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It seems to function as a headset requires. Nothing more nothing less. Advantages are that its quick easy to use and simple to setup. When playing online on my xbox 360 i find that sometimes the sound quality decreases in blips but otherwise i feel that this is a great product. Sound quality : 8 / 10. Ergonomic rating : 9 / 10 - very human friendly. However i found that wearing this headset for a long time caused a little bit of soreness / pain which then required me to remove the headset and take a rest for 5 / 10 minutes. Furthermore you can switch from left to right for your hearing ear. Downside is that you cannot hear with both ears, i found this optimal as i could also be involved in my surroundings therefore not completely immersed in gaming.
However in the end i opted for the wireless headset as its even more easier to use although the complications in setting up the product seem slightly more complex. For an experienced gamer it was no problem. Even for beginners it should be easy to setup.
When I purchased my Xbox 360, I had no idea that it would come complete with its own headset, I thought it was going to be something I'd have to go out and buy separately so I was very pleasantly surprised as it was definitely something I needed to talk to my friends online. The Microsoft Xbox 360 headset usually comes with recent console buys so I'm told, but if you want to purchase it separately it will cost you around £10 and can be found in places like GAME or online from Amazon.
The headset is a pretty simple idea. It has one earphone that's connected to a piece of plastic that goes over the top of your head and a sort of stopper type thing on the other end so it stays securely in place. Coming down from the earphone is a microphone so you can talk while you play. The headset connects to the Xbox controller via a wire that fits into a small jack hole on the bottom of the controller.
The part that goes over your head is very comfortable to wear because it is easily adjusted to the size of your head. This is done by just pulling it longer on the side of the earphone, I have it on the smallest setting but by adjusting it, it could potentially make it around 5cm longer in length. The head band part isn't the only part you can adjust, the microphone can be manipulated to go across your mouth or a little further away if that's how you prefer it. It can also be pivoted from the connection to the head band bit to make it go straight up in the air so it isn't in your way if it isn't in use. This pivot also means you can change which ear you wear the earphone and microphone on, I prefer mine on my left.
The wire meets the headset just below the ear phone, this is great for when you are playing as the wire doesn't get in the way at all. The wire is around 3 foot long, just about right for my needs. I can stay in a party and chat with my boyfriend or friends whilst the controller is sat next to me on the sofa or table without getting in the way. Another feature I like about this headset in particular is the ability to mute yourself. There is a black box half way up the wire that you can flick from on to off very quickly should you want to mute your microphone.
As for sound quality, I haven't had any problems in hearing anyone either in a game or in a party and voices come across crystal clear if the other person has a decent headset. My boyfriend has got a wireless Bluetooth headset and hearing him can be a bit of a challenge sometimes but when in parties with other people, everyone has that problem with him. As for the quality from my side, if the microphone is more than a cm or two away from my mouth, I literally have to shout to get myself heard which can be a pain, but when I am heard, no one has complained about the quality.
This headset is a great way of talking to friends and other gamers when connected to Xbox Live. I am a fan of mine, but the problem with having to have the microphone so close to my mouth can be quite annoying, especially trying to drink at the same time! Apart from that, I haven't encountered any other problems. The headset is comfortable to wear and after a while I don't even notice it's there. The sound quality is great and as an all-rounder, I think this is a great headset.
Well these headsets retail at £15 which is expensive from game shops you can get them alot cheaper on auction sites, The sound quality is ok but do not expect anything spectacular as there just a basic headset, the wire plugs into the bottom of your controller and has a mic mute and mic on button and a volume wheel.
The headset itself is very flimsy and will probably break if accidentally stepped or sat on like most headsets, the worst part of these headsets is that there is no comfort whatsoever on them on the side where there is not an earpiece you get a little piece of some fairly soft to solid sponge type material and it offers no comfort at all its pointless even being there and the rest of the headset is pure plastic, if you do have alot of hair on your head that can make it a bit more comfortable since you wont even notice the headset is even there.
overall ok for a first headset but if your a hardcore gamer i would look for something with a little more comfort in mind
After purchasing my Xbox 360 about 5 years or so ago it came with one of these Microsoft headsets which, touch wood, is still working till this day. Clearly I don't use it very often then I hear you say? Wrong. I probably play on my Xbox 360 4 days out of 7 in the week for at least 3 hours or so at a time.
However I also know people who have had multiple headsets because they just keep breaking on them. So who is right? Well since it's all down to my experience of the product all I can say is it's possible that the headset could last 5 years (maybe more I don't know yet).
If you plan on taking part in any online mode of a game you buy then a headset is essential. This headset gives you the freedom to chat to other players around the world and really immerse yourself in the multiplayer experience.
The ability to communicate with someone vocally and hear them adds a whole new dimension of the game. It's not all about gaming, this helps make it a social experience.
With the in line volume control and mute button you are in full control of who you listen to and what others hear you say.
It is important to note that this headset is only designed specifically for Xbox controllers but may be compatible with similar devices.
This is the standard Microsoft Headset that accompanies most brand new Xbox 360s and is your ticket to communicating all across the world via the medium of Xbox Live!
Without this or one of the various other alternatives on offer, your communication is limited to the Xbox equivalent of E-mail. With this Headset, you are able to hear all the other people you are currently playing online and exchange the usual array of insults that usually accompany most games! And, if it all becomes too much, this Headset thankfully comes with the ability to reduce the volume or switch off for all those times when some idiot decides to spend the whole Game-time singing Celene Dion songs down your earpiece. (true story!)
This Headset is based on the kind of old school design that you normally see secretaries using in old movies in that it only has one ear-piece that fits directly in the ear. The other side just has a bit of plastic thast helps hold the Headset to your head. The microphone comes around the front and is adjustable to your own comfort but is not always paticularly sensitive so is probably best situated close to your mouth. But not too close because otherwise everyone can hear you whenever Game-play becomes frantic and you start heavy-breathing!
The Headset plugs into your Xbox Controller and this is one of the few flaws that I am not alone in noticing; sometimes the Headset does not work straight away! For whatever reason, there WILL be occasions where you will need to unplug it and re-insert a few times before it connects properly. I am not sure why this is the case but, googling on-line, it is something that many Gamers have commented on!
The only other flaw I have with this is that for long and excessive periods of time, this CAN get a tad uncomfortable!
Overall, this is not the best Headset you can get for the Xbx 360 but it IS the official one that accompanies the console. Like I say, others are available to buy and these can go up in price depending on how much you are wiling to spend!
For the casual Gamer however, these are more than adequate!
The Xbox 360's official Microsoft Headset brings the power of voice to online gaming, along with a wide array of trash talk. First made for the original Xbox, the 2nd generation headset changing almost nothing. You get a flimsy plastic headband with equally flimsy plastic mic casing. The mic and earphone themselves aren't too impressive. Regardless of where your friends or adversaries are based in the world, audio clarity remains inconsistant. Considering Microsoft charge for the privilege of xbox live, you'd think it would offer more than the Playstation 3's equivalent. The sound is still worse than a telephone line, as its difficult to always understand the simplest of conversations. There is also about a one second time lapse so you often cut each other off and accidentally talk over each other. Volume can also be a problem because it struggles with both the high and low of the volume spectrum. Loud noises or shouts get distorted and become muffled (especially if the mic is touched), while whispers go unnoticed, merely lowering your voice often doesn't compute with the mic.
The headset features two options, one a volume dial which doesn't really need to be adjusted as full volume is almost always required, and two is the lock switch which basically turns your input mic off, allowing you to still hear others while you yourself are muted (this is rather handy if you are playing music or playing in a loud environment). It is connected via standard headphone jack into the bottom of the controller and offers about a good metre of cable between the headband and jack. The band itself is adjustable for larger sized heads, the mic can be positioned closely to the mouth and the hearing receiver is soft and easy to wear. The opposite earpiece rests lightly on your ear so the whole thing is rather lightweight. The disadvantages of being so light means that the headset can easily break. Unofficial headsets however sometimes have a flexible mic encased in a strong rubber wire and also offer the same average audio clarity at a cheaper price.
Had a few of these now as they come with the Xbox 360's, Have only just had to buy an actual replacement because normally these used to break roughly same time as the old 360's about a year. But this new Xbox has outlived its previous 3 counterparts, which is a miracle. This of course is an insight into the background of the company your buying from, and how much they think quality is important...
Quality >>>> Sound: abysmal, distorts everyone's voices, no depth, no tone. no external noise prevention, and if your wearing it anyone else in the room will be able to hear everything your mates are saying. So be wary. Plastic quality = atrocious, snaps easily, the mute buttons is a fault magnet, been the root of the problems both times. The jack is terrible and has also broken, the ear cushion is uncomfortable and hard, the wire is too long.
Looks >>> naff, basically. Unless of course you don't want to look like a hardcore pro.
Also everyone i know who has had these, there's have all broken within about 6-9 months, please don't give anymore money to Microsoft.
Invest a bit more money and get some turtle beaches, much better quality.
Definitely would not recommend.
@ About @
I bought this headset with my Xbox 360 console, it lets me talk to friends when online except for the times when it's not working. Since my purchase, i have bought another because the first one simply broke down. I had it for one year, then it died and at £6 per headset they aren't cheap to replace.
The good thing is the comfort of the headset, very lightweight and if you wear glasses like me, it doesn't get in the way or trap between your glasses and your head. The speaker has a small grey circular foam pad on it, and the microphone does too. Both come off incredibly easy so if you have small children, do watch out.
@ Sound Quality and Volume @
The first problem here is the actual volume of the microphones. The headset has a rolling piece of plastic at the end which slides to increase or decrease volume. For the first few centimetres you have to have super sonic hearing to hear what's being said and then towards the end the speaker gets louder, but then you can't increase the volume any more. I normally have the volume turned up full, and still can't hear some of my friends who don't have their microphone close up against their mouth.
The speaker has a very low quality sound and voices can sometimes sound muffled. Playing music down the microphone sounds very distorted and crackly, and shouting is even worse.
@ Microphone @
The microphone is a small ole on the end of a rubber stalk. The rubber stalk can be bent and moulded into any position you like, but be careful not to do this too often or the wire inside becomes weak, and that's what finally killed my first headset. The microphone can be switched onto either side of the headset depending on which side you prefer. For me I prefer left. To do this you just lift the microphone stalk up, turn it around and flip it back down. No clips or locks.
The microphone quality is good at close range but at far range it won't pick up your voice. The microphone has a complete mute which you can turn on and off to avoid talking to other players when someone in the room is being spoken to (handy) but the microphone mutes itself when it doesn't detect voice, and then unmutes itself when it does. This can be annoying for people with their microphones far away, or with a quiet voice.
@ Wear and Tear / Build Quality @
Over a year my first headset got use for at least 2 hours over week. May not seem like much but that adds up over time. During this time the wire that travels down from the headset to the controller started showing the silver metal inside, and soon after the microphone wire started to become weak and flimsy. Both sound and voice would cut out at the most inconvenient times. This was just because of the flexing from the wires through general day to day use.
@ Overall @
Not very well built headset, and for a bit extra money you can get some turtle beach headphones, or some mad cats ones which are better quality for sound, durability, and even two sides to the headset. And yes, my current headset is on its way out too, it's started making a buzzing noise from time to time.
Ever since Xbox live started I have had one of these headsets but unfortunately they never seem to last very long. I cannot count the amount of times I have had to replace them as they break so easily ands it not exactly like I put it through hell. Although technology tends to break easily in my house (I've also had to replace my Xbox a few times!) these headsets are treated well after learning my lesson plenty of times from leaving them on the floor and stepping on them and yet I've still got through so many.
Although when they do work, they work fine. The microphone and earpiece works great and rarely have a problem with communication online. It's also quite comfortable to wear for a long gaming session. The earpiece is cushioned so doesn't irritate your ear as well as having an adjustable band to make it fit well on your head. Its only has one earpiece so you can still hear things coming from the TV or around you as well as from other players talking. There is also a cushioned bit around the microphone which can sometimes fall of or tear and as it's small can be difficult to find again.
There is a wire that goes from the headset that connects to the bottom of your 360 controller. Unfortunately it can only be used for the Xbox and not your computer. The wire is a good length. Enough to be able to move around without it unplugging but not too long that it gets in the way. As it's very thin this is one of the reasons why they never last very long.
Another reason is due to the thin plastic used for the headset itself. It doesn't take much for it to snap. I've had to cellotape it to my head a few times so I didn't have to spend another £15 replacing it.
Overall, this headset it easily broken but when it works, it works fine. Its cheap compared to some headsets but will sound more money replacing it over and over again.
I have used the Xbox headset from the first time I played online, it is a great accessory which allows me to talk to my friends over Xbox live, or to talk to anyone on open speak who is playing on an Xbox anywhere in the world.
The headset has great sound quality, and also has a very good microphone which makes it very easy to understand and talk to people over the Xbox live. The headset volume is very good, and can be changed by simply using a rolling wheel so you can hear people better, or not hear them. There is also a switch on the headset which allows you to turn off your microphone so you can talk to other people next to you, without everyone hearing wheat you are saying. And the headset piece that goes over your head is easily adjustable, so you can change it so it can fit to anyone's head easily and very comfortably.
I have had some problems with the headset though, the first is that the connecting cable can become broken, so the headset cuts out mid speech, or you can't hear people properly, and another problem is the head band can be broken as well.
Anyone who has an Xbox 360 console and bought it brand new will have a free Headset in the box provided by Microsoft. However, they're quite poor to be honest and no wonder they chuck them in there for free!
The headset itself is very basic, cheap, taccy looking. It's a mixture of grey and white and has a wire attached to it as it is not wireless or anything. The wire goes into your Xbox 360 controller on the bottom. This is alright as it doesn't get in the way of gaming or anything so this isn't a problem. The headset twists and turns in many ways so it fits most people. The top can be widened or tightened depending on how big your head is and the mic itself can be twisted towards you, away from you, up or down. Although mine hasn't snapped or anything, it seems very flimsy and cheap material has been used to make them. The wire that goes from the headset into your controller also seems very thin and easily breakable.
The volume through the headphone area can be adjusted up or down on the bit that plugs into your controller which is a useful function epspecially if you have randomers shouting down your headset! However, the sound quality is pretty poor. Often you can't hear friends when there are other speaking, and often when you can hear your friends it comes though with other bleeping noises and so you have to keep asking 'Sorry what did you say..'. Asking this question doesn;t resolve anything because as you may have guessed the mic part of the headset is also poor! When you speak often your friends can't hear you properly and seem to suffer the same problems that you did.
Another major flaw with the headset is that because it uses the controller, it means the controller has to be functioning for you to use the headset. If your controller for example runs out of battery then your headset will also turn off. This may not seem too much of a problem but it is for me as it means that my friends don't understand what is happening and why i have suddenly 'quit' when i haven't actually quit!
One useful feature along with the volume up / down control is the fact that you can block your mic. This is done by simply pushing a button on the bit that goes into your controller. This is extremely useful for example when you have a phone call or something and you don't want the people on the other end of the Xbox to hear. Also, if you turn the mic part off you can still hear other people speaking.
Overall i wouldn't reccomened buying this headset. It's not very expensive so i suppose some may be happy with it as they didn;t pay much for it. It's free with the console so i would advise you to just keep on using it but if it breaks then don't buy one of thse and instead invest in a better wireless one.
5/10 as it does it's job, it's free, but doesn't do it well.
Online gaming is an addictive hobby which wields no known real-life benefit and can force a human into complete seperation from the outside world for days at a time! Thank god this item exists, a head-set that allows in-game users to communicate through the Xbox Live system freely, possibly leading to the passing on of outside happenings.
'Xbox Live' is Xbox 360's online system. It is a well managed, highly complex, but widely accessible system enjoyed by many millions of people world-wide. It allows users to play online games together, text and voice message each other, and even enter into cross-channel conversations together - and all for a monthly cost of around £3.00-6.00 depending on the package. For instance, I payed £35.00 for a whole 12-months through an external site.
Now, with the main mode of communication between people being the 'Microsoft Xbox 360 Headset', you would have thought they'd perfect an affordable, easy-to-use, reliable device to ship out with their Xbox console bundles - but u'd be wrong. The product is very weak in many ways, for instance:
- It always disconnects right at the worst momment - who knows why, but it's not just my device, this happens to my friends and family all the time too.
- Very poor sound quality combined with constant disconnection of voices from those whose controllers are malfunctioning.
- Having the headset plug into the controller means that if the controller fails, everything fails.
- The volume adjuster and on/off slider are O.K, but sometimes the volume will slip up or down and you'll think your mic is broken, or everyones suddenly shouting for some reason.
Saying that, the headset is very well adjustable. The length of the top band, the angle of the mic and the bend of the plastic in the end of the mic arm are all transformable so that most users can find a perfect fit. Similarly, the device is light and after a while you can barely feel it on your head - if you didn't have that poor sound quality to remind you, you'd probably think the people you're talking to are in the room with you.
The look of the device is minimalistic and the materials are as cheap as you like. the plastics are relatively durable though, and the foldable rubber/plastic of the mic arm is a reasonably high quality piece. The headset has clearly been designed more to fit in with the look of the Xbox 360 console than anything else, especially in relation to its extremely poor features and general ability.
So, overall, I've never been impressed with my mic, basically, it's rubbish. Why didn't Microsoft make these more user-friendly, reliable and better made - because they want to save money ofcourse! Don't you just despise big corporations?
When I first got my Xbox I didn't have Xbox live so this just was just thrown down at the side of my Xbox gathering dust. It wasn't until I got Xbox live a few months later that I relised how much I would love (and hate) this little piece of kit!
The headset is made of white plastic. There is a joint next to where you listen which can swivel and get longer. This makes the head set fit nearly all heads. In one ear you have a speaker. Only voices come out of this not game noises they still come out of the TV. On your other ear you have nothing. Only a padded section just above your ear like shown in the picture. On the same ear as the speaker , there is the microphone. This is made of a plastic that is strong enough to be free standing but can still be easily moved so that it is the perfect distance from the mouth.
The headset plugs into your controller with a cable and a tiny jack. With the head set you can talk to your friends in a party (Like a conversation but you have to be invited in) or talk to people who could be any were around the world who you are playing with at that point. It is a brilliant idea that has really caught on. I use my head set to talk to my friends who have moved away and to talk to random people in my games! It is a really fun feature of the Xbox that I am glad they put in!
The head set isn't very hard wearing. It will break if sat on and if it is used often , general wear and tear kicks in and the sponge sections start to break and without those it is extremaly uncomfortable.
Overall , a average head set for the Xbox , average sound quality and comes free but is easily broken
We have two of these, as we now have two Xbox's. Yes, after playing on my partners I decided I must have one of my own for at my house so I bought my own!
We bought the Xbox's for Xbox Live really. For those of you who dont know, Xbox Live is an online gaming community where you can play your games against other players. These can be either friends or just people who happen to be online and playing the same game as you.
We always play with our friends. We live about 50 miles away from where my partner grew up so he doesn't speak to his old friends as much as he would like to and Xbox Live has proven to be great for this as it now means he can chat to them all daily, whilst having a game on the Xbox.
The current Xbox headsets are black in colour, they have an Xbox 360 logo on them and they come free with a 250gb Xbox or can be bought for around £16.99 from gaming shops such as Game or Gamestations. They can also be found easily online.
The headset has a mic and headphone on one side, the other side is free so you can still hear what is going on in your surroundings. I think this is a great idea, you can still hear everyone you are playing but it also allows you to chat with people in your own home or listen out for the door or the phone. You can swap the headset so the headphone and mic are on whichever side you choose. We have ours on either side and dont have a preference.
The headset is wired. Wireless versions are available but at the moment I think the wired one is fine for us. It simply plugs into the bottom of your controller and then there is a thin wire about 3 foot long to the headset. The controllers themselves are wireless so it is not as though you are attatched to the games console! Halfway up the wire there is an on and off switch. This is really useful as it allows you to decide when your friends can hear you and when they cant. There is also a volume dial.
The headset is comfortable to wear and it can be adjusted according to headsize. I can wear it comfortably for hours without it being an issue and the headphone fits comfortably over my ear. The mic can be adjusted too, dependent on where abouts you want it according to your mouth.
So whats the sound quality like? The sound quality is quite good. 9 times out of 10 we can hear everybody perfectly, however there is the odd occasion where somebodys mic goes crackly and they just need to unplug it and plug it back in to resolve the problem.
So would I recommend the headset? Yes I would, I think it is comfortable to wear and it allows you to have a brilliant gaming experience. There are cheaper versions on the market but I am not sure how well these would work in comparison to this one. For £16.99 I do think it is good value for money as it is used to allow you to have free conversations and gaming sessions with friends using your internet connection. If ours broke we would definitely buy another of these.
The main feature of the Xbox360 is Xbox Live. If you are going to use Xbox Live to communicate with friends and other people online a headset is something you must have. This headset comes with any Xbox 360 Console you purchase.
The headset itself it just like any other, its very small, and very light. It has one headphone that fits over one ear, with the other ear still being able to hear the game. There is a microphone which comes down in front of your mouth so you can communicate to friends and fellow gamers.
The headset is very flexable which is good, so you can have it fit your head perfectly, however this causes most headsets to break. I have known lots of people, that have had the headband or the microphone snap off. At a price of £14.99 this is very expensive to replace. This is probably the reason other people buy differant headsets such as Turtle Beaches.
My headset has served my very well so far, but there has been times when it has played up on me. This headset obviously doesnt cost Xbox alot of money to make, but they charge a silly amount of money for a replacement. Overall, it does its job, and thats it.