If you are tired of being fixed to the desk, the new Plantronics CA-40 could be exactly what you are looking for. Made by a company which specialises in headsets, the CA-40 is the top-of-the-range unit for elite professionals and call-centre coaches, allowing around 50-75 metres and one floor of mobility thanks to a tiny unit which clips onto the belt. Able to answer the phone from a distance thanks to a lifter which works with a normal handset, it can also charge a second battery extending talk time to 24 hours. Made to fit comfortably, with adjustable everything including separate controls for how you sound to the caller and vice verca, the CA- 40 is a joy to use. At AUS$1240 inc GST, it isn't cheap, but if your hourly rate is better than $50, the payback period might well be only a month or two - our productivity was measurably improved by using the unit. Call 1300 7808 78 for your closest dealer.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon