Headset shopping advice

By marimo727
Sep 29, 2012
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  1. Basically, I'm bad at technology type things and have little understanding of all the jargon that comes with it...
    However, I'm thinking about getting this headset http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FY7LBQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    but I only have a headphone jack on my laptop. So I found these
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001MSS6CS/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=A23NVCSO4PYH3S
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002D41HKS/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&smid=A3SPLR0MSOYZ8O
    What is the difference between these two, and what do you think of these items?
    Thanks in advance~
    (sorry if I'm in the wrong topic! I'm not sure where to place this)
  2. Marty9231

    Marty9231 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 199

    You say you only have a 'headphone jack' on your laptop, does that mean you only have the sound output jack, and no microphone jack? Because most laptops, especially newer ones, have both.

    If you don't have both, I assume you want to use the headset's microphone as well.
    The difference between the two items you linked is that the first converts stereo-jacks into USB. If you have no microphone jack, but still want to use it, this is what you want. The second item is basically the same, except it's more expensive and has a lesser rating :)

    Due to the headset you chose ( a fine all-round voicechat headset, by the way) I take it you're not looking for studio quality, and therefore I can say the performance-loss you get from converting the signal is neglectable.
  3. nismo91

    nismo91 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 999   +11

    Well actually, newer laptop (especially asus) have strip the onboard sound so it only has one pathetic in/out jack that can be configured in the control panel. in that case, he would need a small usb soundcard like what he mentioned.

    easiest way to get headset running is to get the item you mentioned:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001MSS6CS/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=A23NVCSO4PYH3S

    not the second one, since it meant to be used for some home phones, certainly not your laptop. goodluck
  4. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 941   +82



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