If you’re a business coach or life coach who communicates verbally over the internet (eg. Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.), gives webinars or creates screen-shared training videos, you really should have a top quality headset. Yes, of course you can use your built in mic in your webcam, but it often won’t give you a professional, clear sound.
I’ll admit it, I’m hard on headsets. As a virtual assistant, I need a headset that’s comfortable to wear all day if I need to, has superior sound quality, superior mic sound and superior strength! I’ve lost track of the number of headsets I’ve gone through in the past couple of years. I’ve had the USB dongles suddenly fail. I frequently get the wires caught on something or stand up to walk away, forgetting I have them on, putting stress on the wires and USB. I’ve also crushed an ear piece under my chair because I didn’t realize the headset had fallen on the floor. Sigh. I currently have one headset with the broken ear piece (no sound from that side), but the mic works! I have another one that mic seems to now have a loose wire in it, but the ear phones work great, and now I have a new one, but I’m not a complete fan of this one yet.
I haven’t tried every headset on the market. In fact, I’ve only tried a few and I tend to stick with the ones I like. I put a lot of research into choosing a headset, including comfort, functions and reviews. So I’m going to give my review on a couple of my favorites.
Logitech Clear Chat Pro
My long time favorite has been the Logitech Clear Chat Pro USB. It is VERY padded and comfortable. I love that I can just push the button on one ear to mute myself, when needed, or to turn the earphone volume up and down. The boom microphone swivels up and down, and you can flex it closer to you or further away. The mic seems to transmit great quality sound and is noise-cancelling. The cord actually seems sturdier than on many other headsets.
However, the Logitech headsets tend to get a lot of negative reviews in durability. I’ve gone through a number of these headsets, but I keep buying them because I like them so much! I mentioned above about the USB dongles failing and loose wires. Those were Logitech Clear Chat Pro headsets. I just recently bought another brand to try, but do you know what? Despite liking some of the features of this other brand, I think I will be buying another Logitech Clear Chat Pro in the near future! I may even try a wireless, so I can listen to teleseminars while going to refill my glass of water or running to the washroom. If you have a wireless Clear Chat Pro, let me know how you like it in the comments below!
Microsoft LifeChat LX-6000 for Business
This is my new headset. It had some really great reviews, so I thought I would give it a try. What I really like about it is the earphones. The padded earphones are smaller than the Logitech, so they stay in place better, and they are equally padded and comfortable. The ear pieces block out background noise much, much better than the Logitech (so it makes it harder if you want to multitask by watching TV and listening to something on your computer at the same time!).
The headband isn’t as padded as the Logitech, but it’s still comfortable and, again, the whole headset stays in place better. I can’t shake my head and have it fall off as easily as with the Logitech.
I like the inline controls for mute and volume. Plus, you can clip it onto your clothes. However, I find the cord much more flimsy, especially where it attaches to the USB dongle. I’m going to have to be very careful with this one because I can just picture the exposed wires after giving it a good tug.
I don’t like the boom microphone. I’m actually quite disappointed. It’s nice that you can wear the headset so that the mic is on your left or right, but it picks up too much sound. It’s supposed to be noise-cancelling, and the sound is good if everything is perfect, but I still find it picks up air sounds from my mouth (like puffs of wind), even when I’m being super careful and trying to hold my breath! And I can’t sit anywhere near a window if there is a slight, gentle breeze. I never had this problem with my Logitech headsets. Also, the boom microphone is not flexible. It rotates up and down, but is very rigid.
I was hoping to keep this headset for internet calls and creating videos, and continue to use my old ones for backup and every day rough use, but this microphone just isn’t cutting it for me. This headset may turn into an audio-listening set and backup for the microphone.
Can’t I just pull the microphones off and switch them, attaching the Logitech mic to this set? It should be that easy, LOL!
What headset do you love and why? Tell me about it in the comments below!