"Wireless is the way to go!"4.0 starson by FreakyFraser1
Pros: Light weight, good fit, excellent sound quality & mic......oh yeah, no more wires!
Cons: Sound quality issues on initial release (now solved), syncing can still be quirky, battery life could be a bit better.
Summary: When I first bought the XBox Wireless Headset it would have deserved 1 star based on the many connection/sound issues it had. I was forced to put it away for a month while Microsoft sorted out and fixed the problem. One of their many online updates in late '07 fixed those problems, and after nearly a year of use I can honestly say this is a great buy for any XBox Live multiplayer fan.
Initial syncing to your console/controller is a simple process of pushing the 'sync' button on all 3 items. Within 20 seconds you should be at synced and ready to go. The 2 sizes of ear clips the headset comes with should be fine for most users, but I'm sure children with small ears will find it loose and/or falls off. For me, the small clip is perfect and the headset is snug without being tight, and after a couple minutes of play, I forget it's there. Sound quality is excellent, and friends on Live tell me my voice is clear and without the loud background hum that intially plauged the Wireless Headset. Volume & Mute controls are located on the outside of the earpiece and are large & easy to use. The Mute button doubles as the power On/Off (Simply hold it down, as opposed to a quick push to mute). The headset also indicates which controller it's synced to with a small green LED numbered 1 to 4 on the inside of the mic arm. All in all, a tidy little package that gets many (many) hours of use during my Gears of War latenight marathons.
That last statement brings us to one of the headset's 'Cons'. Battery life is listed as "up to 8 hours of battery life per charge" on the XBox website. 5 - 6 hours is what I'm getting, but I must mention that I don't leave the headset plugged in charging after each use. I fully charge it, then disconnect it until I'm ready to use it. Sometimes it will sit for few days so maybe this is on me. The other issue I'm having is that my headset won't sync to any other controller but the one I originally synced it to. Any attempt to sync it to another controller results in the headset picking the next unused quadrant and showing up an a controller. Even weirder, when my chatpad is attached to a controller I can sync it to that controller easily, but when I remove the chatpad, the headset drops out and again moves to the next available quadrant. Bizarre!
Regardless, with the correct controller in my hands, the XBox Wireless Headset is sweet music...well, more likely trash talk, to my ears.