IMHO you would look like a dork wearing headphones while on a video call.
Instead get a good cheap USB microphone like the Logitech Labtec. Then to hear get a pair of headphones that go behind the head. This way the person on the other end of the call doesn't see your bulky headphones when they see you.
Why restrict yourself to a USB unit? By doing so you are forcing yourself to stay attached to the computer. Look at Bluetooth units, with those you can get up and walk around while on the phone and the best benefit is that it will work with your cell phone also.
I never understood the stigma surrounding using a bluetooth headset, referencing the comment about "looking like a dork".
and a lot safer driving since you can keep 2 hands available for the wheel.
I thought BlueTooth was pretty easy to hack into? (I have always heard that you should disable BlueTooth if you want a secure laptop...)
I think the comment was the opposite... That wearing a big, bulky, conventional headset looks "dorky", whereas I believe most BlueTooth headset's just wrap over one ear and therefore are not noticeable.
Sorry to say, but that is one of the most *ignorant* comments you will ever make!!
Cellphones are dangerous while driving because they DISTRACT you - like when I watched a guy in a pickup - with a hands-free cellphone and both hands on the wheel - pull out in front of an oncoming car last Friday!!!
People who Talk and/or Text with mobile devices while driving should be shot.
If you can't grasp these concepts, then you are in a pool of over 50 million clueless drivers on American roads - assuming you are in the U.S.?!
But I digress...
Being hacked by Bluetooth - Sure, it opens another possible entry point but that also requires that the person trying to hack you is in range for Bluetooth. If you're doing this at home (if you're THAT paranoid I doubt you're doing this on public WiFi) you should be fairly safe in that respect.
I didn't say it was perfectly safe, but at least with 2 hands on the wheel it's easier to take evasive action. IF I take a call while driving, I usually end up slowing down some AND increasing my "scan rate" around my vehicle. I'm not one of those that drops to a tunnel vision zombie mode while on the phone.
What is 'Bluetooth's inherent insecurity'?I am using this out in public - that is the whole reason for turning my MacBook into a mobile device - because I am not at home and I don't have a cellphone.
But I would be using my AT&T Hotspot and hopefully WiTopia. Yet neither of those will protect me against Bluetooth's inherent insecurity.
Bluetooth is an option, I suppose, but I can live with a slim headset even if it has a tiny cord.
What is 'Bluetooth's inherent insecurity'?
That's like saying, "When I drink and drive, I slow down and scan the road more..."
Studies have shown that people talking on cellphones while driving have reaction times slower than someone who is legally drunk!! (Not conjecture - fact!)
And you do realize that more Americans are killed each year due to distracted drivers than were killed on Sept 11, right? (Not conjecture - fact!)
I've know lots of people who think physics don't apply to them with driving and alcohol, and about 30-50% of the U.S. adult population feels the same way about their dumb ass cellphones while they drive, but it doesn't make it any less dangerous...
There is *nothing* more to talk about in 2014 than there was in the time of Adam & Eve.
So save your phone calls until you get to where you are going!
(Lame excuses persist, but facts are facts... )
Please consider that the next time you get in your car and endanger other innocent drivers and pedestrians while you "Talk and Drive"...
You are bigger than that!
But what makes talking on a phone any different than having a conversation with someone that's in the car with you when the phone is being used with a hands-free device?
Drivers holding conversations on cell phones were four times more likely to miss the highway exit than those with passengers, and drivers conversing with passengers showed no statistically significant difference from lone drivers in the simulator. A study led by Andrew Parkes at the Transport Research Laboratory, also with a driving simulator, concluded that hands-free phone conversations impair driving performance more than other common in-vehicle distractions such as passenger conversations.
My last comment on the phone use while driving. What you failed to read in my original comment on it was the "IF". It's MAYBE once a month, I usually initiate the call, and usually as soon as I leave from work - it takes me 5 minutes on private roads to get to public roads so the conversation is usually just ending as I hit public roads.
Thanks MOD for intervene.....
Debbie: The KOSS headset you linked sounds well to me. Itself touts as easily and quick connected to PC. 8 ft long cable, adjustable headband, handsfree comunication and ideal for PC voice comunications. Seems like a good set of features. And no pricey....
The ideal test would be to try out a range of headsets and choose the model where you were more confortable. But this is more easily said than done...
Hope that helps....