Earlier this year I attended a three-part webinar series on the topic of successful marketing strategies for home businesses. One of the best aspects was the interaction between the host and attendees, and I looked forward to hearing ideas from others as much as I enjoyed sharing tips based on my own experiences. Just moments before the final webinar was scheduled to begin I made the unfortunate discovery that about my headset – the wires connecting it to my laptop were chewed clean through by the family pet.
A cellphone would have served as an alternative, except that I prefer to have my hands free. Like most people, I speak with hand gestures. Even if no one can see me, being able to use my hands makes me feel less nervous. And having both hands free was almost a prerequisite for using a pencil and notepad to jot down comments that I wanted to reference later.
Wireless Headsets – Not Just for Gaming
While I didn’t have a backup wired headset, my family did have a Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3D for use with our gaming console. It ranked 4.6 stars out of a possible 5 on Amazon when we purchased it. While in the back of my mind I knew it was designed to work with home computers, I’d never had a reason to try the feature. With no time like the present, I synced the headset to my laptop and installed the software with plenty of time to spare before the webinar began. Here are some features that I especially liked when using this headset.
- Comfort – The over-the-ear headphones felt great, long after the webinar ended. The wireless microphone headset system consists of a heavy-duty pair of earphones attached to a headband with a solid steel core. Using my former headset for several hours left my ears feeling like someone had squeezed them the entire time, but because the ear cups swivel for the best possible fit, didn’t have that problem with the wireless microphone headset system from Creative Blaster.
- Noise Canceling – Distractions like a television in the next room or the neighbor’s dog barking in the yard next door faded into the background when I wore the wireless headset. Whether you’re using them for either business or gaming, or any other reason, the person on the other end will appreciate being able to hear you without disruptive background noises.
- Smart Volume – Because other users accessed the webinar through different VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services, some sounded louder than others. The smart volume features in this wireless microphone headset system delivered a consistent volume regardless of who was talking during the event. The Tactic3D Control Panel allowed me to customize an audio profile letting me hear sounds as if they happened right in the same room.
- Voice Enhancement – Equipped with two microphone features, CrystalVoice and Clarity Technology, the wireless headset microphone system reduced unnecessary noise that would otherwise make it difficult for others to hear me. It adjusted the loudness of my voice and also eliminated the thing that is my biggest pet peeve when listening to someone else through a headset – echoes. Listening to someone and their echo is less confusing than listening to people simultaneously talk through wireless microphone headsets.
The Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3D and Omega Wireless Headset Bundle is the latest accessory to my cache of podcasting equipment. Because I could plug the wireless headset with microphone into my computer via the USB port to charge it, I didn’t have to worry that it would die in mid-use. Along with business on my laptop and games on my family’s console, I’ve since used the headset for watching videos or just listening to music and it’s never given me any reason for regrets or disappointments.
Because I didn’t have the convenience of mobility with my previous, wired headset, I didn’t fully appreciate being able to move around the room. I agree with the Amazon 5-star reviewer who said, “The wireless distance was also pretty impressive in my eyes. My computer was in an enclosed room and I was able to get a distance of over 20′ (and three walls) before the signal started dropping. Maybe not quite enough to hit the kitchen and get a drink, but far enough to check out someone else’s screen or stand up and walk around.” Now if I have to go look for a file or step onto the front porch to grab the newspaper, I can continue using my headset the entire time.
When looking at accessories for your computer, such as wireless mice, projectors, and laptop locks, don’t forget to invest in a quality wireless headset. You won’t regret it!