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I downloaded Skype on my P.C a long time ago to keep in touch with family and friends online and it has been great to message people and stay in touch as it's free to download and free to make skype to skype calls, but to do this you need a headset.
I was on holiday in Wales and went into Poundland just to have a look around and was so surprised to see this headset on the computer aisle that I bought it straight away without thinking as it was the last one on the shelf.
I was thinking for a pound it has to be worth the risk of buying as they usually retail at around £4 to £5 in the shops.
The packaging is simple and it just comes in a cardboard pack with plastic on the front that you rip off to get the headset out.
It is so easy to install and has two jack plugs on the end one black and one orangy pink, these fit into the speaker and audio outputs on your computer there is no installation to do just plug them in and they are ready to go.
The head set is pretty basic, just a back plastic band that can be adjusted to fit over your head and the ear parts are padded with foam to protect your ears from loud noises.
The miscro phone is attached to the left earpiece and can be put up when your not using it and just listening to music or be pulled down for when your having a conversation.
When I first plugged this in and called someone on skype I was surprised at how clear their voice was and had to turn down the speakers on my computer as they did hiss at first when on full volume, but on lower volumes the sound is clear and I could even hear what was going on in the background clearly, as when the dog barked in the house I could hear it.
I am really happy I found this in Poundland and I use it everyday now, I find it more convenient to talk on skype than on the phone as it's free to anyone who has skype and with the headset you don't have to keep typing what your trying to say on the screen like when you instant message someone.
This has really opened up my life as I live rural and am now able to chat with friends without tapping away at the computer keyboard.
The wire on the headset is long enough for me to use and sit at the computer desk when using it and I like this so much I'm happy to recommend it to you.
My bargain for the year I think, I can listen to music, chat with friends and get daily use out of it all for a pound.
10 out of 10 for this basic headset.
At the school I'm working in we're lucky enough to have plenty of laptops for the children to use which is great when they're working on interactive tasks on the internet to support their learning. What wasn't so great on my first day was listening to all the laptops producing different noises and sounds... in the end it gave me a bit of a headache really! Imagine having eighteen laptops on in the same room, with every one playing different music or sounds... then add into that thirty four children chatting away and laughing quite happily... not ideal at all! I quickly decided that we needed to buy some headphones and was given the job of researching which ones to order, obviously bearing in mind that we couldn't afford top of the range ones!
After a thorough session of technical research (which actually involved going onto Amazon one evening and selecting the three cheapest headphone sets to read about in the reviews on the internet... technical information tends to be wasted on me) I selected the Sunwire PC Headset and Microphone as not only would this allow children to listen to any sounds on their laptop but it would also allow us to use the microphones if we ever wished to do any audio recordings or anything like that... a bit of a double bonus really I thought!. A set of these retails on Amazon for only £3.99 making these quite a bargain buy, they were certainly the cheapest ones I came across and so the order was processed and I waited eagerly for silence to return once more...
The headphone is very much like the old fashioned headphones where a black plastic band goes over your head and ends with the two circular foam covered pads that actually cover your ears. The band can be adjusted in terms of size quite easily but it does seem to be a little bit flimsy so you do need to be quite gentle when doing this. Attached to the left headphone is a pull down microphone piece that can be (gently) pulled down and will sit quite comfortably an inch or two from your mouth to enable you to speak into it if you wish. The headphones connect to our laptops through the 3.5mm headphone and mic outputs which tend to be standard on most computers I believe. The wire is a suitable length although isn't long enough to get tangled!
The product connects really easily to the computer and I found that there was no installation required, the laptops simply detected that it had been plugged in and it was ready for use. The headset seems comfortable enough to wear, I've not had any complaints this week and I've used one a few times too. The acoustics are really clear, both incoming and outgoing, and there's no interference or muffling on the line either. The only downside that I can think of is that they are quite light and a little flimsy, obviously this wouldn't be a problem for me but when you've got some rather hard handed children working with them it could create a little problem, I find myself reminding them every time to work very carefully with the headsets... pretty please!
I can't really comment on durability as I've only had them for just under a week, although I'm pleased to report no breakages or damages yet! Another teacher in the same school has the same headphones and has had hers for over a year; she's not found any problems at all except her lead length is a lot shorter than mine which did create some problems. Apparently this was an issue with the headphones but the manufacturers have now addressed that problem! I think for the price of £3.99 you're going to be hard pushed to find a better set of headphones that work as well as these do, obviously if you're a heavy user you may wish to spend a little more but I'd say that these would do the job just fine and to save yourself the money by buying these!
Thanks for reading.