by Kevin O’Brien
These days headphones come in so many shapes and sizes that no matter what, you can be fairly certain that you will find something that best fits your needs. Finding the right style or size is fairly simple with such a large selection, but what about portability? The Logitech Premium Notebook Headset is geared towards these individuals wanting high quality audio headsets, but don’t want a ton of space taken up in their luggage.
- Noise Cancelling: Block unwanted sounds even in a noisy room.
- Rotating Mic: Get optimum voice clarity with this adjustable setting
- Folds Flat: Eliminate the bulk with this compact solution.
- Travel Case: Take it with you and keep it protected — wherever you go.
- Adjustable Behind-the-Head Design: Get a comfortable fit.
- Soft-Touch Rubber: Enjoy the extra soft touches.
- Analog-to-USB Adapter: Choose the best connection for your computer system.
- More Fun: Use it for PC calling, Internet voice chat, gaming and music.
- Frequency response: Headset: 20-20,000 Hz; Microphone: 100-10,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: -62 dBV/ Bar, -42 dBV/Pa+/-3dB
- Cable length: 1.8 m.
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For games, movies, or just a simple VOIP call, the Logitech Premium Notebook Headset performed perfectly. Bass was excellent, midrange and high came through clearly even at extremely high volumes. During testing I was able to push the headphones past 78dB at one inch without any distortion. Overall very good all around performance for any need you should have with your notebook.
The microphone on this headset worked just as advertised, keeping background noise to a minimum. Conversations over Skype had as good or better quality than a wired telephone, and echoing voices were thankfully never heard. Gamers should be able to transmit every ounce of their frustration over the mic to their opponents.
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The headset offers a wide range of user adjustment to fit a wide range of head sizes. The speakers can tilt against your head to adjust pressure on the ear lobe, while also rotating to aim correctly at your ear canal. Fine adjustments include the forward and back adjustment of the speaker on the mounting bar, as well as full range of the microphone.
While user experience depending on ear shape will differ, the top of my ear lobe was sore after wearing the headphones for the length of a movie. To keep the headphones snug on my head I had the speaker rotated upwards to close the space between the ear bar and speaker. This ended up slowly pinching the top part of my ear, which was not really noticed at first. A looser fitting may have helped, but it really depends on which style of headphones best fits your own head.
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Thankfully in both Vista and XP, no drivers were required for the USB adapter. It was immediately detected as a secondary soundcard, with headphone and microphone capabilities. Users may want to customize settings in each program for which audio device they want to use, since some may not automatically switch over to the newest device connected.
These small portable headphones worked out great for a wide range of uses, everything from listening to music, watching movies, or talking through a VOIP chat program. They produce excellent sound quality, and can reach very high volume levels without distortion. The microphone gave clear recordings without background noise, just as advertised. Overall this is a great headset if the loop behind the head style of headphones works best for you.
- Good clarity even at high volume levels
- USB adapter is removable and requires no driver CD
- Small size when folded up
- Ear discomfort if adjusted too snuggly