Plantronics GameCom Open-Ear Gaming Headset with Full Range Stereo
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- Open-ear design keeps you connected to the game and your surroundings.
- Concealed mic boom stays hidden until you're ready to use it.
- Specially designed earpods redistribute pressure for maximum comfort.
- In-line volume and mic-mute controls allow for easy audio adjustment.
- Noise-canceling microphone lets you communicate clearly.
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I put these into service in October and here it is April and there's a crack forming in the headband. While these do see extensive daily use, they generally stay put. (The whole reason for getting a comfy multi-purpose headset was so I WOULDN'T have to take it off.)
I examined the headband, removed 4 little screws to look inside it, and discovered that the center band (the expandable part) is held to the outer pieces with only two screws and about 1/4" of plastic overlap. This overlap (surprise surprise...) is exactly where the band is cracking.
In short, Plantronics has the right idea, and a few small refinements to the design would make it perfect, but for long-term daily use, I'll have to look for something a little tougher.
UPDATE: Krazy Glue has provided some structural reinforcement to the aforementioned weak point in the headband - so far it's been on there for about a month and hasn't cracked any more.
As for good things, the sound quality is a 9.5/10. When I play FPS games online, I can hear people walking anywhere around me - including above and below. The mic is crystal clear. I like having the two separate plugs so at times I can unplug the headphone jack and hang the headset around my neck and still use the mic. The cord is long and very sturdy and doesn't get tangled. I wear glasses but the cushions don't interfere with them.
According to my friends on Teamspeak, the microphone quality is non-static and clear. The microphone easily pulls up and down if you need to eat some food or something while you play.
The Sound quality is just as good as any other headphone nowadays, I can't really tell how one is better than the other.
However for so much padding, they don't block out other sound out very well at all. (Which if you're using them for gaming it shouldn't matter unless you do tournaments where there are alot of people around you)
For thirty dollars these are much better than any set you can get at Walmart and I recommend them to any home-gamers.
Note: this model has no USB adapter, so you have to use the audio jack. (Unless you have a usb adapter which is like 1 dollar at Radioshack)
The biggest problem with this set is that the design of the headband can put some pressure on the side of your head if you have a larger noggin. Additionally, on the mic side of the head band, there is only two screws and maybe a 2 cm of plastic holding this thing together (as noted by another reviewer). Unless you are a child or have a small head, the same pressure that holds the cups to your head WILL break this part of the headband after a few months. Had plantronics invested a little more time in figuring this design flaw out or perhaps using METAL for this part of the headset, this would have been a homerun. Additionally, once this starts to crack, the headset becomes EXTREMELY uncomfortable as it pulls unevenly on your head and part of the headband (where it starts to crack) at the top starts to press down on your skull.
If you choose to buy this, be aware that it WILL be a short term investment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are a great gaming headset. I have since replaced mine but only because I sat on it and broke it.Published 9 months ago by Kevin T Gonzaga
These headphones are amazing for the price! The mic is not for people who scream and talk really loud. Read morePublished 15 months ago by katie martin
i Have owned these Plantronics Gamecom Head set for years now and they are still working great :) love them very comfy on my head and sound is great still. Cant beat the price.Published 23 months ago by Gigzaw
they were really nice when I first got them however they didn't last long. my son had them on one day an when he went to take them off (not so gently I presume) the adjustment... Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Josh
Great headset for the price. Sound is good and voice comes through clear. But after a year and a half the microphone no longer works.Published on July 10, 2013 by Hotmann
I took 1 star off because its have 1 little problem is after few hours of wearing this headphone my ear start to hurt on the side but other then that its perfectPublished on February 28, 2013 by Jody Chang
Good quality sound, comfortable - what else do you need? Also, the length of the cable is perfect for watching movies on your computer from your bed or a comfy bed placed in a good... Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by fatemeh