Plantronics Savi W745 headset – a review

This is a product review of an item that I recently purchased from Amazon. The links below are Amazon Affiliate links. I have not been compensated for this review.

I spend a lot of time on the phone. I use three different phones during the day…my desk VOIP phone, Skype and my cell phone.

I’m a big fan of the ‘hands free’ approach to using the phone. I use a headset for my desk phone, another headset for my Skype phone and yet another headset for my cell phone.

The desk and Skype headsets have been wired while the cell phone headset used bluetooth.

So…imagine the tangle and the mess of 2 wired headsets and a bluetooth headset on my desk.  It wasn’t pretty.

Then…I ran across a new Plantronics device that promised to combine all three headsets into  one.  Oh the promise! 🙂

The device, the Plantronics Savi W745 (amazon affiliate link) (there are other models too…not sure of the differences) looked excellent…so I picked one up to try. I also picked up the APC-40 Savi Cisco Electronic Hookswitch Adapter (amazon affiliate link) so i didn’t have to use the mechanical lifter for my phone.

When I got the headset, I followed the instructions (yes…I read them…or more appropriately…I looked at the pictures in the instructions) and connected everything up.

I half-expected this thing not to work.  Every other time I’ve used a Plantronics wireless headset for a phone, I’ve ended up screaming obscenities at it and getting rid of it.  Not this time…thankfully.

The hookswitch adapter connects the headset to my VOIP phone. A USB cable connects the headset to to the computer/skype.  Bluetooth connects the headset to my cell phone.

Now…I have one wireless headset for all three phones…and it works perfectly.  I can use this headset and seamlessly switch between the desk phone, skype and my cell phone. In addition, when a call comes in on any device, the included Plantronics software will mute iTunes for your (if you tell it to) so you don’t have to fumble around to mute your music.   Also, This headset integrates with quite a few different software products if you use something other than Skype.

This headset is easy to setup and is crystal clear.  Highly highly recommended.

If you have multiple devices like I do, check this headset out…it is worth the money. More than worth the money.


About Eric D. Brown, D.Sc.

Eric D. Brown, D.Sc. is a data scientist, technology consultant and entrepreneur with an interest in using data and technology to solve problems. When not building cool things, Eric can be found outside with his camera(s) taking photographs of landscapes, nature and wildlife.
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