Published on May 17th, 2012 | by Rob Kwong0
Plantronics Gamecom 780 7.1 Surround Headset Review
The market for gaming headsets is vast, I mean if you search on Google for the term you’ll get a huge return filled with a multitude of different headsets. So what does the Gamecom 780 have that makes it stand out from all the other headsets and how does it stack up to the other headsets on the market?
First impressions are big for anyone and everyone. I mean why would you want to continue using something if it left a bad taste in your mouth? My first impression when I opened up the Gamecom 780 was that it was simple. The packaging was very minimalistic, all that was inside the box was the headset inside it’s plastic display casing, the CD-rom with the drivers and software, and a small folded piece of paper for the warranty information. Plantronics kept everything that you don’t need out of the box just to keep costs down, and with a $80 price tag, I think they did a pretty damn good job to keep more money in my pocket. The Gamecom 780 looks impressive. The head strap has an engraved Gamecom logo with burgundy accents around the cloth earpods. At first the headset looked bulky and heavy, but looks are deceiving. The headset is actually really light. To my surprise when I picked it up, I thought that the earpod that was hanging would pull down one side of the headset, but the headset barely distorts. The headset has very little to it. On the left earpod it’s got a stiff swinging microphone, a Dolby 7.1 surround on/off button on the front (drivers need to be installed from the CD before full Dolby 7.1 surround sound can be used), a mic mute switch, and volume wheel on the back.
The headset feels snug when you put it on. The soft cloth around the ears take a little getting used to since most headsets usually come with that leatherette wrapped cushioning, but after a while they feel very comfortable. You would think after hours of gaming your ears would get warm and sweaty but for some reason the square design of the earpods gives enough room keep your ears cool. Besides the fact that they fit great, they sound amazing. Great highs, lows, and midrange audio levels, with enough bass kick to keep most gamers happy. Having the volume at about 30% kept my ears happy, anything more than 50% I’m afraid of going deaf or my ears to start bleeding. Even with the sound at low volume, the Gamecom 780 has great output and sound quality. One thing I did notice is that the headphones are not noise-canceling, so you’ll still be able to listen to your annoying family members nag you about how loud you’re screaming into your noise-canceling mic even though your friends wont be able to hear your family.
A great thing about the 780’s was the fact that when you need to take a break, the earcups rotate flat so when they’re around your neck you aren’t being choked. Plantronics definitely had comfort and sound in mind when creating the Gamecom 780’s. The only real gripe I have with them are the short two meter cord, and not having more bass available. The headsets still sound great but it feels like it’s just missing that deep boom whenever an explosion occurs. All in all the Gamecom 780 is a great buy especially with just a $80 price tag, if you’re in the market for a 7.1 Dolby headset with a low price don’t think twice about any other headsets since this is definitely the one to buy without a doubt!
Headphones Response Bandwidth 20 – 20000 Hz
Diaphragm 1.6 in
Microphone Response Bandwidth 100 – 8000 Hz
USB (4 pin USB Type A)
Cable 6.6 ft
Summary: Good and Bad: Amazing sound with an amazing price! Short cord, might need to reposition your computer though