CES 2013 CoverageBosco - January 9, 2013
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Plantronics had a new headset to show off at its booth this year. The premium Gamecom Commander is a tournament-ready headset with a noise canceling mic and noise isolating ear cups. The design is based off a product that Plantronics manufactures for military use and has quite a nice fit. You have the option of dual 3.5 mm plugs or USB for connection so they can be used on both your computer and devices on the go. An amazing carry case, and Velcro customizable tags (shown on the next headset) are included for all the abuse you can provide. All that comes at a hefty cost of $299.99.
The included case does look rather rugged with a nice locking carabineer to hook it on your bag or wherever you like. The headset itself looks comfortable before even putting it on. The cups have nice padding that also manage to block out a lot of sound on their own. The mic is easy to move up and down to position perfectly to ensure your friends and enemies can hear you well.
The cable on the headset is built well and is designed to withstand being run over with your desk chair again and again. There is also a coiled region of the cable that helps you from getting tangled up to begin with. An inline volume control is found at the bottom of this coil. The USB adapter for the 3.5 mm plugs is a built-in sound card so you don't have to worry about what hardware you are dealing with on the go when using friends' computers. The Gamecom Commander is definitely something to look for on the market soon!
The Gamecom 780 was also on display, but has actually already been released to the market. At a cost of only $79.99 they aren't quite as comfortable as the Commander (as expected), but are still quite nice. They feature Dolby 7.1 digital sound with a noise canceling mic. They also have the typical Plantronics boxy look and a neat orange USB cable.
The swiveling cups allowed us to lay them out on the table to show off both the storage capabilities as well as the Velcro labels mentioned previously. The little strips come with the Gamecom Commander and can also be purchased separately for use on any set. The 780 sported the DOTA 2 logo, but options of Counter Strike, MANN CO., Aperture Laboratories, and GAME COM were all available options.
Two of your favorite OCC staff members tried them on for good measure. ClayMeow (left) is wearing the Gamecom 780 headset while dorky Waco (right) is showing off the comfort of the Gamecom Commander headset. They both agreed the Commander was quite superior (which is quite expected with the cost difference). These two headsets are definitely something worth finding to test for yourself.