The Creative HS-720 V2 is a simple, lightweight, work from home (or office), on-the-ear headphone with a noise-cancelling boom mic.
At 90g (plus the 2m USB-C cable – all up 135g), you can wear them all day – the comfort factor is 10/10. But they are simple – there are no fancy left/right-hand boom adjustments, no app (there is a hand control), and the vegan leather ear cups and headband will eventually wear out. I don’t see spare parts like many of the more expensive Unified Comms providers have. But hey – at $44.95, that is not an issue.
I have been wearing these for a few weeks on conference calls. On Windows and Mac, they are a USB-A 2.0 device and become an audio device with the same sound controls as any USB speaker or mic – no drivers required. At last, I have clear conference calls.
How do they sound? Pretty good
These default to 2.0 stereo. The 30mm drivers focus on clear voice – mid centric – but there is quite a lot of punchy bass, albeit at the expense of mid/high treble, which lacks a slight crispness. So, my Blues Brothers sound great and have an excellent wide left/right sound stage, too, due to their on-ear and open back nature.
Noise isolation – fine for you cubicle
These are on-ear and don’t block much office noise. But they have sidetone – you can hear your voice in the ear cups – so you don’t end up yelling – great online etiquette.
Controls – basic but covers all bases
The photo says it all, and they work with Cisco WebEx, Facebook Messenger, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom (and most UC programs).