Google has published a list of headsets and webcams it recommends for keeping in touch on Google Hangouts.
All of the devices it recommends will work with ChromeOS (as well as Windows and macOS), and their manufacturers have promised long-term support so you can be confident they won't stop working with your Chromebook in a few years' time.
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The only issue is actually getting your hands on them. It's becoming tough to buy a webcam of any description, as working from home has become the new norm and demand has surged, so we've prepared a guide to where to buy a webcam if you're struggling to get hold of one.
The webcams that make Google's list are:
- Logitech C925-e Business Webcam
- Huddly IQ (opens in new tab)
And it's given the seal of approval to the following headsets:
- EPOS | Sennheiser Impact SC 635 (opens in new tab)
- EPOS | Sennheiser Impact SC 630 USB (opens in new tab)
- EPOS | Sennheiser Impact SDW 5065 (opens in new tab)
- EPOS | Sennheiser Impact SDW 5066 (opens in new tab)
- EPOS | Sennheiser Adapt SC 160 (opens in new tab)
- EPOS | Sennheiser Adapt SC 165 (opens in new tab)
- Jabra Evolve 40 (opens in new tab)
- Jabra Evolve 75
- Logitech Zone Wireless (opens in new tab)
- Plantronics/Poly Blackwire 5220 (opens in new tab)
- Plantronics/Poly Savi 8220 (opens in new tab)
- Plantronics/Poly Voyager 5200 UC (opens in new tab)
- Plantronics/Poly Voyager 6200 (opens in new tab)
- Plantronics/Poly Voyager 8200 (opens in new tab)
Do you need a webcam and headset?
Most laptops, including Chromebooks, have a basic webcam and microphone built in. These might be good enough for casual calls with friends and family, but those on budget laptops are typically quite low quality and might not deliver the picture and audio quality you need for professional meetings.
You'll also benefit from separate devices if you're using your laptop connected to a separate monitor, meaning its built-in camera isn't at eye-level, and a high quality headset with noise cancelling will make it easier to concentrate if you're working in a busy house with other people nearby.
- Check out our guide to the best video conferencing software
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