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TsooRad is a blog for John Weber. John is a Skype for Business MVP (2015-2018) - before that, a Lync Server MVP (2010-2014). My day job is titled "Technical Lead, MS UC" - I work with an awesome group of people at CDW, LLC. I’ve been at this gig in one fashion or another since 1988 - starting with desktops (remember Z-248’s?) and now I am in Portland, Oregon. I focus on collaboration and infrastructure. This means Exchange of all flavors, Skype, LCS/OCS/Lync, Windows, business process, and learning new stuff. I have a variety of interests - some of which may rear their ugly head in this forum. I have a variety of certifications dating back to Novell CNE and working up through the Microsoft MCP stack to MCITP multiple times. FWIW, I am on my third career - ex-USMC, retired US Army. I have a fancy MBA. One of these days, I intend to start teaching. The opinions expressed on this blog are mine and mine alone.

2016/08/02

Logitech h650e v h570e

In my goody box that arrived about a month ago were two Logitech headsets.  Wired, stereo – well-built pieces of kit that work with SfB/Lync right out of the box.

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Don’t they look just about the same in these high-quality graphics?  Maybe some color differences…and the mic booms look a little off.

What does Logitech Say?

Here is the official market-speak for each:

H650e Stylish and Sophisticated Headset with Pro-Quality Audio and H570e Comfortable, Resilient Headset in Stereo or Mono.

Other than price, what is the difference between these two headsets?  After an examination of the datasheets for each unit, it appears that the differences are:

  • In-call LED indicator light (h650e)
  • Flat no-tangle cable (H650e)
  • Dynamic equalizer (H650e)
  • Premium velvet bag (H650e) – oooh aaaah  
  • The headphone speakers are different – the H570 actually has (IMHO) better specs in terms of frequency response – and the THD is listed as only 1% difference – which you and I cannot differentiate.  The H570e specs are listed on the right side.

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How do they feel clamped to my gourd?

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The H650 feels better on my hat-rack.  But this is totally subjective (I put them on the cat too; that did not work well).

Which plays better Musack?

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H570e, hands down.  To my ears at least.  This is somewhat indicated by the frequency response numbers as the bass/mid-range is much fuller on the 570 than the 650.  But why check this?  Because I do listen to music during the day, and if, gawd forbid, that I am in an office setting, I don’t want my choice of tunes to intrude on my co-workers.

SfB Connection

Hey, you knew I would get to this.  After all, we are in business and what better tool to use for your business communications than Skype for Business.  And to get the most out of that experience, you are going to need a high-quality headset.  Sure, you could run down to the local bodega and pick up some POS for $19.99, but you will not be getting DSP, wideband, noise/echo cancelling pieces of wonderfulness to match up with the goodness that is SfB.  OK, </rant off>

Bottom line, both of these headsets, like everything else that Logitech makes in this category, plugs in and starts working.  SfB did not even blink the screen.  It just used them like they were built-in.  The inline controls worked as expected.  I had three plugged in at one time and could flop my audio around amongst them no problem.  Simply put, these headsets work with SfB as expected with ZERO hassles.  Perfect.

Conclusion

If you are purchasing for a number of users, I would get one or three of each, and let the users pick for themselves.  I would think that your system provider can probably get you some demos to try out.  Or you could just blanket buy.  Either way, you cannot lose picking one of these two headsets.  As a side note, Logitech also makes these units in single ear, but who wants that?

You can get your H650e here

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or H570e here

YMMV

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