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Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset
Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset
Price: £18.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't integrate well with XP, 19 Sept. 2014
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It's ok for the price. In hardware terms it's good, however I have struggled with it from a software point of view. First of all when you use it in Skype you can't hear your own voice - the earphones block off your hearing and whatever you say doesn't get fed-back through the earphones so you end up having one ear uncovered so that you can hear yourself speak, or hear your phone bleep or whatever. Secondly when you want to play audio or iPlayer you discover the headphones have taken preference for playback, and there is no way in a webbrowser to specify the audio output device (eg. in Flash you can choose the microphone but not the speakers). So you have to unplug the headset and restart your browser to get audio through your speakers, but then if someone Skypes you you have to plug them back in and restart the Skype call.

If you do manage to find a configuration which works for you (ie. the headset works for Skype and your normal speakers work for everything else), you then find that if you adjust the volume using the controller on the headset cable it changes the volume of the speakers rather than the headset. There is probably a way to configure it properly but I haven't found it and since it's a USB device when you unplug it and plug it back in it seems to reset your settings anyway and takes control over the audio output again, so any changes you make aren't kept.

Kinobo USB 2.0 Microphone for VOIP, Skype, MSN, Desktop/Laptop
Kinobo USB 2.0 Microphone for VOIP, Skype, MSN, Desktop/Laptop

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 28 Jun. 2011
I tried various microphones when I discovered that the one built into my Asus laptop was extremely poor quality, but even with a decent microphone plugged into the Mic socket the results were still bad. However this USB microphone bypasses the microphone circuitry and gives a very high quality recording for such a cheap price.

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