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My husband and I are big gamers. We love a nice battle against one another, on our own Xbox 360 consoles, sometimes with separate televisions side by side so we don't have to share a screen. I have always used the cheap headsets that come provided with each Xbox console and had replaced mine at least 2 or 3 times outside of the 3 Xbox 360 consoles we have owned in the last 2 years. My husband purchased us two of these wireless Xbox 360 headsets on a whim. We had a particularly long evening on the Xbox where I was at a friends house and he was at home and we were unable to hold a proper conversation as my headset kept disconnecting and cutting out when I was speaking.
These headset is tiny, just like a bluetooth headset, but it came in the biggest box..! It was a huge waste of packaging and I really do hate it when there is waste. There were two rubbery ear pieces, one for smaller and one for larger ears, that came with the headset and it was simple to click the smaller piece in to place and then start using the headset.
The headset sits comfortably on my ear and the rubber part sits over the outer part of my ear in a way that is comfortable. When I get up and walk around the headset stays in place and even if I wear it for 2 or 3 hours, which isn't unusual, it stays in place and is still comfortable.
To use the headset is very simple. There is a mute/off button which is either pressed once to mute and again to unmute or is held down to turn the headset on or off. There are also two volume up and volume down buttons. When pressing the buttons there are different tones to make it clear what button is being pressed, without having to look, and if the mute button is activated there is a beeping every 30 seconds that alerts me that the mute is still on. This is ideal if I am in a party with my friends and they are talking and I have inevitably forgotten and I am talking back.
This headset is very light weight and it is simple to press the 'sync' button on the headset and on the Xbox to allow the two devices to work together without wires. There is a wire included that allows this headset to be charged directly from one of the USB ports on the Xbox, although it cannot be used while it is charging. There are lights numbered 1,2,3 and 4 which indicate that the headset is connected and which player it is connected to, this is ideal as it means if you have more than one headset that you can sync it to one Xbox and not get confused about which headset belongs to which player.
When I am using this headset I can hear my friends and fellow players with crystal clear clarity. I am able to speak to my husband, even if I am not in the same home, and hear it as clear as if he is next door to me. My friends can hear me clear also and I no longer have to repeat myself five times because my headset has cut out or disconnected once again.
Overall I would say that this headset is lightweight, simple to use and comfortable to wear. It is simple to use all the buttons and I have no problems working this while I am wearing it. The headsets retailed for about £34.99 each when my husband purchased them and he did pay almost full price. These are mainly available on a pre-owned basis now, which I wouldn't recommend, because of it being an ear product, but there are still some new ones on the Amazon website. This has been available in both black and white in the past few years and my version, and my husbands, is the black one.
This headset isnt great at all because the earpiece that holds it on your ear is flimsy and not as comfortable as you might think, also the mic needs charging quite often and it gives you an annoying beep sound in your ear when it needs this so its always good to have a spare wired microphone just incase as it does take awhile to charge it to full power.
The sound quality of people you talk to and hear is very good for this little headset as everyone sounds crisp and clear, When you buy the headset it comes with a USB charge cable and 2 sets of ear holders small and normal and this retails for around £35 to £40 depending where you shop, this is probably the cheapest headset you can get thats wireless.
overall if you want something that is comfortable then this isnt for you but if your not bothered its a great quality sound headset.
After having the initial wired headset replacements pouring in with their retrospective 360 consoles, I hadn't had to buy one, until they all broke, and bought this.
The sound quality is surprisingly good, and gets nice and loud if you like it like that.
The controls are also in a well thought out position and are nice and chunky meaning it enables you to easily change volume or just turn the whole thing off while its still on your ear.
It comes with a few different sized ear attachments as well, for different sized ears or comfort.
Which evidently i didn't find great, I personally did not find this comfortable to use for long periods of time. It might just be me, because my friend has one and uses it all the time and says how great it is(hence the purchase).
Also for other people listening to you, it picks up good sound quality from the microphone, but at the same time, is prone to picking up background noise quite easily, such as game noise.(can be anoying for other players)
No Wires! Always a bonus, the standard wired headset was prone to getting in your way and being generally annoying with its clumsy headset.
Quite easily broken if trodden on.
Many of you are probably in the same boat as me when it comes to the current 360 headset, by that I mean the wire has curled up so much I could use it as a slinky, the headset itself has broken in half and held together by a few bits of tape and to add to all that the mini console has lost its grip on the controller and now comes out so easily you have to be careful when you sneeze for fear of losing communications with your team mates.
Luckily all is not lost as Microsoft latest accessory has arrived in the form of a wireless headset. Now the first thing I noticed when I bought the little headset was just how big the packaging was, now I know it has nothing to do with the headset but it really is such a waste of excess packaging for such a small product. Of course you only then realise that the package is huge because you have to charge the little headset up using the three pin plug and sadly not your USB slots like many had hoped.
OK so I'm not off to the greatest start, luckily the future is far from bleak for the little headset. When you first pick it up you realise just how small and how light the thing weighs. Once you take a closer look you start to see just how well built the headset is and how nice it looks. The white finish to go with the console looks sublime and I mean seeing no curled up wires alongside the headset will make any gamer just feel oh so good.
Being wireless means there is now no headset console on the controller instead everything is on the actual headset. The power and volume up/down buttons are on the side of the headset and at first it may feel weird having to raise your hand to you ear every time you want to mute or change the volume but you will get used to it, and it also kind of looks all Special Ops, what with the whole hand touching the ear thing. To mute the headset you simply tap the power button once and to un-mute you just tap it again. One thing I did notice, that while in mute every sixty seconds or so the headset will give off a small beep to kind off remind you that the headset is muted which I think is very clever feature which can save you the embarrassment of accidentally sending blank message to friends.
On the microphone you see four little LED lights and they are the 'ring of light' if you will for the headset. When it works in unison with a wireless controller it will simply go to quadrant 1 alongside your controller, but simply press the connect button and you can assign the headset to another controller. The headset is simple to use and once you get used to raising your hand up to your ear each time you want to change its settings you will never turn back.
Being so light, when the headset is on your ear you simply forget it's there. I was a bit dubious of the loop and how comfortable it would be, but it drops onto your ear perfectly and isn't in anyway uncomfortable to wear. One thing about the old headsets is that your ears would blister after about four or so hours of gaming, but that is not an issue with this new headset.
Speaking of the hours of gaming, this brings me onto the next best thing this new accessory has to offer, which just how long you can keep the headset on for. Personally I have used it for three nights at about 4 hours each night. I would say, as of yet, the battery has not even come close to being depleted. I expected to be charging this baby up each and every night but that is most certainly not the case and I must commend Microsoft for making the headset last so damn long. To check how much power is remaining in the headset you can simply press the guide button and in a similar fashion to checking the Wireless Controller battery, a little headset icon and battery level will be displayed at the top.
The most important part of the headset though is the audio quality, I mean it can look good but it can still sound like crap, but luckily it performs extremely well in this department. The sound compared to the old headset is a lot cleaner, crisper and to add to that it's louder compared to the old headset which was a tad to quiet at times. There are a few problems though, like for one if you have its volume maxed out, the headset will start to echo and also at times people have said the headset creates a rather annoying buzzing sound which the headsets' user cannot hear, but a simple power on and off can fix that.
The wireless headset is a definite improvement over its predecessor, despite its slight bugs here and there. It's small, lightweight, looks gorgeous and sturdy and sounds divine. Not forgetting the fact that it's unbelievably comfortable to wear and to be completely honest I think the £34.99 RRP price tag is an absolute bargain and a must buy for any 360 owner.
Originally published at ConsoleMonster.com and my blog: http://leedavidmatthews.wordpress.com/page/2/
I must've gone through a dozen of the basic Xbox wired headsets so when I saw a wireless headset on sale I jumped at the opportunity. When bought it came with the mic itself and a usb charging cable, so it can be plugged into your xbox or computer to charge. I didn't think it would be much better than a wired headset, but I was wrong. The volume is much louder on the wireless one and the audio quality is much cleaner. Also the microphone doesn't get in your way, it just rests on your cheek but it can still pick up whispers. There are 4 buttons on the microphone: the power button, which when clicked also mutes the microphone. There are volume button to raise or lower and there is a connection button which connects the microphone to the xbox.
The microphone is small but isn't flimsy like it looks, I have dropped and sat on mine many times but am yet to experience and major faults although I have had friends who have experienced faults but there is a warranty on the product and xbox are good at fixing things that are sent to them.
The battery life lasts quite long but it does get annoying when it runs out as you can't use it while it is being charged, to avoid this I tend to just leave it on charge whenever its not in use. The range of the microphone is good enough as long you dont sit miles away from your xbox, it sometimes works when im in other rooms of my house. The headset is very comfortable, it fits around your ear and you barely even notice its there, it remains comfortable even after hours of use.
Along with the wireless Xbox controller and wireless Wi-Fi adapter, I brought this little gadget, the wireless headset. Hoping that it would be much better than the wired headset that seemed to constantly break on me, I didn't mind spending a little extra money on it.
The wired headset costs around £5 when brought online but can be around £15 when brought in store unless second hand. The wireless headset usually costs £20 online and in store. Its a lot more money but haven't needed to replace mine for several months now.
What it is?
The wireless headset is used in Xbox live games or Xbox chat to talk to other player online. Unlike the wired headset the microphone is further up your face so doesn't get in the way so much. It also doesn't go all the way over your head. Instead there is a small loop to go around one of your ears. This can be annoying at first and sometimes feels like its constantly going to fall off but after a while you get used to it and I've rarely had problems with it.
Quality of microphone and sound
Although the microphone is further away from your mouth, this doesn't affect the quality. I've never noticed much different in volume when comparing it to the original headset so overall works fine.
How to use it
There is an on button on the headset where it will find the controller and Xbox without much hassle at all. You also have the volume and mute option. Any other controls will be on the Xbox menu.
Overall I would recommend this headset rather than the wired headset. Although it more expensive, it lasts longer and of course no wires so no hassle.
I bought this headset nearer the time I first got my Xbox 360. I thought it'd be good to have the best accessories - especially as my original headset unfortunately broke when we had a flood in the house! Luckily the Xbox itself was ok. This headset certainly wasn't worth buying as it broke too.
It seemed a great little gadget at first. I was amazed as to how it'd fit on your ear looking at it, as I had never used anything like it such as a Bluetooth wireless headset before. You can buy one on Amazon.co.uk in either white or black nowadays for around £29 to match your standard or Elite console. Both of them look the same however, but I prefer the white colour scheme with the grey ear piece.
There is a rubber ear piece that you fit in, which clips onto your ear. It doesn't hurt your ear to wear this as it's not that heavy or bulky. The earpiece should fit most ears unless you have ridiculously large or small ones. The main body of the gadget has a few buttons on it. There is a chrome power button, which has to be held to switch the headset on. There are also + and - buttons above and below this, which are used to control volume. A little bridge leads down to the microphone end, which doesn't sit very near your mouth, but more like your cheek.
The microphone is however quite sensitive so will still pick up your voice - it's probably more sensitive than the original wired headset, which has foam over it to prevent background noise. This means this headset may play the noise of your TV through the headset if it's too loud as it's a lot more sensitive. On the plus, you come through loud and clearly, which is good for other players.
On the inner side of this bridge leading to the microphone are 4 lights titled 1, 2, 3 and 4. They signify which wireless 'channel' you are connecting to on the Xbox. There is a wireless connect button just above these lights - the same as that on the wireless controller and other accessories. You must hold this on the headset and the Xbox 360 console on the front for a few seconds and they will both search and connect to each other. You can only have 4 wireless objects connected to the Xbox at one time.
The 'bridge' leading to the microphone can bend up and down slightly but I don't see the point of this as it's not like you are adjusting it by your mouth. The headset is simple to use, and once you switch it on in the future, it will automatically connect to your Xbox as it recognises it - you won't have to use the wireless connect button. It can be a huge pain if you wear this into the kitchen to grab a snack or drink between games as it can disconnect due to too great a range. When this happens, it can be hard to switch the microphone on again and get it to actually work without resetting the whole console and microphone. This problem happens similarly with the wired headset if you accidentally pull it out - I think it's a problem Microsoft need to fix.
The earpiece is just under the main body and has a very thin layer of foam covering it for comfort. The sound quality isn't as good as the standard wired headset for some reason - perhaps because the speaker is a little smaller. The thing seems to be of good quality, until mine broke of course. It just stopped working at all and the foam over the speaker literally came away when I gave it a light rub - it was as if it was damp, and the room was never that damp despite the earlier flood.
The headset can be used to communicate over Xbox Live in games and parties. It's very useful to be able to communicate verbally so you can talk tactics or simply enjoy taunting the other players. This wireless version is quite expensive at £30 and I would not recommend one, purely based on the fact it's not very reliable and mine broke. The quality can't be there because of this and even when it does work, it's not that amazing. Having saved the little wire that runs to your headset is not worth it for an extra £25 - you're best of getting the standard wired headset. If you really want to go pro, you may as well pay £80 or £145 for a top of the range 'Turtle Beach' gaming headset for the Xbox 360, which you can find on Amazon.co.uk too.
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I purchased the wireless headset after my original headset which came with my Xbox broke. At first i found it an overall improvement on the original wired option. The wireless headset is much more practical than the original however the audio quality just isn't there. I find myself at times having to shout just so other members of my Xbox live party are able to hear and understand me. I never had that problem with the original. For comfort and use I would only give it an average rating as after a period of time it does begin to ache my ear. On the plus side it is wireless meaning you can put down your controller get a drink and resume gaming. I've since replaced it with the call of duty throat mic which is by far superior in every way and half the price.
Overall I wouldn't recommend this item to anyone based upon usage and price and would suggest you stick with the original headset or go with the call of duty throat mic which is my preference
I've separated this review up into different sections, such as design and value for money for easier reading as I understand you might not have time to read the full review!
The product comes with the following items:
- 1 wireless headset
- 1 USB cable
- 2 head cradles (different sizes)
- Instruction manual
--- What it does ---
This headset allows you to talk to others over Xbox live, be they friend or foe. Being able to talk is absolutely essential and can make or break games. From discussing tactics with your teammates to talking smack to the opposition, a headset is essential. Imagine playing Call of duty without being able to warn your teammate there's a guy coming up behind him, and watching him getting knifed from behind. Imagine playing a real time strategy, such as Halo Wars, without being able to discuss when to attack etc. You don't know what you're missing until you've tried one, especially not until you've freed yourself of wires and gone for Microsoft's official wireless Xbox 360 headset.
--- Why I bought it ---
I bought this because I was soooo fed up of catching the wire on the wired mic, inevitably yanking it out and constantly having to rearrange it to sit comfortably on my head. The wire used to also tickle my wrist whilst playing and I found the feel and weight of the headset irritating and uncomfortable in general. The wireless headset fixes all of the above issues and more. Because it's small and lightweight, it sits comfortably on your ear and once you get used to it - you barely realise you're wearing it. The voice quality is better to, slightly clearer than the wired headset.
--- Battery Life ---
As with all wireless devices - I've got to mention battery life, which does not bode well for this headset. The problem is it has to be recharged far too frequently for my liking, with the built in battery lasting anywhere between 8 - 10 hours of continuous use (this time fluctuates according to frequency of use and turning it on/off). This means it's probably worth recharging once every night if you play for 4 or more hours a day.
It's lucky, then, that the headset charges via USB. This not only saves on batteries, but also means no plug to clog up your (already choc a block, if you're anything like me) mains sockets/power points. The USB is also handy for when abroad - no need to get one of those 2 prong things. This also means you could plug it into your PC and charge it... though I've never tried that before, I assume it would work, however you shouldn't ever need to (I haven't).
You might be thinking "Overnight? What a waste of energy!". If you are thinking that, then you're wrong - for two reasons: Firstly, the headset charges via the Xbox, even when it's turned off. It's still using electricity from the mains, but not nearly as much as if you had to leave the Xbox on all night. Secondly; the headset requires a solid 5 hours to charge. The instructions say it requires 6 but from my experience it only actually takes 5, so that's the reason you need to charge it overnight - it takes so long!
--- Design ---
The headset is eloquently designed (as you can see from the picture) and looks much more stylish on your ear than the standard wired headset. There are four little lights on the inside of the mic which are labelled 1,2,3,4 to signify which controller it is assigned to. The lights are a bright green (same as the controller's light and the console's, which look nice. Whilst charging, these lights flash in ascending order (separately) and when it's done charging all lights flash in unison. This is a good design and allows you to easily tell when they're finished charging.
The cradles are designed well because they are made of a durable, soft rubber. You needn't worry about not fitting the headset on your ear, either, as two sizes are provided. The way they connect to the headset is very interesting, and it is clear some time was spent designing the connectors. It takes a fair amount of force to clip the cradle on to the headset but when it's on - it isn't easy to get off. This is a good thing because it ensures without doubt that it won't be falling off your ear or coming loose - even if you shake your head!
--- Build Quality ---
The build quality of the headset is great, with the foam covering the earpiece securely glued on and the multiple ear piece cradles provided being very durable and long lasting. However I am on my second wireless headset. This is because the first one refused to charge one day (I'd had it for about 3 months). I believe the reason was because I took it off of charge mid way through, so you could say it's my fault.
Luckily it comes with the standard 1 year warranty so I strolled over to GAME to replace it. The new one has lasted... a while now (I'd say at least a year now, probably more), so overall I'm quite pleased. However I would advise against making the same mistake I did, just to be careful.
--- Voice Quality ---
Now on to voice quality... I've noticed a very noticeable improvement on the wired headset. There are many people out there (some of which who have only had the headset for a week or two) who claim there is no difference. Trust me when I say there is a solid difference, for one voice clarity is higher and you can amplify the sound more with the wireless headset. I know this because the charge ran out of it (forgot to charge it the night before, woops) and had to use my wired headset. Perhaps I noticed the difference because I'd be using my wireless headset for so long.
--- Value for Money ---
Unfortunately, this wireless headset has a price range of £29.99 to £34.99 (lowest price being Amazon.co.uk, highest being GAME and other in store retailers). I bought mine from GAME around a year and a half ago for £34.99 - as you can see; the price hasn't shifted whatsoever, as with pretty much all Xbox 360 accessories I've seen. Even if you go online and purchase for £29.99, it's still pretty dear for something that doesn't do much more than the wired headset. I, however have got a good year and a half use out of mine and consider the £34.99 very well spent - if only because of the lack of alternatives currently on the market and the fact that I've got so many hours of use out of it.
To sum up; as long as you intend on using the headset frequently and, like me, suffer from the same irritations the wired headset caused, then this is definitely a purchase you won't regret.
--- Should you buy it? ---
Overall I'd recommend this headset to anyone looking for a more comfortable, wireless experience. Unfortunately - like most Microsoft products - it has its flaws, such as poor battery life and a surprisingly (I'd say unnecessarily) high price tag for what it is. Still, it's a superb alternative to the wired headset, offering superior voice quality and a hassle free gaming experience.
If you do choose to buy one, I recommend keeping a wired headset spare, for if you forget to charge it. There's nothing worse than not being able to talk to your friends in the middle of a game, especially when you can't even warn them your mic has ran out of charge without creating and sending a message!
I was really excited about the prospect of this. I was only disappointed.
The headset loses its signal when it is taken more than ten feet away from the console and you can't hear or be heard. The wired headset has far better range as it shares this with your controller.
The quality of the headset is not as good as it should be, it feels quite cheap and tacky, everytime I pick it up I feel like it will break. The wired headset isn't much better in this regard.
The ear loops which hold the earpiece on come in two sizes, neither of which are suitable for my little ears as it keeps falling off and is very uncomfortable. Whereas the wired headset fits perfectly on any head because of the over head band.
Because all the controls for the wireless headset are on your ear it can be very difficult to mute in game conversation and you cannot see whether it is or not; this means random strangers can hear everything you're saying to your partner/children/other people in your house.
The sound quality of the wireless headset is poor, I struggled to have a conversation with my friend, I was forever asking them to repeat everything they said.
The idea of this product is excellent, however the execution has not been up to the standard required. I actually prefer my wired headsets. Save yourself some moneyand get a wired one, you'll only be disappointed with this.
I bought one of these quite some time ago now and I must say of all the available accessories now available for the Xbox 360, such as play + charge kits, messanger pads, hard drives e.t.c. this is the number one must have. That is of course if you are a gold subsription holder for Xbox live. Without it the wireless headset is of little use.
But.... Get this combination together with a cracking online multiplayer game such as halo, call of duty or gears of war and you are in for a whole new world of fun. the possibilities are endless. Offering the oppertunity to organise a team assault in halo, taunt the enemy team in call of duty or even make comical cries as you are killed in gears of war. And all with the comfort and complete freedom offered by such a well designed, lightweight and high quality wireless headset.
Weighing in at only 400g and able to be used continuously for up to 8hrs this really does offer tremendous freedom whilst playing your favourite game without compramising sound or build quality (if not enhancing it)
The Xbox 360 Microphone is the secret weapon of success in and around the Xbox Live community, as it enables you to communicate valuable tactics to teammates when in the heart of battlegrounds. Not only this, but it enables you to talk to your friends all over Xbox Live at any time. Without any wires, you can freely communicate with friends from the United States to Australia, France and Canada. The microphone has a great design, but it failed to please me after breaking around a year after I purchased it. At the price it cost, this didn't leave me smiling as one year wasn't even satisfactory for me. At first, I thought this microphone was a quality one and would last, but I can now literally see and experience the damage it has undergone through normal use.
- The Design -
The microphone comes in a plastic box like all other Xbox 360 accessories. It's tricky to open and will need cutting with scissors. Inside are the microphone as well as a charging cable and plug, which is black. The microphone fits over one ear and balances with the microphone at the other end closer to your mouth. The microphone is mainly white to match the Xbox 360 and default controller. The earpiece that fits over your ear is semi-circle shaped and is dark grey, which combines with the white to give a modern look. The actual audio will come through an earpiece, which is coated in a thin layer of foam. The good thing here is that the foam doesn't come off and simply rests on your ear so you can easily hear others.
The main part of the microphone on the inner part displays the Microsoft logo as well as bits and bobs such as the European Safety logo. The microphone is made in China. Just to the back of this main part is a small circular hole where the charging cable enters. On the outer main body are three buttons - two for volume control either side of a centre chrome power button. The chrome has started to wear away on mine, revealing plastic underneath - which delineates a bad quality product. Another dark grey bridge goes down to the extended microphone end. It isn't very long or it would be pulling your ear off, but is long enough so that you can be heard. On the inner part are 4 lights, which go green to signify what player you are. Above this is the wireless connect button similar to the one on the wireless controller and your console - used to connect wireless equipment. On the outer part of this is the Xbox 360 logo, nicely displayed on view, and there is a small hole for the microphone at the bottom end.
The design is good as the microphone is very compact and looks like a real next generation gadget. Considering it's wire free too, the microphone is very attractive and despite the price, this is what will attract you as a potential buyer. It doesn't look cheap - it looks like a quality electronic product, but I have since realised that it cannot be judged by its looks.
- General Use -
The microphone is really easy to use but I sometimes have problems getting it wirelessly connected. The chrome power button is held down to switch the microphone on. It can also be pressed once to mute and unmute your voice - for example if you pick up a phone call whilst playing a game, you can mute yourself so others don't have to listen to your call with your mother. The volume buttons either side are shown with plus and minus signs - not great as you can't see them when it's on your ear, however you get a feel for which button is which. Firstly, you must wirelessly connect the microphone. You do this by holding down the button on your Xbox 360 and on the microphone. It is recognised almost immediately, which is great.
The only problems I have had using the microphone is when it just stops working and I don't know why. If you go out of range (supposedly 30 feet but I think it's less in practice), the microphone switches off and the 4 lights flash to tell you this. Once you step back in range, it sometimes seems to connect again but your voice is not detected. Despite switching it off and back on again, muting and unmuting your voice, I have found no way (apart from waiting) to fix this. It's really annoying and happens all the time.
You are meant to get 8 hours of wireless use too, but this is a joke. In reality, I get a few hours out of mine, and always have since day one. To prolong the battery in the microphone, you should only really charge it when the battery is low. They also claim that the sound quality is 'superior'. I beg to differ. The maximum volume of other players' voices is pretty bad compared to the wired microphone. Sometimes, you can barely hear people and it's annoying. I don't want screaming kids in my ear, but I would like to be able to hear people well - that is the whole idea of the microphone. Your voice is picked up but once again, it doesn't come across as loud as you may like. The only good thing about the not so perfect sensitivity of the microphone is that it won't pick up background noises from the television or anything else.
- My Experience -
I have found this microphone quite good to use. It's great with the freedom of no wires, as you don't have to worry about ripping out your microphone accidentally or having wires resting on your hands whilst playing a game. Apart from the annoying times when the microphone disconnects and won't reconnect, it occasionally makes a loud fuzzy noise to other players when it comes back on. It does this randomly too, and it's really annoying to other players - they usually mute you and complain. I don't know why it does this but it's just not right for such an expensive product.
Through quite a bit of use, the chrome on the power button has started to wear away. You may think this is fair, but considering you press the button just once to switch it on and once more to switch it off when you play, it hasn't lasted very long. The foam of the earpiece has started to decolourise too and it looks a bit nasty. This isn't because of dirty ears - it's because of dirt that collects on it, and is impossible to clean off. The loudness of the microphone isn't great, even though you can slightly adjust the microphone extension up and down. Initially, the microphone was good when I first bought it, but then it got in my bad books after a bit of use.
In the end, my microphone half stopped working. My voice is no longer detected and I can only hear other players. This is terrible and makes it pretty useless, apart from saving peoples voices coming through your TV. It's no longer in use as I bought a standard one again for half the price. Recently, that seemed to play up on me too, so in all honesty, there is no way round getting a reliable microphone! You may as well get the wired one as it's cheaper.
- Price & Availability -
Currently, the microphone is available on Amazon.co.uk for £29.95, which is cheaper than buying it offline. In places like Game, you will find it for around £34.99 so it's better to buy online. However, I wouldn't recommend paying such a high price considering the quality of the product. You would be better off with the standard one as the quality is the same and it's a lot cheaper, just with a wire added on.
- Conclusion -
Overall, I wouldn't recommend buying this microphone. The quality isn't what it seems and you'd be better off to buy the standard wired microphone economically speaking. The wireless one does have a good design and looks great, but after a while, you will begin to doubt the quality of the microphone. It's pretty easy to use and without any wires, you feel a lot freer whilst gaming. It fits on your ear well and doesn't hurt or damage your ear in any way. It's compact and efficient, but not at all reliable from my experience.
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I received this headset in replacement for my broken wired headset free from Microsoft. I wasn't expecting a wireless headset because of the price different, and to be honest I wasn't expecting it to be any good!
But boy I was wrong; this does the job really well. The sound is clear maybe lacking end frequency compared to the wired headset but it's like wearing a different pair of headphones, you get used to it quickly.
My concern was where the mute and volume controls when I first opened the package, but they have been cleverly integrated into the design.
The earpiece is comfortable and you can have it on for hours without it hurting your ear like the wired version.
Being wireless there is a battery inside the headset, looking at the slim design you wouldn't believe it and weights next to nothing.
Now the downsides to the headset...
Well these aren't really big downsides, just things you have to adjust to when using wireless technology.
1. It has a battery that needs charging, playing an hour a will require you to charge it maybe every 3 days. Which I don't think is too bad as the cable to charge it is USB and plugs right into the front of your console.
2. I've been told by other friends on Xbox Live that it picks up a bit of outside noise; I have recorded voice messages and found that it more than acceptable in my opinion. I think it can be due to the position you wear the headset in relation to your mouth. I have found a 90 degree angle is clear for the listener.
I more than recommend this item to add to the wireless gaming experience.
I bought one of these after my wired headset that comes free kept breaking (do not buy one of those, they're terrible!) and got it for a good price. Compared to the standard wired choice, it's a huge upgrade. The first and most obvious improvement is wireless over wired. Wires are always annoying and especially when they're swinging close to your head.
This isn't actually a headset; it's more of an earpiece. The dark grey part in the picture is made of strong rubber which goes over your left or right ear and comes with a smaller and larger size. As you may have guessed the microphone doesn't reach your mouth but it doesn't affect the sound when you speak through it and was part of the design. It does feel a little weird at first but after a few games, you don't even notice it's there. You can change the angle of this piece as well.
The range isn't as long as the wireless controller which is a minor flaw as you don't exactly need to be talking every second but it's still a disadvantage I thought I'd note down.
It comes with a simple USB charger and it lasts several hours per charge. The four lights will flash simultaneously when it's fully charged and there is a battery meter on the Xbox guide. The only button is the centre silver one which acts as power and mute in one.
Although this is better than the wired, it's not as good as some Turtle Beaches or Astros.
Since I was bought one of these by my brother, I have continued to thank him. I have my xbox360 console purely for the live functionality. If you're like me and get annoyed with cables, especially the headphone cable while trying to play your favourite game you'll love this.
The charge time of this lasts for a good 3 - 4 hours. I've been using it for almost a year now and I haven't really noticed a decrease in time. The transmitting and receiving distance isn't as long as the controller as the battery is smaller. It is ample for a big lounge (5m X 5m). If you're used to walking into the kitchen and making a brew while chatting, depending on your wall thickness, this may not happen anymore.
The indicator lights indicating charge is very handy (Counts 1 through 4 while charging and all four lights flash when fully charged) and connecting it up to your Xbox couldn't have been made easier. I find the quality of the sound and the microphone to be better than that of the controller version