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How to pick the best headsets for Microsoft Teams

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June 24, 2020
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If you’re looking for the best headsets for either the office or home on Microsoft Teams, here are our top picks. The type of headset you choose will depend what you use Microsoft Teams for, and how you or your team works in general. 

Basically, you need to think about four things:

  • Wired or wireless headsets
  • Headsets that can integrate with Microsoft Teams
  • Headsets that are made for office or at-home use
  • Wearing style

Wired or wireless headsets

This is an obvious one. Wireless headsets are proven to increase productivity with Microsoft Teams, as you get the freedom to walk around the office or your home. It’s easier to find help from your colleagues, pick up prints or items or even get some coffee, without getting off a call. Most modern Bluetooth headsets have the added benefit of being able to switch between your PC and smartphone as well.

On the flip side, wired headsets tend to just work. They never run out of battery, they plug in with minimal effort and will not be disturbed by wireless signals. They’re also typically more affordable. 

Microsoft has a dedicated certification program that looks at not just features, but also audio quality and noise cancellation. 

Headsets that integrate with Microsoft Teams

Any USB headset will technically work with Microsoft Teams, but if you want things like call control or strong audio performance in a noisy open office, you should go for a certified headset. Microsoft has a dedicated certification program that looks at not just features, but also audio quality and noise cancellation. 

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Headsets that are made for office and at-home use

Really, there are two important things to think about. First, noise cancellation. Whether you’re at home or in the office, noise cancellation is key to concentrate on whatever you’re doing. 

Whether you’re at home or in the office, noise cancellation is key to concentrate on whatever you’re doing. 

Second, most of us don’t just use our headsets for Microsoft Teams. We use them for a combination of things; calls, podcasts, music or even just shutting out noise around you. While some headsets are really designed for calls – contact center headsets for example – office headsets should be able to also provide a break and some time with your favorite tunes. 

Wearing style

Headsets are typically split in three wearing styles:

  1. “Over-ear” headsets that go over the entire ear. These block out the most noise, but can be tiresome to wear for many hours and often get hotter more easily. They work particularly well for more seated use.
  2. “On-ear” headsets that sit on top of the ears. They can provide good noise cancellation in some cases, and are simple and easy to equip. Similar to over-ears, they can get warm after prolonged use, but to a lesser extent.
  3. “In-ear” headsets, either true wireless, with no wires of any kind, or using a neckband or wire to connect the buds. These excel in on-the-go scenarios, but typically have worse microphone performance without a dedicated boom arm.

Basically, it all comes down to personal preference. 

Our top headset picks for Microsoft Teams

If you’re looking for a wired, on-ear headset, we would recommend the Jabra Evolve2 40. It offers fantastic performance at a cost-conscious price point and shines as an all-round workhorse. With three-microphone call technology, all-day comfort, passive noise cancellation and a busy light to notify people if you’re in a call, the Team certified device is ready for your calls, or music, with 40mm speakers ready to deliver whatever you need.

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Jabra Evolve2 40

If you’re looking for a wireless over-ear solution, go with the Jabra Evolve2 85. Ten microphones bring your calls to life and keep you connected, whether you’re taking calls on the go, or using the discreet retractable boom arm in the office. 37 hours of battery life help you power through each day, while the Microsoft Teams certification and dedicated Teams button bring features in Teams to life.

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