Buying Chromebook Headphones? Read This First

If there was ever a good year to purchase your first set of Chromebook headphones, or to upgrade your current set for one that better suits your needs, now is the time! 2020 will be forever known as the year we all had to come up with creative, home-based workarounds that allowed us to work and attend school remotely. While it now looks like an end is in sight and we may be seeing things get back to normal a bit more in 2021, there are still months of telecommuting and remote meetings for you and online learning for your kids.

If your holiday wish list includes a new set of Chromebook headphones that help improve your work-from-home experience, you’ll want to do your research and make sure you’re investing in just the right pair for your needs. Here are some of the top questions you should ask about Chromebook headphones before you make your purchase.

Am I going to use these in a noisy environment?
Whether you live in a big city with a symphony of noisy traffic and construction out your window, or in a suburban house that is currently overrun with loud kids, barking dogs, and other distractions, Chromebook headphones with a noise-canceling feature are the best way to block out any noise that keeps you from concentrating on your work. If you feel you are in a substantially noisy environment, be sure to pay attention to any ratings and reviews that offer insights into a particular model’s noise-canceling abilities.

Are these headphones compatible with my Chromebook?
As with any electronic device, it’s a good idea to double-check that the headphones you’re researching are compatible with your Chromebook, or any other devices you plan to use with them. While most models of headphones offer near-universal capacity with USB devices, and some even include an auxiliary 3.5mm headphone jack for good measure, other models are specifically designed for particular makes and models of devices.

Do I need to be hands-free?
If your remote work setup doesn’t really require you to leave your desk much, you’ll be just fine going with a less-expensive wired set of Chromebook headphones. However, if your work-at-home day is just a tad more hectic, you may feel the need to be able to listen in on remote meetings or take phone calls even when you step away from your desk. For those who need to be a bit more mobile, wireless Chromebook headphones or earbuds may be the ideal choice for the ultimate hands-free experience.

Answering these questions is the first step to making sure you’ve chosen the perfect Chromebook headphones for you. Be sure to do your homework and you’ll find that your new headphones are a total game-changer for your work-from-home experience!