Virtual office must-have: OpenComm AfterShokz Bone Conduction headset

OpenComm AfterShokz Bone Conduction headset

Working from home these days? Just kidding, I think 99% of us are working more from home these days. Need all-day comfort in this new faux office Zoom Team Tele Virtual world? An OpenComm AfterShokz Bone Conduction headset is your solution, for business and pleasure.

OpenComm is the first AfterShokz Bluetooth headset that was designed with this new virtual world in mind, letting you communicate clearly via headset while still being aware of your surroundings. If you haven’t heard of AfterShokz bone conduction technology before, you’re in for a treat.

OpenComm AfterShokz Bone Conduction headset

How the OpenComm AfterShokz Bone Conduction headset works

Instead of going in the ear or over the ear like traditional earbuds or headphones, AfterShokz simply rest in front of the ear on your upper jaw bone, leaving your ears completely unobstructed. How, you ask? By conducting the sound through your bones. No, really.

This isn’t exactly new technology, as scientists and doctors have known you can conduct sound through bones for centuries. But bone conduction technology for recreational use didn’t really exist until rather recently and was reserved for those with hearing loss.

AfterShokz devices brought that technology to the general public, solving a problem we’ve all had at one time or another: how can I hear something fully while still being aware of what’s happening around me. The problem of how to hear music, podcasts, phone calls, movies, and more while still staying aware of our immediate surroundings isn’t a niche market.

Runners and bikers, or those in an office setting where they need to hear phone calls as well as co-workers and customers questions, as well as many moms and dads with young ones to watch have struggled with this exact problem for years. Because AfterShokz don’t cover your ears, it allows ambient noise entering them to be heard as well as sound transmitting from the headphones. Basically, it’s the exact opposite of noise-cancelling headphones. This is a noise-allowing headset that keeps you connected on calls, entertained by movies and podcasts, and fully immersed in your audio books.

OpenComm AfterShokz Bone Conduction headset

OpenComm AfterShokz Bone Conduction headset review

This may seem crazy, but this open ear design really does work. The OpenComm headset is engineered with patented 7th generation bone conduction technology, which conducts sound beautifully while still allowing you to stay connected to your surroundings. This means you can use them on the road, at your office, or even from home while supervising young kiddos… and all of their various faux school Zooms.

For someone like me who cannot wear earbuds of any kind and has never been able to do over-ear headphones, this new era of Zoom and virtual Team meetups has been absolutely unbearable. When you add in multiple virtual conferences and conventions a month, all which require video chats or audio calls, it’s enough to make a girl go insane. The OpenComm from AfterShokz has made all the difference in the world during these all-day meetings and conferences.

Even if I really wanted to escape into a world of noise cancelling headphones and completely immerse myself in a meeting or 6, watching 3 kiddos at the same time means I have to always be tuned into what’s happening around me. Having my ears open in case of emergency but still being able to hear podcasts, meetings, and music makes me so incredibly happy.

Who can benefit from the new OpenComm from AfterShokz

I’ve already talked about how perfect OpenComm headsets are for meetings and business settings where you need to be able to hear your co-workers. They are also ideal for anyone that hosts Zooms, virtual meetings, and teachers who are Zooming all day long but need to hear their surroundings. They are also perfect for parents who need to be tuned in, which still being able to hear and be heard at meetings.

OpenComm AfterShokz Bone Conduction headset

But, I haven’t even gotten into how ideal they are for cyclists, skateboarders, runners, or those who workout with headphones on. Being aware of your surroundings while out on a busy street or in a gym setting is absolutely essential, and AfterShokz allows you to jam to your favorite tunes or immerse yourself in a podcast without being worried you will miss a car horn or a fire alarm.

I’ve debated which AfterShokz headphones to get for months and when I first heard of the OpenComm, I knew I had found my perfect fit. What makes OpenComm different than other AfterShokz products is that it includes a boom mic so you can better communicate on calls and video conferencing. This DSP noise-canceling boom microphone can adjust up and out of the way, or it can be positioned near the mouth to allow clear communication. This makes it ideal not just for passive listening, but also when I’m in the middle of conference calling and meetings where I need to be heard as well.

OpenComm AfterShokz Bone Conduction headset: what’s in the box

The OpenComm AfterShokz Bone Conduction headset includes a soft case for storing your headset, a special charging cable that connects magnetically {see images in post to see the charging cable connection}, a warranty card, and instructions for use.

I absolutely love that the headset comes with its own carry case that can keep it safe in your work bag, luggage, or purse. It’s also great for stashing away inside a desk or drawer at home whenever you’re not actively using it. Although, if my experience is anything like yours, there will be very little time it’s actually being stored since it’s always in use.

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