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The Plantronics CS60 USb microphone headset is one that connects to your PC or laptop via a USB port to charge and is able to be used in several different applications and ways.
I bought mine for use with Voice recognition software as i use mine for writing a lot of University work whilst having the freedom to move around while still being able to be productive.
The headset comes with a few various attachments that allow you to use it in various ways. There is a traditional one ear headset type configuration and also the over the ear configuration shown in the picture. The different methods of wearing the headset is easy to change and involves clipping the microphone into one of the fittings and then you are ready to go.
The sound quality that comes from this mic is excellent and I have not had any problems using it for Office, Skype, Ventrillo for in game communications, Voice recognition software to operate my laptop and even in doing some vocal recordings to music.
One of the other bonus things from this mic is that you can use it with the PLaystation 3 console by plugging it into a USB on the console and it automatically picks it up and allows you to use it in the same way as you would with any other headset. For all I didnt buy it for this purpose it was a nice bonus as I know some mics wont be recognised by the PS3.
The only downside I find to the microphone is that the moulded ear piece designed to fit over or in the ear when worn sometimes doesn't quite fit and can make it a little loose when wearing it but it doesnt really detract from what is a great product and is well worth the money.
The Plantronics CS 60 USB is a cordless rechargeable USB headset designed to plug into the USB port of a computer when the computer is being used for voice communications, such as Skype of msn voice.
While Plantronics' marketing talks about specific items of software, such as Skype, the headset can be used with any voice application. Indeed, as soon as you plug it in to a computer running Windows XP or Vista the computer will recognise it as a USB device and configure itself to use it. In doing so it may also start to send the audio output from Media Player or itunes through the headset, but a moment in the Sound settings of the Control Panel and you can set the computer up to send music and video sound through your normal sound system and voice through the new headset. It comes with an installation disk but you do not need it.
The headset is very comfortable. It has a range of fittings for its one earpiece so that you can use it with either ear, with or without a headband or a with a hook to go over your ear. The earpiece is nicely padded. Similarly, the microphone is on a long enough boom to sit just by your mouth.
The whole thing has a mains charger, but it also charges up through the USB port. For me this latter method does nicely and I do not use the mains charger at all.
In use, it is great. I use it with msn voice to talk to my grown-up children who are scattered far and wide and the sound quality, while dependent on the characterists of the internet connection, is superb. You can adjust the volume of the earpiece and microphone using the sound properties on the computer, but there is also a volume control on the device itself for some fine tuning. Since it is cordless you can wander well away from the computer and carry on talking. Whatever its nominal range is, I have found that I can be a couple of rooms away, or upstairs, with no detriment to quality.
The list price of these things is high, but you can get considerable discounts from ebay traders who provide brand new stock with proper receipts and guarantees, so it is no surprise that that is where I bought mine. It has a solid, quality feel to it.
For ease and flexibility if you use your computer for voice communications, I cannot recommend this device highly enough.