Hardware Review: Plantronics GameCom 777 Headset
Release: September 2008
Available Platforms: PC, Mac, PS3
For those of you that have never seen the Plantronics GameCom 777 headset, you’re in for a surprise. The GameCom 777 headset is an open eared, stereo headset that with the help of some special Dolby Headphone and Dolby Pro Logic II technology that simulates a 5.1 surround sound environment.
To setup the Plantronics GameCom 777 headset all you do is plug the USB dongle to your computer or whatever device you are using it for, then you plug in the headset into the dongle and lastly you flip the on switch on the dongle (a blue light will let you know when its turned on), that’s it. There is nothing else to this that you have to do, actually I take that back, you might have to go to your system settings and tell it to output the audio to your usb headset. I had to install 0 drivers and I had to configure nothing. That USB dongle does all the work for you, its the device that that houses the Dobly technology to mimic 5.1 surround sound.
Some of the things that I and the rest of the PN team liked were first how comfortable the headset was. When you put this on it just feels so right, like it was suppose to be there. Personally I also loved the design of the headset as well, from the gun metal look to the hidden boom mic, which by the way, is a great way to hide the microphone when you are not using it. But the best thing about this has got to be the tech that is built into the usb dongle, with the Dobly technology the team at Plantronics have actually been able to take regular stereo sound and turn it into a simulated 5.1 experience. I was able to use this headset on my PC, on my iMac, my Macbook, on Skype (huge improvement over my unconfrontable Logitech headset) and on my PS3 (for voice chat in game or in a chat room only, not actual gameplay audio) and it preformed beautifully every time. And as an added perk, it comes with an extra long cable with volume controls inline so you can control the audio levels on the fly.
I understand that this headset is packing a lot but it is pretty big and because of this it is not very portable in the least. My only other complaint probably evolves around the price, for around 100 dollars I would have preferred a little bit more, like for it to be wireless, that would have been a huge perk.
Steve’s final say: If you are in the need of a headset for your PC or Mac I highly suggest you check this out. The Plantronics is a great way for you to experience some high end sound for a non high end price.