7 Things You Need for Better Video Calls


I’ve been sharing my home office with my daughter for the past couple of weeks, and I cringed at her first few eighth-grade remote-learning sessions done over video: the teacher repeatedly asking: “Can you see me now,” the students inaudible or unable to turn on their cameras, the complaints about connection problems, and me trying to hide in the background. It’s almost comical, but these days it’s a common experience.

Video calls are the best alternative we have to face-to-face meetings, but they can be awkward and glitchy. Investing in a few tools can make the experience much better, for you and the other participants. Here is the essential gear my Wirecutter teammates and I use to make video calls as smooth as possible. (Note: Some of these items may be out of stock as retailers refresh inventory, but we’ve linked to our guides with full reviews for each product category, so check there for alternative options.)

With features including autofocus, automatic brightness and color correction, an external webcam offers better video quality than the built-in cameras on many computers.

It may not seem entirely necessary, but a wireless headset can block out noise, prevent others in the room from hearing your call (especially important for those in a busy home) and ensure you’re heard clearly. If you don’t have or want an external microphone (more on that next), it’s the best two-in-one solution for better calls.

Poor internet connections or slow speeds can make your video calls freeze or drop, especially when multiple people are working online. Now is a great time to improve your home Wi-Fi.



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