When I took my new role with Amazon they sent me a 13″ MacBook Pro, some Yubikey USB-C devices, and a Plantronics Blackwire C5220 headset. I used the Plantronics headset for all of about a week before I was ready to ditch it. It crushed my ears, sounded horrible, and was just not great for long-term use. So, I went on Amazon in search of a better headset. My requirements were simple, or so I thought. The ideal headset must…
- Connect via Bluetooth, since I have a Mac
- Rest over the ears, instead of on them
- Be made well for long-term use
- Have a decent microphone
- Cost around $100
First I found the SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth headset for $99. It was back-ordered on their website, but I found a refurbished set on Amazon for $89. I ordered them. They arrived a few days later. I was excited opening the box, only to discover they were highly scuffed up, would not turn on or charge, and were missing several cables the box promised. I sent them back the same day.
I instead ordered a new headset from Corsair called the HS79 Wired Gaming Headset with Bluetooth. When it arrived a few days later, I was much more impressed. Upon opening the box I found the elegant looking headset and all of its associated wires in tact. Since they already had a little bit of a charge, I turned them on and hooked them up to the Mac immediately. It just worked. While I was listening to something on the Mac, I plugged the USB-C charging adapter into my desktop computer and all of a sudden I could hear sounds from that computer at the same time! So, let’s go over some of the features and what I like about this headset.
- It can pair to two Bluetooth devices at the same time
- You can pair it to Bluetooth and also connect to another source with the included headphone cable or USB-C cable
- It has soft-touch leather cups, which are large enough to go over my ears
- It has a 30-hour battery life for more than all-day use
- The microphone is detachable
- Easy-to-find volume roller and physical mic mute button on headset
- They sound amazing with 50mm drivers and Windows Sonic surround sound
- Cost $99
But, where would we be without some dislikes. First off, the leather-like ear cups do not breath, so your ears get warm fast. Secondly, the Bluetooth can be hit or miss sometimes when trying to use the mic with a computer. Third, I had to tape on the mic pop-filter, because it kept sliding off randomly. I thought I had lost it at least three times within the first week.
Overall, these things get the job done. More than likely I would have preferred the SteelSeries headset, but with them being out of stock this was the second-best choice. I would recommend them to anyone using them for work or gaming, until the SteelSeries headset comes back into availability.