It is a well known fact that office headsets significantly boost productivity in the workplace. When trying to choose PC headsets it is difficult to work out what features you do and don’t need, so Onedirect have compiled an article to help you decide.

Corded or cordless?

A corded headset requires a USB/ 3.5mm headset jack / QD connection. Corded headsets have the best audio quality given that they’re connected directly to your computer. With a corded headset you needn’t worry about charging your headset and there is easy plug-and-play PC installation. However, they do limit your mobility.

A cordless headset requires a base. It connects via a USB connection to your computer and the cordless headset allows you to move more freely. If you miss a lot of calls while you’re away from your desk or you require a certain amount of mobility then you are better suited to a cordless headset.

monaural pc headsets

Monaural or binaural?

Monaural headsets have one earpiece that provides sound. They are ideal if:

  • You’re in an environment that isn’t very noisy
  • You want to remain aware of what’s going on around you

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Binaural headsets have two earpieces, like a normal pair of headphones. They are ideal if:

  • You work in a noisy environment
  • You want full focus on your calls

 

Optimised for Skype for BusinessOptimised for Skype for Business

Some headsets are specifically optimised for Skype for Business (previously Microsoft Lync). If your job involves consistent use of this program, or videoconferencing, then its worth looking into a headset tailored for these needs.

What you need to look for is a UC or MS headset. UC stands for Unified Communications and encompasses all programs used in the office for professional communication. MS simply means that the headset is compatible with all UC programs but specifically optimised for Skype for Business. Your experience is maximised through better audio quality.

Headset for multiple devices

Versatility

Do you want to be able to connect your headset to multiple devices? The answer is easy – if your headset is corded you just need to buy a bottom cable that is compatible with each of your devices. Otherwise, Bluetooth technology allows you to easily switch between all of your Bluetooth compatible devices.

 


Our recommendations

Sennheiser PC 8

BEST VALUE Corded Headset: Sennheiser PC 8

  • Noise-cancelling microphone
  • Plug-and-play USB
  • Comfortable

Also available in MONO.

 

Plantronics Blackwire C510 

HIGHER SPEC Corded Headset: Plantronics Blackwire C510 

  • Smart Sensor Technology – answer a call simply by putting on the headset
  • Noise-cancelling
  • Wideband sound

Available OPTIMISED for Skype for Business.

 

Jabra Evolve 30 II MS

Corded Skype for Business Optimised Headset: Jabra Evolve 30 II MS

  • Compatible with PC, laptop, smartphone and tablet
  • Easy plug-and-play installation
  • Comfortable for long use

Also available as MONO UC, DUO UC and MONO MS.

 

 Jabra Pro 930 MS

Mono Cordless Skype for Business optimised headset: Jabra Pro 930 MS

  • Optimised for UC
  • Supports 4-way conferencing
  • Up to 120m cordless range

Also available as DUO MS.

 

 

Jabra Evolve 65 MS

Cordless Bluetooth UC optimised headset: Jabra Evolve 65 MS

  • Bluetooth v3.0 with a range of up to 30m
  • Comes with a USB Bluetooth adaptor
  • Noise-cancelling and wideband audio

Also available in DUO. This headset is compatible with VoIP softphone, mobile phones and tablets.

 

 

Multi-device, cordless Bluetooth headset: Plantronics Savi W710 plantronics savi

  • Bluetooth range of up to 120m
  • Up to 9 hours talk time
  • Supports 3-way conferencing

Also available OPTIMISED for Skype for Business.

 

 

 

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