Thursday, September 25, 2008

Logitech ClearChat PC Wireless Headset (Random Product)

This little item was this year's Birthday present. I wanted it because my last headset pair broke when I was dancing one evening, forgot how far away I was from the computer, and pulled the cord hella hard which thus jacked up the speakers. Since I use Skype a lot these days, I assumed that this would be a good purchase.

On the functional end it works great. It uses a radio frequency instead of infrared, which means that there doesn't have to be a direct line of sight in order for the device to work. Back in college I had a pair of infrared ones and it sucked that I always had to be in visual range of the receiver. I always thought that it would be pretty neat to be listing to mp3s while wandering into the bathroom to take a piss.

The controls are very handy and are built right into the design of the headset. On the right-hand side, there are 3 controls for volume up, volume down, and microphone mute. When the microphone itself is put up, it auto-mutes the mic and vice versa if it's put down, so that's a very convenient feature.

The headset works very well while wandering around the house. I have a 3-level place and it still works even when I'm on the bottom floor with the garage and my computer is on the highest floor. It does start losing connection when you get too close to a working microwave since it uses the same 2.4GHz frequency band.

I did some strict testing on this, and it turns out that after a full charge, the headset will last for approximately 5 hours before dying. And when I say "die", I do mean die. It's not like a cell phone which starts beeping when you start running low on juice. This headset will straight up, binary die. The charger also tries to trick you. When you plug the device in to charge, a little orange LED starts shining, but that light goes away in a little under an hour. Unfortunately this does not mean that the headset is fully charged, it only means that the light is a brat and does not want to shine anymore. I usually have to leave it charging overnight to get the full 5 hours.

It's a great, compact unit that works as described, but I don't think most people realize how much time they usually spend in front of a computer. The 5-hour battery charge goes really fast and it's just annoying to have it just die on you. I also thought that this item would assist in me not breaking anything while dancing; I was wrong. Instead of pulling a cord, I have to watch out for the headset flying off of my head and busting onto a wall. Seeing a C-note note go out the window is not my idea of a good time. The price also leaves much to be desired. If you can live without being able to wander around the house, it's probably still more affordable to buy a wired headset and a cheap, yet functional Logitech speaker set.