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Plantronics Gamecom X40 - Xbox 360 by Review Summary ,  Nov 3, 2015

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Plantronics Gamecom X40 - Xbox 360
Report Date: 11/03/2015
Based on 71 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 2.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable5.0   above average
Price4.8   above average
Sound4.5   average
Cable4.2   above average
Quality4.1   average
Volume3.8   average
Microphone3.5   below average


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Cable

Cable:
"There is a slight feedback buzzing noise, but I think that is more to do with the AV cable for my Xbox 360.The only real negatives are the lack of a mic monitoring feature and the fact that I can still hear some external noise, even with volume maxed."
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"he was quite excited at first, and said they work really well, he just got frustrated with the cord and a short time later put a wireless bluetooth set on his wish list which he got for christmas."
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"Its worth it the cord does annoy sometimes but if you look past that than its a great headset to buy for a good price."
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"Would have been nice if the chat cord plugged into an in-line volume control, but it's a good solid headset, and good value for the price."
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"The cable is actually longer than I needed, which is actually a good thing."
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"he was quite excited at first, and said they work really well, he just got frustrated with the cord and a short time later put a wireless bluetooth set on his wish list which he got for christmas."
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"Also the cable is long witch is good."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"after about an hour of using them my ears were hurting, but they did become pretty comfortable over time."
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"Affordable, comfortable, great sound."
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"Very comfortable, hooks up easily, and requires NO BATTERIES."
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"The ability to change the volume for each earpiece and the comfort of headphones make these a great buy."
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"The Plantronics Gamecom X40s are not only affordable, but extremely comfortable and provide great sound quality."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"And I must say going from a normal xbox live mic, and having sound come through the tv, it was a weird change but I got used to it quick."
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"Ok so i order this cheep ass mic on amazon a few weeks ago and they broke within the month i got them...."
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"There is a slight feedback buzzing noise, but I think that is more to do with the AV cable for my Xbox 360.The only real negatives are the lack of a mic monitoring feature and the fact that I can still hear some external noise, even with volume maxed."
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"The audio and microphone quality are not spectacular, but they are very good, and for most users they are absolutely adequate."
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"PROS:++ Reasonable investment based on street prices compared to most alternatives++ Powered by your Xbox360 USB, so no batteries required (wireless sets naturally require batteries and are heavier)++ Includes dials for both headphone volume (right side) and the microphone (left side)++ Cable is long enough to work well in most bed rooms, game rooms and living rooms++ Headband and earphone cushions are thick and covered in plush fabric++ Closed headphones fit tightly, block out noise and don't leak too much sound++ Adjustable head-strap aids comfort for larger people, though inward-pushing tightness is still a problem (see below)++ Microphone tucks away nicely when not in use for Xbox Live & multiplayer chat++ Microphone quality is OK++ Decent build quality for plastic-body headphonesCONS:-- Mediocre sound quality with distortion & ambient hiss (Based on 3 weeks of regular usage; may improve after long-term-use)-- Up to 3 potential cable connections required for sound alone: 1 RCA for sound (2 inputs on 1 cable), 1 USB for power and your HDMI or video cables to connect your Xbox360 to your TV; this is messy and defeats the purpose of HDMI; wireless sets make it easier to hide this-- Use for more than an hour causes sweating around the ears, perhaps made worse by the nice fabric-- Poor comfort due to tightness; stretching them out on a couch-arm helps, but takes time-- MSRP is still excessive for a starter wired set-- Because USB for power and RCA connectors are split off the same wire, using this set is a challenge if your XBox 360 isn't close to your TV (such as in a media cabinet or entertainment center)-- Additional cable connection required for microphone use (this is another standard Xbox360 connection)-- No included carrying case for protecting your headphones-- No included adapter for connecting the RCA connectors to a standard 2.5 mm input-- Though the plastic surface is attractive, it scuffs easily and quickly becomes ugly if you don't baby them-- Too many deal-breaker flaws to recommendSOUND QUALITYI have an insatiable headphone obsession, though I mostly purchase them for music listening and home recording."
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"After awhile this can be really annoying and leads me to unplug the mic anytime I am not gaming with friends."
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"the mic died within two weeks...we were very happy and it looked very well made, too bad the mic was low quality"
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"Got tired of comments from my friends about whatever TV show or music was on in the background, the noise-canceling mic works well at filtering out most of the background noise when I'm not talking."
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"So i was looking around and found this mic so far its been grate sound is nice and loud and it hugs your head unlike other mics... so all in all its grate and the price is worth it"
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"The sound quality and mic are great."
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Price

Price:
"Cant complain for the price I received it at, it is cheaper plastic than most and is wired."
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"Very good quality for the price."
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"Affordable, comfortable, great sound."
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"This headset is GREAT for the price."
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"Its worth it the cord does annoy sometimes but if you look past that than its a great headset to buy for a good price."
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"Would have been nice if the chat cord plugged into an in-line volume control, but it's a good solid headset, and good value for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"The audio and microphone quality are not spectacular, but they are very good, and for most users they are absolutely adequate."
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"But that's almost irrelevant because the unit fails at its primary function of quality sound."
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"PROS:++ Reasonable investment based on street prices compared to most alternatives++ Powered by your Xbox360 USB, so no batteries required (wireless sets naturally require batteries and are heavier)++ Includes dials for both headphone volume (right side) and the microphone (left side)++ Cable is long enough to work well in most bed rooms, game rooms and living rooms++ Headband and earphone cushions are thick and covered in plush fabric++ Closed headphones fit tightly, block out noise and don't leak too much sound++ Adjustable head-strap aids comfort for larger people, though inward-pushing tightness is still a problem (see below)++ Microphone tucks away nicely when not in use for Xbox Live & multiplayer chat++ Microphone quality is OK++ Decent build quality for plastic-body headphonesCONS:-- Mediocre sound quality with distortion & ambient hiss (Based on 3 weeks of regular usage; may improve after long-term-use)-- Up to 3 potential cable connections required for sound alone: 1 RCA for sound (2 inputs on 1 cable), 1 USB for power and your HDMI or video cables to connect your Xbox360 to your TV; this is messy and defeats the purpose of HDMI; wireless sets make it easier to hide this-- Use for more than an hour causes sweating around the ears, perhaps made worse by the nice fabric-- Poor comfort due to tightness; stretching them out on a couch-arm helps, but takes time-- MSRP is still excessive for a starter wired set-- Because USB for power and RCA connectors are split off the same wire, using this set is a challenge if your XBox 360 isn't close to your TV (such as in a media cabinet or entertainment center)-- Additional cable connection required for microphone use (this is another standard Xbox360 connection)-- No included carrying case for protecting your headphones-- No included adapter for connecting the RCA connectors to a standard 2.5 mm input-- Though the plastic surface is attractive, it scuffs easily and quickly becomes ugly if you don't baby them-- Too many deal-breaker flaws to recommendSOUND QUALITYI have an insatiable headphone obsession, though I mostly purchase them for music listening and home recording."
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"Yet the sound quality of these still seemed very mediocre to me."
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"Sound quality is good, but not great, and the ear muffs tend to be a bit oversized depending on how large your ears are."
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"Very good quality for the price."
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"It has amazing sound quality."
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"the mic died within two weeks...we were very happy and it looked very well made, too bad the mic was low quality"
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"The Plantronics Gamecom X40s are not only affordable, but extremely comfortable and provide great sound quality."
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"BRILLIANT quality for a fantastic price in our books."
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Sound

Sound:
"And I must say going from a normal xbox live mic, and having sound come through the tv, it was a weird change but I got used to it quick."
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"But that's almost irrelevant because the unit fails at its primary function of quality sound."
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"PROS:++ Reasonable investment based on street prices compared to most alternatives++ Powered by your Xbox360 USB, so no batteries required (wireless sets naturally require batteries and are heavier)++ Includes dials for both headphone volume (right side) and the microphone (left side)++ Cable is long enough to work well in most bed rooms, game rooms and living rooms++ Headband and earphone cushions are thick and covered in plush fabric++ Closed headphones fit tightly, block out noise and don't leak too much sound++ Adjustable head-strap aids comfort for larger people, though inward-pushing tightness is still a problem (see below)++ Microphone tucks away nicely when not in use for Xbox Live & multiplayer chat++ Microphone quality is OK++ Decent build quality for plastic-body headphonesCONS:-- Mediocre sound quality with distortion & ambient hiss (Based on 3 weeks of regular usage; may improve after long-term-use)-- Up to 3 potential cable connections required for sound alone: 1 RCA for sound (2 inputs on 1 cable), 1 USB for power and your HDMI or video cables to connect your Xbox360 to your TV; this is messy and defeats the purpose of HDMI; wireless sets make it easier to hide this-- Use for more than an hour causes sweating around the ears, perhaps made worse by the nice fabric-- Poor comfort due to tightness; stretching them out on a couch-arm helps, but takes time-- MSRP is still excessive for a starter wired set-- Because USB for power and RCA connectors are split off the same wire, using this set is a challenge if your XBox 360 isn't close to your TV (such as in a media cabinet or entertainment center)-- Additional cable connection required for microphone use (this is another standard Xbox360 connection)-- No included carrying case for protecting your headphones-- No included adapter for connecting the RCA connectors to a standard 2.5 mm input-- Though the plastic surface is attractive, it scuffs easily and quickly becomes ugly if you don't baby them-- Too many deal-breaker flaws to recommendSOUND QUALITYI have an insatiable headphone obsession, though I mostly purchase them for music listening and home recording."
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"Yet the sound quality of these still seemed very mediocre to me."
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"Sound quality is good, but not great, and the ear muffs tend to be a bit oversized depending on how large your ears are."
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"They do sound decent but still i dont know how they could work one day then have a short in the wire the next day"
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"Affordable, comfortable, great sound."
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"It has amazing sound quality."
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"And the sound is great."
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"Sound comes through crisp and clear."
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Volume

Volume:
"As a late night gamer, I find it frustrating to constantly have my volume at a low level."
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"My only complaint is that the controls for the volume aren't in-line; it's kind of annoying to have to reach behind my head and adjust them, but it isn't a dealbreaker for me."
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")- The volume is not very easy to adjust with one hand while playing because the control is on the back of the headset."
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"I love being able to adjust the volume for the game and have a separate volume adjust for the microphone if someone I'm playing with is too loud."
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"The ability to change the volume for each earpiece and the comfort of headphones make these a great buy."
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"Would have been nice if the chat cord plugged into an in-line volume control, but it's a good solid headset, and good value for the price."
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"It is great because you do not need the TV volume on at all (great for night play and the kids are sleeping)."
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Xbox

Xbox:
"And I must say going from a normal xbox live mic, and having sound come through the tv, it was a weird change but I got used to it quick."
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"There is a slight feedback buzzing noise, but I think that is more to do with the AV cable for my Xbox 360.The only real negatives are the lack of a mic monitoring feature and the fact that I can still hear some external noise, even with volume maxed."
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"Sound quality is amazing, this is my first actual headset besides the crappy xbox 360 headsets."
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"PROS:++ Reasonable investment based on street prices compared to most alternatives++ Powered by your Xbox360 USB, so no batteries required (wireless sets naturally require batteries and are heavier)++ Includes dials for both headphone volume (right side) and the microphone (left side)++ Cable is long enough to work well in most bed rooms, game rooms and living rooms++ Headband and earphone cushions are thick and covered in plush fabric++ Closed headphones fit tightly, block out noise and don't leak too much sound++ Adjustable head-strap aids comfort for larger people, though inward-pushing tightness is still a problem (see below)++ Microphone tucks away nicely when not in use for Xbox Live & multiplayer chat++ Microphone quality is OK++ Decent build quality for plastic-body headphonesCONS:-- Mediocre sound quality with distortion & ambient hiss (Based on 3 weeks of regular usage; may improve after long-term-use)-- Up to 3 potential cable connections required for sound alone: 1 RCA for sound (2 inputs on 1 cable), 1 USB for power and your HDMI or video cables to connect your Xbox360 to your TV; this is messy and defeats the purpose of HDMI; wireless sets make it easier to hide this-- Use for more than an hour causes sweating around the ears, perhaps made worse by the nice fabric-- Poor comfort due to tightness; stretching them out on a couch-arm helps, but takes time-- MSRP is still excessive for a starter wired set-- Because USB for power and RCA connectors are split off the same wire, using this set is a challenge if your XBox 360 isn't close to your TV (such as in a media cabinet or entertainment center)-- Additional cable connection required for microphone use (this is another standard Xbox360 connection)-- No included carrying case for protecting your headphones-- No included adapter for connecting the RCA connectors to a standard 2.5 mm input-- Though the plastic surface is attractive, it scuffs easily and quickly becomes ugly if you don't baby them-- Too many deal-breaker flaws to recommendSOUND QUALITYI have an insatiable headphone obsession, though I mostly purchase them for music listening and home recording."
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"Some of the flaws with this set are actually a result of design issues with the Xbox 360 itself, which is really not well designed for use with headsets."
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"My sons both use on Xbox 360 and I have used it on occasion as well."
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"this item was listed as being xbox 360 compatible."
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"I would highly recommend this to a casual OR hardcore gamer looking for an Xbox360 stereo headset to game on."
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"Overall it's the best headset I ever had on Xbox"
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"PROS:++ Reasonable investment based on street prices compared to most alternatives++ Powered by your Xbox360 USB, so no batteries required (wireless sets naturally require batteries and are heavier)++ Includes dials for both headphone volume (right side) and the microphone (left side)++ Cable is long enough to work well in most bed rooms, game rooms and living rooms++ Headband and earphone cushions are thick and covered in plush fabric++ Closed headphones fit tightly, block out noise and don't leak too much sound++ Adjustable head-strap aids comfort for larger people, though inward-pushing tightness is still a problem (see below)++ Microphone tucks away nicely when not in use for Xbox Live & multiplayer chat++ Microphone quality is OK++ Decent build quality for plastic-body headphonesCONS:-- Mediocre sound quality with distortion & ambient hiss (Based on 3 weeks of regular usage; may improve after long-term-use)-- Up to 3 potential cable connections required for sound alone: 1 RCA for sound (2 inputs on 1 cable), 1 USB for power and your HDMI or video cables to connect your Xbox360 to your TV; this is messy and defeats the purpose of HDMI; wireless sets make it easier to hide this-- Use for more than an hour causes sweating around the ears, perhaps made worse by the nice fabric-- Poor comfort due to tightness; stretching them out on a couch-arm helps, but takes time-- MSRP is still excessive for a starter wired set-- Because USB for power and RCA connectors are split off the same wire, using this set is a challenge if your XBox 360 isn't close to your TV (such as in a media cabinet or entertainment center)-- Additional cable connection required for microphone use (this is another standard Xbox360 connection)-- No included carrying case for protecting your headphones-- No included adapter for connecting the RCA connectors to a standard 2.5 mm input-- Though the plastic surface is attractive, it scuffs easily and quickly becomes ugly if you don't baby them-- Too many deal-breaker flaws to recommendSOUND QUALITYI have an insatiable headphone obsession, though I mostly purchase them for music listening and home recording."
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