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Geek Gifts 2009: Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset

The Logitech G35 headset promises to deliver 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound without the use of seven speakers and the seven plus wires that probably would come with it.

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The Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset promises to deliver 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound without the use of seven speakers and the seven plus wires that probably would come with it. This gives gamers the sound system they desire without taking up space in a room that, in all likelihood, is already cluttered with other gaming gear.

Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset delivers this sound through any USB 2.0 connection when the software provided has been properly installed. It has a noise cancelling microphone that will flip up and out of the way when not in use. The box also contained three adjustable head bands that can be swapped in and out (Velcro) to the desired size. Audio controls for volume, microphone mute, and surround sound adjustments are on the left ear piece, which also contains three programmable G-keys.

Specifications:

Headphone:
  • Driver: 40 mm diameter, neodymium magnet
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz
  • Diffuse-field equalized
  • Sensitivity: -42dBV/Pa
Connection:
  • Full Speed USB 2.0 Compliant
  • Cable: 10 feet /3 meters, woven insulation
System requirements:
  • PC with 32 bit or 64 bit Windows XP or Windows Vista
  • 30MB available hard drive space
  • CD-ROM drive
  • USB port

Suggested retail price: $129

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What I like

The headset is very comfortable and of course adjustable. While not described as being "noise canceling" the G35 does a better than average job of limiting outside noise. The set up was a breeze. After installing the software, and with only a few tweaks, mostly having to do with voice-chat levels, the software and headset worked very well.

In game, the 7.1 surround sound, while not as distinctive as a more expensive setup, worked. Noises that were supposed to come from behind you did exactly that. Likewise, frontal voices and ambiance came from the front.

The software contains a morphing aspect that will change your voice to an android, troll, giant, alien, mutant and something called a "space squirrel." While my fellow gamers found this interesting at first it soon became tedious. This, in my opinion, is strictly a novelty item and certainly not a reason to purchase this product.

What I dislike

ITunes worked well enough for me but I don't play my music very loud and there are plenty of people in this world that do. This headset is not for those people. Try as I might, I could not get to the decibel level that some "head bangers" might appreciate.

The controls are located on the left side of the headphones. While this works it, is not the ideal spot for controlling volume, well, for me anyway. I would rather have seen it attached by hot-key to the keyboard for instance.

While the headset is indeed adjustable, it seems to slip out of adjustment way too easily. Once I have the headphones set the way I like it, I would prefer that they stay that way.

Geek bottom line

Because the drawbacks I found with the Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset are minor compared to the advantages, I would recommend this product as a buy.

Geek score (out of 5)

  • Fun factor: ***
  • Geek factor: *****
  • Value: **
  • Overall: ****

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