4 tips for selecting the right headset

Whether you’re office-based, working from home, embracing a hybrid model, or constantly on-the-go, the task of choosing the perfect headset requires careful consideration to align with your work-life. In today’s evolving landscape where hybrid work setups are the new standard, securing the ideal headset tailored to your preferences is a pivotal aspect of optimising your work-life balance. We connected with Andrew Sykes, Sales Manager – Technology at Winc, to share his top four recommendations for selecting the right headset.

Set your budget 

“It’s important to determine your budget from the get-go. Knowing how much you’re willing to spend will guide your choices and prevent you from being overwhelmed by options that might not be within your financial range. Headsets come in a wide price range, so identifying your budget upfront can save time and narrow down your selection,” recommends Andrew.

Choose the best features for your work-life

Different headsets offer a variety of features, so it’s important to choose the ones that align with your intended usage.

“If you’re primarily using the headset for work-related tasks such as virtual meetings or calls, prioritise features like a high-quality microphone for clear communication and effective noise cancellation to minimise distractions from your surroundings.

“Comfort is key, especially if you’ll be wearing the headset for extended periods. Ensure the headband and ear cushions are comfortable and suitable for your head size. Consider battery life, as longer battery life is especially important if you travel frequently or not always near power outlets. Think about your connectivity options. Wireless headsets provide freedom of movement, whereas wired options are typically more cost effective, with easy plug and play and unlimited talk time,” suggests Andrew.

The POLY Voyager 4320 OTH Wireless UC Stereo Headset with Charging Stand is a good all-round headset for the home or office worker who requires all day comfort and dual microphone technology to eliminate background noise.

Consider your working environment 

“Your working environment plays a significant role in headset selection. If you work in a bustling open office, active noise cancellation is a must-have to maintain focus,” says Andrew.

Andrew recommends considering what virtual meeting platforms your organisation is using. “Most headset vendors provide certified support for use with unified communications platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom. If you work in a high-density work environment, such as a call centre, choose a digital enhanced cordless telecommunications headset over a Bluetooth headset, which can cause interference. On the other hand, if you work in a quiet home office, you might place more emphasis on comfort, style and audio quality for extended periods of wear. Taking your environment into account ensures that the headset you choose effectively works for you,” explains Andrew.

The Logitech Zone Vibe 100 Wireless Headphones Off White are a great hybrid option that is both professional for the office and casual for the home, available in a variety of colors.

Secure productivity anywhere 

“If you are constantly on the go, opt for a headset that is portable and has a compact design. This way, you can easily take it with you whether you’re working from the office or your home setup. A portable headset ensures that you can maintain your productivity and communication quality regardless of your location,” suggests Andrew.

The Poly Voyager Free 60+ are earbud style headphones that offer business grade noise cancellation and are certified for the latest meeting UC platforms.

Winc can connect you to the technology products you need to make hybrid working a success, wherever work happens to be. View our complete list of the latest Tech for a hybrid world.