Recently, I needed a brand new headset for gaming and podcasting. I stopped by my local Best Buy and compared a few USB gaming headsets based upon reviews on Amazon. Based on the price and what I was looking for and would be getting from each headset, I ended up landing on and purchasing the Gamecom 780, a gaming headset made by Plantronics with 7.1 dolby surround sound and a noise canceling microphone. Overall, I really enjoy using the headset, and use it for more than just gaming and podcasting now.
Out of the box, the Gamecom 780 looks like a normal gaming headset. With an easily adjustable size slider, movable mic, and soft ear cover that fits your ears inside, the headset fits like a glove and after you start playing, and you will likely forget you are even wearing it thanks to the comfort factor of the cushioning around your ears. If you are a Windows 7 user, the headset is plug and play, taking only a few moments to download the drivers and start working. With a 6 foot USB cable (which is incredibly sturdy), you can't go far from your PC, but if you're gaming...why would you? Once you put the headset on and get your music/game going, the sound is so crisp that you won't even remember that you're wearing them.
When it comes down to voice input, the Gamecom 780 works perfectly. Even if you have a fan running behind you, the microphone will only pick up your voice, and with full clarity. If you listen to our podcasts, my voice was recorded using my headset. It also picks up the most subtle of noises from you as well, such as a whisper. When using Windows Speech Recognition to chat with some people on Facebook, I whispered to myself, and it was automatically typed out perfectly. Can't get much better than that, even if I didn't want to type that!
There is only one real downside to the headset, which is the location of the mute microphone and volume keys. Because they are exactly where you put your hands to put on/take off the headset, you will sometimes accidentally increase your volume or mute your microphone. It's only a minor downside, but can be a slight annoyance.
Overall, the Gamecom 780 is very much worth your money if you are in the market for a new headset at a medium price-point. If you're looking for something a bit more with a few more features, you can also check out the Gamecom Commander for a much higher price-point. The audio, comfort, and usability of the Gamecom 780 makes it perfect for any gamer (or podcaster) on the PC platform.