Logitech USB Headset H530 with Premium Laser-Tuned Audio (981-000195) Reviews

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  1. Groucho says:
    148 of 150 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Really Delivers What It Advertises, July 26, 2010
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    Logitech USB Headset H530 with Premium Laser-Tuned Audio (981-000195)

    I’m using Windows Vista on a Toshiba laptop. This is an easy review for me to write…because not only does this product offer “Crystal Clear Sound” it delivers exactly what it advertises — crystal clear sound.

    I tested all of the settings, and the Skype test was one that really shocked me. Being hard of hearing these tests were very important to me. It’s not easy for me to get a head set that does what I need it to. Not only did I hear everyone clearly and with no problems but when I heard the recording of my voice through these head phones, I actually sounded good! The volume control on the ear piece and the flexible swivel microphone was a pleasure to play with! It’s made nice and sturdy so I don’t feel that it will fall apart with extended use or somewhat rough handling.

    I moved on to the music test and tried out several CD`s…both classic rock AND symphonic rock, and again I was very pleased with what I head.
    Hearing the audio for movies DVD and TV shows was a pleasure. Background noise; while not eliminated completely, was muffled somewhat.

    I wear several sets of earrings and with this headset I didn’t have to take them off to be comfortable. The headset didn’t squeeze my head and give me a head ache, even with extended use.

    The settings on the headphones was a pleasure to work with and very easy to use.

    I’ve been a fan of Logitech products for a while now; I have the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard and the Logitech Laser wireless mouse. I love both products. I really enjoyed working with these headphones and I love the fact that this product does exactly what it advertises.

    If there is a flaw (and it really isn’t), it’s that I wish I could have gotten some sort of an adapter so I could use these with my iPhone too!

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  2. Dr. Stuart Gitlow says:
    109 of 111 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    High quality speakers and microphone in handy headset, July 22, 2010
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    The Logitech USB Headset H530 is a comfortable padded headset with speakers for both ears. Unlike headphones, for which the padding goes around your ears, the padding of the H530 rests against your ears. This permits a reasonably high definition sound while still allowing you to hear external sound. The headset has three adjustments: the first is a switch between gaming, music, and telephone. This is essentially a bass adjustment that permits the unit to provide the appropriate audio performance for each application. The second is a volume control which directly adjusts the computer output volume. The third is a mute button that turns off the microphone (and lights a small red LED on the mic so that you know you’re muted).

    The idea here is that the headset provides both microphone input and audio output, allowing it to be used for telephone applications such as Skype as well as for dictation or voice-recording software. My Mac PowerBook has a built in microphone and camera, but my Mac Pro desktop computer has neither. I plugged the H530 into the USB port on the front of my computer, which sits under my desk. The provided cable easily reached my position seated at the computer. I made several Skype calls and for each was informed that sound quality was excellent. The audio was very good, as it was for music and gaming, as Logitech intends. The microphone easily pivots up and out of the way if you’re using the headset for music.

    Installation required nothing at all. Once I plugged the headset in, it worked immediately. You can access sound controls on your Mac from the Sound pane within System Preferences. This permits you to direct audio output to the headset only rather than using outboard speakers or the Mac’s own inboard speaker. Note that this unit does not use either the audio output port or the microphone port, so you still have those accessible for other hardware should you wish. Adjustments to volume can still be made via the keyboard if you prefer that to the earside buttons. The headset volume can go up quite high, so adjust the volume down before donning the headset. The headset can be worn for an extended period of time without any discomfort, but note that if you wear eyeglasses, you might feel some pressure where the headset squeezes your ears a bit closer to your head, possibly pushing the arm of your glasses against your ears. This is typical with a headset design of this nature, and I’ve yet to find a headset that gets around the eyeglass-wearer’s difficulties.

    I tested the headset using Mac OS 10.6.4, iTunes 9.2.1, and Skype 2.8.0.851. I ran into no software-related difficulties. The Logitech support site, which was easy to navigate, confirmed that the product uses native driver support on a Mac. Note that for about twice the price, you can get what appears to be an identical headset with wireless capabilities. Your choice will depend upon your applications. If you’ll be using this for voice-over development or dictation, you’re not likely to move far from your computer screen, in which case the wireless hardware won’t be worth the extra dollars. But if you plan on using this primarily for Skype AND you either don’t have a webcam or you have one that will follow you as you walk around the room, the wireless may be preferable.

    Just for kicks, I launched VMWare Fusion and Windows 7. The system cued me to install the Logitech H530 and then was able to use all aspects of the headset without any difficulties. Once using the headset on the Win 7 side, the Mac side reverted to my outboard loudspeakers. After disconnecting the Logitech from Win 7, the Mac then reverted right back to the Logitech. So you can’t use the Logitech with both Win 7 and the Mac OS simultaneously (should that be important to you), but no problems at all with using this in difficult software situations. Highly recommended.

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