Step 2: What sound environment do you work in?
Equally as important is where you work. Do you spend a lot of time on the road visiting different clients and partners? Do you work from home? Or rather in internet cafés or shared working spaces? As a versatile remote professional you might work in all these environments at one time or another so it’s important to choose a headset that can adapt to all these different working situations and still offer best-in-class audio quality.
Step 3: Comfort is king
If you want to work to the best of your abilities the last thing you want to be dealing with is an uncomfortable headset. Too tight and you’ll be in pain, too loose and it will fall off. This is an investment to help you achieve your professional potential, so it’s worth bearing in mind that spending more for quality pays off in the long run. So, what makes a comfortable headset?
If you’re going to be on calls all day then a lightweight headset is a must. You’ll be surprised how quickly heavy headsets can become uncomfortable and even effect your posture.
High-quality, plastics and metals like steel are used to make more premium headsets that will last longer. Cushioned leatherette used for ear pads also boosts user comfort.
We’re all different and that goes for the shape and size of our heads too! Adjustable headbands create a personalized fit that will improve headset comfort while you work.
Step 4: Design that works your way
Both the functionality and aesthetics of your headset’s design are important factors to consider. Today’s headsets are wired or wireless and come in a range of wearing styles. In the past wired headsets have offered more reliable audio quality because they receive the audio frequency and transmit microphone signals directly through the cable. Previously, wireless headsets were liable to interferences but today’s premium quality, wireless Bluetooth® headsets offer the same reliability in audio and microphone quality as many wired headsets can. So, the choice then comes down to personal preference, cost and wearing style. The multiple headset wearing styles are also of vital importance. This can come down to both the way you work and personal preference.
What about wearing style?
Over ear headsets are the largest headsets you can buy. They often have the best sound as there is more space for the audio technology to be housed in the ear cups. More space can also mean larger and longer-lasting batteries. Larger ear cups can also mean better weight distribution and the chance to add comfortable materials like cushioned leatherette.
Bigger can also be better regarding noise cancellation – both passive noise cancellation with large cushioned ear cups that physically block out sound and active noise cancellation (ANC) resulting from advanced microphone technology contained in these large over-ear headsets.
Unlike their over-ear bigger brother, on-ear headsets sit on top of your outer ear with the audio technology transmitting sound directly into your inner ear. They are still substantial in size and therefore the audio quality lives up to expectations as there is more space for it in the headset. On-ear designs are able to offer excellent sound and microphone performance which means you’ll be able to make great quality calls in open offices or on-the-move in noisy environments. The headband style and substantial ear cups mean that battery life is never an issue and other design features including foldable boom arms can be incorporated into the headset while still maintaining a stylish look that can work both in professional environments and while out on-the-go.
Use case: Remote professionals that demand a high-quality UC audio experience on both calls and when focusing with ANC, with a more subtle, compact aesthetic that fits wherever you work.
In-ear, neckband design
In-ear, neckband headsets are discreet and extremely lightweight wireless Bluetooth® headsets. The ear buds are connected by a wire that attaches them to a more solid neckband used to house the audio technology. The neckband therefore enables impressive battery life and high-end models offer ANC (active noise cancellation) and superb Bluetooth® stability.
The design that isn’t as easy to drop and damage as true wireless ear buds can be, making the in-ear neckband design both subtle, stylish and functional. The ear buds often have a range of different ear tips that can be personalized to the user, which is useful as most people’s ears are asymmetrical, including the shape in the ear canal where the ear tips are placed. Choosing the right ear tips for you will give you a better audio experience with optimal sound pressure and ANC performance.
Use case: Remote professionals that demand high-end functionality including ANC and UC optimized calls, but prefer subtle, stylish design as they switch between working locations.
The ADAPT 400 Series
Keep moving, stay focused and be productive with an in-ear, neckband headset that delivers rich, natural sound and ANC whether at work or commuting.
BT in-ear neckband UC headset