Pros 8 hour battery life, comfortable, easy setup, almost identical to xbox 360 wireless headset
Cons No usb charging
Summary I have no idea why this is getting such bad reviews. I used the virtually identical xbox 360 wireless headset for months of COD4 and quite liked it, I find this product very similar. My wife uses it for ventrilo and WOW, and shes been very happy with it. It did take a letter fiddling to get the sound quality to a good level, but it wasn't that hard. If you are familiar with the xbox 360 wireless, then you already know what you are getting. I can't comment on how it compares for voip, but for WOW and ventrilo its been great.After a little searching, it turns out that the wireless reciever it comes with can be used to connect wireless xbox 360 controllers, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936830
Updated on Sep 6, 2008
Pros Wireless, 8 hour life, looks nice
Cons Bad quality, hard to get working with vista, huge receiver
Summary I recently purchased 2 of these at Staples to communicate with my dad in mexico, they had a number of different mics there but i went with this one assuming the Microsoft brand would be good quality and the most compatible with my Microsoft Vista. I couldn't have been more wrong.
It has good design and feels good but has a wimpy pickup, i called my buddy on skype(next room over) and he said he could barely hear me. I then went through all the mic settings in skype and my control panel and everything was already on max, so i tried Windows Live Messenger (what the mic was designed for) and it was still very faint with a lot of buzzing and static. I brought them back to the store and got corded logitec mics, work very well with little to no static background noise. Also; the receiver is this chunky thing on the end of a 4' cord, the speaker in the ear piece never worked for me, and it requires you to charge the thing for FOUR hours out of the package (can't use while charging). If you're looking for something small to travel with your laptop, this isn't even close to what you want because there's about 10 feet of cables when you include the charger and receiver.
Pros Easy to install and works well with msn live messenger.
Cons No mute button. Hang-up button only works with live messenger. Volume needs to be at max to hear.
Summary To begin, you must install the software on the CD that came with your device before plugging it in (as indicated on the bright green tag) on the usb wireless hub. Does this mean I can't just use this mic on any computer buy plugging it in? Oh boy...
I decided to play it safe and also install windows live message as it recommended. The took about 5 minutes to completely download and install. As promised by the installer, once msn live messenger completely installed, the "next" button on the lifechat 1.0 did become available.
A minute later, the software installed and asked me to plug it in to my computers usb. Windows recognized it as an "XBOX 360 Wireless receiver".
Excellent.. now what?
If you are like me and didn't read the manual, you will have missed that fact you need to charge the headset for 4 hours before using it. Would it have hurt to add another radioactive green on the headset alerting me to this fact?
[[Be back in 4 hours]]
Ok... I didn't wait 4 hours. In 5 minutes.. I wanted to test out the headset so I unplugged it and turned it on pushing the power button the the mic piece. A single green light appeared.
I struggled, but somehow managed to fit my ear within the ear piece of the device. I didn't know what to do next, so I playing a noise on my computer to see if the mic picked it up.
It did. The sound was soft so I had to bump the volume up to max. Hitting the "call" button on the phone pops up the live message chat-call window where you need to double-click the contact you wish to call.
I admit, I rarely use chat message calling but use skype instead. So I tried making a call using the headset with skype. This worked at well and with similar quality to by wired headset.
Usuability is a bit lower that average. Volume buttons on the headset seem to have seven settings. You'll notice a double-beep instead of a single been when you've hit the max or min volume setting (although the tone doesn't get quieter or louder which it odd, but ok).
The call answer/hang up button works exclusively with msn live chat. Skype had no idea what was going on and there was no obvious setting in the software to change that setting.
There is no mute button as well. This appears to be a huge oversight in the design. The whole point of a wireless headset is mobility and the ability to multi-task while on the phone -- "Microsoft, please fix this in your next version."
I would have preferred a small compact usb receiver to the computer. This one has a long wire and is big. Something the size of a usb key is acceptable.
"Not worth a darn"on by Yellernova
Pros Nothing I can see
Summary Plugged it once it came on I went on my trip hoping to use it for live chat with my office it has never worked again.
Pros Good looks.
Cons Sound quality is HORRIBLE. Microphone doesn't pick up sound well, you'd have to yell to be heard. Looks very similar to the Xbox 360 wireless headset, this must've been a knockoff for windows to make more money, not to mention the receiver says xbox.
Summary I bought this because my cpu is far from the monitor and everytime I would need to do voice calling on the internet, there was never a wired headset that was long enough. But it turns out things with older speakers like gameboy colors have better sound quality...