With the Covid outbreak in 2020, that forced countless numbers of people to become displaced from their normal work environments.
Many found themselves abruptly working from home, and companies were scrambling to secure the necessary tools to allow employees to do their jobs remotely.
One of the products that has risen sharply in popularity as well as need are headsets for use with computers.
This is where the action is. If you need to communicate from home, many are using computer based applications such as Softphones. And, a real success story has been the universal adoption of video conferencing as a tool to stay connected with coworkers and Management.
It’s funny how the name Zoom has all of a sudden become a normal part of our daily language. Video conferencing is also enhanced by the use of a headset if audio quality is to be achieved and maintained.
These are just a couple of examples as to why headsets in our new normal working conditions have risen to the forefront in terms of need.
With that in mind, I wanted to do a blog on one USB headset that might be a good product consideration for you if you’re in the market for a new wired, USB headset and you don’t want to break the bank in the process. I’m referring to the Logitech H390 computer headset.
But, before I begin, I did want to mention that I recorded a seven minute video where I discuss the features of this product. In this video I also do a microphone and speaker test where it allows you to hear how the headset sounds, and how well it does to remove unwanted background noise.
So, if you’re one of the many people who prefer to consume content via video rather than reading it, I’ll put it below so you can check it out.
If you’re still reading, then come along with me as I break down this sub $50, wired USB headset from Logitech.
What is the H390?
The Logitech H390 is an inexpensive headset used with computers, and connects via a USB A plug. It has a microphone and two ear speakers and comes with a decent warranty.
Let’s take a look at some of the features.
The microphone on the Logitech H390 is noise cancelling. What does this mean? This means that the microphone is made to help eliminate unwanted background noise.
That feature helps your callers to hear you and not the sounds going on around you. You want to be heard loud and clear, and you want the sounds of your work environment to be suppressed as best as possible.
In my video, I do a sound test to allow you to hear the sound quality. You might want to check that out.
Microphone boom arm
Most office headsets, whether they’re a wired or wireless model, allow the microphone boom arm to move so it can be positioned on the wearer's right or left side.
Some people have a preference as to which side of their face (left or right), the microphone is located. The Logitech H390 boom arm doesn’t rotate to allow this. Instead, the boom arm remains fixed on the left side only.
This isn’t a major issue at all, but something to be aware of if the Logitech H390 is a wired USB headset you’re considering, especially if your preference is to locate the microphone on the right side of your face.
The headband is adjustable so it can accommodate people of varying head sizes and shapes. Unexpectedly, this headset has a padded headset which is a nice comfort feature not commonly found on entry level, inexpensive headsets. So, nice touch Logitech to include that.
The ability for the ear speakers to move, or rotate is essentially non-existent. Wired and wireless headsets of better quality will come with speakers that pivot. This is so the speakers can pitch at the appropriate angle according to the shape and size of the head of the person wearing it.
The Logitech H390 requires the person wearing this headset to adapt to the headset rather than the other way around. This speaks to fitment and comfort, and not in a good way.
That said, this is an inexpensive headset, so the absence of features like this shouldn’t come as a big surprise. It gets the job done, but comfort and fit are most certainly sacrificed along the way.
There is a right ear, left ear designation on the headset ear speakers to help orient you as to which way to put on the headset.
The ear cushions on the Logitech H390 are made of a synthetic leather like material which is pretty common for office headsets. The shape of the ear cushions are doughnut like.
This type of design is void of any material in the middle of the cushion which allows a direct pathway of sound from the speaker directly to the ear. Overall, the cushion was comfortable and a decent size.
The weight of the Logitech H390 is 6.9 ounces which is about what most double ear headsets weigh. No surprises here.
When you place the headset on, it feels pretty comfortable. Not heavy at all, but it did feel a bit bulky. As with any office headset, the real test is how it feels after a long day of wearing it. From that perspective the jury’s out, though my initial impression as to the comfort was favorable.
The Logitech H390 connects to computers via a USB A plug. Some models today are coming with USB C, or both A and C. Still, nothing wrong with this headset having an A USB plug version. Plug it in right out of the box and you’ll be good to go.
Overall I found the sound quality of the Logitech H390 to be acceptable. It did struggle a bit to remove background noise compared to other office headset models costing more.
But the sound was acceptable and about what you might expect for a USB wired headset in this price range. Yet again, what represents acceptable sound is a bit subjective.
If you’d like to hear how this headset sounds so you can determine if it would be suitable for your needs, go here to watch the video review that includes the microphone and speaker test.
The warranty on the Logitech H390 is 2-years. This is pretty good and about twice as long as most other headsets in this price range where a 1-year warranty is pretty common.
Looks like Logitech thought enough of this headset to extend the warranty to 2-years. Longer warranties are always better than shorter ones.
The manufacturer suggested price for the H390 is $39.95. This is a very reasonable price for a decent entry level USB wired headset.
If you’re looking for a very inexpensive USB wired headset that sounds decent and has a good warranty, the H390 might be the perfect choice. For the money, you do get a fairly good overall headset experience.
- No too heavy
- Fairly comfortable
- Noise Cancelling microphone
- In line controls for volume adjustment and mute
- Padded headband that’s adjustable
- Relatively soft ear cushions
- 7.5 foot cable
This isn’t a perfect headset by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a good value for what you pay. Yes, it struggles a bit to reduce background noise.
Yes, it is a little bulky Yes, the microphone can only be positioned on the left side. But these things aside, you do get an acceptable USB double ear wired headset that can have you up and running on your next Softphone or Video call a matter of minutes.
The 2-year warranty is nice too because it’s longer than many other warranties for headsets in this price range. And, speaking of price, the Logitech H390 won’t break the bank if you want one for yourself, or for your team.