I hate cables on my desk. I despise them and the only thing I hate about a desktop computer is all the cables sticking out of it. Unfortunately, those cables are required for electricity, the webcam, fast internet, and the huge monitor I’m looking at right now. Getting rid of just one them by using Bluetooth headphones might make the hassle of setting pairing, turning on and off, and charging every day worth the trouble. Especially because I might just be able to use the same headphones on my home desktop, phone, and work laptop.
I chose a budget option in the Philips SHB3075 Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones.
- Looks good enough
- Multiple colors, I bought the boring black one
- Relatively cheap
- Sounds pretty good, not awesome
- Good battery life, enough for work and travel both ways with a single charge
- On-Ear, not Over Ear
- Micro USB, not USB-C
- Doesn’t have separate track control buttons
- Ruins my hair 😛
- Looks stupid when worn on the neck
Would I recommend it? Sure, but I wish I realized before purchase that it is not USB-C…
I wasn’t surprised that it connected flawlessly with my phone, but I was quite pleasantly surprised when it paired with my Linux Mint desktop with zero problems.
Windows 10 was a different story however…
The first time I paired it to my laptop it worked flawlessly, I just had to shortly disable Bluetooth on my phone for a short time so it didn’t connect to the headphones before Windows 10 could finish pairing. Unfortunately the next time I turned on the headphones, I spent 30 minutes trying to connect and pair the device again and again. I succeeded, but I decided to record my experiences in the form of an unofficial mini FAQ for future reference.
Windows 10 detects my headphones, but can’t finish pairing.
- If you already paired the headphones to another device like your phone, turn off bluetooth on that device until pairing is finished on Windows 10.
- Try to unplug your wireless dongle for your keyboard or mouse while pairing.
Changing volume on my Windows 10 desktop doesn’t seem to affect the volume of the headphones.
- This seems to be a bug. You can still use the volume buttons on the headphones to change volume.
I can’t hear other people on Google Meet (and possibly other software too).
- Go into Meet’s settings and set the microphone source to your laptop’s microphone. Using the headphone’s microphone doesn’t seem to work in Windows 10.
Sound is a garbled mess.
- Try to restart the application you are trying to use.
- Check if the microphone is set to the headphone’s microphone. If it is, switch it to your laptop’s internal microphone and restart the application.
- You might have to log out and log in again.