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For many lawyers, a big part of the job involves talking on the phone. And whether you're talking to a client, a witness, an adversary, or anyone for that matter, keeping your hands free for typing or taking notes or flipping through you calendar can be rather helpful.
Basically, you need headphones, or a good headset. But really, since it is 2018, you need wireless headphones. Holding a smartphone, or (gasp) a traditional receiver, up to your ear isn't too terribly inconvenient, but being able to use it for your calendar, email, and web while you're on it is a game changer. And while the speakerphone option is always there, that's a disrespect reserved only for your least favorite opposing counsel, and an option that isn't available while working in a semi-public place (like a cafe/train) or on the go.
Below, you'll find a little guidance about the best wireless headphones for lawyers.
These little upgrades from Apple may come with a hefty $160 price tag, but many think it's worth it. They're light, they stay put, and the sound quality is as good as the Apple wired headphones. Also, they have a good battery life and a convenient charging case. The microphone on these are pretty good, even on the road. For Apple users, and particularly those that like the standard Apple headphones, these will truly impress.
If you're anti-Apple, then you might want to check out the neckband style earbuds as there aren't many other independent earbuds like Apple's with the same fit and finish.
The neckband style wireless headphones are excellent for people who like wearables and need extended battery life. The neckband supports in these devices often provide more room for larger batteries than earbud style wireless headphones like Apple's or Beats. These headphones and headsets still have short wires that go from the neckband to the earbud, come in a variety of styles, and some will even vibrate to notify you of a call. Protip: This style of headset can work well for attorneys as they can fit nicely around a collared shirt.
If you need to drown out the world in order to really get focused on your work, or get some sleep on a plane, then a pair of noise cancelling headphones could really do wonders. The Bose unit is held up as the gold standard in noise cancelling, and for good reason, they're really good. Unfortunately, unlike the other wireless options, good noise cancelling headphones are not compact in the least bit. Some may fold, but in the end, the large cans that engulf the ear are pretty much necessary for good noise cancelling/reduction.