If you haven’t already, check out Frosted’s review of the Plantronics X40’s, a wired version of this same headset.
Having been a fan of gaming headsets for some time, I was looking forward to seeing what Plantronics had up their sleeve with their new GameCom X95 wireless headset. Traditionally I have been a wired headset user, as the threat of interference has kept me from committing to a wireless option. With a new set of X95’s in hand, I set off on a journey and this is what I found.
Connecting up the headset for the first time was very easy. All you have is a set of piggyback RCA cables that go right in-line with your existing RCA or Component cables feeding your Xbox. If you are using HDMI for your connection, you can easily connect the headset to the “monitor out” on your TV or surround sound receiver. There is one other very cool thing about the piggyback style, you can have more than one set hooked up at once. If you are playing co-op and both want to wear headsets, you can connect them both. The transceiver is powered by a USB cable connected into the back of your Xbox. Three AAA batteries (Included, FTW) feed the headset itself, and as with every Xbox compatible headset, you have a piggyback cord to feed your mic into your Xbox controller. The mic on the headset is collapsible and conceals away completely into the headset itself. While not in use, you can’t even tell there is a mic built right in. When you fire up the headset for the first time it should already be paired with its base station. If it doesn’t pair up right away, as mine didn’t, fear not because re-pairing your headset couldn’t be more simple. Hold the sync button on the base station until it lights up solid, do the same on the headset and PRESTO! you are in business.
The wireless itself works on a 2.4 GHz frequency, which initially had me a bit worried. My gaming setup is right next to my router, which is also 2.4 GHz band, as well as my cordless phone. I am very happy to report that there was ZERO interference with my existing devices, very impressive. The only thing I ran into that did cause interference was running the microwave. It caused a bit of stutter and popping while it was running, but ceased immediately when the microwave turned off.
Having worn only the X95’s for gaming over the past two weeks I have been very satisfied with the comfort. Next to good sound quality and comfort is paramount. It doesn’t matter how good they sound if you can’t stand to keep them on your head. Even after hours wearing the X95’s my ears and head were still very comfortable, a huge plus. Getting back to the sound quality, I was very impressed overall with the sound. One thing that could be improved however is the bass. It didn’t seem to be as pronounced as other headsets I have worn. Being that this is a wireless headset, it is very likely something that was designed to keep battery consumption down, and I’m OK with that. I appreciate the focus on good battery life as well. A final note on sound, this a stereo headset and not surround sound so keep that in mind if you are looking for more granular sound control. When it comes to controlling that lovely sound, the over-sized control wheels on either earpiece made dialing in the right volume a breeze. Having the volume controls placed right on the headset itself eliminates hunting for in-line controls, especially helpful in the middle of a firefight. You have separate controls for the game audio and voice, making it easy to adjust for listening to tactics, or drowning out the nonsense.
Overall I have been very impressed with the X95’s. Plantronics has done an excellent job with this headset.
Wireless connectivity seems flawless, had no interference problems whatsoever. Controls on the headset are placed perfectly, will make it very hard to go back to in-line controls. Headset is comfortable, even after long stretches gaming, never cause ear or head fatigue.
Although this headset is Stereo, I really missed the full effect of surround sound you can find in similar headsets.
Excellent wireless headset. At $99 retail, they are a steal. If you are looking for a wireless headset, seriously consider picking one of these up.
- Audio Quality 4/5
- Function 5/5
- Comfort 4.5/5
- Value 5/5
- Overall 4.6/5