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Plantronics Gamecom 780

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7/7/2012 4:35:04 PM

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I’ve worn plenty of headsets in my time writing for Micro Mart. Indeed, I’ve reviewed plenty. For a long time I maintained a set of Gamecom 777s with an expertly wrapped piece of brown packing tape to stop the headband snapping. Needless to say, I like the Gamecom line.

Description: Plantronics Gamecom 780

Plantronics Gamecom 780

The big down side of gaming headsets, though, is the price. Spending upward of $75, you do get what you pay for, but you also never see that money again. It gives me pleasure, therefore, to say the 780s are available for a snip under $60. That’s actually a very good deal, especially when you appreciate just what they offer.

They’re smart, with a bit of a retro feel. Squared muffs are connected to the well-cushioned headband via metal rods, while the wiring on display provides a bit of an audiophile vibe with little chance of accidental hooking. It’s strange to say it, but the set looks a bit like a gaming set crossbred with a hi-fi headset from the 80s. A dark-red trim adds to the 80s feel, but the set is lacking in such a set’s bulk. However, it’s only strange to say it until you actually use the 780 for anything audio you choose.

This is because the new Gamecom set is not only a comfortable, supportive and – depending on your taste – stylish offering, but also because of its bundled software. The 780 comes with Dolby 7.1 surround sound drivers, which really brings things to life. Plug and play does work, but with Dolby’s Pro Logic iix technology installed via the included software, up-converting to 7.1 is achieved at the tick of a box. What’s more, it sounds rather tasty.

Description: Plantronics Gamecom 780 solves the problem about the lack of an in-line volume control

Plantronics Gamecom 780 solves the problem about the lack of an in-line volume control

Sat in your taskbar notification area, the software allows you to enable and disable Dolby’s effect on your listening pleasure at will. Although quite why you’d want to disable it I’m not sure: the 40mm speakers Plantronics has endowed the 780s with deliver music and games or movies with aplomb. And the adjustable headband makes the set more than comfortable for a few hours indulgence.

One thing slightly amiss is the lack of an in-line volume control. However, that’s only a problem until you realise that Plantronics has only gone and, genius-like, installed a volume rocker (with notification bleeps) directly into the casing of the left ear muff! Just above it is an on/off slider for the mic, and you can even enable or disable Dolby directly from a button on the front side. Such convenience is to be lauded, because there’s no more groping at a wire to increase volume, or shut off your mic before a sneeze troubles your in-game buddies. The mic itself, also on the left muff, delivers commendable clarity and can be elevated when not in use.

Description: Plantronics Gamecom 780- High-quality audio at an appealing price

Plantronics Gamecom 780- High-quality audio at an appealing price

Plantronics even makes switching back to your desktop speakers easy, as you can access your system’s sound control via the software. But surely you’d be in no rush to, because for gaming, music, movies, voice calls or anything else, the Gamecom 780 is exceptional.

Details

Price: $60

 

Manufacturer: Plantronics

 

Website: www.amazon.co.uk

 

Required spec: Free USB port

 

 

Verdict

High-quality audio at an appealing price

Quality

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Value

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Overall

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