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Cyber Acoustics Ac-850 Internet Communication Usb Stereo Headset And Boom Mic (black) by Review Summary ,  Jul 20, 2015

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Cyber Acoustics Ac-850 Internet Communication Usb Stereo Headset And Boom Mic (black)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 389 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 3.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Value5.0   average
Voice5.0   above average
Gaming4.6   average
Price4.5   average
Quality4.5   average
Control4.4   above average
Comfortable4.2   below average
Fit4.2   average
Sound4.2   average
USB4.1   above average
Microphone4.0   average
Volume4.0   average
Cable3.8   above average
Skype3.8   below average
Speaker3.8   above average
Audio3.6   below average
Size2.8   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"No syncing, audio quality, volume, or operational problems at all."
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"downside is that i have to go into my mac's system preferences to set up the audio before i use them."
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"So basically nothing to complain about, except that sometimes it messes up my system audio."
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"The mic seems to register, but the audio is completely missing."
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"Next the audio quality and mike response is not exceptional but it's still really good."
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"I like that they can switch right or left ear (the mic rotates 180 degrees, plus I can drop the volume and go to mute).Audio is great - compliments on how clear it is."
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"Good transmit quality, I received report, excellent audio here...one of the best sounding stations."
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"Audio is good and speech recognition works well with Rosetta Stone language learning module."
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"The audio is great."
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"Many of my co-workers are not computer savvy and I was nervous about whether they would be able to get the video and audio to work."
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Cable

Cable:
"I've had a pair of these for ten years that worked great until I tripped over the cord and broke them."
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"Truly, my only complaint has been the length of the cord, which may be a boon for some who need the distance."
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"Only problem I have with this is the cord is way too long."
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"The only drawback - the cord is still so long after that, that my puppy dragged the headset away and chewed one up today."
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"The only drawback is that the cord seems to be quite long if you are sitting at a computer using it."
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"The microphone seemed to do better with it situated alongside the mouth rather than directly in front of it (my other headset by another company was just the opposite - the mic was plastic with no cover and worked best by talking directly into it).The cord is very long (which for me is annoying but others may like that feature), and there is a volume control device on the cord along with a clip to attach to your clothing, if you wish to use it."
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"I've had a pair of these for ten years that worked great until I tripped over the cord and broke them."
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"The cord has a clip that you may attach to your shirt, for more comfort."
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"As such, using a wonderful Cable Matters optical cable, I have hooked up my computer to this sound system and currently utilize my set-up for all games (DOTA, AoA, Team Fortress, etc.)."
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"Volume and Mute controls are easily accessed on the cord."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Be aware these smaller list of USB headsets are not the most comfortable nor have the best sound quality."
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"Can be a bit uncomfortable for successive hours of use so if comfort is of primary concern, I would purchase a more expensive unit but this one works for me! "
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"Only complaint is that the headpiece fits too tight for comfort."
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"I find the ear pads too tight to be comfortable to wear, and I did not notice any appreciable improvement in the speech recognition using this headset."
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"I would recommend a higher quality one for comfort purposes"
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"great value and comfortable"
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"Great sound, comfortable to wear, and excellent mic."
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"I love this headset for it's sound quality and comfort, but the mic doesn't work so no one can hear me."
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"Comfortable and worked well for my on-line live class sessions."
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Control

Control:
"The inline volume control is handy as not everyone has a good connection and I can control volume with my off-hand and take notes using the other, without missing any of the conversation."
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"They are very simple and clear to hear and people you talk to can hear you very well and plus it nice to have a wheel to control your volume so you can get it right at the perfect sound level instead of using + & - buttons."
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"It was good at first but the volume control got scratchy and then began shorting out the entire connection."
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"In-line volume control and mute work well."
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"Volume and Mute controls are easily accessed on the cord."
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"Works well and Love the switch volume control on the cord."
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Fit

Fit:
"The headphones are not a great fit around my head no matter how much I adjust the headband."
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"For the price they sound appropriate but they do not fit me well, I have a big head."
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"Only complaint is that the headpiece fits too tight for comfort."
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"Adjustable and easy to fit."
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"You may need to fiddle with the headband a bit to get it to fit comfortably."
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"Headset adjusts nicely giving a good fit."
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"I have a large head (7-7 8 hat size) and it fits comfortably on my head."
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"The head phones fit comfortably and feel balanced, the are a little small though but it only takes a little while too adjust."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"I didn't give it a 5 star rating because the microphone flops a bit but that is a really minor complaint and doesn't interfere with me using Skype or gaming voice programs."
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"For those I recommend the Logitech G930 Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound."
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"Especially nice when gaming but you need one Ear free to stay aware of what is going on around you."
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"If you want inexpensive one ear set for gaming, I do use with SKYPE and works great."
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"I'm sure that the sound quality wouldn't compete with some high-end cans, but for the purposes I use them for - for business conference calls and gaming with friends -they work perfectly."
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"These lightweight headphones are comfortable to wear for extended gaming sessions (we've had them on for 8+ hours before! )"
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Microphone

Microphone:
"My only problem is that it feels like microphone is too close to my mouth no matter how I adjust it."
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"From reading some of the other reviews, it sounds like they failed to notice the INPUT tab and failed to adjust accordingly; hence, why they claim the mic doesn't work."
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"The mic still works, however there is one problem with the mic at least on mine, there's a humming sound."
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"The microphone didn't work well and the headphones weren't very good quality"
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"That is annoying if you like to push the mic up when your not using it but leave the headset on."
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"Love the adjustable mic."
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"But when I've used them on my PS4 or Mac PC they've worked great and love the flexible boom mic as well."
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"Easy to use, clear sound quality in the mic and ear phones."
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"Microphone picks up background noise just like my old one, still looking for a good microphone that won't do that."
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"The sound quality of the microphone is excellent."
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Plug

Plug:
"Easy plug and play."
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"It is comfortable, adjustable, and a plug and go."
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"Crystal clear plug and play device, love it!"
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"However, sound quality is excellent, and the massively long cord means that I can plug these in to the USB ports on the rear of the computer and have it come up to the front with plenty of room to spare."
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"The plug and play install was easy and it is easy to switch from this to the speakers."
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Price

Price:
"It was inexpensive enough that if it didn't work well that I wouldn't be too upset."
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"But then if that one broke I would be really upset where this is not too much money to replace."
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"Your ears deserve a break, anyway, so don't let this one drawback deter you from getting this cheap and effective headset :)"
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"Unless the ear pad can be reinstalled it will become one of the headsets in the box that didn't quite meet the need, failed over time or that failed out right,The price was right at the time."
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"For the price they sound appropriate but they do not fit me well, I have a big head."
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"This is half the price so I hadn't expected it to sound great, but I was so wrong."
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"Given all that I would still recommend to people looking for a relatively cheap headset."
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"Good features and the price was right."
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"great value for the money! "
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"Rather than buy a more expensive unit and then try to find replacement head pads for it, I thought it easier to just buy an inexpensive unit and replace it when the pads wear out."
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"This is a good unit for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Be aware these smaller list of USB headsets are not the most comfortable nor have the best sound quality."
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"No syncing, audio quality, volume, or operational problems at all."
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"it was not the most comfortable but the sound quality was great"
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"The microphone didn't work well and the headphones weren't very good quality"
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"I have had no problem with (adequate) sound quality but on the one occasion where I needed the microphone, it did not function."
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"My mic quality was passable but not good, and the sound came through ok, pretty much what you expect from a 20 dollar headset."
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"It's a of great quality inside and out! "
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"Easy to use, clear sound quality in the mic and ear phones."
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"I would recommend a higher quality one for comfort purposes"
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"The sound quality is good, but the head sets are small on the head and kind of hurt after wearing them for a long period of time."
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"You can never go wrong buying more quality than you need."
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Size

Size:
"I'll post an update here if anything changes.12 10 15 -- The ear cups are a little small and it's not fabulous for a large head."
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"Unless you have a really small head, you are going to hate this product."
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"Too small and uncomfortable for a 10 year old, I tried them and definitely too tight for an adult."
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"The circumference of the ear pieces were too small making them uncomfortable for our students."
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"If I had one complaint, it would be that the mute switch is a little small."
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"The problem I had with the headset was the ear speaker was deceptively small and oval shaped, to the point where it only sits on a portion of your ear."
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"The sound quality is good, but the head sets are small on the head and kind of hurt after wearing them for a long period of time."
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"Works well but is a little small and tight on my ears - I had this same brand before and it was perfect, so not surewhy this one seems tight, but the sound quality is good."
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"Unless you have a small head then maybe this will work well for you."
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"Very versatile, great sound, small on your ears (meaning: it does not cancel all sounds around you completely, but I like to be aware of my surroundings! )"
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"I have a large head (7-7 8 hat size) and it fits comfortably on my head."
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Skype

Skype:
"I use it on my computer but can't hear very well and when I use it when I'm on Skype I can't hear the other person."
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"This is very frustrating when I am having conversations on skype with people."
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"I didn't give it a 5 star rating because the microphone flops a bit but that is a really minor complaint and doesn't interfere with me using Skype or gaming voice programs."
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"I bought this to use with Skype on my PC, replacing an old, uncomfortable headset that had a second-rate microphone and used two mini plugs."
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"This is perfect for Skype, which we use for our business calls."
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"If you want inexpensive one ear set for gaming, I do use with SKYPE and works great."
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"I use it on my Macbook for my Skype calls...crystal clear! "
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"They relatively comfortable & work fine for VoIP (Skype, Google+, FB Video, etc)."
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"I use Skype and GotoMeeting on a daily basis and I can be heard very well on the other end."
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Sound

Sound:
"Be aware these smaller list of USB headsets are not the most comfortable nor have the best sound quality."
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"From reading some of the other reviews, it sounds like they failed to notice the INPUT tab and failed to adjust accordingly; hence, why they claim the mic doesn't work."
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"The mic still works, however there is one problem with the mic at least on mine, there's a humming sound."
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"it was not the most comfortable but the sound quality was great"
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"Clear sound, no hassle, easy to use."
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"Pros:-comfortable ear piece material-can quickly mute change volume (faster than with digital buttons)Cons:-Sound is very deep and muffled, hard problem to overlook on a headset (although I have owned previous of the same model and the sound was fine, so not sure if a dud or the quality has gone down)-band is too tight"
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"BUT the clarity of the sound is spectacular and it's not really uncomfortable."
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"Clear, loud sound listening and speaking."
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"I have purchased several of this headset over time, and have been asked repeatedly what model I use because I sound clear on conference calls through the computer."
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"It works perfectly with his PC and the sound is crystal clear on both ends."
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"Easy to use, clear sound quality in the mic and ear phones."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"I have a crappy Acer and the speaker plugin section has never worked so I have to use USB."
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"The problem I had with the headset was the ear speaker was deceptively small and oval shaped, to the point where it only sits on a portion of your ear."
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"Days after I bought it the speakers were malfunctioning, they came back to normal later, but then later on I could bearly hear anything through them."
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"The sound quality through the speakers is decent, as is the quality of the mic."
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"This headset allows me, through the one ear speaker and microphone, to hear and communicate with my teammates while also enjoying the full auditory pleasure provided by my speakers."
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"These worked well, and Skype easily supported having the ringer come in on external speakers, and using the headset for the actual call."
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"The plug and play install was easy and it is easy to switch from this to the speakers."
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"This inexpensive USB headset microphone provides great clear and crisp sound.. both as a microphone and a mono speaker headset."
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USB

USB:
"Be aware these smaller list of USB headsets are not the most comfortable nor have the best sound quality."
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"The mic is flexible, can be used on either ear, and is a TRUE usb (apparently others have had problems with that)."
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"I had a pair of these from walmart that was similar to these but not a usb, arrived broken straight out of the box i plugged it in once and it worked then wouldent turn on when i plugged it in computer wouldn't recognize it anything."
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"I purchased this headset with microphone to play some on-line PC games (namely 'Left 4 Dead').This unit is connected to your computer via a USB port (rather than standard 'jack' on your audio card) and has volume adjustment in the connecting cord."
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"One drawback I had not anticipated: since the USB combines both mic and headset functions, I don't think you can listen through your computer speakers; in my experience so far, they are effectively muted when the headset is plugged in."
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"Ranking my favorite USB headsets to least favorite here's what I have:1) Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB Headset H390 (Works on PS3, PS4, Mac and PC) Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB Headset H390 (Black)2) Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset (Works on PS3 and PS4; had issues with Mac version of Vent) Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset3) Cyber Acoustics USB Stereo Headset AC-851B (Works on PS3 PS4) Cyber Acoustics USB Stereo Headset (AC-851B)The reason that I listed the Logitech first is because they just rock!"
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"Installation was easy, I just plugged it in to my USB port, ran the tuning wizard on my phone and that was it."
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"For serious use, a Plantronics headset with their USB adapter works well."
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"Good value and a good USB Headset."
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Value

Value:
"great value for the money! "
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"But, it is up to you whether you will think it's a good value or not."
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"great value and comfortable"
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"A good Value."
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"Good value and a good USB Headset."
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Voice

Voice:
"Before the sound quality became an issue the customer was able to hear only my voice and any other sounds were blocked."
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"Mic does great job for recording voice overs for videos."
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"The voice quality of the mic is good and there is an inline switch to adjust volume and to mute the microphone."
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"The sound is clear now, both that I listen to and my own recorded voice."
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"Functions well with clear sound from the mono earpiece and clear voice from the mic."
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Volume

Volume:
"No syncing, audio quality, volume, or operational problems at all."
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"Frequency response and volume not for audiophiles, but good for communications."
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"The microphone seemed to do better with it situated alongside the mouth rather than directly in front of it (my other headset by another company was just the opposite - the mic was plastic with no cover and worked best by talking directly into it).The cord is very long (which for me is annoying but others may like that feature), and there is a volume control device on the cord along with a clip to attach to your clothing, if you wish to use it."
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"The inline volume control is handy as not everyone has a good connection and I can control volume with my off-hand and take notes using the other, without missing any of the conversation."
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"The only problem, which is minor, is that I will move around and the mute volume remote on the cord will occasionally and easily get knocked into mute mode without me meaning to do it."
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"I like that they can switch right or left ear (the mic rotates 180 degrees, plus I can drop the volume and go to mute).Audio is great - compliments on how clear it is."
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"The voice quality of the mic is good and there is an inline switch to adjust volume and to mute the microphone."
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"They are very simple and clear to hear and people you talk to can hear you very well and plus it nice to have a wheel to control your volume so you can get it right at the perfect sound level instead of using + & - buttons."
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"It was good at first but the volume control got scratchy and then began shorting out the entire connection."
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"In-line volume control and mute work well."
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