Who Is The SIP-T54S For?
Sitting towards the more basic end of the range, the SIP-T54S is a handset for those who need a phone that has more functionality than the entry-level, but do not need the full functionality of the executive handset. We have found that this handset is great for general office use, used by managers, and other colleagues who are not on the phone every second of the day (e.g. not sales teams) in small to medium businesses.
Benefits Of The SIP-T54S
Bluetooth & Multiple Other Headset Options
Gone is the need to have a special headset just for your phone handset, with Bluetooth it means you can now easily get a headset that will easily work with your handset & mobile phone. One headset, multiple phones! Plus with it’s usb connection it gives you hundreds of other headset’s options to choose from.
Clear HD Audio
The Yealink SIP-T54S includes the latest version of Yealink Optimal HD Voice technologies and now supports the Opus codec, which helps maximise the acoustic performance of the phone’s handset, headset and especially the speakerphone. Customers have said that the sound quality of these new handsets really is excellent - especially for those who are in noisy offices!
Power over Ethernet (PoE)
No need wire in new power points to add a headset to your desk, if you have an existing Ethernet point at your desk, your handset can power itself using that connection.
Alternatives To The Yealink T54S?
There are plenty of telecommunications systems on the market that are suited to executive users, so it is important that you research and find the system best suited to your needs. The difference between the phone system and the handsets is that although the handsets are of course an important factor, they are essentially keyboards for the phone system itself. The phone system is where a lot of the features and functionality stem from. Therefore, it is important that you first choose a phone system that suits your needs, and then choose the handset that you want to work with that system.
The Yealink handsets are best paired with the SpringCom Hosted phone system. With SpringCom Hosted, the whole phone system exists in the cloud rather than installing a physical hardware box and wiring in your office to run your phone system.
Handsets are delivered pre-programmed and come with free programming changes for life- therefore, the system is completely scalable and so can grow with the business. An incredible feature system also comes as standard, with features such as call flow, auto-attendant, calling waiting and voicemail to email technology. Voicemail to email technology is especially beneficial for managers and executives, as it allows you to access their voicemail from their email wherever you have access to an internet connection on your computer or mobile phone.
If you are looking for a more advanced alternative, the T58V is at the opposite end of the scale. The top handset in the range, the T58V has built in Wi-Fi, camera and a 7” touch screen! The T58V also runs on a state-of-the-art Android system, which our customers love.
Looking at other systems…. iPECS eMG80
The iPECS eMG80 is a phone system from LG Ericsson. This Ericsson LG eMG80 is a good alternative to an hosted phone system. The system is a good alternative if you do not have access to high speed internet such as the NBN right now but want to take advantage of the cost savings moving to SIP can bring many businesses or you have very specific requirements that a hosted phone system with Yealink handsets may not cater to.
The eMG80 is a featured packed,top quality phone system that many of our customers use everyday . The system offers all of the common features such as voicemail, DND, day and night greetings etc and offers an outstanding range of features at a low price. There is a great range of digital and IP handsets within the iPECS eMG80 range, so there is something for every budget and business need.
Yealink T54S Pro's
With bluetooth capability, you can talk hands-free with a bluetooth headset. Conduct private conversations while walking around the office or sitting at your desk, keeping your hands free for multi-tasking (or drinking a coffee!).
The HD technologies ensure that every sound is crystal-clear. No missed words or dropped letters - confused conversations are bad for business, so the HD Audio will ensure that your business conversations run smoothly and professionally. Our customers love HD audio - they have told us that not having to strain to hear the conversation keeps them fresher, alert and more productive throughout the day.
Full Duplex Speakerphone
Our customers love that they have excellent audio not only on the handset, but also when talking hands-free with the speakerphone. The full-duplex speakerphone means that their conversations flow naturally as they never miss a word!
With two adjustable angles, our customers have said that they find this ergonomic handset comfortable and easy to use. They can take advantage of all of the features without having to strain.
Yealink T54S Con's
No Built-in Wi-Fi
Although Wi-Fi is a possibility as an add-on, the T54S does not have it integrated as standard. It is one of 2 handsets in the 5 handset range without integrated Wi-Fi. Our customers who do have handsets with integrated Wi-Fi tell us that they love that their communications streams are centralised to one place. Have a think about how many different communications streams you use - Skype etc - and whether you could benefit from being able to conduct all of this from your handset.
As a media handset, the lack of a camera may be something that you come to miss. We have found that having a camera can improve conversations as it enables you to have an almost face-to-face conversation with colleagues and clients.
Limited Features and Functionality
Even though it has more functionality than the entry-level T52S, the features are still limited when compared to the rest of the range. You should talk to one of our friendly advisors about what you want to get out of the handset, and whether it is worth investing more in your phone to get more out of it.
Recommended Headsets For The Yealink T54S
There are so many headsets that we could recommend for you to pair with the Yealink T54S, but we don’t want to confuse you even more! So we have decided to focus on two excellent headsets options below.
Jabra Evolve 65 UC Mono Wireless Headset
The Jabra Evolve 65 is an awesome headset that connects to your computer and mobile via Bluetooth, and has a wireless talk-time of up to 10 hours. With 30, of coverage, our customers love the ability to walk around the office without worrying about losing connection.
Sennheiser SDW 5016 Wireless Headset
A more basic option is the Sennheiser SDW 5016. It also connects either by Bluetooth or USB, and has 6-10 hours of talktime. The Bluetooth coverage is up to 25m. Customers have said that they love that this headset can be worn in three different ways, although it is tricky to initially set up!
Pro Tip: There are lots of options when it comes to headset’s so we always recommend calling your preferred headset supplier for advice, as they will be able to help you find exactly the right headset for your needs.
Conclusion (Personal Opinion)
We think that the Yealink T54S is a brilliant phone for you if you want a media phone with excellent audio and fantastic features, but do not want to splash out on the full bells-and-whistles handsets which include integrated Wi-Fi and video. Have a read up on the other handsets in the range and consider what you will be using your phone for on a daily basis, and which handset is best suited to your business needs.