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I finally got around to downloading and using Skype, which meant that I had to purchase a headset in order to talk to people. After searching around I found the Logitech PC Headset 120. I purchased it for around £7, which I found to be quite cheap.
The headset is extremely easy to set up. All that is required is for the headphone jack to be plugged into the headphone slot, and the microphone jack into the microphone slot. The wire that connects the headset to the computer is very long, meaning that you can move around fairly freely while using the headset without worrying about pulling out the jacks or damaging the headphones.
The headset slots over your ears, with the band of the headset going around the back of the head, this allows the microphone to be placed conveniently by your mouth. The only issue I had with the band of the headset was that if I lent the back of my head against against anything, it would push the headset forward off my ears, meaning that you can't really use the headset and lounge around.
The microphone is nice and clear, and the noise cancelling works very well, meaning that you can talk to people easily without your voice being drowned out by background noise. It can also be adjusted extremely easy.
After months of relentless nagging from my friends, I recently heaved myself out of the Dark Ages and downloaded Skype. Having a laptop with no built in mic, I got one of these headsets for Christmas, and what a great present it was!
Having a quick look round now, I see it retails at around £11-£12, a lot cheaper than some of the other Skype headsets I've seen. But reassuringly, it comes with the Skype logo on the front, so it's fully certified.
It's very easy to set up- the black plug goes into the headphone hole in your computer, the pink plug into the microphone hole. The lead I would guess is around 6 foot, which is quite convenient for moseying around the room while you're chatting.
The headset itself is one of those behind-the-head ones, which you slot over your ears. I find it stays on pretty well; the headphones are large enough to cover my ears, although the band around the back is very wide, leaving a gap of about 2 inches between it and my head. Now, I'd say my head is about average sized for a woman, so it would probably fit a man's head better. While the headset does stay on thanks to the pressure of the headphones themselves, when I tried to lay my head back, the headset was pushed forwards, so the headphones came right off my ears! So it's not great for reclining and chatting. The mic is on the left hand side, and is very flexible so you can position it wherever suits you.
Soundwise, this is excellent. Chatting to my sister yesterday, she said she could hear me loud and clear, with no background noise. I guess this is an advantage of having a small mic that's specifically placed next to your mouth. She was using the built-in mic on her computer, and I could hear a lot of fuzzy background noise coming from her end.
The only slight problem I have with this (apart from the size of the headband) is that every time I speak, it blocks out the voice of the other person. So every time I laugh, or make a comment, the other person's voice is silenced and I have to lipread for a few seconds! It's not a major problem, but it is an irritation and I do find myself having to ask people to repeat things. Maybe this is an issue with all headsets though.
All in all, I've been very pleased with this headset so far. I can't vouch for its durabililty, but at the moment it's doing the job it needs to do- enabling me to talk on Skype with a great quality sound. And it comes with a two year warranty. I've taken a mark off for its poor fit, but apart from that, I'm happy!