As companies roll out unified communications (UC) solutions, they struggle to keep the cost per user low while trying to achieve widespread adoption. Great sounding, comfortable and easy to use headsets are a must-have in a UC deployment or end users will reject the new communication platform. To bridge the gap between the needs of end users and the cost restraints of IT departments, Plantronics today introduced the new Blackwire 300 corded USB headsets for UC. For IT departments rolling out UC, a headset is a low priority, but a critical component of the deployment. The Blackwire 300 Series satisfies their need for a low cost, entry-level UC headset that offers a superior user experience. "The new Blackwire 300 headsets have amazing sound quality that is achieved by the latest technology including dynamic equalization, advanced digital signal processing and noise cancellation," said Matt Miller, senior category director of Product Management at Plantronics. "Simply put, these sophisticated headsets provide a level of quality that cannot be matched by similarly priced products." With its simple and durable design, the Blackwire 300 Series is ideal for those new to PC telephony or unified communications. The Blackwire 300 Series comes in four models and will be available in Spring 2012. - Blackwire 310 (monaural), MSRP: $44.95 C310: UC Standard version that supports softphones via Plantronics Spokes software C310-M: Version optimized for use with Microsoft Lync - Blackwire 320 (stereo), MSRP: $49.95 C320: UC Standard version that supports softphones per Plantronics Spokes software C320-M: Version optimized for use with Microsoft Lync The Blackwire 300 Series headsets feature: - Inline indicator lights and audio alerts for call, mute, and volume status - Durable metal headband provides comfortable and secure fit - Noise canceling microphone and enhanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for more natural voice sound - Unique dynamic EQ feature optimizes sound quality for calls (wideband voice) or multi-media playback with hi-fi stereo sound - 2 year limited warranty For more information on Plantronics' UC solutions, please visit www.plantronics.com/us/solutions/unified-communications.