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10 Best Headsets for Video Chats and Conference Calls

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10 Best Headsets for Video Chats and Conference Calls

Since the current circumstances have compelled us to work from home, it has become even more crucial that you choose the best headset for your video chats and conference calls. Poor audio quality can massively hinder communication and, consequently, negatively affect you and the productivity of your team.

To liberate you from going through the reviews of every single headset out there, we’ve compiled a list of the best headsets to date. This list will assist you in acquiring the best headset for your video chats and conference calls. 

Why You Should Trust Us

Our list incorporates headsets that are typically manufactured for video chatting and conferencing purposes. These headsets are unique and distinctive and stand out from the rest of the headsets. Learn some of the essential criteria to look at when choosing a headphone: 8 Essential Tips for Purchasing Headsets

Among many features, our hand-picked headsets include a noise-canceling feature that blocks any unwanted external noise and enables you to concentrate on the task at hand. In addition, they encompass fluffy ear pads that will grant you the utmost comfort when they are worn for a prolonged period. 

1. Mpow 071 USB Headset

    Mpow is one of the largest producers of quality headsets for video conferences and chatting. Their low and reasonable prices paired with good quality is a staple.

    Beyond being comfortable and having noise-canceling features, it can be connected to any device that allows USB ports and has extended-wear comfort. This allows the headband to adjust so it can fit on any head.

    Buy this headset.

    2. Logitech H390 USB Headset

      Another large contender in the market is Logitech. They provide a good mixture of headsets. The first one we’re covering is their generic one.

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      Compared to Mpow’s, the mic is more stable as the arm of the mic is thicker. On top of that, you might find it more comfortable due to the extra padding on the headset itself. You’ve also got some inline volume and mute controls to alter audio.

      Buy this headset.

      3. Logitech H800 Bluetooth Wireless Headset

        If you’re impressed by Logitech, they have more than they can offer. If you care about wires, these wireless headphones can help you out in that area.

        It is a higher price than their standard headset, but it’s additional features and quality make it worthwhile. Laser-tuned speaker drivers enable crisp and clear audio. It has a range of 40 feet, allowing you to move around your workspace with ease. It has padding for comfort to make it easier for you to wear while you work. It also has a battery life of six hours before needing to be charged.

        Buy this headset.

        4. Mpow All Platform

          Another product from Mpow to consider is their All Platform headset. On the surface, it looks exactly the same as their default headset we mentioned earlier, though there are some key differences between the two.

          The first is that the All Platform comes with an exclusive 2-in-1 in line control allowing you to use the wired headset on your cell phone or computer. The sound card is also higher-end and thus does a better job at canceling background noise and any other sound.

          Buy this headset.

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          5. TaoTronics Bluetooth Microphone

            There are so many different brands beyond Mpow and Logitech to consider. One that caught our attention was TaoTronics. It provides a lot of unique features to the table that makes it well worth considering.

            First is it uses AI technology to reduce noise. It is the first of its kind to use this kind of technology.

            Another notable feature is that it uses Bluetooth technology for stable signals and to pair with other Bluetooth technology. It’s a wireless headset, but it has a battery life of 34 hours and is designed for all-day comfort since it’s lightweight.

            Buy this headset.

            6. Avantree Bluetooth Headphones

              Taotronics isn’t the only one of the best headsets using Bluetooth technology for their headphones. Avantree is using them as well. If you’re looking for great comfort, these are some of the best ones thanks in part to them being over-ear headphones.

              These are great for video conferences or if your job requires you to be taking calls frequently for various reasons. First, they are wireless and wired headphones, making it ideal for whatever your preferences are. They also have a 40-hour long battery life if you decide to go wireless. It also comes with a built-in microphone, which removes the extended arm and mic that’s attached to other headphones.

              Buy this headset.

              7. OneOdio Over-Ear Headphones

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                If we sold you on over-ear headphones and are looking for a cheaper alternative, OneOdio has some quality headphones with their unique features.

                While these are designed for musicians, they’re also designed to be monitor headphones while you work online. Regardless of the environment you’re working on, these will provide great comfort, great sound, and are compatible with all devices.

                The only downside is that while these headphones do have buttons to adjust audio, there isn’t a built-in microphone. It’s not that big of an issue as the devices you’re plugging this into will have built-in microphones, but that just means it can never be wireless.

                Buy this headset.

                8. Mpow Single-Sided Microphone

                  Mpow has a wide variety of microphones for internet use. And while they all have a lot of features in common, there are a few changes to them. This one, in particular, is a single-sided microphone and designed to be on one ear.

                  What’s unique with this is that you can alternate which ear it’s on due to the arm being rotatable by 270 degrees. The speaker itself can also cancel a lot of noise and the fact it’s so adjustable ensures you can position it until you’re comfortable with it.

                  Buy this headset.

                  9. Mpow Microphone Comfort Fit

                    The final alternative for Mpow products that we’ll list here is their comfort fit brand. While all of their best headsets are designed to be comfortable, this one takes extra steps to ensure comfort.

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                    The only thing that is different from the others is the extra padding and materials used for the headset itself.

                    Buy this headset.

                    10. Vogek Headphones

                      The final headset we’ll cover is the one from Vogek. They provide a sleek design and provide great sound compared to others at similar pricing points. In terms of sound, it offers great stereo and bass, too. All around, they’re a great investment if you’re looking for bargain headphones.

                      Buy this headset.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Like with a lot of other products, the higher up in price you go, the more quality that comes with it. Regardless, headphones have come a long way and many that you’ll find on the internet will provide decent enough comfort.

                      However, if you want your headphones to last for a long time, consider the ones that have made this list as they can provide great durability and you’ll be able to get your money’s worth from them.

                      Featured photo credit: Miguelangel Miquelena via unsplash.com

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                      Last Updated on November 25, 2021

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                      How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

                      There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

                      Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

                        What Does Private Browsing Do?

                        When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

                        For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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                        The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

                        The Terminal Archive

                        While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

                        Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

                        dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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                        Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

                        Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

                        However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

                        Clearing Your Tracks

                        Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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                        dscacheutil -flushcache

                        As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

                        Other Browsers and Private Browsing

                        Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

                        If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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                        As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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