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In the gaming world, you really have two choices when it comes to how you want to heard the audio content of your games, and the ability to talk to your piers through Xbox Live/PSN/any PC video call system. You either go for a cheap option, knowing that it's only going to last a matter of months, or you spend the money to get the quality, and expect it then to last for a few years, as you should get what you pay for.
I have had an Xbox 360 for 6 years now, and for the first 4 of them, I was buying these microphones over and over and over. This microphone headset in particular I must have bought at least 5 times, I kept rotating which one I bought, in the hope that I would find one that works, or that they have fixed the problems that were causing them to be so naff.
The problems with the headset are as followed. The bit of plastic that goes over your head does not easily stay in place, so you spend a lot of your time readjusting the position of your headset rather than playing the game. The earpiece does not provide good quality, and you often get this weird occurrence where your friends start hearing you in a weird, muzzled voice, which causes you to have to remove the jack, and put it back into the controller to fix the issue. Other problems I've had with it are, it simply just stops working, it seems fine externally but when I plug it in.... nothing.
Another problem is where the plastic is so flimsy that it often just snaps, leaving you with now way of being able to keep the headset actually on your head. Another issue is that sometimes you have to have to jack, partially out, and somehow keep it in that position for the headset to work.
Basically, this headset is useless for gaming, and is the lowest of the low when it comes to quality. It doesn't surprise me that their price tag is normally in and around £3, as that's all they are worth.
If you need a short term replacement whilst you try find a good gaming headset then this is fine, as it's rare that they will break that soon on you, just don't expect them to last more than a few months.
I bought this knowing that as with all Xbox 360 headsets it will last a few months, break, and generally have poor quality sound. I was right, this is no different. The headset is made form thin plastic and has two thin foam pads over the microphone and ear speaker. The foam is easily removed, it's not glued on or aching like that. Even the microphone mute on or off switch is made from a thin plastic which can crack easily. Just step on it by accident and it will split.
The headset has poor sound quality but is louder than my previous headsets. voices sound monotone and distorted at louder volumes. The audio quality is compromised by Internet connections but this is nothing to blame on the headset, even on a good quality connection the audio quality is not good and often sounds distorted, that you can blame on the headset.
The wire is thing and easy to snap so don't bend it about too much. The plastic that runs over your head can be pushed outwards away from the main frame of the ear speaker so if you have a large head you can expand this outwards and fit it to your size. I have an average sized head and I push it right out. Above average sized heads be warned, it can snap if you push it too far.
Microphone quality is questionable and seems to pick up more breathing than words. You need to have the headset rammed right up into the roof of your mouth to be heard at a reasonable volume and having it half an inch away from your face is far too quiet. You have to speak up or shout like most players do on Xbox live to be heard.
There is no lag in audio sending and receiving through the headset other than the lag caused by Xbox live. For example, setting the Xbox to play audio through headset and TV is a great way to test this. If the audio comes out your TV then a little later comes out the headset, that tells you if there is lag in the headset. There was none for me, both TV and headset passed audio through at the same time.