Headsets are a funny thing, especially when it comes to gaming. Most people will probably stick with whatever the console comes with. In the case of the XBOX 360, it’s a flimsy, uncomfortable, easily breakable, plastic headset. Some gamers though, will seek out more hardcore headsets. Headsets that provide superior audio quality matched with unbeatable comfort and straight up convenience. This is where the Plantronics GameCom X95 Wireless Headset comes into play.
I’ve never been much of an audio or headset guy. In fact, up until now I’ve always used the crummy 360 headset that came with my XBOX. It hasn’t been the best, but it got the job done. Recently though, I made the switch and took a dive into the world of Plantronics with their GameCom X95 headset. So after years of using the standard wired 360 headset, how did I enjoy the Plantronics GameCom X95? Read on to find out.
Let’s start off with the design. The GameCom X95 was made with intuitiveness in mind. As I took the headset out of the box, I was impressed to see a volume switch on each earpod. One switch is for in game chat and one is for the headphone volumes. In addition to his, each earpod has an additional switch. One is for muting the mic and one is the power button. So in total, two switches/buttons on each earpod. Very convenient. The mic itself is also pretty handy as it can be tucked into the headphones quite efficiently while not using it and when you need it, you can adjust the length of it for optimal use.
Packed with 40mm stereo speakers, the sound provided here is quite good. The headphones effectively blocked out all other noise and I was totally immersed in what I was playing. Feedback and interference were never an issue, which is a common problem with wireless devices. Comfort was also great as the plush earpods were easy on the ears.
Set up is also fairly easy. The headphones themselves run on 2 AAA batteries and hooking it up to your TV isn’t too much of a nightmare. There is a receiver that plugs into your XBOX 360 and the receiver has two wires hanging off of it which connect to the component cable that comes with the 360. Lastly, there is a wire connecting the headset to your 360 controller, which is unfortunate as it would have been better had it connected wirelessly to the controller. It’s also handy that the X95 can be used on other devices, such as computers, with a bit of minor tinkering.
Overall, I’m very happy I discovered the X95. It really makes a huge difference. To be honest, it comes in most handy when there are other people around that don’t want to be bothered by the noise of your TV. If you’re playing alone though, I’d rather crank the speakers and have the noise come from there rather than the headphones. That being said, you can still use it as just a headset and for that, it works perfectly fine. For me though, I often do find myself in situations where people would rather not be bothered by the noise from my TV, so for me, this is a solid purchase. I highly recommend the Plantronics GameCom X95, you won’t be disappointed with this one.