Whether you work at home or manage an office call center, you know how hard it can be to choose the right headset. Still, what seems like a simple product can widely alter your life at work and at home. You need to ask yourself the right questions, too: How do you balance price versus quality? Which are the most comfortable? What functions do you need them to do? Do you need a device that can quickly switch from your PC to a VoIP or mobile device? If you work in a loud office, you might even consider investing in noise-cancelling headphones and microphones.
With these factors and more in mind, here are our top five headset picks for people who work on a PC.
1. Microsoft LX-6000
Depending on where you shop, Microsoft’s LX-6000 can cost between $40-$75, but it outperforms many of its more expensive competitors. Performing well in noise cancelling, comfort, and sound quality, the headset is balanced and reliable product loved by our team. It also features a noise-cancelling mic that maintains naturally sounding voices. Light in weight, the LX-6000 can be worn comfortably for hours, thanks to the leatherette-covered foam ear pads and headband.
The headset also features an LED indicator that lets coworkers know that you’re on a call, and a built-in remote that can answer calls, mute your noise-cancelling mic, and toggle the volume. Also, the device is plug-and-play, so you don’t need to install any software!.
2. Plantronics Blackwire C720
The Plantronics Blackwire C720 isn’t for the faint of heart (or, at a price of $149, the narrow of wallet).
This hybrid, wireless headset can work in both wired and wireless modes, and can connect to your PC via USB and then seamlessly switch to Bluetooth ‘on-the-go’ mode. You can even keep the remote in wireless mode after you’ve disconnected it from your computer — with just one button, you can swap from PC to smartphone calls. If you’re looking for a more economical set, consider Headset Buddy’s phone headset PC to phone adapters.
Other features include a soothing female voice that verifies changes to internal settings, a dynamic equalizer, and a “smart sensor” mode, which can pick up calls when your headset is picked up and put on. In addition to being great for work on a PC, it has crisp sound for listening to music (if this list were about headsets best for listening to music on—it would take the top spot). It also displays battery life on your PC or smartphone’s icon bar
3. Plantronics Audio 478
For managers of call centers and offices looking to purchase a large number of headsets on a budget, we bring you the Plantronics Audio 478. This budget-friendly headset is the best of the best in the $25 range. While the set is not noise-cancelling, it does offer signal processing that efficiently filters out noises and echoes to reduce any background humming.
This headset comes with a remote and has a collapsible headband. The mic is adequate, but doesn’t offer the warm tones like some of the other options on this list.
4. Astro Gaming A50
This wireless headset, priced at $299, is an excellent option for those looking to maximize sound quality and ease of use. Its wireless capabilities make it easy to get up and move at a moment’s notice, which is especially convenient if you need to take a call on the go. Still, as we’ve seen here, there are other, more affordable options that are also wireless, so be sure to consider your priorities before making a final decision.
That said, sometimes, the hardest workers are also the hardest players — if you’re a PC gamer looking to blow off some steam after a long day at work, this set offers the best playback quality on this list by far, immersing you in a new and exciting sound world. The set is also compatible with Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
This moderately priced headset offers surround sound and a digital noise-cancelling mic. It comes with high-tech features, like being able to customize and ‘calibrate’ your own audio profile to pre-set your bass and mid range notes to a level acceptable for work.
Apart from the specs these headsets just look slick, especially with the customizable lighting on their ear cups. At about $90, these are a solid and dependable mid-ranged investment.
To turn these wicked headphones into hybrids, consider one of Headset Buddy’s PC to smartphone adapters.