The Headset Hot Mess

I am not an audiophile.

In my quest for the perfect headset, I’ve discovered, for me at least there is no one perfect headset.  There are headsets for different situations.

Left to Right (to the best of my ability): Plantronics USB Headset, Anker Sound Bud Slims, Jabra Evolve 75, Anker Sound Core, some no-name retractable neck buds I bought off of Amazon, Anker Wired Ear Buds.

There are two daily drivers I use during my normal weekly grind – The Jabra Evolve 75e and the no-name retractable neck buds I bought off of Amazon.

The Jabra Evolve 75e’s is the headset that is connected to Worky (the corporate issued laptop) via the included dongle.  Working in an open office, the noise cancelling headset is a necessity.  The microphone boom (supposedly) is a noise cancelling mic so your call recipients should be able to focus on your voice, rather than your open office coworkers surrounding you.  So far, call participants have noted the call clarity for this headset is improved over previous headsets.  I use this headset for calls via Worky.  I have not yet connected this to Noki (the Nokia 6.1).  Perhaps I’ll have a write up about them at a later time, but for now, you can find more information about them here:

The no-name retractable neck buds were a headset to replace an aging pair of LG Tone’s.  They don’t do noise cancellation like the LG Tone, which is unfortunate, but they do have a voice assistant button, which is kind of a gimmick, but becoming more useful over time.  They do vibrate when a call comes in, which is very handy when paired with Noki.  This is useful when Noki is set to vibrate, as I don’t often notice incoming calls especially when on the commute to/from work.

The wired Anker Soundbuds Verve Headset travels with me wherever I go just in case the battery dies in the no name or the Jabra Evolve 75e.  (Yes, all the devices I use “still” have headphone jacks).

The Anker SoundBuds Slim are wonderful.  I use these when exercising and on the weekends.  For some reason, when in the office, these would randomly disconnect from Noki.  I never did figure out exactly why they would disconnect would randomly happen in the office.

The Plantronics USB headset, is a backup headset to the Jabra Evolve 75e, in the event that the Jabra Evolve 75e ever dies.

The Anker SoundCore Space NC.  What can I say about these?  These are over the ear noise cancelling with a built-in mic.  Pairing with Bluetooth is easy enough to any device I tried (Noki, Worky, Nomad).  For me the noise cancelling was good enough.  Not Bose or Sony noise cancelling quality, but at the same time, not premium price tag attached either.  The mic will pick up your voice, and all the voices around you.  If you’re on a call and in a quiet area, the call quality should be just fine. 

Wrapping Up:  I don’t know if I’ll ever find a perfect headset for me that can be used all day, in all situations connected to various devices.  I think I’ve found a happy medium with no-name and the Jabra Evolve 75.



Jabra Evolve 75

Anker SoundCore Space NC

 Anker Soundbuds Verve Wired Earbuds

Anker SoundBuds Slim