Hello class, today we will be looking at headsets that are compatible for your PC (Windows) and Apple Mac OS. Many businesses today are opting to use their computers in lieu of phones to make phone calls. It’s a very cost effective method to reduce spending by using VOIP and other soft phone applications. There are so many options out there, but I will list the ones that stand out most to me. The most important things to consider are the call quality and comfort. All of these headsets below are plug and play, and even someone like myself can install them. If you plan on sitting at the computer and don’t need to be mobile, I’d recommend getting a corded. If you need to be more mobile, or just don’t want to be tied to your desk, go wireless. Let’s begin shall we?
This headset is the newest edition the the Plantronics Blackwire line. It’s basically a corded Voyager Focus. This is a corded USB-A (or USB-C) headset with active noise canceling. You don’t really see any corded headsets with active noise canceling but here it is. This headset also has a nice omni directional boomless mics to help pick up your voice. The microphones are noise canceling as well. If you’re not working, you can still use this headset to listen to music. It has nice Hi-Fi stereo earphones. This wouldn’t be my first choice when picking a noise canceling headset, but if you’re on a a budget, this might be a good pick for you. Click here to buy now.
This is a great entry level corded headset from Jabra. It has a USB-A (or USB-C) connection. It has 3 microphones to pick up your voice in addition to a noise canceling microphone. Large 40mm speakers (ear cups) so you can focus on the task or phone call. In addition, a built-in busy light so your colleagues/friends know if you’re on a call, visible 360 deg around you. Hi-Fi wideband frequency response. A great headset for the casual user. The best feature I like the most is that you can mute the call by simply by moving the microphone boom up. Move the microphone down to un-mute. Comes with a manufacturer’s 2 year warranty. Click here to buy now. (USB-C version)
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This is quite a unique wireless headset. Generally speaking, wireless USB headsets use Bluetooth connectivity, however, this headset runs on DECT 6.0 (similar to a cordless phone.) Because of this you get an astonishing range of up to 300ft. This headset has a great noise canceling mic and WideBand audio. The only downside to this headset is the lack of Bluetooth capability but still an awesome headset. Comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty, click here to buy now.
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This bad boy is a great wireless headset without breaking the bank. This Bluetooth USB-A (or USB-C) headset is basically an upgraded “wireless” version of the Evolve 40 series. It comes with a Bluetooth dongle that plugs into your PC or Mac via USB and gives you up to 100 feet Bluetooth range. Up to 37 hours of battery time! You have a great noise canceling mic, and Hi-definition sound from the large 40mm speakers with soft leatherette ear cushions, which is great for you and your customers. It has a built-in LED in-use light to let the people around you that you’re busy or on a call – great feature to have! If you’re not on a call, simply kick back and jam to some tunes. The coolest feature of this headset, is you can connect to your cellphone simultaneously via Bluetooth. Comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty. Click here to buy now.
Out of all of the wireless Bluetooth headsets, this headset provides the longest range of up to 150ft through the computer. It has active noise canceling through the ear phones (think of Bose), Wideband audio, great noise canceling microphone, and built in smart sensors which can detect when you put on and take the headset off. You have 12 hours of talk time, and up to 15 hours of music streaming. Comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. Click here to buy now.
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This is a beast of a headset. You have Hi-Fi stereo sound, excellent noise canceling microphone, active noise canceling through the ear phones (think of Bose), and it they just look great all around. Similar to the Evolve 65 you will have up to 100ft wireless range, but an incredible 15 hours of battery on a full charge. Like the above headsets, you just simply plug it in via USB and you’re ready to rock. Need to take a long drive or flight somewhere? Take them with you and use enjoy music on your phone! Your customers will love talking to you on this headset. Comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. Click here to buy now.
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This is a new wireless Bluetooth USB headset by EPOS (formerly Sennheiser). It’s a nice headset for for use with a computer. The EPOS Adapt 360 comes with the BTD 800 USB-A adapter for your PC or laptop. You can listen to music and take calls. It has a dual noise canceling microphone and you get up to 100 ft wireless range. The cool thing about this headset is it has active noise canceling. You can block the unwanted background noise if you’re in a loud environment. It has a great battery time of 46 hours! It also comes with a 2.5mm and a 3.5mm cable for use with a smart phone and a storage pouch. It can easily be folded for travel or storage. Comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty. Click here to buy now
As times changes, companies have to make adaptations in their structure by making making their employees in some cases to work from home. For this reason we will discuss some options that will help for those times when people have to work remotely.
A main thing that we have to consider is that homes are going to be running standard landlines, that are different as the lines used at offices which are VoIP, for this reason not all headsets would be compatible by simply plugging them into the phone line, however there are options on corded and wireless options.
The entry level headset coming with an over the headset only wearing style, in a corded style with Noise Canceling microphone, comes with a fully functional dial pad. This headset is designed for just one single line, simply plug in the Plantronics T110 Practica to the the standard wall telephone jack and you are good to go. Basic functions built in to the pad, like Mute, Redial and Flash, making it an excellent option for a home worker that doesn’t require many bells and whistles. Order yours HERE.
If looking for a wireless setup for your home office, this is one of the best ones for you on entry level with the convenience of being wireless with DECT frequency that allows you roam around up to 300 feet away, having a convenient LCD screen with Caller ID and a full dial pad that allows you to dial numbers , answer calls by pressing virtually any key. Take the headset with you with its convenient convertible 2-1 wearing style, so can be worn over the head or over the ear.
Computer USB headsets if you are using your PC our Laptop
Recently launched, the Jabra Evolve 20SE Mono USB is one of the most affordable USB headset in the market with and over the head wearing style covering 1 ear and noise canceling microphone, designed to work with virtually any computer with a USB-A port and volume control. The Evolve 20SE comes with leatherette ear cups making the different of the SE version against the standard one. Order yours HERE.
The Plantronics C3225 Stereo brings the practicality of being a USB-A headset and a 3.5mm headset at the same time, so can be used virtually with any computer, tablet, smart phone or portable electronic. Being a helpful tool for home workers that are looking for the best value with versatility to be used at any time. The USB adapter comes with Inline controls to answer calls, volume, and mute. Certified to be compatible with Microsoft Skype for Business.
The UH36 is a nice option in an affordable package, one of the best qualities of this headset is the built in quality, the headset looks and feels great at first touch, many people (me included) could be fooled by the name of the brand or even the price point thinking that the unit can’t perform, however after testing it at full with PC, Mac, and smart phones I can say that as the old establish: “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, a seamless integration with Teams and a nice feature that allows you to call Cortana at any time making it a nice touch for people that are at their computer most of the time. Get yours HERE.
Sennheiser offers the SC 260 as a USB headset covering both ears with an over the head wearing style with large ear cushions, noise canceling microphone and with a pivot-able boom that rotates through 360 degrees and with a bendable boom arm, making it easier to find the right position for the microphone for the user. The SC 260 Stereo USB has ActiveGard, Sennheiser’s technology that protects you from acoustic shock and sudden sound surges.
Jabra had just released the Evolve2 40 MS Stereo with an incredible sound quality and volume controls built in the headset compatible with most of the soft phones in the market, including Microsoft Teams, formerly known as Skype for Business. The Evolve2 40 offers now memory foam ear cups with an adjustable cushioned headband, offering the best comfort on a corded headset for people that need good sound quality with the best connection and reliability. The Evolve2 40 MS is offered in 2 version, The USB-C that can be used with most of the newest laptops, desk tops and Android phones and the USB-A that is most commonly found in any laptop or desktop.
Jabra bring us the Evolve 75 MS Stereo Bluetooth USB, which is a wireless headset with a range of 100ft when using the Jabra Link 370 that it is included. Active Noise Canceling in the leatherette ear cups, built in Busy Light and Talk through technology that allows you to hear through the headset, making it a nice feature. Multi pairing is included as well, making it a great headset if you need to have 2 devices sync without having to switch back and forward.
Plantronics give us the Voyager Focus, which comes with Active Noise Canceling, range of up to 150ft. Leatherette ear cushions and smart sensors that allows you to answer calls by simply putting the headset on , muting the call or pausing music if you take it off. Voice alert announces when you mute a call and let you know if still on mute after a long period of time. Volume/track controls built in the side of the headset allowing you to skip track without having to go back to the device you are streaming from.
The MB 660 UC its our option from Sennheiser for a wireless headset with active Noise Canceling for people wanting one of the best designs and easy to pack for traveling thanks to its fold able ear cushions, with built in microphone and Active Noise Canceling, with a battery time of up to 30 hours when fully charged, making it a nice option for people that are looking for the longest battery life time. Range of up to 100 ft and coming with a 3.5mm cable that allows it to be used either by Bluetooth or the jack on any electronic with a 3.5mm jack.
The latest addition from Jabra, the Evolve2 65 offers an extraordinary talk time of 37 hours, beating almost every headset in the competition, offering fast charging as needed too. Memory foam can be found in its 40 mm ear cups with Jabra’s amazing sound quality. Built in Busy light allows you to let people know when the headset is in use. The Evolve2 65 has a range of up to 100 feet using the included dongle, and offering multi pairing, allowing you to have the headset sync with your computer and cell phone at the same time. Evolve2 65 offers you the mute of the microphone when in a call by simply bringing the microphone boom, making it one convenient option for people when they need to mute the microphone without the hassle of pressing keys.
PC VoIP USB Softphone Computer Headsets Review for 2020
There are a lot of USB Computers headsets for your VoIP softphone, this guide will help you decide which one is right for you, by showing some of the latest headsets with the best features available for your VoIP phone. Almost all of these headsets have Binaural Capability (both ears covered).
Jabra Evolve2 40 UC Mono USB-A Wire Headset ($129.95), Evolve2 40 Stereo ($139.95)
This is a standard corded Jabra USB headset that has a few cool features to set it apart from other headsets. The coolest feature with the Jabra Evolve2 Series, is starting at the Jabra Evolve2 40, they have a useful ‘Busy Light’ that lights up red on the side of the headset when you’re on a call, turns on automatically. It has 3 microphones on the boom for the best voice quality pickup. compatible with both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS. Large 40mm speakers, design to isolate background noise so you can focus on your task. Comes both in the mono and stereo versions.
This corded USB headset from Plantronics has a lightweight and comfortable design. Fit with a volume control, it can disconnect there and turn into a 3.5mm headset, usable with a smartphone or tablet. It has a great flexible noise canceling microphone, wide band audio and an affordable price point. The headset can fold into a soft carrying case for easy portability.
Plantronics Blackwire 7225 USB Stereo Corded Headset $149 <staff favorite
The newest edition to the Blackwire series. This is a unique corded usb headset. Not only is it great for communication, it is great for listening to music. You have Hi-Fi stereo sound! The best feature of this headset is the newly added active noise canceling. So not only do you have a nice noise canceling microphone, you can also block out the noise of your co workers. It has a 4 boom-less microphones that will help pick up your voice. Click here to buy now.
Jabra Evolve2 65 UC Stereo Bluetooth Wireless USB-A Headset <= staff favorite
This is the newest Jabra Evolve2 65 Bluetooth USB headset, with similar features to the Evolve 40 above. The Bluetooth USB Dongle, pictured below the headset, allows the headset to connect to your PC with up to 100 feet of range. It also has Bluetooth capability, you can connect to a cell phone or tablet via this headsets Bluetooth Connection. Like the Evolve 40, this headset also has a busy light, that is a red circle around the JABRA symbol, and has a microphone groove on the headband. Large padded leatherette ear cushions, very comfortable for all day use. 40mm speakers have excellent passive noise blocking to filter out background noise. The battery when fully charged will last 37 hours of use! Almost unheard of in a wireless Bluetooth headset.
Plantronics Voyager 4220 is the latest of the wireless USB computer headsets with all the latest headset technology. It comes with a class1 BT600 USB-A dongle (included) allowing 100ft of range (vs. 30ft for regular class 3 Bluetooth). Compatible with both PC and Apple Mac computers. Built-in busy light to alert people around you that you’re on a live call. Microsoft Skype for Business Certified to be plug and play compatible. when fully charged, the battery last for 12 hours of talk time. the Boom has 2 microphones (1 uni-directional; 1 MEMS-directional) for the best voice pickup possible, Making the Blackwire 4220 one of the best USB computer headset on the market today.
The top of the line as far as headsets go, this wireless headset has it all. Up to 12 hours of talk time or 15 hours of listening time, a best in line noise canceling microphone, and super comfortable headband and ear phones make this headset one of the best out there. It connects wireless to your computer or laptop, as well as having the ability to connect via Bluetooth to your cell phone or tablet. The sound quality is top notch, with active noise canceling to cancel out more background noise than usual, if you want the best headset available, look no further, this headset is for you.
The Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC is the latest (2017) addition to the Plantronics Voyager wireless headset line from Plantronics. It’s the first Plantronics with a “boomless” microphone. Don’t let the missing microphone fool you. The missing boom and microphone does not mean it was poor sound when you’re on the phone (or softphone). It has 4 total microphone, specially engineered and placed at different locations on the headset for optimal voice pickup. See below:
In addition, it comes with leatherette “circumnaural” ear cups and speakers to to surround both ears completely on top the active noise canceling technology to block out just about any background “unwanted” noise you have in your surroundings. it comes with a USB adapter for your PC/computer, so you can communicate wirelessly up to 100ft away. The Voyager 8200 is also a Bluetooth headset so you can pair it with your smartphone (like an Apple iPhone). so it can be used as a cell phone headset or simply use it as a great music headphone when you’re not working! Go HERE for more details.
The newest addition to the list comes from Sennheiser (now EPOS), with the EPOS Adapt 660 UC wireless Bluetooth Headset, this headset has NoiseGard Active Noise Canceling. Certified and ready for Microsoft Teams, this headset has a boom less microphone, with 3 digital noise canceling microphones built in to the ear cups. An amazing battery time of 30 hours and a superb 15 day battery life on standby, making it a good option for road warriors that need to have best talk/standby time on their headset for business. If you run out of power, the Adapt 660 has you covered, with a 2.5mm and 3.5mm cable that allows you to use it with virtually any device with a 3.5mm jack. A hard travel case gives it a nice touch when folding it and storing while traveling and the 2 year warranty gives you piece of mind on this headset. Go HERE for more details.