Product Type: Microsoft headsets
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Microsoft Lifechat LX-3000
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Microsoft Lifechat LX-3000
Advantages: great sound, blocks out distractions, great price
Disadvantages: may not be that comfortable for long times
I'm not a gamer. I'm a grown up person who works for a living, then comes home to spend time with his family. But I do have a laptop on which I listen to music and sometimes use Skype, which means that I need some headphones. I did a little research and eventually splashed out the princely sum of eighteen pounds on Microsoft's LX-3000. The reason that I chose these was mainly that they had proper ear cups (more later) and the sound quality was supposed to be reasonable, especially for the price.
What you get is a pair of heavily padded ear cup style headphones that completely enclose the ear in a big padded foam ring. This pretty much blocks out all external noise meaning that you don't need the volume as load - which is good for your hearing in the long run. The plastic headstrap on that links the two earcups together is solid and adjustable for every head size, and it's sprung strongly enough to keep the ear pieces clamped to your head. The unit as a whole is comfortable enough but I'd have liked the ear cups to be slightly bigger as I have rather large ears so they tend to sit on my ear lobes and the rim of my ears rather than enclosing them all in. It can get a little uncomfortable after prolonged use, but it's not a serious problem.
Attached to this is a boom microphone which has a foam cover around the business end so that it doesn't pick up your breathing or blowing onto the mic. The boom stick is fully adjustable via a swivel at the junction to the earphone and the stick itself being bendable all the way along its length. You can really bend it to whatever position is most comfortable for you.
The headset connects to your PC or Apple machine (compatible with both) via a 1.8 metre long cable. That's plenty long enough for sitting at the keyboard, in fact it's long enough for oyu to get up and have a little stretch while still wearing them. Just don't go for a walk or you'll drag your laptop off the desk. In the middle of this cable is a little control pad which allows you to answer calls, control the volume and mute the microphone, and they all work great. There's a little red light that tells you if your mic is 'live' or not, which is handy.
I have to say that I'm impressed with them. I got a great surprised when I plugged them into my laptop (via a USB plug) and they just worked! No set up, no discs, no long wait. I just cabled them up and received a message saying, 'your new hardware is ready and available for use.' You can't get simpler than that.
As for the sound, well it's great. A nice mellow bass end and none of that horrible hissy treble you get with some cheaper headphones. I'm not an audiophile so I don't demand perfect sound reproduction but with these I get nice, clear sound from my music and spoken word recordings (they're great for listening to audiobooks or educational disks) and they're brilliant for Skype conversations. The sound that I hear is better than a normal phone call and the mic apparently puts my voice across really well too.
All in all, a great product at a reasonable price.
Summary: Very good for the price