Best Computer Headset
Earning our highest accolade is the Callez USB Headset, thanks to its several well-thought-out elements and overall high performance. This model has in-line controls on the cable that have buttons to mute or unmute the microphone or speaker, as well as volume controls. The controls can be clipped onto your shirt to keep them easily accessible at all times, and the microphone can be rotated to be used on either ear and flexed into the most comfortable position. Perhaps our favorite trait that the Callez USB Headset possesses is its high-quality sound — our research analysts found it to emit very clear audio. Not only does the Callez emit good quality from the earpiece, but we also found that it received excellent quality sound in the microphone. This design is also exceptionally light for those who don't want any extra weight on their neck or spine at the end of the day.
Although the Callez USB Headset is one of our favorite models, it is not for everyone. If you prefer a computer headset that will block out as much noise as possible while working in a busy office or loud household, this model is not for you. The one-sided design means that one ear will always be exposed to background noise, and the on-the-ear rather than over-the-ear design will detract from its sound-blocking capabilities even more. Still, if you're looking for a light, user-friendly model with great controls and a fantastic sound, we recommend the Callez.
We are big fans of the Mpow HC6 USB Headset when it comes to dual-sided earphone models. Our panel of audio experts found the padding on the HC6 to be outstandingly comfortable, and it's great that the microphone rotates to either side to allow you to use the mic on whichever side you want. Overall, the Mpow HC6 USB performs well. The microphone did well in all of our experiments, and the earphone sound quality produced by this model is most excellent. For those that still prefer or use devices with a 3.5mm headphone jack, the Mpow HC6 is ideal because the USB dongle can be detached to reveal the standard plug.
Unfortunately, the control pad is removed along with the USB plug, so all of those functions are lost when it's removed as well. Although we found the earpads to be very comfy, the pads' material can get a bit toasty in warmer rooms. Also, this computer headset is bulky. Weighing in at more than a quarter of a pound, it is not ideal for those looking for a feather-light setup. Despite this short list of drawbacks, the Mpow HC6 is still a model that we would highly recommend to a friend looking for a USB stereo set that also works with 3.5mm jacks and offers fantastic performance.
If you know that you're going to be using your computer headset for long hours regularly, we think that the EBODA USB Headset is a good choice based on its comfort alone. Not only does it offer top-notch cushiness, but this model also comes with extra features such as noise-cancellation, and the EBODA USB uses a volume wheel rather than buttons on the controls, which may be preferable for many people. Not only is this version comfortable, at only 1 ½ ounce, but this headset is also outstandingly light.
For the added comfort, you will be making a few sacrifices. The EBODA USB Headset doesn't offer anything special in the way of audio excellence. Although this model does not produce a poor sound by any means, it can't compete with the super high-end models that have made sound quality their main priority and selling point during the design process. Also, the noise-cancellation element of the microphone does not perform as well as some other models we've tested that have this feature included. Despite these flaws, we'd recommend the EBODA USB Headset to anybody who values exceptional comfort but still wants a solid degree of performance out of their headset.
The Logitech H800 Bluetooth Wireless Headset is the Cadillac of this category of product. First of all, it's wireless. Whether you're a fan of Bluetooth or USB connections, you are in luck — this model has a tiny USB dongle for which the headset has onboard storage that can easily be connected to most USB receiving devices. If you want to go truly wireless, Bluetooth tech is the way to go, in which case you can lose the USB dongle altogether. The H800 sound quality would be hard to beat — our team of professional audio analysts found this headset to produce top-tier audio. We appreciate that this model is collapsible for travel and storage.
As far as wireless technology goes, you can often have a trade-off with certain aspects of computer headsets. For one, they require charging the headset on a semi-regular basis rather than just being always connected to a power source. Also, onboard batteries are a bit heavier than corded models, especially the models produced from manufacturers that have made it a point to engineer their headsets to be as light as possible. The H800s are pretty pricey compared to corded models. If you're shopping on a budget, we'd suggest another model. But in the realm of computer headsets, it'd be hard to top the Logitech H800 Bluetooth if you are looking for a top-notch wireless headset with phenomenal audio.
The New Bee Computer Headset has some admirable elements that we would like to commend. We think that this model has a solid construction. It's comfortable, the controls are straightforward to use, and the extra few inches of the cord can make a difference in those particular situations. This computer headset showed extraordinary performance during our microphone noise-canceling capability assessments.
Regrettably, we recorded a very low volume while recording anything with the New Bee Computer Headset during our microphone noise-canceling assessment. If transceiving audio with your computer headset is an essential feature for you, this model may not be your best bet. If you plan on using the New Bee Computer Headset as a 3.5mm only model, remember that the USB controls will be lost when you disconnect the dongle.
The Logitech USB Headset H390 computer headset is a solid choice for people looking for an over-the-ear stereo model with a commendable noise-canceling capability for the microphone. We love that it's foldable, which makes it ideal for those that are always on the go. Also, the mute button on the Logitech H390 has a light indicator to show you whether or not the mute is activated, which might be especially useful for those that may often end up in difficult conversations.
Admittedly, we found a few flaws with the H390. First of all, our entire testing team found this model to be fairly tight fitting. If you're shopping for a computer headset on a budget, the Logitech USB Headset H390 is probably not what you're looking for — if you prefer basic function over performance, there are much cheaper models that will get the job done. During our microphone trials and analysis, we found that the H390 was unusually loud. You may not want to use this model if you're concerned about your gaming teammates hearing your spouse or roommates making noise in the background.
The Mpow Single-Sided USB Headset has several attractive elements. At only 1 ½ ounce, this model is exceptionally light. The microphone pivots are to be used on either side, allowing the user to choose or even alternate. The in-line controls are straightforward and functional, and it's great that the Mpow Single-Sided can be used with either a USB or a 3.5mm jack.
Unfortunately, if you want to use the 3.5mm plug, you will be losing your use of the in-line controls. Our research analysts found that this model starts at an unusually loud volume after initially plugging them in during our assessment. This is not a big deal, but it can catch you off guard if you don't expect it or forget to dial it down.
If the primary purchasing factor for you is the price, the Cyber Acoustics AC-204 is a good option. This stereo computer headset has a microphone that is adjustable to be used on either side. It has a Y adapter to integrate with computers that have a microphone and a headphone jack.
If you want a model with controls, the Cyber Acoustics AC-204 is a no-go. This model only uses a 3.5mm plug, so USB jacks are out as well. We also found this model to have a bit of an awkward fit and feel. Unless you are shopping on a very tight budget, we'd recommend going with a different model.
Why You Should Trust Us
Our computer headset review was conducted by our In-House Research Analyst Austin Palmer and our In-House Review Editor Ross Patton. On top of being a top-notch analyst who has worked on hundreds of products, he has spent thousands of hours of his personal time wearing a computer headset while gaming. Ross, also an avid gamer, has spent the last ten years working in consumer product research and development. Since becoming a part of the GearLab team, he has reviewed categories ranging from Bluetooth trackers to lithium-ion powered tools and everything in between. With the two of them working on a review together, you can rest assured that they have taken the utmost care to detail to ensure that our readers are making the best purchase possible.
Here at GearLab, we take very much pride in buying and testing every product in our reviews to deliver a real hands-on comparison and analysis to our readers. We made it a point to analyze all sorts of data for these products ranging from the overall comfort to the sound quality. We carefully inspected any bonus features that set each model apart from one another.
Analysis and Test Results
After developing a test plan, we carefully measured, weighed, analyzed, and listened to each model. The specifics of our experimentation phase are outlined below.
Headphone Sound Quality
Audio quality is one of the key deciding factors to consider while deciding which computer headset you're going to purchase. With modern technological advancements in compact speakers as well as noise cancellation improvements, some headsets produce an impressively high-quality sound — others, not so much. Depending on the application for which you plan to employ your headset, it may be wise to put a heavy value on this metric. Our expert audio product analysts conducted an array of tests to give you the information to purchase the model to best suit your sound quality needs.
Amongst the one-sided earpiece computer headsets, we were very impressed with the sound quality of the Callez USB Headset. During our audio assessment, our judges concluded that the sounds emitted by the Callez were crisp and clean. If you're in the market for a corded stereo computer headset and sound quality is a deciding factor, we recommend the Mpow HC6.
In the realm of wireless computer headsets, we found the Logitech H800 Bluetooth Wireless Headset to offer top-notch earphone quality audio, offering a full and lively sound, sans cord.
Microphone Sound Quality
The microphone quality of these devices can be a major purchasing factor for many people. The ability to amplify, transmit, or record sounds are a large portion of what differentiates computer headsets from other types of headphones. If you're going to be using your headset for telecommunications, you do not want the receiving party to have a muffled or unclear sound on their end. Likewise, it's very annoying if you cannot hear your teammates in a heated gaming session and vice versa.
After our assessments, a few models stood out as producing higher quality microphone transmission recordings than the rest. Both the Callez USB Headset and the Mpow HC6 passed our tests with flying colors, transmitting minimal background noise.
Although we were impressed with the Logitech H800 microphone quality, our panel of judges found the recordings and transmissions to sound a bit old and scratchy. If microphone sound quality is very important for you, it'd be wise to go with a corded version.
Many people who work in telecommunications will be spending long hours wearing these products every day, and avid gamers have been known to put in some extraordinarily long-lasting sessions on the joysticks. If either of these scenarios applies to you, the last thing you're going to want to deal with is ear pain or some sort of scratching or chafing on your head. We've tested hundreds of sets of headphones, so getting a gauge on computer headsets is right up the audio alley for us.
Weighing only 1 ½ ounce with soft foam earpads, we found the EBODA USB Headset to be as comfortable as can be. At only 1 ¾ ounce, the Callez USB Headset is another very comfortable one-sided option. We are also fans of the flexible microphone cable that stays in position very well. When it comes to stereo versions, we think that the Mpow HC6 USB Headset is very comfortable.
If you're looking for a wireless computer headset that offers a high level of comfort, we think that the Logitech H800 is the way to go. We couldn't find any strange pressure points or pinching spots from this headset, but we must mention that they are relatively heavy. If you're looking for a lighter weight version, we'd suggest going with a computer headset that uses a cord so that the weight of batteries is not resting on your neck.
Many of these products' designers have thought to add elements to the headsets that will improve user-friendliness. This section outlines the products that possess features that will make your life easier while using them.
The Logitech H800 doesn't offer a ton in the way of features other than the fact that it is wireless. We do appreciate that the designers of this product thought to include a spot for the USB-A Nano receiver to be stored onboard. Both the Callez USB Headset and Mpow HC6 USB Headset have in-line controls that are removable if you ever need to run the headset with a 3.5mm jack rather than USB.
To produce our reviews, we purchase all of the products from the same retailers as our readers in order to eliminate bias. We ran each computer headset through a series of stringent tests to ensure that our article will help you make the most informed purchasing decision possible, leading you to the product that best suits your wants and needs.
— Ross Patton and Austin Palmer