All of us at CNET are stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak — and if you’re not yet, there’s a good chance you will be soon, as mandatory stay-at-home orders continue to spread across the nation and the globe. Whether you’re working from home or just keeping in touch with friends, though, a key part of your tech toolkit is going to be your headphones. And if you’re in a position to upgrade to new ones, this is the list for you.
So, what makes for a good work-at-home headphone? You always want comfort and sound quality, of course, but you really want to focus on what makes a good communication headset when making calls (which includes any sort of video chats). For many people, that means the ability to hear your own voice in the room, instead of the odd sensation of “earplugs” that most in-ear or earbud headphones provide. If that’s important to you, you want to make sure your headphones have either a sidetone or transparency feature. Lastly, good battery life is a must,