12 Best Office Headsets in 2017
Office life can be a nightmare or become your second home depending on where you work and the quality of your co-workers or employees. Regardless of your title, there is a good chance you are going to be on the telephone throughout the day if you work in a cubicle or have your own office. As nobody likes sweaty ears or bad call quality, we have compiled a list to help you quickly find the best office headset.
The uninformed consumer may think any headset will do around the office, but that simply isn’t the case. If you are working at a call center or are a telemarketer, you will want a headset that has the proper connection and special features you won’t find on desk phone models.
You will be pleasantly surprised at what office headsets can do these days. The picks for our list all have one thing in common as they will have amazing call clarity: How comfortable they are after 8 hours on the clock and the extra features helped us thin the herd, and our list includes something for everyone including those with hundred dollar hairstyles.
Table of Contents
- Top 12 Office Headsets Ultimate Table
- How to Choose the Ultimate Office Headset
- Cables & Connections
- Top 5 Best Office Headset Reviews
Top 12 Office Headsets Ultimate Table
|1. G-CORD (TM) Wireless Bluetooth V4.1 Headsets||Yes||Yes||4.7|
|2. Sennheiser OfficeRunner Convertible Wireless Office Headset||Yes||Yes||4.6|
|3. Sennheiser DeskMate Single-Ear Corded Office Headset||No||No||4.5|
|4. Plantronics CS510 – Over-the-Head monaural Wireless Headset System||No||No||4.4|
|5. Plantronics-CS540 Convertible Wireless Headset||Yes||Yes||4.3|
|6. Plantronics HW251N SupraPlus Wideband Headset||No||No||4.3|
|7. Voistek A2H20D25MM Dual Ear Call Center Telephone Headphone||No||No||4.3|
|8. Savi W720 (83544-01) Dect Head||Yes||No||4.2|
|9. Logitech ClearChat Comfort/USB Headset H390||No||No||4.1|
|10. Jabra PRO 9470 Mono Wireless Headset||Yes||No||4.1|
|11. Vtin Professional Over-the-Head Bluetooth Wireless Headset||Yes||No||4.0|
|12. Jabra GN9125 Mono Flex-Boom Wireless Headset||Yes||No||3.8|
How to Choose the Ultimate Office Headset
You can keep your ears fresh and your hair in place if you follow these golden rules.
- Usage – Where will you use this headset? We know it will be in the office, but are you mainly going to be at the desk all day or walking around a sales floor like a maniac?
If it is the latter, wireless headsets are the only way to go as you don’t want to be tethered to your desk although you will want to find a model with plenty of range and DECT tech if possible. DECT 6.0 is the current version and will ensure you have great sound quality and no interference from wireless sources.
Employees of call centers and workers that deal with constant calls will want a headset with a quick disconnect feature to help speed things up. On the other side of the fence, we have the corporate crowd which wouldn’t be caught dead with an over-the-head headset and foam earpiece.
We have something for them, as well, since some models are “convertible” and allow you to go in-ear or over-ear for increased comfort and style.
Regardless of your position in the office, consider your needs along with how long you plan on using the headset daily. Battery life and comfort should definitely play a major part in your decision if you will have the headset on for extended periods of time.
- Style – There are generally two ways you can go here: in-ear or over-the-ear.
- Over-the-Ear – The latter is the most common form of office headset and generally features a thin metal band that goes across the top of your head with a padded earpiece on one side. They are adjustable and any good headset will allow you to swap out the earpiece or rotate the boom mic so it can be used on either ear.
- In-Ear – Headphones for the office are a bit of a rarity as most people don’t consider them comfortable for extended use. That said, there are a few models that sit on the ear and use an over-ear clip to keep things in place. There are also a few convertible models that allow you to wear your headset in several different styles. If you have a high dollar hairdo, you may want to consider this style as those bands can wreak havoc on hair.
Cables & Connections
Now that you have settled on a style and now where you will be using your new headset you’re ready to roll right? Wrong as you still need to consider the type of phone you are going to be jacked into. We won’t go through all the different makes and models, but office telephones can have one style of connection while call center phones can have another. That means some Cisco IP phones and units from Plantronics may not play well with your current setup and that sleek Sennheiser headset may not be your best option, unless you have the proper adapter.
Some models will come with several adapters out of the box, while other require you to buy one before you can get going. In other words, always check the connection type of the headset against the phone you plan on using in your office or workspace, or you could be dead in the water.
Top 5 Best Office Headset Reviews
Now for something a little more simple. The G-CORD Headset is wireless and of the Monaural variety meaning it is built for one ear. It supports the A2DP standard which ensures crisp, clear audio through Bluetooth and is adjustable with a comfortable over-the-head band. Want to wear it on the opposite side? Not a problem as the mic swivels on this model.
Whether you have a big melon or a small head, the band will adjust and should pinch as it’s a thinner band. The padded ear piece looks quite comfortable as well and sits on the ear but still helps with noise isolation. The battery life on this baby is great at 15 hours of talk time or 220 hours standby in case you forget to charge it up over the weekend. This one is only available in Black but performs like a champ and is well worthy of a spot on our best office headset list.
Sennheiser is a well-known name in the audio world although most of their products are in a different area. Headphones are their specialty, however, and the Office Runner convertible headset is our top pick for professionals that need something more than a headset built for telemarketers or casual talkers. This one is for all those Chatty Cathys out there.
If you plan on moving while talking, this one is your best bet with a range of 400 feet – let that sink in for a minute. It is also extremely light at only 0.78 ounces and certainly lives up to its convertible namesake. It can be worn with a strap across the top or with an ear hook if you have lots of hair or just don’t dig the over-the-head style. We would be remiss if we didn’t also mention that extremely cool looking charging base which will draw some stares sitting on your desk.
This model is built for corded phones and is guaranteed to work with all the major brands including Avaya and Cisco along with VoIP services like GoToMeeting. It also has outstanding battery life at around 12 hours per charge. The Sennheiser Office Runner is available in Silver and Black or Blue and Black, but there is a Pro model as well that comes with remote answering and some other additional features.
If Sennheiser’s first model was a little out of your range or not necessarily your style, this one is just for you. The DeskMate Single-Ear headset is built for anyone who needs to be on the phone all day at the office and is billed as the “most comfortable headset in the world.” We aren’t sure about that, but it is hard to argue with them if you have worn their regular headphones which are very, very comfortable.
Sennheiser is also known for quality, so you will get crystal clear clarity from this headset along with a noise-cancelling microphone that swivels. It comes with a 4-year warranty, but you will need a separate connector or amp for the quick-disconnect cable.
The Plantronics CS510 is another luxurious headset for office use. The wireless beauty has a leatherette earpiece and a swivel mic so you can wear it on your leave or right ear. There is an additional bridge across the top for comfort and a series of controls on the side that allow for quick disconnects and volume controls. As for the call quality, it will be clear with wideband audio and noise-cancelling tech along with DSP.
Remember that DECT tech we mentioned? This one has it as well which means you can travel up to 350 feet away from your desk thanks to the wonders of Bluetooth. Battery life isn’t as great as we would like with 9 hours of talk time although it will look good charging in its dock. The CS510 comes with a 1-year warranty and interface cable, but you still will want to check your connections.
Our last pick on the Top 5 on our best office headset list goes to another convertible model in the Plantronics CS510. It has the same DECT 6.0 tech found on the CS510 but can be worn with an ear hook, over-the-head or even behind your head (with an optional accessory) if you have a nice hairstyle you want to keep up.
The call quality will be just as good on this one as you’ll find on the CS510, but the battery life is going to suffer. It is only rated for around 6 hours of talk time which is a downer. It does have the tech to help keep things energy efficient between calls and should still get you through an 8-hour day unless you don’t take breaks or lunch and talk the entire time. The Plantronics CS540 is available in Black and you will need adapters to use this one with certain types of phones.