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Logitech expands enterprise portfolio with new wireless headset range

Logitech this week added to its growing portfolio of enterprise-class unified communications (UC) products with the introduction of the Logitech Wireless Headset H820e.

The H820e sports a noise-cancelling microphone, acoustic echo cancellation, and digital signal processing (DSP), according to the Swiss PC peripherals manufacturer. The headset comes in mono, or single-ear, and dual versions, is optimised for Microsoft's enterprise-class Lync instant messaging client, and is "compatible with all major unified communication and soft phone applications, including Cisco platforms," Logitech said.

"We're looking to change the attitude that wireless headsets in the enterprise are an afterthought or a perk. Premium audio quality is essential in today's anywhere workplace, where employees are connecting with each other in open spaces, from the road and from home, and people can do more when they aren't tethered to their desks. Wireless headsets are rapidly becoming the 'new normal' for maximizing audio and video collaboration," Eric Kintz, senior vice president and general manager for Logitech for Business, said in a statement.

Some key specs and features included in the Logitech H820e, per the peripherals maker:

  • Up to 10 hours of wideband talk time
  • An in-call LED indicator light at the back of the microphone boom to prevent interruptions during calls
  • On-ear volume control buttons positioned on either side of the head band
  • Range of up to 300 feet and the capability for high-density deployment in crowded offices, thanks to use of the Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) standard rather than Bluetooth or Wi-Fi
  • A wide band/narrow band switch, providing greater control in setting the correct balance between audio quality and density

The headset also comes with a charger base that Logitech described as a "stylish and lightweight design in silver and black."

The H820e is the wireless alternative to the Logitech USB Headset H650e, a wired headset introduced last month that was also built for Lync and compatible with major UC platforms. Logitech has lately been working closely with major UC vendors like Microsoft and Cisco. Earlier this year, Cisco introduced a new thin-client UC package incorporating the Cisco Jabber collaboration platform, which utilises a custom-built keyboard and other peripherals from Logitech.

Microsoft executive Giovanni Mezgec was also appreciative of Logitech's efforts to up the ante in enterprise communications.

"Providing users with a comfortable, high-quality audio device is a critical requirement when adding voice to Lync installations. Logitech is showing that even in an established category such as headsets, it's possible to introduce significant new features and benefits that can help drive user acceptance of unified communications," said Mezgec, general manager of Microsoft's Lync product marketing.

Logitech said its Wireless Headset H820e would be available worldwide next month. The mono version of the headset will be priced at £139.99, while the dual model will be priced at £159.99. As with the wired USB Headset H650e, the H820e will work with systems running Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.