If you’re looking at getting a headset to use with your computer, you’ve come to the right place. This article will walk you through the types of computer headsets and give you some of the best options based on your needs.
There are multiple different ways you can connect a computer to a headset, and it’s important to know what they are and which one you need. We can break it down into 2 main categories: corded connection and wireless connection.
Corded computer headsets
There are multiple types of corded connections for your computer and headset. It all comes down to what type of port you’re connecting to. The main three are:
USB-A port is the most common connector type for corded computer headsets. It's a rectangular port that you’ll commonly see used to connect other devices to your computer (like a camera, printer, or keyboard). You may know it as the type of plug that you somehow always try to insert the wrong way.
USB-C connector is increasingly common, but many people don't recognize it by the name alone. It's the elongated oval port that you see on newer Apple computers. Since it's not quite as common as USB-A, you will likely need to buy a USB-A to USB-C adapter. However, since the USB-C is becoming more widely used, it’s important to discuss; it might be exactly the type of connector you need!
3.5mm Jack will look familiar because it's what’s used to plug traditional headphones into an older model phone or iPod. It's that long connector that goes into a circular port. Jack connectors come in various sizes, but if you're using it to connect to a computer instead of a guitar amp, you're going to be dealing with a 3.5mm.
And don’t worry; there's usually a solution if you can't find a headset that comes equipped with a connector that you need. Thanks to adapters, you can hook up a USB-A connector to a USB-C port, vice versa, or pretty much any other combination.
Wireless computer headsets
A wireless computer headset works without a cord connecting the wearable device to your computer, so you'll have much more mobility throughout your workday. But don’t be fooled! Unless you’ve got a Bluetooth device, you’ll still need a cord to connect the headset base to the computer.
A Bluetooth headset can come in 2 forms: a wireless headset that doesn’t need a base at all, or a wireless headset with a base that can connect to your computer using Bluetooth instead of a cord. Either way, these devices are great in terms of ease of use. Odds are that you've used Bluetooth connection before, so setting up this type of wireless technology will feel intuitive. Bluetooth headsets tend to have a range of approximately 30 feet; you can't leave the building, but you can still get some steps in.
A DECT wireless headset uses a cord that runs from the headset base to your computer. The headset base is a point of communication between your computer and the headset itself. The computer gives information to the base via the cord, and the base passes that information on to the headset. It's a less direct line of communication, but the technology allows for a much longer range. The typical device in this category will allow you to move up to 300 to 400 feet away from your computer and base without dropping a call.
Our computer headset recommendations
Corded computer headset recommendation under $100
If you're looking for a corded computer headset, we think you might like the Executive Pro Dual-Ear Corded USB Headset. Here's what you need to know about it:
The cord has a USB-A connector. Since this is the most common type of USB port, it'll almost certainly be compatible with your computer.
The cord itself is optimized for productivity. It's 100 inches long which means that you'll have ample space to move around, get up from your desk, and stretch your legs while staying connected to your USB headset. It has controls built-in to the cord that allow you to adjust volume and mute at the touch of a button.
This Executive Pro model is made using TruComfort technology. That means you're all set for long hours of wear. The plush leatherette cushions will sit comfortably on your ears all day.
If noisy coworkers are a concern, the noise-canceling microphone will ensure that they won't get in the way of professional sounding audio quality.
And the cherry on top? This device can be yours for under $65. It's practical, it's high-quality, and it won't break the bank.
Corded computer headset recommendation over $100
The Jabra Evolve2 40 UC Dual-Ear USB Headset is another great option for those looking to connect to their computer using a cord.
Like the Executive Pro model above, it has a USB-A connector that allows for easy setup with the majority of computer models.
With 5 feet of cord, you’ll have enough space to shift positions and swivel that office chair around all you want.
This device implements Jabra’s SafeTone technology to prevent harmful spikes in volume. That’s good news for the flow of your calls and for your ear health.
A built-in busy light will let those around you know when you’re on a call (or when you’re just not in the mood for social interaction). Farewell, interruptions!
By moving the mic boom up (from in front of your face to by your ear), the microphone automatically mutes. Easily switch between talking to whoever’s on the phone and chatting with your coworkers.
Wireless computer headset recommendation without Bluetooth
If mobility is important to you, and you don't need Bluetooth capabilities, the Sennheiser OfficeRunner® Wireless Headset could be a great fit. Thanks to its DECT technology, you can walk up to 400 feet away from your base and maintain great call quality. It has 64-bit digital encryption, so private calls stay private. You can even pair up to four headsets to the same base, so conference calls have never been easier.
This headset is convertible, which means that whether you prefer an over-the-head or in-ear headset, it’ll meet your needs.
With a single charge - which you can get in just 1 hour! - you'll get up to 12 hours of talk time.
This headset also has ActiveGuard technology, which protects you from volume spikes and keeps your ears happy and healthy.
Wireless computer headset recommendation with Bluetooth
The LH375, like all Leitner headsets, is fully adjustable. That means that even the wackiest head shapes can comfortably wear this device all day.
Since Leitner promises near universal compatibility, and Bluetooth is so common in office devices, you’ll be able to connect to whatever device you want. Cell phone? Desk phone? Computer? It's got you covered.
The microphone isn't just noise-canceling. It's ultra noise-canceling. We guarantee that background noise won't be an issue for the people on the other end of your calls.
Oh, and it's got a 60 day free trial period and five-year full replacement warranty.
Let us help you find the right computer headset
Picking the right headset for your computer is integral to your workplace productivity. Whether you go with a corded or wireless headset, Bluetooth or non-Bluetooth, it's up to you. If you're having trouble deciding, we're here to help. Just contact our Headset Advisors. Call 1-800-HEADSETS (432-3738) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.