Review: Poly Blackwire 8225

This year has been a good year for Microsoft Teams users in many ways. One of the great things how there are several Teams Certified headsets and devices already out there. I am always looking forward to “find the perfect and best device for my use” so I naturally catched the opportunity to test new Poly Blackwire 8225 headset.

Some specs first

  • Certified for Microsoft Teams
  • Wired. Does work with USB-C adapter. There is also a USB-C model available.
  • On the ear model
  • Controls with Teams-button, mute and volume, ANC level (off,mid,high)
  • Four microphones for active noise cancellation
  • Boom arm mic with Acoustic Fence technology (two mics)
  • Protects your hearing via SoundGuard (doesn’t let sound to go above 118 dBA)

I admit, I like the way headset looks from outside. Shiny but still lightweight.

The headset positions very well when used.

How did Poly Blackwire 8225 work for me?

One thing I need to say upfront is that I am not a big fan of wired nor on-the-ear headsets. I was curious to test these ones out because you never know what is out there otherwise.

The good

  • These work marvelously well with Teams! Just plug it in and Teams switches to the headset and you are ready to go.
  • Since it is wired it doesn’t run out of battery
  • Noise cancelling works ok. It is on-ear design so it leaks some noise in.
  • The mic cancels out some background noise (if you have music playing for example) but still catches some sharp noises (opening a water bottle and similars)
  • No hassle with Bluetooth or dongle (well – it is wired)
  • Good build
  • Audio is excellent on both meetings and music.
  • Answering calls by pressing Teams-button.
  • Carrying pouch when (if) you travel

The bad

  • On-ear doesn’t work for me. I can keep this headset on for 1-2 hours at max until they start feeling really uncomfortable. It is not about the weight (these are light!) but about how it sits on my head. Out of earlier on-ears I tested these really didn’t fit me. But that is purely a personal feature.
  • The wire. I just don’t know how to position it so it wouldn’t feel to be on the way. It is a long enough wire (when sitting by the desk) so as long as you don’t stand up and walk away it doesn’t cause issues for the reach.
  • I can’t block out my surrounding noises totally since it is on-ear model (kid “saying things out loud with excitement”, playing with Duplos or noisy toys at home)

The Verdict

  • I use Poly Blackwire 8225 occasionally – for short periods of time. Especially on a hot end of summer day it was sometimes great to have a less sweaty option available or when you need a backup headset (or use it on another device).
  • The Teams Certification makes the headset really reliable with wire and a switch to it is very quick. And I don’t have to worry about losing the dongle somewhere.
  • Audio: great. Mic: good. Teams-button: Super!
  • If you are looking for a wired lightweight on-ear Teams headset you should add this to consideration list.
  • Voyager 8200 is still a great option from Poly/Plantronics – especially these days when there is a lot less travel than during 2019. https://myteamsday.com/2020/04/13/plantronics-voyager-8200-uc/

I got this headset from Poly Finland for testing.

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