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on 5 March 2015
Features are generally good, with a swiveling microphone, though this is not otherwise adjustable, in-line mute and volume control, ~2m cable and adjustable head loop. (the part arching over the top of the user's head)
The quality of the microphone is excellent, with terrific clarity, although it lacks significant noise cancellation. I have two of these, one for myself and my another for my wife; each microphone clearly picks up the other person's voice from about 2m away. If ambient noise is significant, these microphones can be "too good" at picking up sound, but otherwise the best microphones I've used.
The quality of the speakers is sub-par. Alternative headsets which I have purchased for less money had significantly more vibrant, richer and sharper sound. By comparison, I found these to have a somewhat flat, fuzzy sound quality. This is not to say the sound is terrible however, after a few hours use, it's easy to forget the difference and for telephony, which is their intended purpose, this is perfectly fine, but for enjoying audio, be it music, movies or gaming, better can be had for the price and I was surprised by this in a Sennheiser product.
The comfort of the headset will obviously vary depending on your preferences and head size (no judgement, but you are who you are), but it's fair to say that they are very light-weight, to the extent that picking them up by one headphone will not cause the headset to flex significantly under the weight. This makes them comfortable if you prefer an open feel to a cosseted one, and because of the relatively light tension, there shouldn't be any "squeezing" or "pinching" of the head, unless you are a large person or have sensitive ears. The rubberized foam coating of the ear pads is dense enough to resist wear and is very secure. Overall I would say, in my personal opinion, that this foam feels like an inexpensive solution, though Sennheiser has made the best of it and it does not come across as low quality. Perhaps something slightly better could be expected for the money, but doing something better would also likely mean doing it less well. It's up to the user to decide if that is a worthwhile trade-off.
Quality of construction is very good. Plastics used in the main construction are hard without being brittle, but thin enough not to bind the user's head like a vise. The rotating mount for the microphone is secure and operates smoothly. Rubberized foam used for the ear pads is reassuringly dense, nothing like the free headphones given out on airlines and the wires are coated in a firm rubber/plastic material which, although fairly thin, is somewhat hard to the touch, suggesting durability. The in-line mute and volume control module is made from the same solid plastic as the headset and the controls have smooth operation with positive "clicks" when locking into place.
The Bottom Line: Good quality overall; excellent microphone, though sensitive to ambient noise, solid construction, good features, good comfort / ergonomics, but lackluster sound prevent a 5 star at the price. (£30 GBP for me)
Alternatives: gaudy as it may be, the Fatality headset has done nothing but impress me and at a £20 price point, I can forgive the slightly bass-heavy audio balance, average quality microphone and mediocre cabling. I used mine happily for about 5 years until a beloved family member tripped over the cable and ripped it out of the headset, but I've had headsets at 4 times the price suffer the same fate, so I doubt that particular a design issue.