2020 brought a lot of changes for most of us. Conference room meetings have been replaced by video calls, while phone calls have replaced team meetings. In these circumstances, we often resort to Bluetooth wireless earphones and headphones for hands-free operation convenience. And in doing so, you would want yourself to be heard loud and clear.
At the same time, your wireless headphones should also handle connections flawlessly. You wouldn't want your connection to drop off in the middle of an important meeting; neither would one want to sound like an alien, right? More importantly, these wireless headphones should be immensely comfortable and lightweight.
Here we are with our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headphones for making phone calls and video calls. Let's get started.
The AKG Y400 is one of the best budget headphones that's good for making phone calls and listening to music or watching films. However, let not the budget pricing deter you from buying these for these headphones pack a punch. Not only do they bundle Bluetooth 5.0 and Bluetooth multipoint (which lets you connect to two devices at the same time), but they also come with features like TalkThru and Ambient Aware.
The AKG Y400 is lightweight and comfortable. So even if you have to sit through a really long video session, you can wear them with ease.
However, the low pricing means you have to give up on some features such as in-app controls. This limitation means you will find no dedicated controls for EQ.
On the upside, you will get a battery life of around 20 hours.
If you don’t want to shell out upwards of $250 on a good Bluetooth headset, the Jabra Elite 85h makes for a good buy. These wireless headphones bundle Bluetooth 5.0 and come with AAC Bluetooth codec support. More importantly, these headphones sound exceptionally great, and if you plan to use these as your backup headphones, they will serve your needs brilliantly.
And that's not the end of the story. The Jabra Elite 85h comes with Bluetooth Multipoint.
Bluetooth multipoint allows you to connect the headphones to two devices simultaneously. So if you connect it to both your laptop and your smartphone, you can listen to your favorite song on Spotify and then switch to your laptop immediately when you have to attend a Zoom meeting. All these can be done without the hassle of pairing and unpairing.
These are Active Noise Cancelling headphones, and for the price, they do a decent job of muffling out the outside noise. The best part is that ANC switches on automatically when the mics are triggered. You can customize the ANC's degree.
They feature large earcups, which makes them immensely comfortable to wear. They bundle physical buttons, and you can use them to tweak the volume levels, enable the noise-canceling features, or wake up Siri, Google Assistant, or Amazon Alexa.
Battery life is great with a playback time of 36 hours with ANC on.
If you are thinking of mixing work and casual gaming, the HyperX Cloud Mix Wireless is a good budget option. Sure, they are a bit large, but they are incredibly comfortable, thereby letting you go on with long gaming sessions or phone calls at ease. And hey, the audio output isn't bad either.
For the price, the HyperX Cloud Mix's mic has a decent performance. It nullifies the external noise and transfers your voice nice and clear. There are no visible distortion or connection issues.
However, the Cloud Mix has a slight catch. Though advertised as a wireless headphone, it only works wirelessly for phone calls and other media-related work.
You will have to go the wired way for gaming, for it can't handle wired and wireless connections simultaneously.
Sound-wise, it delivers decent audio for the price. It's balanced, and unlike most affordable gaming headphones, you won't find ear-shattering bass. At the same time, the earpads provide great noise isolation.
If you do not mind spending a few bucks on a pair of wireless headphones for making phone calls, Bose's Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (yes, that's the name) is certainly worth the money. In fact, it's the top pick of quite a few users for many reasons. First, it bundles a stunning minimal design. And the touch-sensitive gesture pads sweetens the deal.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 also supports Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Siri. Of course, you can't activate all of them at the same time.
Above all, they really sound good, and the mics do a great job of picking your voice. It conveys the voice accurately and clearly, although the folks at The Soundguys have reported the headphones dropping off lower frequencies.
More importantly, these headphones offer solid noise cancellation. So be it watching your favorite TV shows or conveying your points on a phone call, you can do them all minus any distractions.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 can last around 20 hours on a single charge on moderate volumes.
In recent years, Sony headphones are gaining momentum in the noise-canceling headphones/earphones department, and the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones are one of the new feathers in the crown. The WH-1000XM4 not only mitigates external noise well but also does a pretty great job in conveying your message during phone calls and video meetings.
The highlight of the Sony WH1000XM4 is that you can customize the amount of noise cancellation. So, if you do not want a completely closed-in feeling, you can dial it down as per your liking.
At the same time, it also brings a sound transparency mode, which comes into the picture when you want to stay aware of your surroundings. Last but not least, they deliver a dynamic sound with punchy bass.
Though the Sony WH1000XM4 headphones have premium pricing, it delivers great results both in delivering sound and taking it across.
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If you are into gaming and want a pair of headphones that you can also use for conference calls and video meetings, the Audio-Technica ATH-G1 proves to be a good pick. These do not have the premium pricing as their counterparts above, and at the same time, deliver top-notch audio performance.