With so many of us using laptops or PCs to dial into video calls on the likes of Zoom and House Party, there’s a huge battle for the network to keep things smooth. It’s also very common, especially for budget laptops, to have poor microphones and speakers.

Let’s not even get into webcam quality and poor placement!

Connect a pair of wireless headphones to your device and you’ll get the audio feed straight into your ears for starters.

Furthermore, the microphones, which most pairs have, will also be closer to your mouth meaning better recording quality and better accuracy for the software to know when you’re talking. Most video calling software will automatically mute you until you say something.

You’re almost guaranteed to avoid feedback, too. This is where people on the call can hear an echo of themselves because their voice is coming out of the speakers, then straight back into a microphone in an almost endless loop.

It’s a common problem when you have to turn your volume up to max to hear people properly and why people calling into radio stations are asked to turn their radio off while they are on the air.

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This is one of the key reasons we’ve been doing it while recording our weekly podcast Fast Charge you can find on YouTube.

Wireless earbuds like Apple’s AirPods Pro are popular for this purpose, but plenty of wireless headphones also have a good setup. The Xiaomi Redmi AirDots are amazing value if AirPods are too dear..

The Sony WH-1000XM3 sit atop our overall best headphone chart but you can spend a lot less if your budget is tight. The Soundmagic E11BT are excellent for just £69.

You can also use wired headphones, of course, but your device will need a headphone jack (or headphones that fit the port) and you’ll be physically tied to the device meaning you can’t just easily pop and grab that USB stick that’s upstairs with an important file on it.

On the wired side, the Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2 are some of the best in-ears we’ve tested while the OnePlus Type-C Bullets are only £22 and perfect if you don’t have a headphone jack.

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