You’re required to use a pair of headphones when you teach online.
You’re also required to use a headset for online classes as a student. So what pair should you get? The ideal pair will be one that is on the smaller side, preferably over the ear with a microphone.
You don’t want some big goofy looking headset made for gamers. You want a pair of headphones because you’re a teacher and you want to look professional when you’re teaching online. Here are my requirements for headphones:
Quality headphones for listening to music, watching streaming movies or playing video games tend to be big and bulky. This is fine for most instances, but not as an online teacher. You want the student to be focused on YOU and the lesson, not your goofy giant headphones you have on.
High quality headphones provide excellent audio. We don’t need excellent audio, we need good audio because we’re basically doing video calls. For this type of setup you don’t need a top of the line pair of headphones, but you also want to avoid super cheap headphones where all of a sudden the left side of your headphones break and you can only hear out of one ear.
You need to test this with your laptop. For me, I use a pair of headphones that do not have a microphone. But my audio from my on board microphone on my laptop is acceptable. You’re typically going to want to buy a pair of headphones that have an attached microphone.
Not crazy expensive
You can get a good pair of microphones that can do the job at an affordable price. I show you what pair I personally use and what your other options are.
When you’re teaching online, you’re going to be wearing these headphones for hours each day. Because of this, I prefer “on the ear” style headphones instead of “over the ear” headphones. The choice is up to you of course.
Best Headsets For Online Classes
So you need some headphones for online teaching or your online class. The following are the 6 best headphones and headsets for online teaching.
- Logitech H390
- MPow PC Headsets
- Plantronics Audio 478
- Levin Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones
- Marshall Major
- Sony WH1000XM3
Logitch H390 – Best Entry Level Headset
Need a pair of headsets? Don’t want to spend a lot? Just using them for online class and that’s it? These Logitech headsets are a solid choice used by call center professional from around the world. Ideal for Skype calls and video chat. Don’t expect stellar quality audio for music.
- They are cheap. If they break, they’re not a big deal to replace.
- Small form factor. These things are small and won’t be distracting in the online class environment.
- Comes with an attached microphone.
- Only useful for video calls
- Can become uncomfortable when worn for long periods of time.
MPow PC Headsets – Excellent Cheap Video Chat Headsets
MPow is a brand that is relatively unknown outside the video chat headset space. These are some of the most popular headsets for everyday use by professionals for Skye calls, webinars, call centers and online teaching. A bit bigger than the Logitch, these provide comfortable over the ear styling an decent noise cancellation.
- Very Cheap and expendable.
- Multipurpose. Provides a bit better sound than the H390’s.
- A good “backup” pair of headphones or your main driver for class.
- Designed for video chat. Not ideal for music or gaming
Plantronics Audio 478 – Best Mid-Range Headset
While not as cheap as the first two on this list, the Plantronics headset provide excellent sound, comfort and a noise cancelling microphone unlike the first two. A noise cancelling microphone is helpful because it won’t pick up other sounds in your environment. Only your voice. If you’re looking for something not too expensive, but something that is also a step up from a pair of cheap headsets, the Plantronics Audio 478 headset is your best choice.
- Very comfortable
- Excellent sound. It’s multipurpose: Music, gaming, chat.
- Can fold up! Easy to pack and take on the go.
- Not cheap, but not to expensive.
Levin Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones – Small, Lightweight headset
These are headphones that are primarily designed for exercise. I like them because they’re bluetooth enabled so there is no wire and the design is slick. They wrap around the back of your head and take up very little space. The only drawback is that they don’t have a microphone as they are designed to worn when running or exercising. However, if your on board audio for your laptop is sufficient, these things are really fun, minimalistic pair of headsets.
- Small and lightweight
- Comfortable design, good audio
- Bluetooth enabled. You could be connected to your laptop and in another room and these would still work.
- No microphone.
Marshall Major II – What I personally use
These are on the list because I’ve been asked what I personally use on a day to day basis. While other headphones on this list are used by other staff members at Teach&GO, these are what I personally use and I love these headphones. Over the ear, comfortable, excellent audio and small form factor make these things well worth the money. I have the WIRED pair, not wireless pair.
- Excellent audio. You can use them for class, music or movies.
- Cool design. Not big, bulky or nerdy looking.
- Easy to pack up.
- No microphone
- A bit expensive. Get these if you want a pair for multiple uses.
Sony WH1000XM3 – Best Headphones Money Can Buy
These are the best headphones on the market. The only downside to these are they’re a bit bulky and they don’t have a microphone. Not ideal for online teaching, but if we do get prospective students and teachers wanting to know what the absolute “best headphones are” and these are it. Why? Superior sound, wireless, noise cancelling, comfortable.
- The best you headphones on the market
- Price, these are not cheap.
- No microphone
So there you have it. These are some of the best headsets for online class. If you’re in need of a pair of headphones for online teaching I would suggest getting a cheap pair with a microphone if you already own a pair of headphones you really like. Otherwise I would consider getting a mid range pair you can use and enjoy for multiple purposes.