VoIP headsets review

Heard the buzz about VoIP and want to know what all the fuss is about?
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  • Updated:4 Jun 2006


What to buy

Brand price

  • Philips SBC HM385- $50
  • Plantronics Audio70 - $45
  • Verbatim 41802 - $25

Our recommendations are based on trialists’ ratings and test results from The National Acoustics laboratory (NAL).

The Philips headset rated well for sound quality, comfort and adjustment. Most trialists found it comfortable.

Plantronics has good sound quality, but most trialists found it uncomfortable. Verbatim rated well for sound quality, comfort and adjustment and is reasonably well-priced.


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Results table

Brand/model Price1 ($) Mute (inline) Volume control
noise cancelling
Microphone Adjustable microphone boom Adjustable headband Headset style
Recommended models
Philips Neckband Multimedia SBC HM385
50 Behind head
Plantronics Behind-the-Head Enhanced Multimedia Headset Audio70
45 Behind head
Verbatim 41802 Headset with Microphone Deluxe
25 Over top
The rest
Labsic Casque Micro Dynamic Headphone (a) 25 • (b) Over top
Logitech Internet Chat Headset
40 Behind head
Techworks Stereo Headset with microphone
10 Over top

Table notes

1 Price paid in April 2006
All products come with a 1-year warranty.
Order is alphabetical within groups.
(a) Web page under construction.

(b) Microphone in the cord.