Who here works in an open space office? Do you use headphones daily? Yeah I thought so. What are the best programming headphones available today that aren’t your generic iPhone or Samsung headphones?
So the subject of what are the best headphones for programming came up recently at work, as my company has just moved to an open space office and needless to say the noise has gotten a bit annoying and my iPhone headphones just weren’t keeping up with keeping the noise out.
The following list of headphones are all ones that I have tried personally and are owned and used by my coworkers.
But what would define the best programming headphones?
Many programmers find it hard to really focus solidly on their day-to-day work, and one of the biggest causes of this is outside distractions.
In a world of open office plans and chatty coworkers, your best bet for distraction-free working is through the use of one of our best programming headphones that I think are available today!
Headphones can improve your work in two major ways:
When you think about wearing headphones in an office what do you think that you are singling to those around you?
Most people will see that you’re wearing headphones and take it to mean that you don’t want to be disturbed at work, and then they will be less likely to interrupt you with non-critical issues. Less interruptions is always a good thing as it means you can write better code!
Good headphones need to be amazing at blocking out external conversations, especially in an open plan office. overheard conversations can be extremely disrupting, and really affect your workflow and concentration.
Good headphones need to help keep the background noise to a minimum and to make sure it is far from invading your subconscious and keep you focused on your task, which again is why I wanted to recommend, what I think are the This image is part of the best programming headphones currently available to buy.
What makes a candidate for the best programming headphones?
My criteria for judging the best programming headphones is based on the following:
- All-day comfort. I asked my co-workers if I could use their headphones for a few days. We all agreed that if you’re actively noticing you’re wearing headphones, that’s a bad thing! Headphones should be blocking out distractions, not becoming a distraction so I think comfort is the number one thing to look out for. So when looking to by one of the best programming headphones look at comfort first.
- Great noise cancellation. Blocking out external noise can be key to keeping you focused, so each headphone that I recommend can block out the noise. I’ve tested them personally!
- Professional styling. I assume you don’t want to look like a “gamer” at work, so the headphones that I’ve picked out are, in my opinion sleek and stylish and will keep you looking professional while at work programming.
So without further ado, lets take a look at my pick for the best programming headphones that you can buy right now in 2018.
Best Wireless Headphones for Programming
Bose QuietComfort 35
- Noise-rejecting dual-microphone system for clear phone calls and voice access to your phone’s default virtual assistant, like Siri and Hello Google.
- Industry-leading wireless headphones let you adjust the level of noise cancellation to suit your environment like to office or on in the air.
- Volume-optimized EQ makes your music always sounds its best.
- Can be connected to devices with bluetooth or cable.
- Up to 20 hours of wireless play time from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery; up to 40 hours of listening in wired mode.
These headphones are definitely high quality. In fact, it can be described as “calming”. Not very base heavy. As the main use for this headphone is to cut the background noise while working, the sound quality is right on target.
The Noise Cancellation is a solid 8/10. It cuts out most of the outside noise. But, don’t expect miracles as for example, if somebody talks directly next to your ear, you definitely hear them.
The Comfort is amazing so they get a 9/10. The cushions are so soft and I didn’t feel any pressure on my temples after wearing these headphones for a while.
I really think that the BoseQuietComfort 35’s are the best programming headphones that go over your ears available right now.
Best Earbud Headphones for Programming
Bose QuietComfort 20 Noise Cancelling Headphones.
- These are wired headphone, meaning you don’t get any interference.
- Noise cancelling design reduces surrounding distractions, letting music stand out. Stay Hear+ tips provide long-lasting comfort plus stability
- Aware mode lets you hear what’s around you when you need to, at the touch of a button.
- Exclusive TriPort technology and Active EQ help deliver lifelike, digital-quality audio
- The QC20 headphones are specifically designed to work with selected Apple and Samsung devices. With an inline microphone and one-touch answer/end button, you will get seamless switching between your calls and music.
The best way to describe using these headphones before you press play is that the world becomes eerily silent… It’s strange to hear the absence of sound. Once I had pressed play on my keyboard and saw my my co-worker talking on the phone in front of me, but all I could see was his lips moving. I had to take out the headphones to hear him. This was at a distance of about 3 meters.
Best All Around Headphones for Programming
- Wired connector so no pesky interference.
- 30mm drivers for rich, full frequency response.
- Lightweight and comfortable on-ear design.
- Swivel-design for portability and comfort while wearing.
These are great headphones for music for the price. They’re amazing for everyday use. I’ve wasn’t bothered at all by surrounding noise. They didn’t have quite the same level of sound blocking as the Bose headphones but they are super comfortable and the sound quality is really crisp. I think I’ll be ordering a pair of these headphones very soon.
Best Bluetooth Headphones for Programming
- Audio automatically plays as soon as you put them in your ears and pauses when you take them out.
- To adjust the volume, Change the song, make a call, or even get directions, just double-tap to activate Siri.
- Because the ultralow-power W1 chip manages battery life so well, airpods deliver 5 hours of listening time on one charge.
- They’re made to keep up with you, thanks to a charging case that holds multiple additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time.
- Need a quick charge? just 15 minutes in the case gives you 3 hours of listening time.
Ok so this is a bit of a wildcard entry on my list of best programming headphones but give me a chance to explain myself.
All the executives at my company have these headphones and as an iPhone user, I was a bit sceptical about how good they actually are to use as headphones.
Firstly, the sound quality – miles above and beyond the EarPods (the standard headphones that come with an iPhone) given that they fit in your ear, not just “slightly better”. You have to be deaf to not appreciate the difference. The upgrade over the EarPods in sound quality is night-and-day.
The AirPods have great battery life, and the charging is so fast . I have yet to exhaust their full 4-5 hour run in one sitting. The pairing was ridiculously easy and fun to do, and the transitioning between iCloud-linked devices is a real nice touch. This means that I could listen to music on my phone at lunch and when I came back to my desk, hand off just took over without me having to do anything.
A dis-advantage is that they aren’t the best for noise canceling, but if you don’t mind that much, and you have an iPhone, I think these headphones are a must and that’s why I have included them on my list of the best programming headphones.
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So there we go, thats my picks for the best programming headphones that you can buy in 2018. If you have your own suggestions for the best programming headphones then leave me a comment down below!