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Best Computer Headset

A good computer headset should provide you both functionality and comfort. Look for headsets which give you controls or extra features for easy and efficient use. This list of best computer headsets includes both wireless and wired headsets, so consider how much range of movement you want while wearing one. The headband and ear cups also need to be comfortable so that you can wear them for several hours at a time without any pain or irritation. Don’t bother with flashing lights or extra features as you can typically find those on gaming headsets and you pay a lot for those unnecessary options.

We’ve chosen these as the best computer headsets because they offer excellent sound quality thanks to dual-speaker designs which deliver stereo sound. All of these picks also have an overhead band which rests comfortably with padding on the ear pads so that you can wear them for hours at a time without any irritation or discomfort. In addition to their sound quality and comfort, these headsets feature noise-cancelling microphones which helps give you the best audio quality possible during a conversation and most of them include adjustable booms on the microphone. You also get controls on each of these for sound volume and to mute the microphone, either on an earpiece or in-line through a controller.

Logitech H800 Headset

Although there are quite a few great headsets on the market, this one just has a few extra features that give it the edge over other models out there. Audio controls are located on one of the ear cups, letting you easily control music and volume levels with the push of a button. It has a fully adjustable noise-cancelling microphone, which you can fold up between one earpiece and the headband to keep it out of the way when you're not using it. Additionally, the entire headset can actually be folded for easy storage and transportation.

This headset has a wireless range of up to about 40 feet and includes a USB dongle you can plug in for the wireless signal. As a bonus, you can use this headset while charging it although you need to be close enough to your computer for the charging cable and still have the USB dongle plugged in. One of the best features about this model is it can also work without the dongle through a Bluetooth connection, making it great for devices like tablet computers and Macs.

Plantronics BackBeat PRO Wireless Noise Canceling Hi-Fi Headphones

This is another wireless option uses a Bluetooth connection and can function from up to about 100 meters away. It's easy to use and set up, includes a micro USB to standard USB converter for connectivity and you even get a 3.5mm cable connection. A noise-cancelling microphone is built into the headset itself, so you don’t have to worry about a microphone on a boom. The headband and ear cup are padded to remain comfortable even after hours of use. While an earpiece control that lets you adjust volume and mute the microphone at the push of a button.

One of the best features on this model is it automatically detects when you’re wearing it, pausing or playing audio when taking off or putting on the headset. While this model works with computers, it's also a great option if you want a headset compatible with mobile phones and tablets. It includes a rechargeable battery with up to 24 hours of listening time on a single charge.

Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB H390 Headset

This is a much more basic computer headset than some wireless models on the market, but it works well enough for most situations. This headset uses a USB connection, rather than 3.5mm audio and microphone plugs, which makes it easy to use with a wide range of computers, including laptops. Of course, if you want the best audio quality possible, you'll probably prefer a more expensive headset with wireless or 3.5mm connections. It has an eight foot cable which gives you plenty of distance between yourself and your computer.

The speakers on this headset are good, but serious audiophiles will probably find them lacking in performance, although the ear-cups and headband are padded for extra comfort. The noise-cancelling microphone is fully adjustable and can be moved up out of your way when not in use. There are inline controls for volume and muting the microphone, which makes use easier but does add a little extra weight to the cord which should be kept in mind.

Plantronics Blackwire C720-M Headset

There's a lot to like about this headset, though it lacks a few features as well. This computer headset has a great, fully adjustable noise-cancelling microphone and excellent speakers built into the ear cups. The inline controls on this model are nice with up and down buttons for volume and a mute button. While the volume buttons work, a volume wheel is usually more precise than "up" and "down" buttons. However, like other headset models these controls do add weight to the cord.

One of the best things about this computer headset is it works through both a USB connection and Bluetooth. You can have it physically connected to a PC and paired with a mobile phone through Bluetooth, and easily swap between the two devices. The headset is quite lightweight, folds up for flat storage, and includes sensors so the headset automatically answer calls when you put it on.

Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 USB Headset

If you are not specifically looking for a wireless computer headset, then this is a very nice option that gives you great sound quality and comfort. The padded ear cups are very comfortable, letting you wear this headset for hours without undo ear strain. The noise-cancelling microphone offers excellent clarity and is fully adjustable, both by bending the boom itself and also rotating it.

This model connects through a USB 2.0 cable, which does not have an in-line controller. Instead, one of the earpieces includes volume and microphone controls, and this headset is optimized for Skype and other instant messaging programs. However, perhaps the one weakness with this model is the headband itself isn’t padded so while it’s certainly comfortable on your ears, it lacks padding for the top of your head.

Greg Wiesen
With an AA in Computer Animation, I have spent years building computers and playing video games. I learned early on that the best way to figure out a new software program was to just start pushing buttons and see what happens (saving often, of course), and that is still my philosophy. From hard drives and motherboards to graphics cards and "holographic" keyboards, I enjoy checking out and playing with all the tech I can get my hands on. I have written hundreds of informative computer and technology articles in the past, and I believe that anyone can understand and use a computer. I'll worry about research and trying out different hardware, you just enjoy the results.
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