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Plantronics Gamecom 380 PC Headset Review
By Matt On 26 May, 2012 At 02:59 PM | Categorized As Gaming News, PC, Reviews, Tech | With 2 Comments

Hey there all you jerks, it’s me again, here to tell you all about the Plantronics Gamecom 380 PC Headset (If you couldn’t tell that by the title of the page you just clicked on.) I’m not gonna bore you with any of the super technical hardware info, the thing has 40mm speakers in there, and there’s a microphone attached, and it’s pretty much a standard headset. No surprises. If you’re the type of person who really CARES about that kind of stuff, this $40 headset probably isn’t for you. In any case, I’ll drop a link here to the Plantronics website so you can check it yourself.

 

http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/gamecom-380

 

Now, I’m going to tell you what I think about this thing. The first thing that I thought upon recieving the package was “Damn, this is some great packaging. It’s gonna be easy to open and everything!” This was incorrect. The headset came encased in one of the most stubborn cocoons of plastic I have ever had the misfortune to wrestle with. The case seemed like a clamshell that would just crack open, but for some reason, that shit was glued shut. A few minutes with my trusty multi-tool had it open though. Not really a big deal, just a minor inconvenience, much like any other consumer electronic you’ll find these days.

Upon opening the plastic, I was greeted by an incredibly well-built piece of hardware. The headset is solid. The build quality on this thing is impeccable. The cord is never going to come off, all the connections are strong, the plastic is tough, the mic boom and swivel are sturdy, everything about this headset screams quality at first glance. Considering the price point here, this is quite the feat. I’ve bought headsets for far more money than this thing that have fallen apart almost instantly, like they were made out of some sort of powder or something. Suffice it to say, the Gamecom 380 will withstand whatever typical use you want to put it through. This does not mean that you can go around throwing it like a little baby when I smoke you in League of Legends, because that shit’s probably gonna break. But if you treat it decently, this headset seems like it will be able to stand the test of time and provide you with auditory pleasure for years to come.

Upon donning the beast, I found it to be far more comfortable than I was expecting. The soft ear-cups are plenty large enough to cover all but the most gargantuan ears, and they just plain feel good to wear. After the first minute or so, you can easily forget you’re wearing a headset at all. I feel the need to stress the point that this headset costs around FORTY DOLLARS (MSRP $49.99 but go look on amazon you jerk.) Again, I’m sure many of you out there have been disappointed by things that have cost you far more. Forty clams and you could own this headset. I may sound repetitive, but I think it’s important to make that clear.

As far as sound quality goes, I have absolutely no complaints. I am not the biggest audiophile out there, I use an onboard sound card, and I don’t particularly feel any need for improvement. Even so, the sound is pretty great by my standards. It may not be up to par for those of you who absolutely must hear everything like it’s happening right in front of you, but like I mentioned earlier, you probably aren’t in the market for a $40 headset, so carry on. For the budget-minded consumer, however, this headset provides all the sound quality you could ever need and then some. The noise-cancelling mic on it works pretty well also. I played some games with some folks, none of them had any complaints, recorded myself saying some garbage, sounds pretty awesome. I’m not going to post that here, because I don’t want to. Deal with it. Anyhoo, the sound input and output of this headset is great.

 

In summation, I have absolutely no complaints about this headset, especially for the price. Hell, it even looks pretty boss. If nothing else, it LOOKS like an expensive headset. If you’re in the market for a headset, this baby won’t break the bank, and it absolutely won’t let you down. Big props to Plantronics for providing such a great value in such a terrific package. Seriously. FORTY DOLLARS. Less than a tank of gas. Buy this headset. You won’t regret it.

Quality: Great

Sound: Great

Comfort: Great

  • xekrubx

    So Im buying a set of these tomorrow. I actually ordered the Gamecom 367 set and they instead sent me the 377. I didnt order open ear for a reason. My gaming pc is in my living room/bedroom. Late nights and early mornings i dont want to disturb my girlfriend. I dont think games will do it but the music definitely will. And I dont want to have to switch between my gaming headset and my closed ear sennheiser headphones that hurt my ears after sitting against them for more than an hour. I had opened the 377 before I realized they were wrong. And im not going to wait 2 weeks for them to send a return label and then order another set and hope someone else gets it right, Yeah I couldnt get them to overnight the correct 367’s because turns out the listing on amazon was wrong and they dont have any 367 sets. So instead im going to Best Buy and buying the update to the 367/377 for $50. The 367 was supposed to be $35 and now im shopping around seeing 35-40. So Ill spend the extra $15 and get an upgrade and not chance someone else sending me the wrong product. From first glance the 380’s dont look very durable. The 367/377 has more solid plastic. But every review I read makes the 380 sound super strong. So why buy the old model when the new one is only $15 more

  • hoogli

    Thanks for this review. I am hoping to use the headset for recording some screencasts. Is the mic up to that level? With listeners using headphones and concentrating hard? Also, I found some more shots of the headset.