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It might appear that Zoom suddenly popped up out of nowhere in 2020 during the pandemic, but the reality is that they’ve been around - and growing - for the best part of a decade.

There’s no doubt that Zoom has become a popular video conferencing method. In 2019, Zoom had an average of 10 million daily meeting participants, but by December 2020, that had risen to 350 million. And right now, it’s the most popular video conferencing tool in the world.

If you’re a Hybrid worker who shares your time between the home and the office, you’d be well aware of Zoom’s unified communications (UC) platform.

UC describes how we connect to different communications systems for the digital workforce and allows you to access collaboration tools that ensure that no matter where you work, you can still access the same systems as everyone else.

In the ever-changing workforce landscape, if you don’t work with a platform like Zoom that has a unified phone, video, meetings, and messaging capabilities, you could be left behind, and to work within Zoom, you’ll need Zoom compatible headsets.

There’s a sea of online information telling you what headsets you should buy if you’re using Zoom. That’s why we’ve written this guide to help you make up your mind, because we know that you have unique circumstances. Read on, and you’ll see that some clear guidelines will help you purchase the best headsets to use with Zoom in 2024.

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What are the Best Types of Headsets for Zoom Meetings in Australia?

Tens of thousands of companies and individuals like yourself have moved to Zoom video conferencing calls for daily use. You won’t get the best experience using the built-in audio on your laptops or PCs, as the sound quality is often below average, and it’s not practical if there’s a lot of background noise. Using quality headsets will help you have a much better video calling experience, can help to block out distracting background noise and optimise your audio quality. Upgrading your headsets will elevate your zoom calls and make you feel as though you’re face-to-face with your clients or co-workers.

To know which headsets to choose, you’ll need a basic understanding of headsets' features, styles and options to help you decide which are the best Zoom-compatible headsets for you or your team. The right ones for you depend on your circumstances. Let’s look at the two major categories: Wired and Wireless.

Wired headsets are easy to use. Simply plug them in, and you’re off and running, and the sound quality is excellent. There’s no need for a battery or a wireless antenna, and you won’t need to worry about any external factors that will affect your sound quality.

Plus, because they’re cheaper to make, they’re inexpensive. They built most for comfort and all-day wear. Plenty of wired headsets come with active noise cancelling to block out unwanted background noise, as well as noise-cancelling mics that ensure that people on the other end of your call can hear you clearly.

The only downside to wired headsets is the wires that could get in your way, but if you’re using Zoom from a fixed building or at home and don’t need to move around too much, then the wired version may suit you. If not, a wireless Zoom headset will work better for you.

Wireless headsets give you more freedom. They don’t have extra components or pesky wires, so they are lighter and more portable, which means they’ll be more comfortable to wear for hours on end and give you less head stress.

If you're active or need to take Zoom calls or meetings at different locations, a wireless headset is a must. With Bluetooth connectivity, you’ll only have to be in the range of your chosen device, and your headset will connect automatically. You’ll have to check density limits if you work in a crowded call centre, but there’s a wireless headset that can handle that. Wireless headsets also come with noise-cancelling features, and the sound quality is on par with the wired versions.

Wireless headsets are typically more expensive, but the extra convenience outweighs the initial outlay. You’ll have to charge them to make sure you have enough talk time, but there are more options to connect to different devices, such as your tablet and phone, making wireless headsets an excellent choice for all your Zoom calls.

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Are all Headsets Compatible with Zoom?

The short answer? Yes.

Zoom is a versatile and easy-to-use platform which is part of the reason for its broad popularity. Not only are all headsets Zoom compatible, but they will also work well with most other video conferencing software, allowing you to have trouble-free communications.

Let's assume you or your company is using Zoom, but your client is using Google Meet or Microsoft Teams. Will there be any conflict? Will you have to use a fresh set of headsets? Definitely not. You can get great audio across all platforms with one headset, but your headset choice needs to be the right one. Sure, it might be easier to pick up a used pair on Marketplace or buy the cheapest set you can find online, but in the long run, your choice could backfire. If you’re thinking long-term, It’s worth getting the best quality pair you can.

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Why you Should Invest in a Good Quality Headset for Zoom Meetings

Times are tough. But the adage “You get what you pay for.” rings true for most things, including your pair of headsets. We’ve all been there. I remember buying $40 boots at Kmart because I didn’t want to fork out $120 for a decent quality pair. You’ll probably guess what happened next. I had to buy three pairs in a year because they kept tearing, and they were so uncomfortable that they gave me blisters.

Don’t make the same mistake with your headsets.

Picture this: You’ve just bought your headsets. You sit down in your home office, all geared up to start your Zoom meeting, which begins in a few minutes. You bought the first pair of corded headsets you saw, but you didn’t think too much about your choice because all headsets are basically the same, aren’t they? You plug them in. Your husband is home, and he decides to do the vacuuming, so there’s the constant humming in the background. And your dog starts barking, because she always does when the vacuum runs. You can hear all this because you didn’t think to get noise-cancelling headsets. The meeting is about to start, so you quickly turn to grab your paperwork. In the process, you knock over your full coffee cup with the wires coming out of your headset. The meeting starts.

How do you think the meeting will go? You’ll probably get through it because you’re a trooper, but instead of the above scenario, imagine slipping on a pair of comfortable, wireless headsets with full noise-cancelling capabilities and sitting and sipping your freshly brewed coffee while you wait.

It’s safe to say that you’d be much more relaxed and stress-free.

The importance of choosing a set of good-quality headsets cannot be understated. If you’re using them regularly for your job, they are a tool for your trade. They must be comfortable and have the features to suit your working lifestyle. But how do you know what to look for?

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What Features to Look For in a Zoom Headset

  • If it feels like your local train driver always knows when your Zoom meetings are on because he seems to set the horn off every time you’re in the middle of one, it might pay to get a headset with a noise-cancelling mic. That will ensure your colleagues or clients don’t get distracted when you’re on a call, and the only sound they’ll hear is your voice.
  • Suppose you’re easily distracted by background noise, or it’s almost impossible not to be distracted because you work in a busy office or a noisy block of flats. In that case, you’ll need a stereo headset with active or passive noise-cancelling technology because if you can’t focus on what your colleagues or clients are saying, it is difficult for either of you to communicate effectively.
  • If you’re sick of taking your headset on and off when your co-workers tap you on the shoulder for a chat when they’ve got some hot gossip they need to share, or you need to hear what's happening around the house, consider getting a mono headset. It’ll keep one ear free, so you’ll be free to chat about your upcoming weekend with your colleagues or hear the doorbell when an important package arrives.
  • If being tethered to your desk drives you nuts, it’s worth considering getting yourself a wireless headset. That way, you can walk around and stretch your legs while taking a call and even take calls out in the fresh air if you like! There are two types of wireless headsets. Bluetooth and DECT. Bluetooth is a better option if you need to be on the move as it can connect up to eight other devices but if you’re connecting to a base station in a busy office environment and you don’t need to leave the building, then go for a DECT Zoom headset.

For a more in-depth look into Bluetooth and DECT, check out our blog post. 

Now that you know more about what kind of headsets you need for Zoom and the features to look out for. Check out the list we’ve put together of the best wired and wireless Zoom-compatible headsets to consider.

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What are the Best Zoom Headsets to Buy in 2024?

At Simply Headsets we've tested hundreds of headsets and have come up with a list of 5 of the best ones for Zoom to buy in 2024.

  1. EPOS Sennheiser IMPACT SC 665
  2. Jabra Evolve2 40
  3. Jabra Evolve2 65
  4. Jabra Evolve 75
  5. Plantronics B825 Voyager Focus

The Best Wired Headsets to Buy for Zoom

EPOS Sennheiser IMPACT SC 665

EPOS|Sennheiser IMPACT SC 665 Duo USB and 3.5mm Corded Headset
12% Off
RRP: $299
Now: $263 inc GST
Save: $36
  • WORKS WITH - Computer & Mobile
  • Top of the range headset
  • ULTRA noise cancelling mic
  • Premium sound quality
  • Leatherette ear cushions
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These are a top of the range wired Zoom-compatible headsets. They work with computers and mobile, have premium sound quality and an ULTRA noise-cancelling mic, which means the person you’re talking to won’t hear anything but your voice. The sound quality is A1, they're lightweight and built for comfort, and they come with a 3-year warranty. If you prefer a corded headset, then these are the best that money can buy.

Jabra Evolve2 40

Jabra Evolve2 40 SE UC Stereo USB-A Corded Headset
22% Off
RRP: $254
Now: $199 inc GST
Save: $55
  • 360* Busylight
  • Premium headset
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You’ll get outstanding inbound and outbound audio with these Jabra headsets, making them perfect for Zoom video calls. They don’t have active noise-cancelling but will fit snugly over your ear to eliminate background noise. They also have a memory foam padded headset, making them extremely comfortable to wear for long periods without discomfort. There are some handy built-in features, too, including a mute button and the option to mute the call by simply pushing the mic up (and down to un-mute). These are a premium choice when looking for wired headsets with Zoom.

The Best Wireless Headsets to Buy for Zoom

Jabra Evolve2 65

Jabra Evolve2 65 UC Stereo Bluetooth Headset, USB-A, Black
3% Off
RRP: $454
Now: $438 inc GST
Save: $16
  • 360* Busylight
  • Premium headset
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The Jabra Evolve2 65 is a standout wireless headset that's perfect for Zoom calls. These beauties are designed to be worn comfortably all day and are the perfect companion for long Zoom meetings. In fact, they're so comfortable, you might just forget you're wearing them! They have an impressively long battery life of up to 37 hours on a single charge and a range that extends beyond your desk, so you'll be able to stay connected no matter where you roam. It also features a noise cancelling mic which is pretty much essential these days when you're working in noisy offices or at home. If you're looking for the perfect Zoom headset for microphone clarity and design, look no further than the Jabra Evolve2 65.

Jabra Evolve 75

Jabra Evolve 75 SE UC Stereo ANC Bluetooth Headset
31% Off
RRP: $499
Now: $345 inc GST
Save: $154
  • WORKS WITH - Mobile + PC
  • Active Noise Cancelling
  • Busy lights
  • Wideband audio
  • Use for work and play
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These wireless beauties are a brilliant choice and will work seamlessly with Zoom and other video conferencing applications. They come with a charging stand, and you’ll get 15 hours of talk time when fully charged! If you get annoyed when you’re interrupted, these come with busy lights on both earcups that come on automatically when you’re on a call, and you can turn them on manually too. The active noise-cancelling feature will give you the most possible focus and concentration. The sound is brilliant for taking inbound and outbound calls and listening to music during your downtime.

Plantronics B825 Voyager Focus

Plantronics/Poly B825 Voyager Focus UC Bluetooth Headset With Charging Stand
43% Off
RRP: $600
Now: $340 inc GST
Save: $260
  • WORKS WITH - PC + Mobile
  • ACTIVE Noise Cancelling
  • Charging stand included
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The Voyagers come with active noise cancelling, perfect for people who get distracted by background noise or work in a loud environment. They work with smartphones, PCs and tablets, and the Sound quality is excellent no matter what device you use. They have large leatherette ear cushions and a pressure-reducing style headband, so you won’t have any discomfort even if you wear them all day.

These Plantronics wireless headsets are best to use in a noisy office, but you’ll enjoy the same benefits wearing them if you’re working from home, making them a great all-around wireless headset to use in Zoom video calls.

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Check Out Our Full Range of Zoom Compatible Headsets!

Simply Headsets simply love headsets. We love chatting about headsets facts, headset history and recommending the best headset brands for you.

The plus side for you is that we know our stuff. In fact - there’s not much about headsets that we don’t know, so if you’re still unsure which headsets for Zoom you need, call our headset experts today. We’d love to help you out!