AfterShokz OpenComm headset review

It’s safe to say that two years ago, nobody ever imagined they would spend so many work hours in video conference calls and Zoom meetings. The events of COVID and the rise of remote work have made clear communication more important than ever, and that requires the right hardware.

Audio brand AfterShokz recent release of their OpenComm headset is the perfect solution for anyone who has to spend a lot of time speaking and listening over the internet. This is particularly relevant now as the rise of the Omicron variant of COVID may be delaying the return to office for many companies. Due to fears over the new strain of COVID, such lockdown staples like Zoom and Peloton have seen an uptick in their stock, as the market gauges whether or not more lockdowns are in order.

In such an environment, OpenComm are tool to have. AfterShokz uses its patented bone conduction technology to transmit sound crystal clear while not blocking up your ear canal. The headset is flexible with the two transmitters resting right in front of your ears by the temples. From there the sound is conducted through the bones in your face, not directly into your eardrums.

It sounds like science fiction if you’ve never heard of the concept before, but it works surprisingly well. The headset is wireless, works via Bluetooth 5.0, and is compatible with most devices. All of this allows for a much more comfortable fit for long and continuous use.

And speaking of long and continuous use, the headsets have great batter life, up to 16 hours on the box, although your mileage may vary. The headset also charges incredibly quickly, through a proprietary magnetic charger. In addition to the super-fast charging, this also helps avoid the wear and tear that can come from repeated plugging and unplugging. The downside is that the charger is hard to replace if you lose it.

The speaker is also excellent, having dual sensors, one for your voice and one for background noise. This helps you come through loud and clear in a variety of settings. All in all, AfterShokz OpenComm is designed, as the name suggests, for communication and can definitely make the experience of remote work a lot smoother.

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