The 2.6-ounce LifeChat works with a computer or desk phone. Sound quality on the stereo headset was average. During calls on Skype and a landline, the person on the other end sounded distant. We liked the handy volume dial on the headset's 6-foot-long cord, though the cord itself felt flimsy.
You can press a button on the base of this wireless headset to switch from landline calls to Internet calls. The headset, which lasts eight hours on a full charge, can be used with a headband (weighing 1.8 ounces) or ear hook (0.8 ounces), both included. Call quality was outstanding on the mono headset, but it is not ideal for listening to music.
This cordless over-the-ear headset can connect to your smartphone over Bluetooth and also comes with a USB adapter for use with a computer. Voice quality was clear during calls on Skype and Windows Live Messenger, but the 0.6-ounce headset, which lasts about six hours fully charged, wasn't as easy to position as the others we tested. Another drawback: It is not compatible with Macs.
The USB cord on this Internet-only headset is 10 feet long, which gives you plenty of room to move around. A large dial on the cord lets you control volume, mute calls, and program buttons for specific tasks. The 10.4-ounce stereo headset stayed in place better than Microsoft's. On our tests, Skype calls had a rich bass, but the person on the other end sounded raspy and distorted.