After the demise of my PlayStation 2 Socom headset, I've struggled to find a good quality replacement. Sadly the Logitech 'premium' headset does not meet the mark even with its premium price tag that goes to show that money isn't always the best representation of quality. Although the product is the Logitech Premium 350 'USB' headset, I'll be reviewing the same headset with audio jacks instead.
With a thick headband and large ear pieces, the headset does look the real deal. It is comprised entirely of hard plastic apart from the minimally cushioned ear pieces which are only just adequate enough in size. It is a fairly stylish headset with a pretty rigid build quality. The microphone arm typically sits to the right side of your face with the freedom to revolve the arm 180 degree upwards only. The main reason for this is to keep the microphone out of the way by lining it up with the headband should you not want to make use of it. Secondarily, by further pushing the arm to its limit, you can reverse the headset to have the microphone arm on the left side of your face if desired. Its nice to have that option at least.
The single cable that is about 3 metres in length comes down from the right ear piece with control piece about a third of the way down that can be clipped onto clothing such as your jeans or t-shirt neck to keep the control piece in a quickly accessible place to slide the microphone from ON to mute or increase and decrease the volume output from the headset speakers. Finally at the end of the cable comes either the USB connection or in my case the 2 audio jacks which separate into 2 wires with about 15 cm of wire each.
There is plenty of head room with this headset, it does adjust to accommodate different head sizes. The ear cushions feel a bit rationed, but they do well enough to provide decent ear comfort, its the head strap which makes this headset a bit miserable for myself. As I stated before, the headset which includes the head band is completely plastic without any more cushioning than at the ears. Within 15 minutes the hard plastic pressing on the top of my head begins to get annoying. After 30 minutes pretty uncomfortable and as an hour approaches it begins to ache. I did get around this by sellotaping a couple of cotton wool pads around the top to get a comfort which should have been included with the price which was around £40 when I first got it a few years ago.
Although my particular headset had the audio jacks, I actually bought it for my PS3 which I assumed the headset was actually the USB version. Luckily I was able to purchase a small device to convert the signal to USB and happily make use of the headset on both my PC and PS3.
I have to say that the sound quality from the speakers is very nice, its great for listening to music or games with the control piece volume controls becoming useful for quick volume control. Sadly after a year or so of use, the right ear piece has stopped working. Its still perfectly usable but not quite what it once was.
This is where the headset begins to lose its worth for me. The headset claims to cancel out background noise, which it does just a bit too strongly. My voice is generally deep and at times it has been regarded as background noise causing others to hear my voice cut out occasionally. Accompanying my voice is also a constant static noise which is not something you want other people to be hearing. Other than that, when my voice is picked up, it is captured relatively clearly but still leaves some clarity to be desired. I've been using this headset on my PS3 and whilst it did what it had to do, its not reliable.
Poorly designed sums this up. Adjusting the audio requires turning a kind of wheel with a very small raised bump to act as a grip. Its difficult to turn the wheel without using a nail to do so. Were a couple of buttons too much to ask? Next we have the microphone mute switch. That's right, a switch and a soft switch at that. When I say soft, I mean that the switch slides but never properly clicks into place. There is a great deal of ambiguity in whether the switch is slid into mute or not. Often I've been speaking to myself, thinking that the headset microphone was switched on. There are not lights on the control piece so your only indication is by using the tiny picture which represents a microphone to know if it is activated.
I particularly do not recommend this headset for on-line gaming. Its uncomfortable, it has poor controls and constant static microphone which occasionally confuses voice with background noise. Great speakers (providing they work) though I have to say. I don't use my headset terribly often, so I just grin and bear this 'premium' headset.
When I first started playing online games on my PS3 it became obvious that to me that to enjoy the experience fully a decent headset is a must for co-ordinating play. Because my ps3 is on a second tv in my living room noise cancelling is very important. Paying out for the expensive premium logitech seemed like a good call but i was sadly disappointed. The Earpieces are comfortable and if you what you need is good speaker quality for chatting on skype or Ichat these will work well, but for gaming it's not ideal. Game volume is not transmitted through the earphones on PS3 so the second earpiece is only an inconvenience.
The microphone boom extends forward and can pivot up out of the way when not in use, the microphone is not good enough though. Pickup is i suppose too good, and extra sound in the room will be picked up and heard by your friends, Even cable movement seems to be picked up which can be very annoying,
Its a shame that one aspect of this product can ruin it for me so badly. Admittedly they are not designed for PS3 use but if thats your aim, Stay away.
This product is one of those things that does what it says on the tin. No more, no less.
After buying and using this product for several months for Podcasting, Recording and other things, I can say that it is a pretty sturdy bit of equipment.
The headset is quite chunky, not great if you want an item that folds away neatly. It is very comfortable when worn, and the 'leather' and foam protection which make up the ear pads definitely do their job. On some headsets there is the problem of the ear pads wearing away after prolonged use, this does not apply to this item, it is very high quality.
The headset has a USB connection cable, which can be connected to any device with a USB port, these include PCs, gaming consoles, Laptops etc.
The ear protection does its job very well, blocking out pretty much all background noise.
Usefully, especially in situations when chatting to people over Skype or any other programme, the headset has a mute button, which once pressed, will stop anyone on the other end from hearing what you are saying. The Headset has an input microphone which can be folded up and down according to when you want to speak or not.
The sound quality is also very good, and the volume can also be controlled by a button on the device. The volume is not restricted like in some headsets, so you can deafen yourself with music (if you so wish).
Overall, this is a very good product. I have suggested this item to a friend, and he agrees that this is a very good piece of hardware.
I bought this to use it with Skype, and it worked pretty well with that. Sound quality was quite good, better than the Logitech Clearchat Comfort that I had to buy when this headset broke after only about six months.
The connection at the volume up/down and microphone mute got intermittent, so one channel would keep on dropping in and out. Unfortunately I didn't keep the receipt so I was stuffed. So from my experience it is difficult to recommend, however, perhaps the fault on mine was a one-off sample fault - a friend of mine is still using hers regularly just fine even though it was bought at the same time from the same place.
This was genuinely plug and play, no driver installation was needed, and all the functions worked with Skype including the microphone mute control. The headset was comfortable - the ear pads went around the ears rather than resting on the ears like the Clearchat Comfort. Sound quality was good enough for music, and is is possible to swing the microphone boom up parallel with the headband so it can be stowed out of ones vision when not being used.
Ive had this headset for about a year i mainly use it for world of warcraft to speak to other members ect mainly i have no problelm with it when im listening to music dvds or anything from my laptop i do however get a lot of static if im talking to anyone else but i guess that could be down to my laptop, this is the second one ive had the first one i did return because again there was a problem with the headsets conection plugs however saying all that they are ok in the price range, i have seen some small headsets cheaper but this one wasnt badly priced at all i have seen headsets nearly double the price my opinion is if you want to chat and not pay alot this one is ok if your looking for something just to listen to stuff on your laptop you can probably get cheaper if your looking for high quality you can definatley get better