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Plantronics HW261N Review

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How the Plantronics HW261N Binaural headset has become a top choice for workplace noise cancellation…

Plantronics HW261N Binaural Headset

The HW261N is one of the more popular choices for busy workplaces such as call centres. This model delivers a fantastic noise cancelling microphone – essentially meaning that the mic is intelligent enough to pick up when there’s background noise going on (ie, a busy office or contact centre) and block it out, so that the person you’re speaking to only hears the crystal clear, crisp sound of your voice.

The Plantronics HW161N is the classic, noise cancelling headset

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This Plantronics favourite is also known for its sturdy physique, which can withstand being knocked around. It’s a very sturdy headset as well, so in a call centre environment or busy office, it can frankly get knocked around and not break.

The HW251 features Active Noise Cancellation – a microphone in the earpiece that picks up ambient noise (such as traffic, air-handling systems, etc.) and attempts to cancel that out of the transmitted noice in the microphone to the recipient caller.

Key features on the HW261N headset

  • Double-Ear design—headset speaker covers both ears
  • Noise-canceling microphone cuts 60-70% of background noise
  • Quick Disconnect cord—leave your headset on while you walk away from your desk
  • All-day wearing comfort and reliability
  • Supports all Plantronics amplifiers and USB-to-headset adapters
  • Designed for the most demanding environments

Where can I buy the Plantronics HW261N?

Buy the Plantronics HW261 from PMC Telecom£50.00 – Refurbished
Product now only available as refurbished

Note about refurbished headsets

Refurbished headsets are meticulously tested to be in perfect working order, then cleaned and sanitised fully. 
All replacable parts (foam ear cushions, voice tubes etc) are exchanged for new parts.

I need a monaural – single ear version of this headset. What are my options?

It is worth noting that If you would prefer a single ear version of this headset, then you could consider the Plantronics HW251N. With only one earpiece, if you’re working in a mulit-faceted customer facing role where you need to hear the voices of those around you as well as be able to pick up the phone at a moment’s notice, then the Monaural HW251 might suit you better.

With the 360 degrees microphone boom, you can switch this around once you have reversed the headset from left to right, which is perfect for a busy environment in which colleagues need to switch over and share the headset.

Plantronics HW261N Review is basically the exact same headset as the monaural option but with one ear piece. Though many prefer to have just one ear covered, especially when part of your communication is to talk with those around you as well as on the phone.

Are there any good alternatives to the Plantronics HW261N?

For a similar model from a different brand, Project Telecom make a range of monaural and binaural office headsets which are arguably just as efficient and easy to use.

The Project Telecom | 202 Monaural is a Binaural noise cancelling office headset with a lot of the same uses – and can be bought from PMC Telecom for around £60 (new). Similarly to the Plantronics designs, Project has two models available with otherwise the same spec, for one ear or two – both noise cancelling designs. For Monaural (single ear), they provide a model called the Project Telecom | 102 Monaural.

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