The Poly Blackwire 8225 is a USB wired headset made for working professionals who use the computer to operate their business calls.
What is unique about this wired headset is that it's lightweight but has large ear cushions and the active noise cancelling (ANC) feature that eliminates most of the background noise around to focus on your calls or meetings.
Are there distracting noise around you?
Working from home and you have kids screaming or dogs barking?
Noises are one of the leading causes of distractions at work and leads to higher levels of stress.
With the Blackwire 8225 simply turn on a switch and zone in on your work to become more focused and less stressed.
Let's find out together what this headset is all about and if it may be a good fit for you!
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Weight - 6.5oz
The Poly Blackwire 8225 weighs 6.5oz, which is about the weight of an iPhone.
The weight is almost 50% of the comparable headset, the Jabra Evolve 80, which weighs 11.4oz. You will find that the lighter the headset, the more comfortable the headset is for wearing for more extended periods.
The headset's balance feels lightweight and comfortable for a full working day while still maintaining good sound quality and the added functionality of active noise cancelling speakers.
We all have heads of different sizes and shapes, and a good headset will adjust quickly to the proper fit.
The Blackwire 8225 is easy to find the perfect adjustment for the speakers to sit correctly on your ears. Once the headset is placed on your head, pull down on the speakers, and it clicks into position easily.
Some headsets have fixed position speakers and don't rotate, but most people's ears aren't flat, typically requiring the ear cushions to swivel.
Rotating ear cushions
The Blackwire 8225 speakers, as pictured below, are easily able to rotate a full 180 degrees to fit correctly on your ear or lay flat on a desk.
There is a soft silicon cushion on the top of the headband that makes the headset's weight feel light and comfortable.
What's nice about the headband being made from silicon is that it is more sanitary and easy to clean, which is increasingly important these days.
Watch this In-Depth review of the Blackwire 8225 Wired Headset
Watch this 11-minute video on the in-depth review of the Poly Blackwire 8225 USB wired headset with noise cancelling headphones. We do a microphone test so you can hear the sound quality and noise cancelling microphone.
Noise cancelling microphone
The Poly Blackwire 8225 USB headset has a professional noise cancelling microphone, which means that your customers will hear your voice loud and clear.
Have you ever talked to a customer service agent from a big cable company, and you can hear all their employees chatter in the background, making it difficult to hear.
Pretty frustrating, right?
Having a professional-grade noise cancelling microphone helps eliminate this background noise so your callers can hear your voice and not any of the distracting noises going on around you.
Why does this matter?
Distracting noises lead to less productivity, frustrated customers, and increased stress levels for agents on the phone.
Simple fix. Professional-grade noise cancelling microphone.
The Blackwire 8225 has a great microphone positioned close to your mouth. It has a short pickup range, which means that it's going to pick up your voice and not as much of the noises around you.
In the video in the above section, we do a sound test that shows how well the microphone works. Watch the review video in the above section and fast forward to 5:00 to hear how it sounds.
Do you have a noisey envrionment?
- Loud machines
- Lots of loud co-workers
- Busy streets
- Barking dogs
- Kids being a bit roudy
You may need to step up the noise cancelling to the next level.
We did a review of this software that uses artificial intelligence to eliminate even more noise.
Surprisingly it worked incredibly well.
View the video here: https://youtu.be/n6l431KSZt0
Audio quality for hearing
The Blackwire 8225 is designed for the best audio quality possible while maintaining still a small form and comfortable for all day.
Two speakers rest on top of the ear whereas other comparable models have oversized ear cups that fully enclose the ears which typically will produce a bit better sound quality but you sacrifice comfort.
One of the biggest indicators of a headset having good sound quality is the range in bass. Typically small lightweight headsets have flat bass and just music doesn't sound good.
The Poly Blackwire 8225 bass is good enough for most music but I felt the bass was a bit lacking especially being a premium product. I recently did a review of the Discover D722U which is about half the price yet produces much better bass and sound quality. Click here to learn more about the D722U.
The sound quality is good enough for most working professionals though.
Active Noise Cancelling - Noise cancelling headphones
What makes the Blackwire 8225 shine is that it has a switch to activate an electronic active noise cancelling feature to remove unwanted background noise.
How does it work?
Put the headset on.
Turn on your audio of choice such as music, podcast, or phone calls.
Switch the ANC feature to the on position, as pictured below.
The ANC mode electronically removes that unwanted background noise to reduce your distractions and be more productive with your work and be less stressed..
When utilizing the feature, it seemed like it helped reduce about 30% of the noise around me, which I find helpful to focus on my work.
Connectivity - USB only
The Poly Blackwire 8225 is a USB wired headset with a 7-foot cable.
Many people are now working from home, and their business communication software is on their computer such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, RingCentral, just to name a few.
Plugin a USB headset to be able to use the phone.
There are two variations of this headset. You can buy it in either a USB-A connector or a USB-C connection. It seems like the industry is moving towards all USB-C ports, which are smaller and can be plugged in upside down, which is nice.
After you plug the headset into the computer, you can use some buttons to interact with the computer. Volume, Mute, ANC, and Answer buttons.
It's a simple plug and play device. As soon as you plug the headset into your PC, it will quickly update the drivers you need, and it's ready to go.
You may need to navigate your sound settings to set the Blackwire 8225 as your default communication device.
What software is it compatible with?
Many companies use different kinds of business communication software. A few examples are:
- Microsoft Teams
- Google Meet
This headset will work with all these platforms and many others, including music and YouTube.
There is advanced functionality that only works on specific software, which most notably is remote answering.
Remote answering allows you to answer and end calls with a push of the button on the headset wire.
Why does this matter?
For wired headsets, it doesn't matter all that much, but it is convenient to push the phone button on the headset to be able to answer and end calls rather than having to navigate the mouse.
For a full list of supported software that has this feature visit the Poly website here: https://www.poly.com/us/en/support/supported-softphones
This headset is available in 4 variations:
- USB-A - 214407-01
- USB-C - 214407-01
- USB-A Microsoft Teams (preinstalled) - 214408-01
- USB-C - Microsoft Teams (preinstalled) - 214409-01
Poly always designs their products very well, and they didn't miss the mark on this headset either.
The Poly Blackwire 8225 is made from a variety of Metal, plastic, rubber, and silicon creating a unique looking headset.
The headband has a piece of stainless steel mixed with a soft silicon cushion at the top of the headband for increase in comfort. The design they put together just looks clean and well made.
Wearing the headset makes you feel professional and that you're not wearing a cheaply made product.
The Poly Blackwire 8225 headset has physical buttons around it to give you quick access to adjusting your headset.
- Volume +/-
- On/Off (Answer or end calls with a push of a button)
- ANC On/Off switch
|Convertible||No Dual Speaker Headband Only|
|Earpiece type||Dual Speakers Over-The-Head|
|Noise cancelling microphone||Yes|
|Active Noise Cancelling||Yes ANC on/off button|
|Monthly rental price||$14/mo|
Price - $209.95 MSRP
The Poly Blackwire 8225 UC USB wired headset is a premium product that is made for those that need all day comfort and want good sound quality and active noise cancelling to be able to focus on their work.
For the price, this is an excellent value as you get:
- Lightweight all-day comfort
- Professional noise microphone
- Active noise cancelling feature to remove unwanted background noise
- remote answering for most business communication software
MSRP = $209.95
What's nice is we offer this headset on a month-to-month no contract rental program where you can get it with an unlimited warranty for only $14.00/mo. you can learn by clicking here
Who is this made for?
The Poly Blackwire 8225 is a premium USB headset made for working professionals that need to wear a headset all day but want good sound quality and want to focus on their work.
Imagine a call center with agents all next to one another the sound from each of the agents can become very distracting making it hard to hear the caller.
It's also been proven that noise distractions increases stress.
With the Blackwire 8225 you can turn on the ANC feature and magically make all the noise around you disappear.
Perhaps your not in a call center but your working from home and there are kids, dogs, or other people being loud and causing you to lose focus on your work you need to concentrate on.
Simply turn the ANC switch on and you'll feel as if your all alone so you can focus on the work that needs to get done.
Who is this NOT made for?
- Someone who is looking for a cheap wired headset.
- Someone who needs to connect to something other than computers.
- Someone who does not have distracting noises around them.
- Someone who wants deep bass for music.
- Someone who wants to be cordless
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