The Best USB Headset for Your Computer

The Best USB Headset for Your Computer

Our pick

Jabra Evolve 40

Jabra Evolve 40

The best USB headset for calls and conferences

The Jabra Evolve 40 has an excellent mic and decent headphones, and it is comfortable to wear during long calls throughout a work day.

Buying Options

$110* from Jabra
Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $108.

In our tests, calls we made sounded crisp and easy to understand to the people on the other end, and we could hear other people clearly. Though the boom mic is a little tricky to position, once placed correctly it picks up very little breathing and keeps voices sounding clear. The Evolve 40’s passive noise-cancelling abilities let you focus on the call instead of the sounds around you, and the mic filters out most background noise. When you don’t want to be heard, the easy-to-use mute controls work exactly as they should.

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Budget pick

Microsoft LifeChat LX-6000

Microsoft LifeChat LX-6000

If you only occasionally make calls

Decent sound quality, but much less comfortable than our pick, so it’s not for all-day wear or longer calls.

Buying Options

$76* from Microsoft
$68 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $50.

Microsoft’s LifeChat LX-6000 was a previous top pick and runner-up and is still a good headset. Its headphones produce full sound that especially shines when listening to music, and the quality of its microphone is only a little worse than that of our main pick. But due to its headband design and small ear pads, the LX-6000 isn’t very comfortable for long periods of use. If you don’t need to wear a headset all day and make calls only occasionally, the LifeChat is a good way to save some money compared to the Jabra.

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Our pick

Jabra Evolve 40

Jabra Evolve 40

The best USB headset for calls and conferences

The Jabra Evolve 40 has an excellent mic and decent headphones, and it is comfortable to wear during long calls throughout a work day.

Buying Options

$110* from Jabra
Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $108.

Budget pick

Microsoft LifeChat LX-6000

Microsoft LifeChat LX-6000

If you only occasionally make calls

Decent sound quality, but much less comfortable than our pick, so it’s not for all-day wear or longer calls.

Buying Options

$76* from Microsoft
$68 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $50.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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