The big thing at the moment is the resurgence of PC gaming, with tournaments sprouting up all over the place and some amazing new free to play and regular games available.
Playing a game on your pc is fun but to truly appreciate it you need a good sound system. As we are all aware the sound of constant gunfire and explosions might be amazing if you’re a gamer and you’re in a fight to the death situation, yet that’s not what people around you think, so logically the next step is get a headset.
There are endless amounts of choice in the gaming headset world, and if you’re on a limited budget why blow £200 on a headset when you can have something that’s almost as good for a fraction of the price?
The Plantronics Gamecom 780 7.1 surround sound headset is perfect for the casual gamer on a tight budget and you do get a good deal for the money.
The Plantronics Gamecom 780 7.1 surround sound headset, is a remarkable piece of kit with nice big 40mm speakers and really comfortable ear cushions; the Gamecom 780 7.1 surround sound headset is light and fits nicely on the old noggin. I wore them for about two hours to start with, and after a while didn`t even notice them anymore. They are not the prettiest of headsets, but they are very light and fit just enough to avoid slipping when you bend forward, the mic also swivels up out of the way so you don`t end up dunking it in your beverage.
The first thing I noticed about the Plantronics Gamecom 780 7.1 surround sound headset apart from the solid build quality, is the usb connection which is the way PC headsets are going these days; once you have loaded the simple software (a disc is provided) you can enjoy amazing quality Dolby ®sound, and for such a low price these are just as good as more expensive headsets.
The Plantronics Gamecom 780 7.1 surround sound headset has three control buttons mounted on the headset itself which is way better than an annoying control module, one for volume, another to activate the Dolby®7.1 and a mic switch, simple yet very effective.
With the added bonus of being able to lay them flat, (handy for storage or transportation) these are well thought out and economical. Comfortable ear pads are also an added bonus especially for us glasses wearers and these perform well, they aren`t sound proof, yet when the volumes cranked up you can`t hear anything outside anyway.
I used these for gaming to start with and my voice can be heard very clearly the sound is very impressive, with plenty of bass for those big explosions.
The next test was with Skype, again a faultless performance with no drop in sound on the mic and I could be heard clearly, this is all due to the noise cancelling mic which filters out background noise, a nice addition and something you usually find on headsets 3 times the price.
The Dolby ® 7.1 sound is excellent and really brings a game to life, they also perform well with music, and watching a film with these is a bonus as well there is no adjustable EQ yet the sound is pretty good with just the right amount of bass and treble.
As they have only a USB connection you can`t use them with other devices it would have been nice to have a 3.5mm jack adaptor so I could plug them into an mp3 player or a TV but I am sure there is an adaptor out there that can do this.
Personally I love the Plantronics Gamecom 780 7.1 surround sound headset it doesn`t rely on fancy gizmos it does exactly what it says on the box, they are not the most stylish headset around yet they do the job, superb sound, really comfortable and above all the price is right, you don`t get any EQ settings so you have to set those on your PC, yet for the price you do get a lot for your money and if you’re a casual PC gamer then these are the ones for you.
Plantronics Gamecom 780 Headset
7.1 Dolby ®Surround Sound
Noise Cancelling Mic
Easy to reach controls
Tough build quality
Price: £ 39.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Value for money: 5/5