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8 Essential Tips for Purchasing Headsets

8 Essential Tips for Purchasing Headsets

With so many choices of technological products available, purchasing something electronic can be overwhelming and confusing. How do you know what is a good value for the money you want to spend? How do you know what to get?

You can talk with sales representatives at brick-and-mortar stores, but they might steer you in the direction of the costliest item to pad their commission or they might confuse you more by the jargon they use. You can search for information on the Internet, but that could incorrect. Here are some points to consider when buying headsets.

1. Call Quality

Headsets can sound great in the ear but transmit with a computerized version of your voice to the listener. When you are looking at headsets, read reviews on call quality to ensure you get the best sound for your investment. Call quality is important. Although some big names have produced good quality, smaller, and prettier models sound as good as the big guys.

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2. Noise Cancellation

So many people need to eliminate noise around them for a number of reasons. If the headsets do not have the capability to suppress noise or the function is faulty, these are not the ones you want to purchase. How well you can be heard when you’re in a speeding car with the windows down, or in the middle of a noisy conference room, can quickly separate the good performers from the bad.

Look for those headsets that contain more than one microphone because one microphone is dedicated to finding ambient noise. The headset then cancels that noise using DSP algorithms. Many brands on the market do a good job cancelling the extra sounds. The better headsets will ensure the quality of your voice is the same while muting background noise.

3. Battery Life

Everyone knows how frustrating it can be to lose power in a battery when you are being entertained. Therefore, you need to find that headset that holds onto battery life. If you don’t want to charge, go large. Some of the bulkier, less fashionable headsets can last for more than 10 hours on a single charge; the more expensive ones can last about six hours. Some will use up the battery quick ‒ in less than two hours.

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4. Comfort

The whole point of a headset is to wear it on your head. That’s why you should make sure the headset you buy is comfortable to wear for a long time. Some models sit partially in your ear. Although some people do not find this comfortable, others see it as a secure fit without being tight. Other brands will site on the edge of the ear or use ear hooks to balance the weight.

5. Style

Everyone has a personal style. Just like clothes, headsets come in a number of styles and types. To find the best-looking headset that fits your style, you need to consider all options. Some have nice designs while others use color and fabric to make the headsets look bold. These styles are likely to reduce unwanted stares.

6. Range

There’s not much variation in range of operation. Most headsets are limited to a theoretical range of 33 feet. You are probably going to get a good 10 to 15 feet before you have problems. Some headsets will reach 20 feet and around a wall or two before this happens.

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If you’re looking at a more robust headset for telecom or corporate use, pick the ones that have its DECT 6.0-based wireless technology in lieu of Bluetooth, delivers significantly more range, and very clear, DSP-enhanced sound quality.

7. Mono vs. Stereo Sound

You can choose to have the sounds come into both ears or one. Although most headsets fit in one ear, you can purchase models that will play the sounds in stereo so you can hear your music. Die-hard audiophiles should stick with wired earphones for the best sound quality. But if you want convenience, you should go with a stereo Bluetooth set because it does double duty: taking calls and playing music.

8. Price

Every consumer wants the highest quality for the lowest price. Most people will choose headsets around the $100 mark with some rebates or discounts that bring the price to $70 or $80. You might find a decent headset for under $50. You also might be able to get a cheap one that has been discontinued but is still available. To get the cheaper versions, you will have to settle for the clunky type with noise cancellation that isn’t good and other issues.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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