Introduction: Microsoft has a device for all of you Xbox 360 owners out there, that will make your online gaming and communication with friends that much easier. In an attempt to get rid of the wired and awkwardness of the standard 360 headset, Microsoft has made an easy to use and set up Wireless Xbox 360 Headset. This small, one piece device is looking to make a huge impression with long play time before needing charging, fast charge times, and a comfortable fit for all you hardcore gamers. Lets see what this little beast can do!
Good: Right off the bat, just the look of this device makes me smile. It looks very sleek and modern. With minimal amount of buttons, right on the earpiece, make this wireless headset look alot less intimidating then others in it’s field. The form of the headset is very snug and comfortable, I could easily forget that it was on. The setup was very easy, press two buttons, and your done. The range is very good aswell, I no longer have to drag my controller with the wired headset to get a drink from the fridge. I can now be free and can even take out the trash and still get a good reception. The sound quality of the headset is better then my previous wired headset, it is a very pleasant and welcome surprise. The charge time of this puppy is also pretty generous, it’s about two hours of charging, for eight hours of play time. If you ever need to know how much life is left, there are a set of handy LED’s on the inside of the mic that light up and show you how much juice is left. Very handy!
Bad: It would be nice if the colour of the headset could be different then just white. I do own the Elite version of the Xbox 360 and would like everything to match up (Black). You cannot use the headset while it’s charging, which makes sense, but would be nice if you didn’t have to be totally out of commission while it charges. So keep it charged up as much as possible to avoid annoying charging periods. I am also told by some of my friends that my voice is more grainy when using the wireless headset. Again, not too bad, but it’s still noticeable.
Conclusion: This wireless headset is a great and welcome change from the standard wired headset. It has portability, comfortability, and is more convenient then you’d ever think possible. Other then the fact that you have to charge the headset, it is a perfect device. For any serious Xbox 360 owner I would highly recommend you make the $60 upgrade and start going pro today. Also there is a ‘Tom Clancy: EndWar‘ bundle that comes with the game and the wireless headset for only $70. If that’s your jam, you should definitely check it out.
The Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Headset gets 4 trips to the fridge out of 5.
September 2nd, 2009