Are you looking for a headset to use with your computer for Zoom calls, or Softphone calls? You want a decent headset, but you don’t want to take out a second mortgage on your home to buy one.
With all the cheap USB headset options that are out there, with more coming into the market regularly, which model is the best of the best and at that sub $50.00 price point?
In this blog I’m going to introduce you to a new double ear USB headset that was recently released by Discover Headsets. I’m referring to the Discover D312U (use coupon code YOUTUBE1).
I’ll go over the features of this new wired USB headset and give you my impression. I’ll also do a microphone test where I test the audio quality and the microphone’s ability to remove unwanted background noise.
But, in order to hear this headset for yourself, you’ll have to tune in to my video. I’ll provide it below if you’d like to watch and listen rather than reading this blog.
Ok, if you’re still reading this blog, then come along as I break down the new Discover D312U, dual ear, USB wired headset for computers.
The Discover D312U has a number of features that makes it my top pick for a best value, dual ear, wired computer headset. What follows will be the features that make this my number one choice.
Right out of the box, this headset connects to devices via USB as well as 3.5mm. This is an uncommon feature not ordinarily found on computer headsets, no matter what they cost.
Yes, you can find them, but my point is they’re the exception, not the rule especially on entry level USB headsets.
So what’s the big deal about having a headset that connects via USB and 3.5mm? Simply stated, it gives you more devices you can connect to. A USB only headset connects to a computer’s USB port. That’s it.
However, the Discover D312U can connect to a USB port, and it can also connect to mobile phones, tablets and any other device that has a 3.5mm port.
Bottom line, with the Discover D312U you get more ways you can use the headset, and in my book, that’s worth something.
The 3.5mm plug inserts into the body of the inline controller. That means that whenever you need to step away from your desk, and you don’t want to take your headset off, you don’t need to unplug the USB port.
Over time, repeated USB plugging and unplugging can cause the USB port to go bad. Instead, you can unplug at the 3.5mm port.
A 3.5mm plug is far more forgiving when plugged and unplugged when compared to a USB. Need to step away? No problem, unplug the 3.5mm connector and you’re off.
The headband on the Discover D312U is nice. It not only adjusts as you’d expect from any headset, but there are numbers associated with the adjustments.
This means that you can find the number that’s right for you, which makes adjusting it to the right setting easy. Additionally, the headband has a cushion which helps to make it more comfortable, especially during times when you’d be wearing it for hours at a time.
The ear speakers rotate or pivot so you can find the angle that’s most comfortable for you. Believe it or not, many headsets, especially those that are entry level types, don’t have this feature. That means that they’d be less comfortable to wear.
Fortunately the Discover D312U comes with this feature so the headset adjusts to your sizing and fitment needs rather than the other way around.
The ear cushions are nicely padded and wrapped in a supple leather like material. And, the ear cushions are doughnut shaped which aids in being able to hear better because you don’t have a fabric barrier to get in the way of the sound coming from the speaker.
Having a nicely padded ear cushion might not sound like a big deal, but when you add up a number of little things, such as padding on an ear cushion, padding on a headband, pivoting ear speakers etc., you’ll end up with a headset that’s far more comfortable than those without these things.
The microphone is noise cancelling, which again is pretty standard on computer headsets these days. There is variation in the degree to which they remove unwanted background noise. Some models simply do a better job of this than others.
If you’d like to hear how the D312U sounds and how well it performs in removing background noise, check out my video to hear for yourself.
If you already saw the video in the beginning, and want a comparable model to hear the D312u against, you can check that out below.
The benefit of having a good noise cancelling microphone is your callers will be treated to a better listening experience. They’ll be able to hear you loud and clear rather than the noise going on in the background.
The microphone boom is top notch. Once you move it, it stays put. Some USB headsets have a microphone boom that can’t be bent at all, while others give a little bend, but not much.
What’s the value in having a boom that can be bent? It has to do with the sound quality of your voice. If the microphone is positioned too far from your mouth, your callers will struggle to hear you well.
Mic placement plays a huge role in how well, or not so well, you’re heard. Having a microphone boom that can be easily moved (and stay put) is a very nice feature to have, and the Discover D312U has that base covered.
The weight of the Discover D312U comes in at 4.5 ounces. This puts it around the middle of the weight range for headsets in this class if not a bit on the lighter side. It’s not uncommon at all for computer headsets to weigh 6 -7 ounces.
The value in having a lighter weight headset is the comfort factor. It stands to reason that the lighter the headset is, the more comfortable it will likely be. Other factors do play into this like what I mentioned earlier, pivoting ear speakers, padded (or unpadded) headbands, ear cushions etc.
They all play their part, and without question, headset weight does as well. To that end, the Discover D312U does well at 4.5 ounces.
The connector cable on the Discover D312U is 8 feet in length. This length is a bit more generous than what you commonly find on computer headsets.
More common are cables that run between 6 - 7 feet. Having a little more cable gives you a little more freedom of movement around your workspace. Though I personally prefer a wireless headset over a wired model, I’d appreciate having a longer cable if I were using a wired USB headset.
Nice to have feature
Another feature that stands out to me on the new Discover D312U is that it’s foldable. You can collapse the ear speakers for a nice compact footprint making this headset easy to stow and travel with. This is a feature that’s very uncommon for computer headsets.
The warranty of the Discover D312U is 1-year. This is your typical warranty for entry level computer headsets. Some models do offer a 2-year warranty, but that’s more the exception rather than the rule. Most people would prefer a longer warranty, but the fact that it’s a 1-year shouldn’t discourage anyone from considering this model.
Anyone who’s actively looking, or doing some advanced groundwork on getting USB headsets needs to seriously consider the Discover D312U. It’s a USB headset that gives you more, but doesn’t really cost you more.
-You’ll get a great sounding headset.
-You’ll get a headset that connects to more devices
-You’ll get a comfortable headset to wear even for long durations.
You’ll get a computer headset that folds down making it easier to transport.
You’ll get a microphone boom that can be bent how you like for a great sound.
You’ll get inline controls to regulate volume and mute the microphone and speakers.
You’ll get a computer headset with a 1-year warranty backed by Headset Advisor.
When you add everything up, it’s not hard to see why this is my favorite inexpensive wired, double ear USB headset.
If you need some help finding a compatible headset, or maybe you just have some questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Headset Advisor. We’ll be glad to help, and we have a variety of ways you can reach us.
You can text, call, email or live chat. We want to make things easy for you, and we’re committed to giving you an easy, pleasant experience.