Many of us PC users wear headsets fairly often. Whether that be for gaming (listening for footsteps), listening to music or watching Youtube videos. But where do you place your headset while it isn’t in use? The answer: Headset Stands.
These nifty accessories come in many shapes, sizes and forms, and they provide a location to dock your headset while you aren’t using it. I spent far too long haphazardly placing my headset on my desk, which was an all around eyesore. About three years ago I decided to get one of these stands, and it has been working wonders for my Battlestation ever since.
As these posts usually go, this isn’t a comprehensive guide to every headset stand in existence. Rather, it is an overview of the common types and form-factors that they can come in. After reading this post, you should have a strong sense of the type of stand that fits your setup best. Be sure to keep reading if you’re interesting in upgrading your setup with one of these accessories!
Why should I get a headset stand?
Before beginning, we should probably cover the most important question: Why bother with one of these? Can’t I throw it on my PC tower and call it a day?
From my personal experience, there have been two primary benefits derived from owning a headset stand.
Headset stands provide structure for where your headset is placed within your Battlestation. As I mentioned above, for years I would lazily throw my headset on my desk or on top of my PC in a disorderly manner. You can probably tell that this isn’t the greatest look in terms of aesthetic appeal, in fact it usually looks pretty sloppy. A headset stand will help keep your desk tidy, and ensure that your headset is resting in a logical manner. Headsets usually look pretty nice on their own, so it’s great to display them in all their glory!
Headset stands can come in a wide array of colors and materials which can really help your desk setup come together. Some stands have an RGB element integrated, which will certainly help if you’re looking to integrate a specific Color Theme in your setup.
I find that the functional benefits of headset stands are pretty limited. After all, they are usually just a plastic or metal ‘pillar’ or dock of sorts. However, setups with limited space might find that they are particularly useful for staying organized and clean in general. Vertical space isn’t much of an issue for desks. Headset stands have a slimmer form factor than headsets themselves, so less desk space overall is used.
Apart from that, there are a few stands which integrate USB and other ports which may or may not be beneficial for you.
Types of Headset Stands
Here I’ll be discussing the major types of headset stands.
Headset stands have a few main characteristics. First, they usually have a weighted base. This helps to prevent your headphones from weighing down and knocking it over. Next, they have a vertical pole sticking out from the base, long enough so that any normal headset will be able to hang from the top without touching the base. The pole then has a prong which you hang your headset on, sometimes with rubber for increased traction. This can come in many forms, sometimes having one, two or more protrusions for each of your headphones. Personally, I use a headset stand with a single prong because I only have one headset.
Luxa 2 E-One Headphone Stand
This is my headset stand of choice. To be honest, this is the only one I’ve ever had, but I love it. My setup has lot’s of black, so this simple and clean looking stand has worked wonders for me. I personally don’t need the RGB or extra ports (which other’s offer — see below) for my own setup.
Corsair ST100 RGB Headset Stand
If you’re looking for something a little less subtle, you can look into high tech stands like this one. It has an RGB ring around the base which you can configure to the color scheme of your Battlestation. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack and two USB 3.1 inputs to power whatever you need. It’s base is also rubberized to help prevent slippage on desks that might have less grip.
Mocreo Headphone Stand
For your audiophiles out there with more than one headset, dual headset stands like these should do the trick! They feature two lips so that you don’t need to stress about having headphones lying around everywhere. Nothing else really to say about these, as they’re pretty self explanatory.
Headset hangers usually stick onto the side or underside of a desk using adhesive, with a protrusion to hang your headset. I find that this type of stand usually looks very clean if done right, and is an efficient use of space.
Elevation Lab the Anchor – Under Desk Headphone Mount
This is a representative look of a generic and high quality headset hanger. As you can see, it sticks to the bottom of a desk using adhesive. No need to worry about drilling holes in your desk for one of these. It also has two prongs allowing you to place up to two headsets, or even more if you’re ambitious enough. This type of hanger makes very practical use of limited desk space (literally using none), and can be a neat and unique accessory to show off to others.
Of course, there are likely dozens of different varieties of this type of headset hanger, but this should give you a good sense of what they’re all about. Moving on…
Clamping Headset Hangers
These headset hangers use a clamp rather than adhesive to connect to your desk. This can be important if you don’t potentially want sticky residue on your desk if you were to remove it. They also prove to be slightly more versatile than the static adhesive one’s discussed above.
Eurpmask Clamping Headset Hanger
As you can see, this headset hanger clamp has an adjustable fit which can fit nearly every desk. You are also able to face the prong inwards or outwards, whatever you prefer. This hanger also comes with a cable loop which you can use to prevent your headset chord dragging on the floor. The aesthetic of this style of device might not work well with every setup, so be sure to consider that.
A headset stand doesn’t need to be the generic base and pole that you’re used to seeing. As you have seen, there are a numerous different form factors in which a headset stand can take shape. There are even wackier and unique ones out, such as in the shape of a human head, or tiki-looking head. I’m sure you can find whatever you’re looking for out there. Regardless, headset stands can be an important component of any Battlestation. They keep your setup tight, clean and organized, and can have practical and aesthetic features as well (USB ports and RGB elements respectively).
If you made it this far, I really appreciate you taking the time to read this post! I certainly hope you learned something useful, and have the ability to decide which type of headset stand is right for you and your Battlestation.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns feel free to contact me or leave a comment below.