After going many years without a refresh, Apple finally did the Mac mini some justice in 2018 with a big overhaul. The Mac mini received some new and mighty insides, support for modern connection standards like Thunderbolt 3/USB-C, and a higher price tag. However, it's still a highly capable and powerful machine that's slightly more affordable than the rest of the lineup, with a lot of room for customization in your setup. But what if you want to listen to audio in peace? We've rounded up some of the best headphones that you can get for your Mac mini!
Apple's AirPods are some of the best little gizmos around. They connect magically to supported iOS devices as well as any Mac running macOS Sierra or later. They connect via Bluetooth and automatically pause audio when you take one out of your ear. Plus, you can tap on them to do things like play/pause, skip forward or rewind, and more. They also have a microphone, so you can use it for video calls on your Mac mini. The latest model also has a wireless charging case for slightly more.
If you want a high-quality open-back headphone, then Sennheiser HD598 are the cans you want. The headband itself is padded with leather, and the earpads are covered in luxurious velour fabric. You can have these headphones on for hours without discomfort. If you aren't a fan of the open-back style, Sennheiser also offers a closed-back style.
V-MODA headphones always look elegant and classy with metal frames and vegan leather padding. The Crossfade 2 connects via wire or Bluetooth and features large ear pads, so they're comfortable to wear for long periods. They have noise isolation that is noticeable the moment you put them on. Plus, the audio quality feels like a recreation of a club music-sound signature with extra bass but balance with everything else. There's a built-in microphone for calls and chats, and you can change out the faceplates. If the price of the Crossfade 2 is too expensive, V-MODA has other more affordable options.
Several of our staff members enjoy the Jabra Move. This lightweight and compact set of headphones provide high-quality, immersive sound without breaking the bank. They also won't cause discomfort after extended periods, and a built-in mic lets you chat with others with crystal clear clarity. If the battery runs out, plug it in with the 3.5mm standard cable that is included.
Those who love color in their lives will want to pick up some Urbanears Plattan 2 headphones. These lightweight and compact headphones come in a variety of colors (even seasonal hues) and can fold down for portability. They're soft, comfy, and the sound quality is pretty good considering the price. They have an inline mic and remote, and if you prefer to be wireless (these use a 3.5mm audio jack), they have a Bluetooth version for slightly more.
Get your groove on
Whether you're listening to music, tuning in to a meeting, or catching up on your favorite podcast, the right headphones can make all the difference. There are tons of great options out there but our personal favorites are Apple AirPods. They're sleek, deliver great sound, and they can travel with you without any hassles.
If you prefer over the ear headphones, then the Sennheiser HD598's might be the perfect pick. They deliver great sound and have a comfortable design that you can easily wear for hours without getting uncomfortable.