IF, like many people around the world, you’ve
suddenly found your office is a lot closer to your bedroom than previously
(maybe it’s even in your bedroom now,
if that’s how you want to roll?) then you’re about to discover one of the most
important pieces of kit for working at home is a good headset.
Whether it’s listening to music, taking
part in a video chat, talking on the phone while leaving your hands free or
recording a report, they’re a must-have item. There’s a lot of them on the
market, so I’ve put together this helpful little guide covering some of my
favourite choices to give you some ideas on what’s out there.
Of course, when you’re off the clock, these
headsets all have another advantage – they’re really good for gaming as well,
letting you work and play with only
one lot of financial outlay. Because let’s be fair here, the gaming is what it’s
really about, right?
The big advantage of a wireless headset is
there are no cords connecting you to your computer. The downside is the
batteries tend to give out just when you need them – unless you’ve got one of
these fantastic headsets.
Sure, with an RRP of $349 isn’t cheap, but
it’s one of the best wireless headsets I’ve tested – and they’ve never let me
down in mid-video conference or mid game, either.
Long considered the industry standard for
gaming headsets, the Astro A40TR corded headset offers excellent all-round performance
regardless of whether you’re listening to Spotify, teleconferencing with
colleagues, or racking up killstreaks in Call
It’s comfortable, it has great sound
quality, it’s designed to be worn for long periods of time, and you can even swap
the headset plates out with different designs if you want to keep things interesting
With an RRP of $249 (not including the
optional MixAmp for consoles) they’re a solid investment that can be trusted to
see you through the most gruelling of work scenarios or gaming sessions.
Although designed for use at the gym, these
excellent wireless headphones (RRP:$299) work very well as a set of general
purpose headset, especially for mobile gaming and having something to wear
around the house for music.
Connecting via Bluetooth, the inbuilt mic
lets the unit function as a very effective handsfree kit for mobile phones and
smart devices, and if you decide to get into a home gym workout or go for a run
outside, these won’t cop out when there’s exercise all about either.
They’re specially designed to be able to
handle just being thrown in a backpack or gym bag, and they are quite slim and
compact (at least as far as headsets go), making them ideal for situations
where you’re not fixed to one particular location.
BEACH RECON 200
Turtle Beach are one of the world’s top
headset manufacturers largely because they make a range of solid, affordable
and quality headsets perfectly suited for those on a budget.
The Recon 200 is a perfect example of that,
offering comfort, good quality sound, and versatility with an attractive price
tag (RRP: $99). While it uses a 3.5mm jack (meaning it works with everything
from work laptops to consoles to a Nintendo Switch), it also has a
battery-powered bass boost that charges via USB and runs for about 12 hours or
If you need a set of headphones for work-but-also-gaming and are conscious of the budget, these are a very good option that will cover a range of situations quite happily.
CLASSIC GOLD ABSTRACT
Stealth are a relatively new entry to the
Australasian market and work in much the same space as Turtle Beach, offering a
budget-friendly quality wired headphone with 40mm drivers and a detachable
With all the features you’re likely to
need, as well as a comfortable to wear design and funky aesthetic which will
look neat on web chat, these are also particularly attractive if you’ve got
kids in the house because it’s not the end of the universe if anything happens
to them, either – the RRP is $69.95.
TWELVE SOUTH FERMATA HEADPHONE CHARGING STAND
The one most of these headsets have in
common is they need to be charged from time to time. There are, regrettably,
only so many USB ports available in a laptop and so many power points within
cord distance with which to charge headset
Manufactured by Twelve South, the Fermata is a stylish but pricey piece of kit (RRP: $109, but they can be found cheaper on sale) which combines a leather-topped headphone stand with micro USB charger. There’s also a USB port in the base, meaning you can charge something else too if needed.
Clearly designed to appeal to people for whom form is as important as function, it could be just the thing to make sure your headphones are fully charged for when you need them – regardless of whether that’s for actual work reasons or a cheeky round or two of Fortnite.