The best headsets for your home office

The best headsets for working from home, to help you focus and communicate with clarity

Man using headset

by William Lobley |

If you find yourself in the position of working from home more regularly, you’re sure to have noticed how often you engage in video chats and calls. Connectivity is essential to efficient home working, without it things get really difficult, really quickly. This is where with humble headset comes in – these simple devices will allow you to listen and be heard with crystal clear clarity, and reduce the conversation stalling issues created by poor, distorted audio and misheard speech.

A good headset is an essential part of any working-from-home arrangement, as it promotes two-way communication, allowing the user to hear correctly what is being said, and to have what they say heard. Headsets also promote concentration and lessen distraction by reducing background noise and boosting the volume of the call, so you can stay focused on the conversation at hand.

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We’ve collected together some of the best headsets for your home office to help you find the right one for your situation.

The best office headsets at a glance:

The best office headsets in detail:

AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction Earphones

The best wireless headset for home working
AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction Earphones
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The headset uses bone conduction, which uses vibrations to stimulate your hearing, leaving your ears open. Cleverly, this means that you keep your situational awareness without sacrificing audio quality or volume - both music and speech have clarity. Additionally, the open-ear design is cool and comfortable over long periods of use. The boom mic has noise cancelling to prevent background noise interrupting calls, and it can be turned out of the way when not in use. Volume controls are onboard, as is a multifunction button for accepting and ending calls, and playing and pausing music. The headset has up to 16-hour battery life and a quick-charge feature that provides two hours of talk time from a five-minute charge. They are IP67 rated, which means that they are protected against dust, grime and moisture.

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Pros Cons
• Comfortable open-ear design • Pricey
• Clear audio • USB-C charging is preferable
• Excellent microphone
Specifications
Connection: Bluetooth
Audio: Stereo
Mic: Noise cancelling
Control: Onboard
Indicator LED: No
Works with: PC, Mac, iOS, Android

JLab Go Work Wireless Headset

The best value wireless headset
JLab Go Work Wireless Headset
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Undercutting the cost of several of the wired headsets on this list, the JLab Go wireless headset packs a well thought out spec into a good value package.

Tried and tested by Commercial Content Editor Adam Binnie: "This headset can connect to my phone and my laptop simultaneously, so I can keep it on for as long as I need to and still take calls or listen to music from either source."

"The other feature that I really value is USB-C charging - not always a given at the more wallet-friendly end of the market and the ability to charge all my tech from a single cable (not at the same time obviously) avoids having to hunt around for a dedicated charger. Although the 45-hour battery life means I can go a month without actually having to charge it anyway."

"The headset itself is very comfy to wear and the sound quality is good enough. Other more pricey items on this list offer better vocal quality, and the JLab Go isn't the last word when it comes to listening to music, but for work calls it's just fine."

"My only complaint is the earphones themselves stick out a bit, and while the cushions do a good job of isolating background noise, there's no 'listen through' function. But at this price those are minor gripes."

Specifications
Connection: Bluetooth Multipoint or 3.5mm jack
Audio: Stereo
Mic: Boom mounted
Control: Onboard
Indicator LED: Yes
Works with: PC, Mac, iOS, Android
Pros Cons
• Very comfy ear pads • Some cheaper-feeling plastic
• Slimline headband • Slightly bulky earphones
• USB-C charging

Logitech H650e Wired Headset

The best wired headset for home working under £50
Logitech H650e Wired Headset
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Logitech is renowned for build and audio quality, and the H650e continues that reputation. The device sits on the ears comfortably thanks to the headset's lightweight and padding, and the speakers provide a great audio quality. The microphone is Microsoft certified, and optimised to deliver balanced and clear speech to call recipients. The tangle-free cable is a really welcome feature, and the in-line controls allow for call accepting and ending, and volume to be accessed with ease. The red on-call LED will also alert others to an ongoing call, reducing the chance of inadvertent interruption.

Specifications
Connection: USB, wired
Audio: Stereo
Mic: Noise cancelling
Control: Inline control with mute
Indicator LED: Yes
Works with: PC, Mac
Pros Cons
• No-tangle cable • Earpads aren’t huge
• Reliable • Expensive for wired
• Inline controls


Jabara Evolve 65 Wireless Headphones

The best wireless headset for dual-audio
Jabara Evolve 65 Wireless Headphones
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The Jabara Evolve 65 is arguably the premier headset for professionals who spend a considerable amount of their day on-calls and in vertical meeting spaces. The speakers deliver a brilliant sound free from distortion and grating high-notes, and they won't drop out mid-call either, thanks to the 14-hours battery life. Dual-audio allows for two devices to be connected up, noise cancellation keeps the effects of background sound to a minimum. The Evolve 65 also connects wirelessly up to a distance of 30-meters, providing the wearer with plenty of flexibility. The red LED indicator on the external shell of the headset alerts those around the user that they are on a call, and the microphone is Microsoft Lync certified.

Specifications
Connection: USB, wireless dongles
Audio: Stereo
Mic: Noise cancelling
Control: On headset
Indicator LED: Yes
Works with: PC, Mac
Pros Cons
• Comfortable • Expensive
• Wireless with 14-hour battery
• Dual connectivity


Plantronics Voyager 5200

The best mono headset for home working
Plantronics Voyager 5200
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We like the Voyager 5200, partly because it has a great name but mostly because it is an excellent little piece of kit. Our favourite things about the Voyager 5200 is how comfortable it is on the ear, but nor will it fall off. We also really like the quality of the microphone and its ability to cancel noise - certainly, you will be able to have your window open without worrying about noise from passing traffic. You get fantastic range from the Bluetooth connectivity too, so you don't have to be glued to your desk when taking a call. The only downside is that while you get a good several hours of calling time (claimed seven hours), it won't give you a full day's worth on a single charge.

Specifications
Connection: USB, wireless dongles
Audio: Mono
Mic: Noise cancelling
Control: On headset, voice control
Indicator LED: No
Works with: PC, Mac
Pros Cons
• Comfortable one-ear design • Expensive
• Noise cancelling mic • Limited battery size

Funtuan Office Bluetooth Headset

The best budget headset for home working
Funtuan Office Bluetooth Headset
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This Funtuan wireless headset is a great option for those looking for a flexible and reliable chat-headset. The speaker sits on the right ear and delivers a quality vocal audio. The microphone is noise-cancelling, and the battery lasts for up to 17 hours and recharges quickly via an innovative stand. Connection to devices is via Bluetooth, so you'll need to make sure you device is equipped with this feature.

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Specifications
Connection: USB, wireless dongles
Audio: Mono
Mic: Noise cancelling
Control: On headset
Indicator LED: Yes
Works with: PC, Mac
Pros Cons
• Affordable • So-so comfort
• Long battery life • So-so build
• Charging stand included


Sony MDR-ZX110AP Overhead Headphones with In-Line Control

The best for music and short calls
Sony MDR-ZX110AP Overhead Headphones with In-Line Control
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For those who like to listen to music between calls, the Sony MDR headphones with an in-line mic will see all their needs met. Sony has delivered a brilliant little package here, allowing any device (PC, laptop, smartphone, or tablet) to gain the benefit of decent audio and a dedicated microphone, thanks to the simple 3.5mm audio jack connection. Calls can also be accepted via the in-line mic toggle.

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Specifications
Connection: 3.5mm audio-in
Audio: Stereo
Mic: Noise cancelling
Control: Inline
Indicator LED: No
Works with: PC, Mac
Pros Cons
• Comfortable • Inline mic liable to rustle
• Stereo audio • Not a dedicated call headset
• Designed for music


Trust InSonic Chat Headset

The best mic under £10
Trust InSonic Chat Headset
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The Trust InSonic headset is a basic headset suitable for video chats. The speakers, while not suitable for music, are tuned for vocal clarity. The microphone also picks up sound with ease, but can struggle with high volumes. Though they aren't as comfortable as some offerings here, if you simply need to chat on the occasional call, these will do the job. The headset connects to your computer with two jack plugs, one for audio and one for the microphone.

Specifications
Connection: 3.5mm audio-in
Audio: Stereo
Mic: Arm-mounted
Control: No
Indicator LED: No
Works with: PC, Mac
Pros Cons
• Cheap • Not particularly comfortable
• Simple • Outdated audio

How to choose the best headset for your home office:

Before purchasing a new headset, it’s worth taking a moment to think about what you require from the device. This will differ from person to person, so we can’t give you the answer, but here are a few points to consider:

How long and often are your calls? If you are on calls all day long, then it’s worth investing a little more money in an office headset. The extra spend will grab you improved comfort, superior microphone quality, and other useful controls and features, like wireless connections and voice controls.

If you only have a couple of 10-minute calls a week, then you can opt for a more affordable option. They might not be as comfortable as other options, but you’ll save some money.

Video chat on wired headset
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Do you hate wires? Some people don’t mind cables flowing across their workspace, while others jump at the chance to cut down on cords for a clutter-free desk. There are several wireless options listed above, and though they cost a little more if clutter-free living is your goal, it’s worth it. When choosing a wireless option, be sure to check that the battery has enough juice to last your typical day of calls.

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Do you want situational awareness? If you’d like to stay connected to what’s going on around you in the real world while on a video chat, consider a mono headset. Covering only one ear - typically the right - these headsets will let you hear the doorbell or housemates. Conversely, if you want to limit external interruptions, a stereo headset will have both ears covered.

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Want others to know when you’re on a call? Sometimes it’s hard for those to live with to know whether you’re on a call - especially if it’s a pretty big meeting where your comments might be few and far between. Luckily, some headsets have you covered. Many of the best options come with LED indicator lights, which will change colour to let those around you know that you’re engaged. Handy, right?

Do you receive calls on more than one device? Laptops, tablets and smartphones. Sometimes, it seems like we can be fielding calls from every which way. Picking up a headset that can connect to several devices wirelessly will allow you to answer calls from multiple devices from one headset.

Looking for a more versatile way of listening?

Looking for a more versatile way of listening?

Headsets are great for those who spend a considerable amount of their day on video and voice calls. However, there is an alternative that may appeal to some: wireless headphones.

Headphones aren’t just for music and getting you through the commute. They offer high-spec speakers with rich tones and plenty of volume and are often loaded with microphone arrays that cancel out ambient noise and capture the wearer’s voice with excellent clarity. The battery lives are impressive, and a wireless connection feels much more natural for movement around your office space. So long as your laptop or PC has Bluetooth, or an external Bluetooth adapter, then you’ll be able to access the full potential of one of the best wireless headphone sets.

Read our rundown of the very best headphones here: The best wireless headphones

William Lobley is a Content Writer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in technology, gaming and outdoors. He also writes for Empire Online.

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