The 5 best headsets for home office and homeschooling

Be it home office, homeschooling or video telephony – alternative working and schooling methods are increasingly finding their way into our offices, classrooms and living rooms. It is therefore all the more important that the equipment fits and does not make everyday life even more difficult.

The constant development in the telecommunication and technology industry always offers new features and innovations in the field of headsets and headphones. It is therefore not so easy to keep track of the current range. In order to provide each individual user with a productive and sound-rich work environment, atechbook has set out to find the best headsets for home office and homeschooling use.

What should be considered when buying a headset?

In-Ear oder Over-Ear, kabellos oder kabelgebunden? Headsets gibt es in verschiedenen Bauformen, mit unterschiedlichen Headphone typeen und mit Functions, die den Arbeits- und Schulalltag erleichtern oder Spaß beim Zocken bringen. Besonders wer beruflich viel telefoniert oder an Videokonferenzen teilnimmt, benötigt einen technischen Begleiter, der lange durchhält, und daher sind Telefon-Headsets mit Ladestation empfehlenswert. Für Flexibilität ohne Kabelsalat sorgen dagegen kabellose Bluetooth-Modelle.

A headset with noise cancelling helps with external noise, such as street noise, children’s screams or the construction site next door, which filters out and muffles annoying sounds. Last but not least, wearing comfort also plays a major role when used for several hours: Headphones should not pinch or cause headaches and come in in-ear, ear-mounted and circumaural versions.

To make the choice easier, atechbook has looked around the headset market and found the best headphones in each category.

The best Bluetooth headphones with noise-cancelling: Sony WH-1000XM4

Brand quality that convinces: With the Sony WH-1000XM4, you get a Bluetooth headset that primarily stands out from the competition with its powerful noise cancelling, good sound quality and pleasant wearing comfort. Further plus points are the long battery life of up to 30 hours and the numerous settings in the manufacturer’s own app. Sony’s WH-1000XM4 does without the digital audio technology of aptX. Instead, the headset features LDAC – a Sony alternative for high-quality wireless audio. The relatively high price is made up for by the fact that the headphones not only promise a quiet working environment, but are also suitable for making calls thanks to the multipoint connection and speak-to-chat function.

Features of the Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony WH-1000XM4
Product type Wired headphones, noise-cancelling headphones, Bluetooth headphones
Series Sony 1000X
Transmission types Wireless, optional wired operation
Headphone transmission range 4-40,000 Hz
Coupling to the ear Earpiece
Equipmenten Touch control panel, foldable, end call, answer call, Google Assistant
Manufacturer features Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE),Headset compatible with Android
Talk time 30 h
Functions Control via App, NFC (Near Field Communication)
Material ear pads Faux leather
Scope of delivery Audio cable

Advantages and disadvantages of the Sony WH-1000XM4

Rating at idealo: Score 1.6 | 3 out of 5 stars

Pro

  • + Strong noise-cancelling
  • + Excellent sound
  • + Lange Talk time plus Audio cable inklusive
  • + Good wearing comfort

Contra

  • – Not water resistant
  • – Relatively high price

The premium headset: Razer BlackShark V2 Pro

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro focuses on excellent sound quality through THX Spatial Audio, powerful noise-canceling and clear microphone transmission – all features that are important in the home office or homeschooling. Then there’s the ease of use, great wearing comfort, and convenient THX Spatial Audio app. With more than 15 hours of talk time, the headset can also be used with a cable. Plus point: If you spend time gaming on the computer in addition to the home office, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is worth buying because the headphones are also suitable as a gaming headset. This establishes the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro as a premium product for both work and play afterwards.

Equipment des Razer BlackShark V2 Pro

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro
Product type PC headset, wireless headset, PS4 headset, Xbox One headset, Nintendo Switch headset
Transmission types Wireless, wired, optional cable operation
Headphone type Headband
Headphone transmission range 12-28,000 Hz
Coupling to the ear Around the ears
Microphone transmission range 100-10,000 Hz
Equipmenten Ein-/Ausschalter, gepolsterter Headband, Microphone, Bedienelement am Headset, Lautstärkeregler, abnehmbares Kabel, integrierte Soundkarte
Manufacturer features Razer THX Spatial Audio
Talk time 15 h
Function Voice recognition
Material ear pads Foam, textile fabric
Scope of delivery Audio cable, Bedienungsanleitung

Advantages and disadvantages of the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro

Rating at idealo: Note 1,6 | 5 of 5 stars

Pro

  • + THX Spatial Audio and App
  • + Impressive sound quality
  • + Also suitable for home office or homeschooling
  • + Detachable microphone

Contra

  • – Not compatible with all game consoles

The cheapest headset for homeschooling: Logitech H390 USB headset

Nicht nur in der Arbeit sind Headsets mittlerweile zum Standard geworden, auch für das Homeschooling oder Fernstudium eignen sich die praktischen Tonüberträger. Für Schüler und Studenten gilt oftmals die Devise: gute Qualität für den kleinen Geldbeutel. Das Logitech H390 USB headset platziert sich in der unteren Preisklasse und bietet dennoch einen guten Sound im Bereich von 20 bis 20.000 Hertz, der nicht blechern oder unnatürlich klingt. Durch das mitgelieferte USB-Kabel lässt sich das Headset schnell an den Computer anschließen und per Treiber installieren. Studenten freut es: Das Logitech H390 USB headset liegt auch bei langen Skype-Sessions angenehm auf dem Ohr und bietet daher eine preisgünstige Alternative für das Heimstudium.

Features of the Logitech H390 USB headset

Logitech H390 USB headset
Product type USB headset, PC headset
Series Logitech H-Seriess
Transmission method Wired (USB)
Headphone type Headband
Headphone transmission range 20-20.000 Hz
Coupling to the ear Earpiece
Microphone transmission range 100-10,000 Hz
Equipmenten Lautstärkeregler, Kabel-Bedienelement, gepolsterter Headband, verstellbarer Bügel
Function Mute
Material ear pads Leather
Scope of delivery User manual, USB cable

Vorteile und Nachteile des Logitech H390 USB headsets für Computer

Pro

  • + Very good price-performance ratio
  • + Pleasant sound
  • + USB port
  • + Also suitable for eyeglass wearers

Contra

  • – Ear cups relatively small
  • – Background noise comes through despite noise-canceling

The most flexible over-ear headset: Philips Fidelio L3/00

Mit seinem Headset Philips Fidelio L3/00 reiht sich die niederländische Technologiefirma in die oberste Riege der Over-Ear-Kopfhörer ein. Zwar ist beim Active-Noise-Cancelling (ANC) noch etwas Luft nach oben, dafür überzeugen die Headphones mit Spitzensound, der besonders Stimmen sehr klar darstellt und den Sony WH-1000XM4 klangreiche Konkurrenz macht. Ohne ANC halten die Kopfhörer satte 38 Stunden – auch wenn mancher Träger das stattliche Gewicht von 365 Gramm und die großen Ohrmuscheln auf Dauer als etwas unangenehm empfinden könnte. Conclusion: Durch die clevere Steuerung am Touchpad kommt beim Philips Fidelio L3/00 viel Hörspaß auf und das Headset überzeugt ebenso als sehr gute Bluetooth-Lösung für den Arbeitsalltag.

Features of the Philips Fidelio L3/00

Philips Fidelio L3/00
Product type Wired headphones, noise-cancelling headphones, Bluetooth headphones
Transmission types Wireless, optional wired operation
Headphone transmission range 7-40,000 Hz
Coupling to the ear Around the ears
Equipment Microphone
Manufacturer feature Detachable cable
Talk time 38 h noise-cancelling: 32 h
Functions Call music switching, call hold, call reject, call end, call answer, high-resolution audio
Scope of delivery Audio cable

Advantages and disadvantages of the Philips Fidelio L3/00

Rating at idealo: Note 2,0 | 4 of 5 Stars

Pro

  • + Powerful and detailed sound
  • + Long battery life
  • + Easy operation via touchpad and the Philips Headphones app

Contra

  • – Active noise cancelling still expandable
  • – Relatively heavy

The most practical phone headset for everyday business: Jabra Evolve2 65

Who doesn’t know this: after a long phone call, the headset’s battery fails and the next call is already waiting. To avoid this scenario, the Jabra Evolve2 65 rests on its charging station during phone breaks. Even more, it performs excellently among on-ear headphones with runtimes of between 50 and 60 hours. If you still want to hear the outside world, you can opt for the monaural version with one earcup. For more quietness, the Jabra Evolve2 65 is also available with two ear cups – even though the passive noise reduction of the competition allows for much less noise. On the other hand, the headset has its own app that allows calibrating the listening experience.

Jabra Evolve2 65
Product type Headband headset
Series Jabra Evolve
Transmission types Bluetooth, wireless
Headphone type Headband
Headphone transmission range 20-20.000 Hz
Coupling to the ear Earpiece
Microphone transmission range 100-8,000 Hz
Equipmenten Gepolsterter Headband, Gesprächsanzeige, LED-Statusanzeige, Microphone-Rauschunterdrückung, Noise-Cancelling
Manufacturer features Jabra Direct, Jabra Xpress, Jabra Sound+, Jabra Safetone™.
Talk time 35 h
Functions DSP-Technologie, Gehörschutzfunktion, Schnellladefunktion, Multipoint-Function
Material ear pads Foam, synthetic leather
Scope of delivery User manual, headset, USB transmitter, USB cable, carrying case

Advantages and disadvantages of the Jabra Evolve2 65

Rating at idealo: Note 1,7 | 4,5 of 5 stars

Pro

  • + Excellent battery life
  • + Jabra app with equalizer
  • + Very light

Contra

  • – Noise reduction somewhat inferior
  • – Rigid microphone
  • – Somewhat expensive as an on-ear model

Conclusion

Whether for calls in the home office, video conferencing or distance learning via PC – headsets have evolved from rigid ear cups to practical high-tech devices that score with numerous features in everyday office and school life. Noise cancelling, the type of headphones and, last but not least, wearing comfort and battery life throughout the day play a major role.

The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones come out on top in the test with their particularly powerful noise cancellation and impressive sound quality – even though less expensive alternatives like the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro are increasingly getting into the headset market.

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More information about headsets and headphones can be found in numerous other articles from atechbook: Advisors, product tests and purchase recommendations – there’s something for everyone here!