, you can charge from 0% to 40% in just 30 minutes.
Plantronics Blackwire 5210
For everyday use with Microsoft Teams, Plantronics Blackwire 5210 offers plug-and-play USB connectivity. You can also connect using 3.5mm.
To use USB, you plug the headset’s cord into the included controller. The controller connects via USB to your computer or desk phone. True to its name, it also gives you inline control for your calls.
Blackwire 5210 is a monaural headset that is lightweight and powerful. The soft earpad gives you passive noise cancellation. The microphone is precision tuned to reduce background noise.
The headset supports rich, natural wideband audio with integrated enhanced digital signal processing to further clarify sound quality.
Plantronics has developed Dynamic EQ technology, which adaptively optimizes sound quality for voice calls, music, and media.
Plantronics Voyager 8200
Plantronics Voyager 8200 is a luxurious, boomless wireless headset for Teams that’s as good in the office as it is on the road or on an airplane.
The boomless design gives you perfect sound quality without having an awkward microphone in front of your face.
How does it work? There are dual-paired omni-directional microphones in the headphones to pick up your voice. Enhanced noise canceling minimizes distractions like wind.
In fact, Voyager 8200 uses dual-mode active noise canceling technology. You can choose what setting suits the situation.
The headset gives you immersive high-resolution audio using an isolated stereo design. But if you want to hear what’s going around, the OpenMic button lets you hear what’s happening around you.
Voyager 8200 is a Bluetooth device, so it is compatible with all sorts of devices. Plantronics includes a USB adapter for connecting to your computer.
The headset gives you up to 24 hours — one full day — of calls or music.