Headsets are generally used in office environments to help staff conduct conversations without having to hold a phone with their hand. As such, this frees them up to perform other tasks at the same time, such as typing on a computer keyboard, writing notes into a notebook, or searching through documents. Any worker who needs to spend a lot of time on the phone will, therefore, benefit from using a headset. It will increase both efficiency and productivity in their work. When buying headsets, there are several things to look out for: namely getting the right type of headset, making sure it is comfortable, considering any additional features that may be helpful, and identifying products that are both high quality and affordable.
Do - Choose the Right Type of Headset
There are a number of different types of headsets that are suitable for both office phones and mobile phones. Some will be more suitable for office spaces, and others will be better when out and about. It is, therefore, important that anyone choose a headset that is fit for purpose.
When choosing an appropriate headset, it is important that it fits well. For those using the headset in a louder environment, over-the-head headsets will be ideal. The reason for this is simply because a full sized cushion will cover up each ear, blocking out external sounds. As such, when working in very loud environments, a headset that covers both ears is best. In addition, it is important to consider whether it is necessary to interact with work colleagues while using the headset. If it is necessary to be able to talk to a colleague, and hear what is going on in the office, all while using the headset, a headset with a single earphone, monaural, will be best. For those who wish to block out all noise, however, so that they can completely focus on their conversation, a headset that covers both ears, binaural, is appropriate. Naturally, these types of headsets will have a band that goes over the head for additional support. For some, this can be cumbersome, messing with their hair, and causing discomfort.
An alternative is to get an over-the-ear headset instead: these are smaller, lighter, and much more discreet than those that go over the head. With these, the microphone will simply be attached to a small unit that will clip over the ear. Many of these headsets will not be ear specific, meaning that they can be converted to be used with either ear.
Anyone who hasn't used a headset before, and who isn't quite sure what they need, may want to consider a convertible headset. These can be converted to be worn in a variety of different ways, with ear clips capable of being removed and attached to larger head bands when desired. As such, they can be used as over-the-head, or over-the-ear headsets. In addition, each of these headsets can be either corded, or wireless, depending on personal preferences.
Wireless Bluetooth Headsets
Bluetooth headsets will pair up with mobile phones, allowing workers to talk on their mobiles as they walk around the room. They will technically have a maximum range of 33 feet, but in most cases, interference will begin to creep in after 10 to 20 feet. To use a Bluetooth headset, it will be necessary to have a Bluetooth compatible phone. First, the Bluetooth function will need to be turned on. It will then begin searching for Bluetooth enabled devices in the area. When it finds the signal being sent out by the headset, the headset can then be used to make and receive calls on the mobile without them being attached. The two main types of Bluetooth headset are over-the-ear and in-the-ear headsets. Over-the-ear headsets will be a little larger, and will consequently have a slightly higher battery life, while in-the-ear headsets will be smaller, lighter, and often more comfortable.
Do - Buy from a Reputable Source
Buying a headset that is made by a reputable manufacturer, and sold by a reputable retailer, is important. Why? Simply to make sure that the product is of a high quality, and that it is backed up by a guarantee or warranty. High quality headsets will work well, and they will last a long time. Low quality headsets may arrive faulty, deliver high levels of interference when making calls, and break easily. To avoid this issue it is important to research sellers and their products closely before committing to a purchase. Moreover, only choose retailers that offer proper guarantees that the headset will be refunded or replaced should there be a problem with it.
Don't - Put Price as a High Priority
Everyone wants to get the best price they can when buying any product - this is human nature. However, buying a product only based on price is a huge mistake, and something that needs to be avoided. Cheap prices are often indicators of poor quality, shoddy manufacturing, low quality materials, and non-existent quality controls. When a company can sell an item for a much lower price than other similar products, this clearly shows that they are saving money somewhere within the manufacturing process. Anyone's priority when buying a headset should be to ensure that it is well made, well functioning, and long lasting. When price really is a concern, shopping around and comparing prices as much as possible is critical.
Don't - Pay for What Isn't Needed
Don't go and choose fancy designs and features if they are not required, especially when price is important. It may be tempting to go for a headset with Bluetooth capabilities, noice cancelling technology, and voice activation controls, but if a basic headset is all that is needed, this is all that should be searched for. For most people, simple over-the-hear and over-the-ear designs will be suitable, and the focus should simply be on making sure that the headset is comfortable, and has good voice and sound clarity. Any additional features are surplus to requirements, so bargain hunters should trim back their needs and search for those that tick the key boxes.
Buying Headsets on eBay
eBay is the go-to marketplace for anyone looking to search through a variety of different products and sellers to find the best deals and prices. When shopping for headsets, head to the eBay homepage and then click on the category marked Electronics & Technology on the left of the page under Shop by category. Once the pages loads, click on the next category - Mobile & Home Phones - and then Mobile Phone Accessories on the next page. Once this page has loaded, look for the category called Headsets, click on it, and then start looking through the listings. There will be thousands of different headsets listed, and this can be overwhelming. As such, it is important to try to reduce the number of listings, and make them more search specific. To do this, use the different tabs on the left of the page to shop by brand, compatible brand, earpiece design, fit design, features, condition, and so on. Alternatively, simply use the search function at the top of the page. For any shopper with a clear idea as to what type of headset they want, this is a good idea. When using the search function, it will be possible to quickly generate much more targeted lists of results based on specific search terms. For example, someone shopping for a new monaural Nokia headset could simply type in 'monaural Nokia headsets new' to list the results directly related to those keywords.
The right headset needs to be fit for purpose, comfortable, high quality, and affordable. This shouldn't be hard to find, so follow the tips and advice given, and several excellent options will appear in no time at all.