What is the Best Headset for the Home Office?

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So we’ve been working from home for a while now and having multiple zoom meetings. The fun of someone being on mute while talking has worn out and the thought of a cat making “another” appearance has lost its cuteness (there’s only so many times you can say “aawww”, no?). Anyway one thing I haven’t taken a look at is headsets which can make a huge difference to your Zoom / Teams meetings both for you and for your colleagues. But the question is – what is the best headset for the home office? Let’s find out now…………………..

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What are the Main Things to be Looking Out For?

There are a number of factors to take into account when you are looking for your perfect headset for working from home. Unsurprisingly, these factors will depend a lot on what you’re going to be using them for?

Will you be wearing them for a long time? If your zoom meetings tend to last for ages (there’s always that one person who loves the sound of their own voice!) or if you have a few meetings a day then you should be looking for an ultra comfortable pair rather than the “in ear” variety. The most comfortable design is the “over ear” which adds a thick layer of padding round the ear and then the speaker in the middle so that it doesn’t rest against the ear. This has the advantage of blocking a lot of background noise as well.

In addition, a cordless Bluetooth set may not last a whole day of meetings so a corded or “hybrid” (can be either cordless or plugged in) set may be more appropriate.

Another point to note is to check out the microphone quality, try to get one which is directional which should only pick up the sound of your voice and not the bin lorry outside, or worse, your breathing! You don’t want to sound like you’re heavy breathing on a zoom call. At the higher end of the market some of the headsets will also have active noise canceling which will filter out background noise so keep a look out for that.

So given all this information, what are the best headsets out there at the moment?

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Budget Option

The Zetong Stereo Computer Headset sits firmly in the budget option range but that’s not to say it doesn’t come with a range of features.

Zetong Stereo Headset

This over ear style headset comes with a 3.5mm jack making it suitable for most computers as well as i-pads and some phones.

The over ear feature makes it comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.

Lightweight headset (240g) with expandable headband making it comfortable for all ages (and head sizes).

Cable has a built in volume control feature and also an adapter to allow the 3.5mm jack to be converted to separate headphone / microphone connections.

PROs: Cheap and cheerful / over ear design / compatible with most computers and phones tablets.

CONs : Cheap therefore quality may be an issue

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Last word: If its just something cheap you need for the odd zoom call and you don’t want to spend a fortune then this is a good option – BUT if you want to listen to music as well or will be a heavy user then you may want to spend a bit more and get something that may be of superior quality.

Mid Range

The Wantek Corded USB Headset is a bit more expensive than the Zetong headset but with that you get a couple of extra features.

Wantek

As well as a slightly better quality, in addition you also get a noise canceling microphone which will give clearer audio and therefore better quality conversations.

Plugs straight into a USB socket on your computer and requires no additional drivers so will work right out of the box.

Comes with an in-line control for volume and mute / unmute so you can easily keep control of your conversation.

As it has smaller earphones it is lighter than the Zetong headset coming in at 122g, however as they sit on the ear rather than cover it you do hear external noise more than the Zetong headset. If you work in a separate office that may not be such a big issue but if you’re in a room with a bit of noise already it may not be ideal.

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PRO’s : The noise cancellation microphone will improve quality / USB connection

CON’s: Not full over ear coverage so external noise will “seep” in.

Higher End

At the more expensive end of the market comes the Jabra Evolve 2 30 Headset. Jabra evolve

As you would expect with a more expensive model there are more features.

This one has noise canceling, and a noise isolating design for keeping out external noises.

It has a “busy” light which turns on automatically when you are on a call so others can easily see when your busy.

It has dual microphones to ensure you are always being heard and understood with reduced background noise and better audio quality.

There is also a Microsoft Teams specific version which has a dedicated Teams button and meets MS Teams open office requirements.

USB headphone jack connection

Fully adjustable and padded steel headband

The speakers in this headset are an impressive 28mm. Larger speakers will give you superior sound quality and music clarity which makes them ideal for listening to music as well as those zoom meetings.

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PRO’s : Noise canceling / dual microphone makes for great and clear audio on zoom calls.

CON’s : Not completely ear covering so despite the noise canceling there may still be some external “noise leakage”.

Now, I have included three differing models of what I would consider to be “work” headsets in that they have been designed specifically for working on computers and using Zoom / Teams / etc for remote meetings and chat. However I think it would be beneficial to include what would be considered a gaming headset as I think that, to be honest, the sound quality and build quality would be better. The downside of course is that they tend to be on the more expensive side – gamers obviously having more money than business types!

So if you’re not bothered by their more chunky appearance you may want to consider…….

steel series

The Steel Series Arctis Pro is predominantly a gaming headset but with its 3.5mm connection can easily be used for zoom meetings.

The comfortable design means long duration wearing should be no problem at all (just think how long some of these gamers are playing non-stop!)

Premium speakers (technical info – expansive frequency range from 10-40,000 Hz) means the sound quality is brilliant with realism and clarity.

Has a ClearCast microphone delivering studio quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation.

For PC users there is software that you can use to personalise the headphones to your own specifications including equalizer settings and even the colour of lights around the edge of the ear muff (if you wanted to!)

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PRO’s : sound quality on both speakers and microphone will be superior / designed to be used for long periods

CON’s : you will look like you’ve borrowed them from a teenager!

 

So, there we have a run down of several of the best headsets out there at the moment which would be great for upgrading your zoom meeting sound quality. Do you use a headset working from home or do you just use the built in microphone and speakers on the computer? I would love to hear from you about your current set up or what your plans are to upgrade your system?

In the meantime if you have any questions / comments / requests then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I would, always, love to hear from you.

 

In the meantime, take care.

 

Dave

Simple wfh

2 thoughts on “What is the Best Headset for the Home Office?”

  1. Hi Dave – I have the Steele Headset, so I agree they are more comfortable on the ears after a long day, and often you can get past the viewing issues if the meeting is about a third-person context, e.g. all parties reviewing web pages or documents.  I’ve been looking at desk-risers and pricing, if you were thinking about another post for future?

    Very acccessible and easy-to-read site, thanks for the work!

    Steve

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