I thought I would do a review on various headset/microphones that I own. There are an enormous amount on the market which cost from £5 to nearly £100. If you are planning on using your headset/microphone on speech recognition, then take my advice and choose your product very carefully. I have found that some work better than others. If you want to use your headset for listening to music then you may have to pay a little more to get the quality required. I found all of the below headsets easy, or very easy to put on.
Standard Headset Microphone
Dragon NaturallySpeaking have been a little more generous with the latest DNS 11 offering. The headset microphone that was provided with earlier versions was a one earpiece headset that was very uncomfortable if you happen to have a slightly larger head like me. However, they are now providing a double earpiece headset which is very comfortable and light. The headset doesn't appear to have manufacturers name anywhere on the headset so I couldn't tell you who makes them. All I can say is they work extremely well with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11. So before you go out and buy an expensive pair of Plantronics, or Logitech, try out the microphone that comes with your version of DNS 11, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. If I am going to be a trifle pedantic then the only criticism I have with this microphone is the boom becomes a little loose on the adjustments, so sometimes you find it falling down around your chin rather than having it in front of your mouth, but that could be just my particular pair of headphones, it is certainly nothing to get concerned about. Even the sponge protectors on the earpieces have lasted a lot longer than I would have thought, they are still going strong three years after getting them, although I must admit the sponges are starting to go.
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Andrea NC 61 - This headset came with earlier versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The headset works extremely well with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The construction is okay but I have found the boom to be rather flimsy. Also, this headset is not particularly comfortable if you happen to have a large head, in fact I would go as far as to say it can hurt the side of your head if you were it for long periods of time. It does have a tendency to not hold its position when you take it off and put it back on again. It can be purchased for less than £20 which is a bonus.
I want to buy a VoIP telephone
I am new to VoIP telephony and have some questions (since I know nothing). I want to buy a simple phone that can be connected via USB to my computer (running Windows 7). I don't want to use the microphone and speakers or a headset - I just want a regular type phone. In addition to using Skype, I also want to be able to use VOIP Buster ( since I believe that their rates are cheaper when calling landline phones.
My main question is this: Do all Skype compatible phones also work with other VoIP applications (such as VOIP Buster)? When I look on eBay, I get hundreds of results of phones that say they work with Skype
I just bought the ATEN CS1734b
a cpl of weeks ago and love it. Cheaper ones have cables coming out from all sides which doesn't make for easy placement on the desk. This one handles 4 systems (for when I am working on someone's computer) and all cables are off of the back, letting it sit nicely on the desk. This model is for USB keyboard and mouse. The USB port on the front switches along with the monitor, keyboard and sound. It can also be configured so you can switch the sound and USB separate from the monitor, keyboard and mouse. It comes with 4 cables, 2 being about 6" longer than the other 2