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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2007
Xbox live is one of the greatest entertainments of the 21st century, being able to connect with millions of people worldwide is a great thing, this headset is NOT!!! This headset comes with the Xbox 360 premium if you did not already know that, when I got mine I used it a little over two weeks and It snaped at the point where it swivels to fit the ear. This product is not very sturdy, just pick it up and feel it, it just feels like its gonna snap. so stay away from this product I recommend a different headset maybe even the wireless one.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2006
I bought the 360 that comes with the headset. I never really used it until after a couple weeks when I got Xbox live.

I've had Xbox Live since Late June, and I am writing a review in early August.

So my headset only lasted 2 months.

The 360, and other Microsoft products work fine but this is trouble.

The problem with mine is when I plugged it in, which I had played earlier this morning and I sent a message to one of my friends and I couldn't hear them and we did some figuring and I later found out when I tap the end of my cord it cuts the sound.

And now it doesn't work.

If I were you I would buy a different 360 headset.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2009
This is the third Xbox headset that broke within the first week. Someone make one more durable please!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2012
Ordered 2, they both work amazing so far. The volume is loud and the mic works nicely. No problems, and with the last headset the mic control was on the cord, but this has it right at the base so you don't have to move your hand to mute the mic. Good mics overall for an extremely cheap price. `
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2011
I couldn't decide which to buy, both were close to $10.00. So I bought both. Also I was worried about controller differences since some headsets are newer versions than others. I bought the newer whisper quiet xbox 360 w/ 4gb hd in January and both work with my controller.

Both have volume adjustment and microphone mute either at the base of the controller (microsoft) or built into the wire (plantronics).

Plantronics microphone doesn't start picking up until after I have started speaking. So you would hear this: "......crophone doesn't start picking up _ntil __ter I have started __eking." Microsoft microphone is like talking on a cell phone. (This is the report I got from my friends as I cannot be in two places at once listening and speaking to self report.)

The one by microsoft seems to have the headband curved and squeezing more can reach the top of your ear on the other side of the head from the earphone. If you set it incorrectly on your head it can dig into your brains between where the top of your ear connects with your scalp.

In comparison the Microsoft version while seems much more loose and excessively swivelly, regarding the side with the earphone and microphone, which kinda makes it feel like it could wiggle off your head.

Bottom Line: While the plantronics gamecom x10 looks better and is definitely more comfortable for myself, the microphone is not as good. Which is the whole point.

As for which will go out first, I cannot speak to because I'm sure the one I use the most (Microsoft) will die sooner than the other. I have both, I have a choice I use the microsoft version there ya go.
P.S. this product will come in a bag taped shut, I was a little alarmed but my friend says this is how they come when they come straight from microsoft.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2007
One of these came with my game card. I was able to use it for a week before the wire snapped in half. It is very flimsy, and was also uncomfortable. After researching headsets, no matter what company makes one, they all seem to get negative reviews. Not sure what else to buy.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2008
The original headset that came with my xbox 360 was great. Fit well, clarity was fine, etc.

After a couple years, that one broke (wire disconnected inside the ear piece)... so I bought this. Immediately I realized this headset has a serious design flaw - rather than placing the on/off and volume at the base where it connects to the controller, its instead dangling in the air. WHY?? Its very annoying, the original design was a lot better.

To make matters worse, this headset stopped working about the 5th time I used it. How ridiculous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2007
This headset is a great item to have. The built in mute is particularly helpful and the sound quality on it is pretty good. the adjustments are good enough to make it comfortable. The cord is just the right length and it easily attaches to the controller. I have found this headset to be durable enough. It does feel a little flimsy in your hand and it wouldn't take much effort to break one but I don't take the greatest care of mine and it has held together for over a year now.

The only reason I don't rate this item higher is because there is absolutely no reason to buy it. If you bought any 360 besides the core system you got one with the system. Also if you are looking to get xbox live and do have the core system there are packages, such as the xbox live vision package, which not only get you a year membership but a headset and the vision camera for as the same amount as this item plus the $50 membership.

Xbox 360 Live Camera Bundle

You only need this headset if you are using xbox live so I would highly recommend the vision package over this. If you have a broken headset and are just wanting to replace it you don't need my review to form an opinion on this product.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2009
The headset that came with my xbox was wired and lasted a while before crapping out. When it did die, the mic simply stopped working though I could still hear. I went out and bought the 17 dollar wired headset as a replacement as the wireless ones are ridiculously expensive. I'd had the replacement headset for a month when it started crapping out too. I don't understand the design change as the plug into the controller is much less secure. Now the function of the headset comes and goes. I have to jiggle the wire where it connects to the controller to get the mic to work though I can usually hear everyone.

I'm guessing microsoft just cut lots of corners in making these as a headset should last at least a year. Everyone I play with has had similar problems. I'm suffering through jiggling the headset as opposed to wasting another 20 bucks on one thats just going to do the same thing. I'm not quite ready to put the 60 bucks down on the wireless version. Then to have to have one more thing with batteries that will die in the middle of a battle.

Also, the volume on this headset is horrid. I can barely hear people with it on max volume. Overall a much worse product than the original headset that I assume is no longer available. Its a really basic piece of hardware and essential to the Live experience. Why can't they do it properly?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2008
I have had my XBox 360 for over 2 years and like most people I have back ground noise in my house that is undesirable to the rest of the world (barking dog, barking wife and kids, etc). The older version of the headset had the mute switch located on your hand controller and could be switched with no effort at all - seriously, simpler than hitting the "X" button. Anyway, now Microsoft fixes the previous headset and locates the mute switch some 12" from the controller somewhere near my adams apple or whatever - not sure the brilliance with this or how this was supposed to help the gaming experience, guess I am not as smart as the richest man in the world. Anyhow, so with the unit I now leave my mike muted all the time as I don't have time in most games to hunt for the switch dangling from my earpiece. This is my same issue the the wireless headsets but save that for another review. Enjoy.
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