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Things to Consider When Buying a Headset

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headset for businessDesigned to allow users to speak through a microphone and hear audio without using their hands, headsets have become an inevitable hardware for both business and personal use. Although relatively small, this component might determine the quality of your conversations with friends, the success of your relationship with clients and customers, the effectiveness of the communication between office workers and the enjoyment derived from playing your favorite game. So, before buying headsets for business, gaming or private communication, consider our tips!

Although it’s not the most important factory, the price is something we all think about when buying any product. Some headsets are too cheap to be true (and good). If you buy a headset for a couple of dollars, you’ll most likely get a piece of harware with an awful ergonomics and low voice quality. Of course, we’re not suggesting buying the most expensive headsets, since they might not be the best. Think about your personal needs and try to get the best value for money.

Talking about the needs, it’s important to know what you want and not to settle for a headset with anything lacking. However, you should also avoid paying for expensive functions that you don’t find necessary. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I need a wireless or corded headset? Although a wireless headset offers the ability to more around while communicating, it’s not really necessary at home. It is, though, helpful in corporate environments where being mobile is crucial. However, corded headsets offer better sound quality and you don’t have to worry about the batteries.
  • DECT or Bluetooth? In case you need or want to buy a wireless headset, you have to decide on its type. Although DECT headsets are somewhat cheaper than Bluetooth ones, plus they work in greater ranges, they don’t have the advantage of being paired with mobile phones and gadgets. On the other hand, Bluetooth gives you that opportunity, although it operates over a short range.
  • One ear or both ears? If surrounding noises don’t disturb you and/or you wish to hear people around you with one ear while listening to people on the line with the other, opt for a monaural headset. In case you don’t want to sacrifice voice quality, go for a binaural headset instead.

Finally, it’s crucial to have a clear idea of other pieces of hardware you want to pair with a headset. Do you have USB ports, the stereo audio jacks or a sound card? Do you have support for the underlying standard of certain wireless headset? Your headset is useless if it cannot work with your computer or mobile gadget, so keep that in mind when buying this product!


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