In the past 6 months, I’ve started to spend a lot of time on the phone for work, so having a comfortable way to listen (mostly) to the calls has become quite important. I’ve tried various earbuds and a few Bluetooth headsets, but haven’t quite been satisfied. Since I use the second line of my Ooma
for work, I have to use a Bluetooth headset (I used earbuds for my iPhone). The problem with this arrangement is that the headset has to have a physical mute button; this is a button that many manufacturers are leaving off their devices as they rely on the phone’s mute capability. So my quest began in December to find a Bluetooth headset that had a mute button.
Somehow I stumbled across the Logitech h800 wireless headset. I purchased it locally in case I didn’t like it. This headset looks bulky, but is quite comfortable and has been performing well when connected over Bluetooth to my Ooma and also when connected via the included dongle to my Mac for Skype calls.
I’ve setup many, many hours on the phone with the headset and have found the voice quality very good and the headset is comfortable. While the headset has been working quite well, there are a few disappointments with it. First off, it is cheaply made. For an $80 device, it is all plastic and the controls sometimes feel like they are going to break. Second off, it can’t connect simultaneously to multiple Bluetooth devices. (You can pair it with multiple Bluetooth devices, but the first device that connects gets to use it.) I’d really like to be able to pair it to my iPhone as well as my Ooma. Third, it can’t connect to Bluetooth and the Mac at the same time. I’d love to be able to wear them all day long and have it automatically switch between Bluetooth calls and Skype calls (as well as listening to music).
- Decent sound quality
- Allows pairing with multiple Bluetooth devices
- Works with the Mac
- Physical mute button
- Cheap construction
- No multipoint Bluetooth for connecting multiple devices at once
- Can’t connect Bluetooth and to the desktop at the same time
For my purposes, the Logitech h800 wireless headset is a life saver. Using earbuds or other types of headsets just have not been comfortable for me. With the physical mute button, I can easily keep working and then tap it to chime in on calls. The voice quality has been more than acceptable and I have been quite pleased with the headset. If you work from home and are on a lot of calls, I’d definitely consider buying these. I’ve had them since December and they seem to be holding up. Time will tell how long they last.