NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- With all due respect to media-darling wireless business device makers such as Apple ( AAPL), Motorola ( MOT) and RIM ( RIMM), there is another, darn important wireless story looming: so-called unified business communications.Though you may not have heard of unified biz comm, you know more about it than you'd like to admit. Ever notice how these days that business phone of yours has gotten crazy complex? Your office calls come from everywhere, including office phones, cellphones and so-called soft phones from the likes of Skype, Cisco ( CSCO) or Polycom ( PLCM) that run on desk and laptop PCs. Heck, even tablets such as the iPad can be wired for phone service.
|The Jabra 9450 takes some effort, but give it credit for great quality in all kinds of phoning situations for a reasonable price.|
This is a truly first-rate, commercial-quality cordless business headset that boasts simply ridiculous range -- and works on both your telephone and your office PC.
Setting up the Pro 9450 is far from plug-and-play. The phone ambitiously tries to guide the user through the complex process of connecting to your phone and PC. The set-up wizard tries hard, but the average user is going to find all the plugs, wires and USB connectors a major bore. And when the Jabra doesn't work -- for example, I got a horrible buzz in the unit from not plugging in a wire properly -- it takes some real gadget jujitsu to work out. The 9450 is cool, but expect to invest some serious time to get the thing to work as it should. Bottom line
Jabra really showed me something with the 9450. It is a high-quality cordless headset that connects you to many of the different inbound calling options you face. Just don't accept the company's claims it can fill that role effortlessly; the headset takes real effort to make work. But if you are looking for a major upgrade to your office phone experience -- and who really isn't -- the Jabra 9450 is worth a solid look. >To submit a news tip, email: email@example.com.
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