As a big fan of technology, I always like the latest accessories for my devices either at home or on the go, this includes my cell phone, tablet, laptop and desktop. And if you are as picky as me on getting the best of the best, then you have find the right blog to help you choose the Best Noise Blocking USB headset for your computer.
This time, we will analyze and talk about 2 kinds of USB headsets available in the market, corded and wireless, I know that the wireless headsets will be a lot of people’s choice mainly of the versatility of letting you move around, and I am not taking that from them, personally I love my wireless ones when I am on the go, on my desktop personally I have a corded headset, because on a desktop environment you have more space and diversity on how to have your set up at will.
First one to recommend on a corded style comes from Poly, the Blackwire 7225 USB-A is one of the best options in the market for a USB corded headset with the New Hybrid Active Noise Canceling with modulation , its clean design is one of the best ones with leatherette ear cushions, with a discrete microphone boom arm with Acoustic Fence technology that works like a charm and blocks most of the environment noises and focus only on the user’s voice only, a nice feature to mention here is that this headset is Telecoil Hearing Aid Compatible, making it a nice option for people with the need of a telecoil compatible headset. Built in busy light in the side that allows you to let people know when you are in a call and the Volume/Answer controls on the side make it a very intuitive and easy to use unit. Order yours HERE.
Personally, I enjoy the the Jabra Evolve 80 with my desk top, it gives you the best of combining Active Noise Canceling with an around the ear cups, which reduce drastically the noises around the user, making it one of the best options for a really loud environment. The Evolve 80 offers Jabra’s amazing Listen-In feature, that allows you to hear the environment at will with the touch of a key, amazing feature that let you keep your headset on and still be able to listen “thru” the ear cups without interruption, allowing you to leave your headset on without the hassle of taking it on and off. Built in busy light alerts people when you are on a call or headset being used, Noise Canceling microphone that improves the call clarity. Can be used with its USB adapter with built in volume controls or by the 3.5mm jack which allows you to use it with virtually any device with a 3.5mm input. Learn more of Evolve 80 here.
Now we will analyze the wireless options available.
The Evolve2 75 is the newest integrant in the Evolve2 family and a huge improvement over the first generation as one of the best wireless headsets in market, similar features as the Evolve 80 before mentioned, in a little more compact and easy to carry portable style, comes with the new Jabra Advanced Active Noise Canceling with modulation of the ANC, Built in busy light in both sides and with a new discreet hide-away boom arm with Performance and Discreet mode. This headset has 8 microphones and on Discreet mode the user can make calls without having the boom arm out, meaning that the headset is considered a boom less arm headset as well. The talk time had been improved from the old time of up to 16 hours to a new 36 hours of battery time when fully charged. One special mention on this headset is the Dual connectivity from Jabra, that allows you to have 2 devices paired at the same time, allowing you to have it paired with your laptop at the same time with your smart phone, which avoids the user to be switching headsets for different devices. Order yours here.
Plantronics give us the Voyager 8200, a nice boom less microphone headset, with 4 omni-directional microphones allows you to wear the headset and talk at will without the need to have boom microphone close to the mouth, nice solution for people that don’t like to have anything close to their mouth. Well known Active Noise Canceling coming from both ear cups making it a nice option for people looking for a wireless headset that can block most of the surround noises from the user, allowing him/her to focus on the call. The Open-Mic button lets you to hear your surroundings at will, making it another nice feature allowing you to keep your headset on without the tedious taking off every time when not in use. Built in volume and answer controls into the headset making it an easy to use, and pair headset. The Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC Bluetooth USB Wireless Headset comes with its designed Class 1 Bluetooth Dongle allowing you to get a range of up to 100ft and a 3.5mm audio cable, letting you use your Voyager 8200 with any device with a 3.5mm input.
The Voyager Focus is going to be more affordable option for a wireless headset with Active Noise Canceling, this headset has a microphone boom, folding ear cushions allowing you to put in its carrying case for traveling, the Voyager Focus has built in sensors that automatically mutes the headset if you take it off, comes handy when you need to mute your microphone without having to press any button in the headset, in the case of playing music it will automatically pause the track. The USB Bluetooth Dongle that comes with it is a Class 1 , which gives you up 100ft of range. It comes with caller name voice announcement, really nice if you are not able to reach out to your smartphone or computer to view who is calling in.A fully charge will give you up to 12 hours of talk time, and 15 of music streaming. Get yours here.
Sennheiser enters now with its new line up, starting with the MB660 UC, this is one of the latest additions from them, with a boom less microphone design, with 3 digital noise canceling microphones built into the headset, Active Noise Canceling with NoiseGard, which constantly monitors the background noise and adjust the the noise reduction to the headset ear cups. The Bluetooth Dongle included gives you a range of up to 100ft and the battery life is one of the best ones in the market, with astonishing 20 hours of battery time with noise Canceling activated when using the Bluetooth Dongle and up to 30 hours when using the audio cable included and with the Active Noise Canceling activated, making special mention of the 15 days of battery standby time. Making it a good competitor for people that are always traveling and can’t afford to loose power on their headsets when on the go. The MB660 comes with all the adapters and plugs needed for traveling people, even comes with in-flight adapters, making it a nice option for people flying all the time. Get your MB660 clicking HERE.
Lastly we have the Sennheiser MB360 USB, as the older sibling, the MB 360 is going to be a boom less microphone design headset with built in microphones, with foldable Active Noise Canceling ear cups, this headset includes its respective Bluetooth Dongle that will let you get up to 100ft of range, making it another option for travelers looking for a wireless headset that gives the versatility of being carry around and with a strong and reliable battery time, with up to 25 hours in use and up to 300 hours on standby. One of the lightest headsets in the market as well, with a weight of 8.4oz/238 grams, making it a considerable headset when moving all day long or being always on the road. Sennheiser has one of the best warranties in the wireless headsets in the market with a full 2-year warranty. Learn more about the MB360 USB here.
Poly offers the 4320 as an affordable wireless option with their well know Acoustic Fence technology, the 4320 welcomes the user in a rich sound quality and with a talk time of up to 24 hours in a single charge, and with a declared listening time of 47 by Poly, however in our own testing we discovered that the 4320 can offer a little more as up to 50 hours, which is a great battery time when working remotely or in a hybrid environment. The 4320 has built in busy lights as well as easy to operate volume controls. The 4320 can be used as a Bluetooth headset or as a corded headset thanks to the included USB-C to USB-A cord, really useful when the operation of a Bluetooth headset is not an option, besides that with this function called Audio over USB mode, the performance of the microphone and the Acoustic Fence gets improved by 20% than when used as a wireless headset. Get yours HERE.
Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC USB-A Bluetooth Stereo w/Charging Stand (staff favorite)
Moving up in the chain we have the new Voyager Focus 2, this headset on its second generation comes with the New Digital Hybrid Active Noise canceling, that similar to the one found in the sibling 8225 allows the user to modulate the amount of ANC so the user can focus in the calls and have a better performance. The micro phone boom receives the Acoustic Fence technology that we mentioned before but in this case comes with more microphones so the Acoustic Fence has a better coverage, in less complicated words we can resume this as if you have a vacuum cleaner next to you and the boom arm will just track the users voice, not the vacuum. Boom arm with muting option that allows the user to mute the microphone by bringing mic boom up and down. Smart sensors that allows the user to take a call by simply putting the headset on and/or pause streaming by taking the headset off. The Focus 2 can be used as a corded headset similar as the 4320, thanks to the micro USB to USB-A cord that is included and that allows the user to charge the headset while being used as a corded headset. The Focus 2 headset comes with the BT700 Bluetooth dongle which allows you to have a roaming of up to 160 feet and with a listening tie of up to 40 hours with the ANC off and up to 24 hours with the ANC on. Order yours HERE.