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Out With The Old Plantronics CS50 In With The New Discover D904

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Out With The Old Plantronics CS50 In With The New Discover D904

Posted by Doug Merritt on Jul 1, 2016 12:21:05 PM

How does the Discover D904 office wireless headset compare to the Plantronics CS50? Here are some side by side points that will help you to know how these two excellent products stack up when compared to one another.

The Plantronics CS50 was one of the BEST selling wireless headsets on the market until it was discontinued. That's why we're excited to compare the CS50 against the new D904 and you will see they look very similar.

To begin, if you're considering the Plantronics CS50, you likely have interest in a wireless headset that can be worn in more than one way. That is, worn over the head or "converted" to an over the ear wearing style. The Plantronics CS50 is a reputable headset model that can do just that. The Discover D904 can also be worn in this same way as it comes with a headband for over the head wearing, but it also come with ear loops for changing up the wearing style. So, from the perspective of wearing styles these two models are the same in that way. 

Background noise suppression

Both the Plantronics CS50 and the Discover D904 come standard with a noise cancelling microphone. This feature is particularly helpful in cases where the work environment is noisy and having the ability to reduce or eliminate it would help with call sound quality. Again, each model comes standard with this feature

Volume adjustments

Everyone hears differently and everyone speaks differently, which underscores the importance of having a wireless headset that allows you to adjust the microphone (how loud others sound to you) as well as the headset loudspeaker (how loud you hear the caller). The Plantronics CS50 and the Discover D904 both have the ability to make adjustments to speaking and hearing volumes.

Wireless talk range

If your wireless headset only provides a very short distance of usable wireless talk range, it wouldn’t be of much value.  However, both the Plantronics CS50 and the Discover™ D904 offer the same estimated talk range at up to 350 feet.  No advantage belongs to either brand as both deliver a very acceptable distance. 

Connectivity

Today, more than ever, PC applications are on the rise.  It’s common to do web based training, web based meetings including video, not to mention listening to music while working.  With this undeniable fact, how do these two products compare when it comes to connection options.  The Plantronics CS50 connects to a desk phone while the Discover™ D904 connects to a desk phone plus PC.  Having the added feature of PC connectivity gives the Discover™ D904 a distinct advantage.  With the D904 you can use this product for the myriad of PC applications of today and what’s soon to be available.  With the Plantronics CS50 you’d need to purchase another headset that’s PC compatible.

Battery

The Plantronics CS50 has a battery that provides up to 8 hours of talk time as does the Discover™ D904.  However, the D904 also has a spare battery charging compartment located on the headset base unit.  This allows you to charge a spare battery while using the other in the headset. 

You can hot swap the battery in the middle of a call if needed as the D904 holds the call for a full 5 minutes as you make the battery swap. Having a spare battery charging while the other is in use is particularly helpful in cases where the headset was left off the charger for a long period of time and ends up with a dead battery.  Or, helpful for those working extended shifts, multiple shifts or job sharing. This spare battery feature is not found on the Plantronics CS50. 

Warranty

Everyone loves a long warranty, so the longer the better.  The Plantronics CS50 offered a 1-year warranty where the Discover™ D904 comes standard with a full 2-year warranty.  Having twice the warranty gives you longer peace of mind and a safety net in case something unexpected comes up that needs attention with your headset. 

So if a wireless headset is in your immediate future and you’re considering a Plantronics CS50, you may want to also have a look at the Discover™ D904. It has all the main features of the CS50 but has the added advantages of dual battery capability, desk phone and PC connectivity and a longer product warranty.

Conclusion

If a wireless headset is in your immediate future and you’re considering a Plantronics CS50, you may want to also have a look at the Discover™ D904. It has all the main features of the CS50 but has the added advantages of dual battery capability, desk phone and PC connectivity and a longer product warranty.

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