Product Type: Microsoft headsets
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A Poor Gadget
Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Headset
Member Name: slender_toned
Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Headset
Advantages: Looks good, Good microphone
Disadvantages: Expensive, Difficult to use (adjust volumes), Mine broke, Poor quality sound
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.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A poor product that isn't worth buying over the standard headset