Headsets and headphones buying guide

by Headsets and headphones buying guideDaniel Gniazdo

Finding the right Jabra headset to buy can be tricky. There are many different types and models on sale. Whether you’re on the lookout for a Bluetooth headset or a pair of music headphones, this guide should help.

Jabra Evolve, Pace, and Storm wearing styles

All Jabra headsets and headphones come with a microphone, letting you make calls as well as listen to music and podcasts. Beyond that, there’s a wide assortment of headsets and headphones for every imaginable need.

Wireless sports earbuds

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Music can motivate you. These lightweight, great-sounding earbuds connect via Bluetooth, so there are no wires running between them and your phone or music player. They’re built specifically for fitness enthusiasts and have protection from sweat, rain, and dust – you can take them running in any weather. All models come with a selection of eargels that you can use to customize the fit, making sure they stay securely and comfortably in your ear.

Depending on your budget, you can go for a standard model that has a reflective cord for exercising at night, mid-range model that gives you voice coaching in over 40 exercises, or top-of-the-line model that measures and tells you your heart rate as you run. There’s also a feature-packed companion app – Jabra Sport Life – which lets you plan, track, and analyze your exercise routines and runs.

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Bluetooth headsets

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With a Bluetooth headset, you can keep your hands free while on a call without having to awkwardly sandwich the phone between your ear and shoulder. They let you access commonly used functions – such as picking up calls or activating Siri/Google Now – directly from the headset. You can leave your phone in your pocket.

There’s a variety of models designed to suit specific needs. Some have a special carry case that also keeps their battery topped up. Others are tough enough to come with a 5-year warranty. There are models that are well-suited for both making calls and listening to music. You can also find Bluetooth headsets that eliminate wind noise, making you easy to hear when you’re out in stormy weather.

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Music headphones

Music headphones let you listen to your tracks the way you prefer – whether it’s via in-ear earbuds or over-ear headphones with a headband. Most of them are wireless, but some offer an option to connect directly via a 3.5mm cable.

In-ear

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In-ear earbuds are discreet, light, and do a great job of isolating outside noise by fitting snugly inside your ear canal. They offer a selection of eargels so you can find just the right fit for your ears. Some have a neckband that rests on your neck and keeps them out of the way when not in use. Other earbuds have special built-in magnets that snap together around your neck to go into “sleep mode” that saves battery.

On-ear

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On-ear headphones have a lightweight headband and padded speakers that sit gently on your ears. They’re extremely comfortable to wear and you don’t have to wonder whether they’ll fit. Because they don’t fully cover your ears, you’ll still hear what’s going on around you, which can be important in traffic.

Over-ear

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Over-ear headphones have soft cushions that completely enclose your ears, making sure that very little noise gets through. These are perfect for when you need to shut out street noise or the hum of air conditioning. They also deliver rich, full-spectrum sound with their custom-designed speakers.

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Wireless music speakers

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Bluetooth music speakers transform your phone or music player into a portable jukebox. All speaker models are built to withstand some knocks and splashes, so you can take them anywhere – be it the park or the beach – and share your music with others. They deliver surprisingly rich, crisp sound, with higher-end models pumping out enough volume to make a room vibrate. If you want to skip the Bluetooth setup, each model also comes equipped with a 3.5mm cable that plugs directly into your music device.

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Bluetooth car kits

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Bluetooth car kits, or in-car speakerphones, let you make calls while driving without taking your hands off the steering wheel. They connect wirelessly to your smartphone. If there are more people in the car, they can all participate in the conversation. Car speakerphones are designed to filter out road noise, so that the person you’re talking to can hear you clearly. You can also use them to play your music or stream GPS directions. All models clip to your car’s visor and stay tucked neatly out of the way.

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Headsets and speakerphones for work

This range of headsets and speakerphones is specially optimized for office and call center environments. They work out of the box with leading UC platforms from Cisco, Microsoft, Avaya, and more. All models follow strict hearing protection standards to shield your ears from sudden spikes in volume and make sure you’re not exposed to damaging sound levels throughout your work day.

Noise-cancelling headsets

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Made for loud open offices, noise-cancelling headsets are designed to block background noise and help you focus. They offer passive noise cancellation that filters out high-frequency noise. Higher-end models also incorporate active noise cancellation technology, which uses tiny microphones to pick up ambient noise and generate an “anti-noise” signal, actively countering low-frequency sounds. When you’re not on a work call, you can use these headsets to listen to your music.

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Wired headsets

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Wired headsets connect directly to your computer via USB or 3.5mm port and let you start talking in seconds. You don’t need to worry about the call dropping off or running out of battery. They come in mono (one ear) and duo (two ear) variants, depending on what you prefer. Many models are made to withstand prolonged use with durable Kevlar cords and a boom arm that can rotate 360 degrees without snapping. They’re comfortable enough to wear all day and have special noise-cancelling microphones that ensure the other side only hears your voice.

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Wireless headsets

Jabra Pro 9400 with base

Wireless headsets use Bluetooth or DECT technology to connect to your laptop, smartphone, or tablet. They have a wireless range of almost 100 meters, so you can leave your desk while on a call to e.g. pick up printouts or find documents. Most models connect to multiple devices at the same time, letting you easily switch between making calls on your smartphone or work PC. Some are equipped with a special base and a touchscreen that lets you manage your calls. Wireless headsets are available in mono (one ear) and duo (two ears) versions.

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Conference speakers

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These are portable speakers that you can take anywhere you go. They let you have a conference call that others in the room can participate in. All models make sure that both sides of the call hear each other clearly and without distortions.

The basic model is great for small rooms and connects to your laptop, tablet, or phone via USB or 3.5mm cable. Mid-range model adds the option to connect wirelessly via Bluetooth. The high-end model can handle large meeting rooms with around 15 participants. It has special ZoomTalkTM microphones that isolate the voice of the person speaking.

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Looking for a great deal on Bluetooth headsets? Visit Jabra’s official outlet store to save as much as 50% on select products:

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