Modern workplaces increasingly accommodate different ways of working. Some of us mostly stick to the office, while others prefer to get the job done remotely. As hybrid work becomes the norm, professional Bluetooth headsets provide employees with a flexible option that fits their individual working preference.
Let’s look at the most important factors to consider in a Bluetooth headset for work calls.
Single-sided vs. double-sided headset
This choice will depend on the worker’s priority.
Single-sided (or mono) Bluetooth headsets only cover a single ear, as the name suggests. This is great if employees want to stay aware of their surroundings and hear their in-office colleagues.
Double-sided Bluetooth headsets are best if you need to block out distractions and truly focus on the conversation with clients or remote colleagues. Double-sided headsets also allow you to play stereo media and get in the zone.
Bluetooth headsets can be worn in a number of ways, each with its own advantages depending on your needs.
This is probably the most common way to wear a Bluetooth headset, whether it’s a stereo or a mono one. In-ear headsets (or earbuds) sit directly inside your ear canal and create a snug fit that blocks out ambient noise.
Because they tend to be discreet and lightweight, in-ear Bluetooth headsets may be well-suited for on-the-go workers who often travel between locations. At the same time, the microphone of an in-ear headset is by default further away from your mouth, which may reduce their ability to clearly pick up your voice.
On-ear Bluetooth headsets come with ear cushions that rest gently on your outer ear without covering it completely. This allows workers to have clear conversations while still being aware of their surroundings.
Professional on-ear headsets often have a boom arm that brings the microphone closer to the mouth, dramatically improving the voice pickup quality. At the same time, they tend to be larger and less portable than in-ear Bluetooth headsets.
In the case of over-ear Bluetooth headsets, the ear cups actually cover the entire ear to create a noise-isolating seal. Because of this, they tend to deliver the best sound quality. Over-ear headsets often incorporate active noise cancellation to help block out distractions and help workers concentrate in noisy environments.
These Bluetooth headsets are best suited for employees who work from a single location and prioritize the quality of their calls above all.
In addition to the above, employees should take a few general factors into account, including:
- Durability: If the Bluetooth headset will be used frequently, it must be able to withstand a lot of wear and tear.
- Comfort: Employees who wear their Bluetooth headsets for long periods will want to invest in a comfortable headset with soft ear cushions and padded headbands.
- Noise cancellation: Depending on the level of noise in their work environment, employees should decide whether Bluetooth headsets with e.g. noise-canceling microphones and active noise cancellation make sense for them.
EPOS Bluetooth headsets: Picking the right one for your needs
At EPOS, we offer a range of professional Bluetooth headsets that fit different working styles and wearing preferences.