After inserting the USB connection I did notice I lost all sound from my main PC speakers however this was easily changed from the sound panel allowing you to choose if the sound is played back through the headset or your main speakers.
This product worked well with type talk software, MSN and net meeting which each program also has a sound set up allowing you again to choose where the sound is played back from.
The noise-cancelling microphone is located on the end of a flexible swivel arm allowing you to position the mic correctly and most importantly allowing you to move it out of the way easily for a drink or to use the phone without having to take it off. The sound quality is clear and accurate with the noise – cancelling being able to ignore most noises from as near as 1ft.
The headphone ear pieces seem small at first but you’ll soon get used to it and providing clear stereo quality sound and complete with a long enough lead to allow you to comfortably sit at your desk without the wires getting in the way.
Do bear in mind that USB headsets will bypass your soundcard. For communication use this is a positive benefit !
I only drop one star on this review because of the packaging. It took a good ten minutes and a cut finger to get the box opened. There has to be a better (safer) way of packaging goods such as this.
Headset is light, adjustable and comfortable, sound is good and distortion-free, though for the size and price obviously not as rich as (larger and more expensive) hi-fi headphones. This inexpensive model might not have inline (stuck on the cable) volume control or a mute switch, but these features plus balance adjustment can be done from your PC's speaker control window.
I've been using mine with Skype (very cheap or free internet telephone, look for it on the web especially if you need to dial abroad, very easy to install and use) and it works fine -- at least from the point of view of my receiving (i.e. the headphones work). To test the microphone, my wife phoned me using the headset, and I picked up her voice perfectly well on a land line.
So there you have it, reasonable price, hassle-free and quick installation, adjusts to head nicely and functions very well (perhaps taking into account size and price). It's so rare these days that I get the satisfying experience of plug and go (what a friendly piece of kit!), that I've got to give this one a five.
There are a number of games which support voice-chat or voice-instructions. Some games ship with a headset bundled ("Socom" comes to mind), whereas others you need to supply the headset separately...and in these cases, this headset works beautifully.
Voice-chat when playing "PlayStation 2" online is a hoot! Passing instructions when playing an FPS or shouting at friends to get out of your way when playing driving games adds so much to the gaming experience.
One point to note, though, is the output from the PS2 is only mono - so you'll only hear sounds from one earpiece! (the headset that ships with "Socom" only has one earpiece).
I was pleased with the price. The sound quality was excellent & most importantly the headband was very comfortable. The fact the microphone was movable was also very useful. Like the other reviewers, I was concerned with the size of earpieces, but they did their job & were easy to wear.
The only other problem is, it's got a quite weak frame. I somehow managed to rest my foot on it while I had it propped up against the wall and the extender snapped in two. So 2 lessons: Don't stand on it, and, buy something to hang it on a wall. Though, to you I imagine this will come naturally.
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