The Plantronics CS50 Wireless Office headset system dials up relief for workers tired of missing important phone calls. Released by Plantronics last month, the wireless digital headset uses 900MHz transmission to untether users from desk phones. The frequency ensures encryption of calls.
I tested the $299 CS50 with the optional $79 HL10 handset lifter. The lifter enabled me to answer and disconnect phone calls remotely using the headset.
Plantronics officials said the headset can be used as far as 300 feet away from the base phone: I got clear reception up to about 200 feet in a busy office environment. Callers reported reception was clean and crisp, but I noticed a slight echo as I walked farther from my desk.
The Plantronics unit, which works with most office and PBX phone systems, enables 8 hours of continuous use.
More information is available at www.plantronics.com.