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I do a lot of Skyping to friends and acquaintances around the world, and hence need a good reliable headset that I can use. I've already got a few computer and audio products from Logitech, and have always found that their items were good quality at a reasonable price. Hence, when I was looking around for a new headset and saw this Logitech H110 version, I thought it would be worth a closer look. At £14.99 from Amazon, with a noise cancelling ability for the microphone and a 2-year limited warranty thrown in, I thought that these would be perfect for my needs. Of note, at that price, they probably sit about mid-range in the grand scale of headsets.
What do you get? The basic headphone bit is made in a silver plastic with a black headband which is adjustable. The actual earphone bits are covered with a foam pad, and sit on the ear rather than cupping around the ear. Looking at the rest of the headset, you have an adjustable boom microphone at the front, again with a sort of pad around the end piece. The microphone can also be adjusted right round so that you can have it on the left of the headset, or turn it right through and turn the headset around so that the microphone is on the right. The whole lot then connects to your computer via the 1.8m long lead into a 3.5mm plug. Also worth noting that with this universal 3.5mm plug, you can use this headset on your mp3 player, portable DVD or gaming system as well, where the microphone can be stored away vertically against the headset band.
What are they like in use? Looking at wearing them first, with the on-ear arrangement of the earphones, generally this sort of arrangement means that it's not going to block out all of the sound around you. So if you are planning to use these in a noisy environment, that may be something to consider. My experience of using these has found that they are perfectly adequate for normal everyday use in an office type environment because the sound that they produce is very clear and directed straight into the ear. Another issue that sometimes occurs with this on-ear arrangement is that with the earpiece effectively pressing onto the ear, and then pressing it into your head, extended use of this type of headset can cause discomfort. Now I've used these for perhaps up to an hour at a time on Skype and I've not really found that to be the case. The clamping load provided by the headband to push the earpieces onto your ears seems to be about right - not too much so as to cause discomfort, but just sufficient to hold them in position. But I suppose this may well also depend on your own personal head shape and tolerance, but as I said, for me this wasn't an issue.
One particularly good addition I've found was the noise cancelling ability with the microphone. When I originally got the headset, I tried this feature out by having my wife phone on me on Skype from the laptop in one room whilst wearing the headset, and me in another room on my laptop with a separate microphone and headset arrangement. The sound quality coming through from her microphone was very clear and concise with no problems. I know on other occasions, I've been in a room quietly talking to someone else on Skype where I've had a TV playing in the background, and they have not heard anything other than my voice.
In summary, this is a basic headset from Logitech that comes at a reasonable price and does the job. For me, it was fairly comfortable to wear for extended durations, and the microphone together with the noise cancelling feature seems to work very well. So overall, a 4* recommendation.
I bought a headset so that I could stay in touch with friends and relatives on Skype and opted for a cheap version which I have since regretted as it cost me £5.99 which I thought was a bargain at the time but the background nopise soon became an issue when calling friends abroad.
This headset cost me £12.99 from Maplins and it is a vast improvement on the quality of sound that I hear.
Although this is simular to my old headset and from the same makers, it looks more stylish and is a lot more comfortable to wear.
It has 1.8 metres of cable so you don't have to be stuck infront of the computer screen to use it and can sit away from the screen in comfort and chat.
The microphone is also cusioned and the arm on which it sits can be folded up when not chatting on Skype so that it's not in the way when your listenintg to music from youtube or other such sites.
I like the comfort of this and the price was good too.
It reduces background noise so that you don't get the hissing in your ears when you get a bad connection when your calling abroad. I chat to friends in America and sometimes find that if the weather is bad the hissing seems to be louder, on my old headset there has been times when we just have had to end the call due to the noise in your ears.
With this one the sound is a lot clearer and you can enjoy a good chat without disturbance from the background noise.
The heasdset can be adjusted to fit any size of head by pulling the speakers down or pushing them up if the headset is too small or large.
If fitts nicely without falling off and the quality of sound is really good.
I'm very happy I changed my headset to this one as now I can enjoy a good chat to my frinds without the background noise.
8 out of 10 from me.
Due to the fact that I do a lot of work at home using a headset I am constantly changing the device I use from time to time in order to continue to improve the performance. The latest item I have been using is this splendid device from Logitech, the H110 Headset.
Logitech have served me well in recent times and I have always enjoyed the products I have used from the brand and they have always served me extremely well. I feel this H110 headset has continued that positive impression I have of the brand and this is one of the finest all round headsets I have had the pleasure of using.
The headset straight from the box feels comfortable on the headset. I could comment on the looks but you can see it from the picture and to be honest, using this alone when in the privacy of my home, looks don't count for me.
As you can see this is a two pronged head piece. I have used headsets with only one ear piece in the back but found them to be far less effective so when searching for a new device sought a two ear pieced model. This is very comfortable on the head and the ear pieces fit nicely around the ear, with plenty of foam padding giving a comfort feel. The head piece doesn't cut or grate and it sits nicely on the head and after a while you will forget that it is even there! The headband is adjustable and moveable thus fitting to your comfort.
Its easy to install, easy to use and easy to store. Within minutes you will be up and running and with as mentioned an adjustable headset and a adjustable mic piece you can set it up how you like.
This is also one of the few devices I have used that has Noise Cancellation that actually works! It makes for a superb sound and having used this as a test with my girlfriend you can hear on the other end of the line clearly even if there is the background noise of a TV! I guess ideal if you are going to be working in a busy centre.
The sound coming through is clear and crisp and similarly the sound emitted through the mic is perfect. I have had no sound issues in the months using this so far. At £9.99 I paid for it it is a real bargain and given the quality you are getting from Logitech the brand the this H110 in question, you cant complain!
Overall the quality here is top class and it shines on through. Its not usb though so be warned for anyone intending to use with that device!
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At such a low price, it is hard to imagine you could receive a high quality product. While it may not look as great as some of the higher tier models, the H110 is perfectly suited to the casual users needs. I myself utilise this to talk to my friends over Ventrilo; and at the same time listen to a music bot in the background. These are not the most comfortable of headsets, and I often find myself having to remove it for a few minutes as my ears heat up and begin to itch. However the quality of the audio is perfectly fine for a voice conversation - as both the microphone and headphones are acceptably good; and music is OK.
I would stress, as is evident in the price, that these are not suited to audiophiles, nor gamers intent on voice comms with the game sound through the headset (I have my sound split with voice over headset and game over surround) as they are not so isolating as for example, the Turtle Beach.
So with regards to the price they are a great steal, I recently gifted a set to my parents for our occasional skyping and have yet to hear a complaint (or a crackled voice!)
The logitech Stereo headset is a really handy piece of kit that we use for skype mainly. It is available for £14.49 on Amazon. We got a pair in the Christmas sale at PC World for £9.99. What initially attracted me to the item, was the fact it was under a tenner, had some very good reviews on Amazon (We always check and make a list of the best potential options before going out shopping) and it also had a noise cancelling microphone which meant that we could use the headset even in wi-fi areas outside and contact friends and family on holidays without simply being overwhelmed by noise.
The headset is multi purpose and when not being used for Skype it can be used with our Xbox to play games and wind up friends, it can also be used on the computer to listen to music and films. The sound quality is excellent and you can really hear everything that is being said, clearly without difficulty. The sound quality is much better for making calls than it is for films and music, for some reason the variants in music can become muffled or difficult to hear, possibly because I know what I'm listening to, whereas the phone calls sound clear and easy to understand.
The headphones are a plastic silver colour on the exterior with those little black furry ear pieces which I thought had disappeared years ago, these feel and look somewhat cheap and don't really add to the high tech experience in any sense.
The headset itself is also not too large, so it doesn't cause many problems for storage, but it is big enough to ensure that you aren't simply going to use the headset four or five times and then replace it, as it's weak quality. Moving the headset slightly to fit two different sized heads is easy to do, but the foam ear pieces can get a bit damp if somebody has been chatting to family for 20 minutes and then passes the headphones to the other person.
The cabling with the headset is 1.8 metres long meaning you can chat on the computer and still sit on a sofa or be at least 6 feet away, to allow you to relax if needs be.
Overall this product is ok, I don't think it can be considered anything more than a 3 out of 5, this is based on the price and the fact we get clear, crisp Skype calls, its not much use with music or film, and the ear pieces are annoying and old fashioned, without being entirely practical.
I have relatives in the US and rather than email each other, we tend to communicate through Skype. Skype is basically a programme which allows people to have voice and video calls through the Internet. For this you obviously need to be able to hear the person talking to you and for them to hear you. If you have a PC or laptop with a built in microphone and speakers, then this isn't a problem, and unless you're worried about people listening to your conversations and want privacy, you probably won't end up using a headset. At the time I bought the Logitech Stereo H110 headset though, I didn't have a built in microphone, so I needed a headset.
I paid £9.99 for the headset online, which I thought was a decent price. There were some other headsets selling for much less, and many more selling for higher, so I think this is a mid-range headset in terms of price and quality.
The headset is pretty functional in appeareance, being silver on the outside and having a black adjustable headband. The ear parts of the headset are covered in black foam and I find these to be fairly comfortable on the ears. The mouthpiece is adjustable which is handy, as you can angle it in different directions depending on where your mouth is, or fold it up when not in use. Although simple in appearance, these are decent looking headphones, and I can't fault them on looks, particularly for the price.
~~Use & Sound Quality~~
To use these, you just plug them into your PCs headphone socket, and if using Skype you'll be guided through the process to test your headphones and that you can hear and be heard properly. When you put them on and adjust them for your head, they are fairly comfortable, although after about a few hours, if you end up talking that long, they become a bit annoying, so I try not to use them for that amount of time.
When I use the headphones on Skype, the sound I receive is very good, and it's easy to understand the person on the other side of the conversation. Voices come through cleanly, there's no distortion and I find these to be great for having crisp, clear voice conversations over the Internet. I've asked the people I've talked to how my voice comes through at their end, and I'm told it's also clear and easy to understand, with no background noise coming through, so the microphone part of the headset is obviously working well too.
These are best designed for voice conversations, so if you feel the urge to listen to music through them, you'll be disappointed. They're not designed to convey that range of notes and tones, and so it's difficult for the headset to perform well with music, stick to using music headphones for this rather than this telecommunications headset.
For the price, I think the H110 is a very good headset. It's fairly cheap, works effectively for conversations as it's designed for, and performs well in general. The sound quality might not be great with music, but that's not what it's built for, so it can't be faulted for that. 4/5
Toward the end of last year I found myself in an awkward position at work. A friend and colleague had been accused of something, which he said he had not done. As his supervisor and friend I stood by since I felt sure there was no justification for the claims.
Anyway to cut a long story short our client insisted that he be removed from the premises. My company held a long investigation and no evidence was found, however he was still not allowed to return to the premises. As it urns out there was no justification and he had been set up my a relative.
He had been moved and our working partnership was dissolved. I still however intended to remain in contact with him since we were also friends. There was a significant distance between us now he had been moved so he suggested we keep in contact through Skype.
For those who do not know Skype is an online communication program, which allows users to videoconference or simply phone each other free over the net. It has many other functions but that s not the purpose of this review. The best way to use Skype is with a microphone and headphones since this eliminates all background distractions.
I didn't have a headphone microphone combo since up till then; I really didn't have any need for it. So as to have the best possible conversation I purchased for £11.99 the Logitech H110 Stereo Headset.
The headset is what I'd call mid range, being that it wasn't the cheapest nor the dearest, and from experience in using other such devices since I'd say my estimation was pretty accurate.
The headphones are basically silver in colour with a black headband, which is adjustable for the user. They don't really look as if they are top quality, the actual headphone piece is silver as I said but looks quite cheap. This said the microphone portion of the set does look quite professional with foam covering as in boom microphones.
Adjusting the size of the headphones is a simple slide to fit process, and can be done in a few seconds when they are applied. The earpieces are surrounded with foam padding which in turn is covered by a cheap vinyl. After a while in use this does get moist with sweat but is easily cleaned with a wet one or something along those lines.
The microphone swivels up a down and is on a thick wire rod, which can be manipulated to suit each user. All in all they are reasonably comfortable to wear although I certainly wouldn't want to be wearing them for hours on end.
The sound from the headphones is really good in conference mode, but only fair at best if listening to music. To be honest they aren't really designed for music listening so this criticism is just a passing note. The sound from the microphone can be heard best by the other end and I am informed that it is clear and crisp. It is advisable however to turn of microphone boost through the windows volume control options which can be entered by double clicking on the volume control at the bottom right of your PC. If this is left on there is a good chance of feedback, which is rather uncomfortable to listen too.
In any event if you load up Skype first it will step you through the set up of your microphone and headphones so as you may experience the best performance. Help screens can be entered should you need them but really the process is very simple, and it is better that fluffing about with windows settings which in all likelihood you will change for another program later on. In Skype your settings will be saved and automatically changed each time you use the software. During the test and set up you will hear the sound from the microphone and will be able to assess the clarity for yourself I found it very good as I had already been informed.
In use the sound from the headphones was very acceptable and my conversations were always crisp and clear. However when I flipped the microphone up and decided to use them for listening to music I was a little disappointed. The sounds is by no means terrible, but I have found since that simply plugging in a pair of headphones which I use for my MP3 player the difference was unbelievable.
Style wise they look OK a little cheap but OK for what they are intended to do, they function as I would expect for a mid range set, and I really haven't got any complaints about performance except for those already pointed out. On reflection there are undoubtedly better sets out there for a similar price, but I have always found Logitech to be reliable and of reasonable quality and these have done nothing to diminish that respect. I think for £11.99 they are a worthwhile investment although next time if there is a next time I would probably go for something in the higher range.