Plantronics GameCom 780 Surround Sound Stereo USB Gaming Headset Review


It goes without saying that the GameCom 780 is a fantastic looking headset. A glossy headband and mic keep up appearances - attracting envious eyes but not too many fingerprints as many glossy surfaces are known to do. Exposed cables and a wire framing gives these cans some aviation-inspired flare. We really dig the red accenting that graces the sides of the 780 and extends all the way down the generous 6.5 ft of USB cable. The USB cable is covered in a soft rubber which lends a bit of added rigidity and minimizes the risk of tangling. The joints and hinges are extremely robust improvements over those found on the GameCom 367, 377 and 777. Despite our best efforts to contort the headset, we didn’t notice any worrisome flexing, wobble, or creaking. All plastics are of high quality and mesh together nicely. The earcups are designed to swivel so they lay flat for storage or transporation, and much to our delight, the swivel mechanism has a very well-crafted friction fit.  The swivel has plenty of resistance, and clicks satisfyingly into place. While swiveling and folding mechanisms usually have adverse effects on the durability of a headset, Plantronics execution on the 780 is reassuringly solid. A prime example of incorporating a somewhat-novel feature at the cost of durability is the Turtle Beach X-52s, which have broken in more ways than one during normal usage due to a poorly designed folding system. The GameCom 780s don't leave us worrying, plain and simple. Plantronics has opted to cover the ear cushions and headband with a plushy velour as opposed to the very common leatherette material. This makes the 780’s uber-comfortable to wear at the cost of less-than-optimal sound isolation. There’s also the issue of hygiene, as these cushions will absorb sweat, but then again, they breathe far better, so you should perspire less.

The 135˚ rotation of the microphone can accommodate those who prefer to just use the microphone during voice chats and leave the headband resting around their neck. Controls for activating the headset’s Dolby enhancements, adjusting volume, and toggling the microphone are all located on the bottom and sides of the left cup for easy access. We've seen this same implementation on the highly popular Logitech G35s and appreciate not having to take our eyes off the screen. While the Dolby and mic toggles felt sturdy, the volume jogger feels a bit more "squishy." The rocker operation is accompanied by audible feedback, which has separate tones that beep incrementally for volume-up and volume-down.


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-3 # Tredien 2012-02-23 12:25
It's only a pitty they are USB. :(
# superunamused 2012-09-29 18:14
Quoting Tredien:
It's only a pitty they are USB. :(

Why? So you can't experience the unstable drivers and crackle sounds from any of the creative bads X-Fi series?
-1 # JJ 2012-08-09 16:23
the best headsets i have ever had , but all that disappoints me is that there is no equalizer and that the bass is a bit to low
# superunamused 2012-09-29 18:16
Quoting JJ:
the best headsets i have ever had , but all that disappoints me is that there is no equalizer and that the bass is a bit to low

Never figured out why people get upset over there being no equalizer. An equalizer is needed for music. not really game play. And most players have an EQ of their own.

I found sufficient bass. Besides, higher bass output often leads to a wash out or muffled quality to the higher ranges due to natural interference.