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Wireless Headset showdown

Logitech H600 vs. Logitech H800 vs. Logitech G930 vs. Skullcandy PLYR1 vs. Corsair Vengeance 2100

TLDR: Logitech H800, despite its issues..

DISCLAIMER: I'm not an audiophile. I will not be reviewing sound quality much at all - plenty of people already do that. As a programmer, I wear my headphones almost 24/7 and comfort and convenience are extremely important to me; much more so than audio quality.
I will also not be reviewing any software that comes with the headsets as I'm on Linux.


First off: H600 and H800.
http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/8391
http://www.logitech.com/en-roeu/product/wireless-headset-h800


The Logitech H800 is a headset I've worn for two years and I really love it. It's very much a business headset and feels very light, slick and high quality. Very, very comfortable on-ear headset.
It uses bluetooth internally to connect to its own non-unified nail-sized dongle. It has two modes: "Bluetooth" and "Dongle"; this makes it the only headset I've tried that is immediately compatible with my phone. Amusingly enough that is something I miss; having high quality audio in and out on my phone as it turns out is incredibly useful.
Compared to the G930 it has a slightly shorter battery life.
The microphone boom is on the right ear along with four media buttons: volume up, down, prev, next and mute. When toggling mute, the headset plays a short audible beep. Unlike all the other headsets I will review, it does not mute when the boom is up, which tends to be a feature specific to gaming headsets. Below are two hard "hold-switches" for prev and next media input. Also present there is the microusb charging socket.
The use of hard buttons for volume up/down is annoying as it does not allow for fast volume changes. It also seems bound in firmware to max 100% volume as it beeps when you try to go above, unlike the G930 and the 2100.
The microphone is very discrete and the ears do not move at all vertically or horizontally, however they do have some give on their bearing and can adjust to the ears.
The rubbery-foam earpads are easily removed to wash, however they are very brittle and prone to tear. 
The headset does feel a little fragile and the hardware inside it can get detached and rattle, which is extremely unfortunate.
The battery is replaceable in a small compartment inside the left earpad which can also hold the dongle.

Most annoyingly of all, though, when the battery is below ~10% it start beeping every FIVE seconds which is is incredibly annoying. Essentially, it means the headset is only usable for 90% of its battery. This is built into the firmware and cannot be disabled.

The price tag on the H800 is a bit high, however you can find it for 30-40GBP new on ebay which is a bargain. It's a great headset.

The H600 is the "cheap" version of the H800. It was released in India for almost a year before it was available anywhere else and I believe its only target demographic was indian call centers.
It advertises itself as being the H800 without Bluetooth support, however it is much more plasticy and uncomfortable. Completely unusable.

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Logitech G930
http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/product/g930-7-1-wireless-gaming-headset


The Logitech G930 is a more gaming-oriented headset. It is much larger and over-the-ear rather than on-the-ear. The ears have a 120 degrees horizontal rotation, 45 degrees vertical rotation and it has sixteen degrees of extensions on each ear, ten more than the H800.
The microphone is on the left ear along with the power button, volume knob, G1, G2 and G3 buttons, mute button and a "dolby switch" which I found doesn't actually do anything on Linux.
X11 maps the G1 and G3 button to media prev/next and G2 to media pause which works out nicely.
Unlike the H800, the G930 relies on software to tell when the battery is low. I've not looked into it but it does mean it actually transmits the battery level over usb, which is nice.
The earpads are removable and made of a comfortable foamy plastic, the same kind that pads the top of the headset.
The microphone has its own very nice mute light, glowing red when the microphone is muted.
The microusb charging socket is right below the left ear in its own indentation. I found that to be less than ideal as, unlike with the H800, it it is hard to plug in without removing the headset.
When the headset boots back up after its battery has died, volume up/down events are buffered in a very weird way until it is rebooted. I still don't know whether that is a bug in firmware or the Linux driver. If someone knows anything, please let me know.

The over the ear design with plastic foam is incredibly good at keeping sound out. I have to give Logitech big props for that. This is not a design I personally like though and not one I would recommend for people working at home - I am unable to hear my own phone or doorbell ringing. I bet it's popular in office though...
Range is very slightly better than the H800, by a meter or two.
The headset's dongle is finger-sized and while non-unified, it does come with a nice and very long roll-up adapter for charging on the same cable as the dongle. The design is nice though, being usb2 and all, the power throughput is much lower and the charge ends up being very slow.

The headset's main problem is its power button. It is completely broken - takes five seconds to shut down, very often ignores input, very hard and annoying to use. An absolute joke.
After three months of usage, I also found the headset to be regularly disconnecting from its dongle. This, along with the other problems mentioned, has pushed me to send it back to logitech. Despite Logitech's 30 day return policy, Amazon has been very helpful and has let me send it back all expenses paid.

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Skullcandy PLYR 1
http://uk.skullcandy.com/plyr-1


You haven't known the meaning of "instant dislike" until you've tried this.
I'm kind of sad about this. The PLYR 1 looked very promising for a gaming headset. We'll start with what they did right:
 - Very slick design. This is what a "gaming headset" should be like. It looks cool without being bulky! The choice between White and Black is also very nice.
 - The power button is nice. Gives immediate feedback, unlike with the G930. It also pairs very fast with its base (<1 sec).

That's it.
Oh, yeah. The range is about the same as the G930, maybe 1 meter better or so.

The padding on the ears and top of the headset are plushy cloth and feel okay... but oh god, the ears! The ears are "skull"-shaped and feel EXTREMELY uncomfortable. I don't know who did the QA on this but I'm guessing they don't have ears. All the downsides of an on-the-ear headset with none of the comfort!
The sound performance is abysmal. I know I said I wasn't going to talk about it but... damn it, the headsets vibrate on the slightest hint of bass.
The media buttons are fundamentally broken. Instead of sending keycodes, the headset seems to handle volume all by itself. Good job breaking compatibility.
VERY audible residual noise when the headset is turned on. I've never heard anything this bad.
By far what infuriates me most though is its use of USB Mini for everything. God damn it, seven years of deprecation and these guys use it in a new product.
And the base... sigh. Huge base. Sure, it does a bunch of stuff no gamer actually cares about, but... no gamer actually cares about it. The base is huge. And it falls all the time. And did I mention USB mini? ARGH.
£150 for this piece of crap. But hey, at least someone warned me about the audio quality!

Customer service has been very hard to deal with as well. Not great.

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Corsair "Vengeance" 2100
http://www.corsair.com/en/vengeance-2100-dolby-7-1-wireless-gaming-headset

*Update: After a few weeks of usage, range has degraded to the point where this headset is unusable outside my room. DO NOT RECOMMEND.*

Half the recommended retail price of both the G930 and the PLYR 1. Slightly less expensive than the H800 RRP, however that one can be found on ebay for next to nothing.
The design is right in my personal sweet spot between over-the-ear and on-the-ear where it can sort of be both without covering all external noises. The earpads are made of a nice cloth foam that looks very solid and easily removable to be washed.
The top of the headset is covered by a slim plastic-covered foam at the bottom, and a much smoother and softer foam at the top. I can't describe it really, it just feels nice and looks great.
It has six degrees of extensions for each ear and doesn't actually look like crap when extended, it just looks like a larger headset, no obvious metallic look. This was a very, very nice touch.
It comes with a finger-sized dongle and very nice looking microUSB charging cables.

The ears have roughly the same horizontal and vertical degrees of rotation as the G930.
Overall, it is larger than the G930 which isn't too great; the microphone is definitely too long in my opinion - when extended, I can actually touch my own shoulder with it. It picks up a lot of my breathing as well.
Another issue with it is.. again, the power button. It's not as bad as the G930, however there is no audio feedback when the headset is turned on or off. The power button does require to be held for one second in order for it to turn on but all in all that is reasonable. I just wish people went back to switches really...

Battery life is excellent, possibly higher than the G930 although I would need to test it further. The headset has about an hour left of full usage when it gets in the red, at which point it start beeping very discretely once every minute. I was very glad to find out that it wasn't annoying (unlike the H800) but still gave some hard warning (unlike the G930). I am somewhat happy with the headset, despite its lack of media buttons which really are a bummer (especially given how bit it is, you think they'd be able to fit three or four buttons on there)


And there continues my quest for the perfect headset. For the time being, I will continue using the 2100.
What I would wish for is a higher quality H800! With a volume knob, the G930's microphone, the 2100's feel and earpad texture, faster pairing, better range and twice the battery life. Maybe once Tesla is done making hovercars I'll send a few designs their way.
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