Date: November 12th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Logitech
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PRODUCT PERFORMANCE & COMFORT
Product Audio Performance
I tested the headset by listening to various songs from hip-hop to heavy metal and I was very happy that I had an excuse to play some Battlefield 1942 and check out just how well this set conveys the normal explosions and sporadic gun fire burst I have learned to love all too well. Sound reproduction is crisp, clear and the only difference noted was the smaller reduction in bass response when compared to a fully enclosed studio style headset. Everything from the middle up to the high frequencies was ear drum tearing bliss.
The microphone was very responsive and crystal clear when testing through Roger Wilco and by recording some small sound clips in windows.
Overall, the good points I can bring about comfort is that these are indeed noticeably cooler and drier when gaming. The padded rings surrounding the center speaker are soft, yet firm and the rear neck band has enough spring to firmly plant the headphones in place without too much force. They hold on remarkably well and in my five hours of testing never even budged.
The only fault I could come up with was the discomfort encountered while using these with glasses. As you can see in the photo above, the top part of the cushioned ring applies pressure directly to the glasses frame and after 30-45 minutes gets very uncomfortable as the frame is pushed more and more into your head. Couple that with the hook portion of the glasses behind the ear getting irritated and you have yourself a small headache that immediately disappears once you take the headset off. Maybe a small position of the top half can be removed and re-engineered to remove this irritation. It could easily be done with a little work and ingenuity.
If you don't wear glasses, you are good to go. If you wear glasses, maybe you should consider this fault before considering them.
CONCLUSIONS & AFTERTHOUGHTS
To boil this product down to what is good and what is not so good I have to stress the following.
For one, the workmanship is excellent and this product's construction is very solid. Also noted was that the price for this headset is excellent and you get all the features and sound quality seen in product over twice its' price. The microphone worked flawlessly, the speakers sounded great and the remote came in handy from time to time for some quick in game audio adjustments.
What I found to be not so good was the comfort while wearing glasses but with a little re-engineering they can easily fix it. Other than that, all I can nit pick out is maybe it is hard to transport seeing it is not collapsible and a slightly more bass response wouldn't hurt.
But overall, this is a great product and if the small problems are fixed, a top rank product hands down.
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