Modern communications is very often done now using VOIP services in conjunction with a computer headset, which means that they are carried out using a computer and a network. There a many reasons why people choose to use VOIP services to make their phone calls, and by using computer headsets this is made both more comfortable and more pleasant. VOIP services can be used both by domestic customers and also by companies and each will use these services in different ways, and so are likely to have different requirements of the headsets that they use.
Using VOIP services usually doesn’t require a great deal of mobility, and so larger headsets are often preferred for comfort as the weight of the headset is borne by the head rather than the ear. These headsets also tend to use over-ear rather than in-ear speakers, which also enhances the comfort. These overhead headsets usually weight between 75g and 150g depending on how many ear pieces they have and also the level and complexity of the noise cancelling technology that is used.
A computer headset that is used in the home generally does not require particularly high levels of noise cancelling as it is normally a fairly quiet environment, however if the headset is being used in an office environment there will be a much higher level of background noise that will need to be cancelled out to ensure that each phone call is clear and of high quality. It should be noted that the noise cancelling capabilities of a headset is one of the main driving factors in the price of the unit. A cheaper headset is likely to contain a single microphone in order to sample the background noise that is then fed through the noise cancelling software, however a more expensive headset will incorporate a three-microphone system in order to more accurately differentiate between the signal and the noise.
Most computer headsets will utilise Bluetooth technology in order to connect the headset to the VOIP service. This is either carried out using a Bluetooth dongle plugged into a computer, or a Bluetooth connection with a gaming console. These wireless links will provide good connectivity and high quality communications as long as the console, or computer, and the headset remain within around 10m of each other, although it should be noted that this is when there is a line of sight between the two. If there are obstructions in the way then the effective distance of the link will be decreased.
Even when used in an office environment there is no chance of the wrong signal being sent to the wrong headset. This is because of the way that the headset and computer is linked. They are actively paired and a number of confirmations must be made in order to begin transmitting an active signal. The link is also encrypted using digital encryption, which ensures that the transmissions between the computer and computer headset are secure. This is possible because Bluetooth is a digital technology and is easily encrypted.