Overview Had you asked me to do a review of a wireless headset a few years ago I would have been really skeptical. For a long time wireless technology for audio seemed to be pretty sketchy. I have tested quite a few wireless headsets in my 10+ years of editorial work, and many of them have been just plain awful. Going into my review I can honestly say that a wireless headset was in need for my current living situation. So does the Logitech F540 break into the market with a huge win? Read our full review to find out.
- A single headset lets you enjoy detailed stereo game audio plus voice chat for your PS3 and Xbox 360.2.4GHz wireless lets you play from anywhere in the room—without compromising audio performance.
- 2.4 GHz wireless lets you play from anywhere in the room—without compromising audio performance.
- Rechargeable batteries keep you playing all night with up to 10 hours* of juice on a single charge.
One of the things that are always important with any headset is the design. First you don’t want to have an ugly headset on top of your head, and second it has to feel good. I for one am not a huge fan of the overall design concept of the headset in terms of outward appearance. I get where Logitech was going with the design, it is very futuristic with sharp lines and a nice crisp finish. For what it is, it’s a really solid finish, for me I would have preferred something that didn’t say “this is a gaming headset”.
With that being said, although the outward appearance is not my favorite, the comfort is top of the line. I have had my fair share of Logitech headsets and I found this to be one of the better ones. The ear cups are quite large so they should fit all different sized heads/ears and feel great. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the top headband is also full of padding and makes for a very comfortable feel.
The Logitech F540 works with both the PS3 and the Xbox 360, but works better with the Playstation 3. This has nothing to do with the headset but more to do with the architecture of the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, as the PS3 lends itself much nicer to wireless headsets. Simply plug the base station (included with the headset) via USB into the Playstation 3, follow the simple setup guide in the instruction manual and you have it setup for audio and voice chat. The Xbox 360 setup does take a bit more finagling but if you follow the instructions provided by Logitech (which are really good) getting this setup is relatively easy.
I tested the headset for both Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, and the sound quality for Playstation 3 was noticeably better no matter how I setup the Xbox 360. One of the things I haven’t mentioned is that this headset is actually a stereo headset which seems a bit surprising given the steady rise of surround sound headsets. For me the fact that it is a stereo headset isn’t a huge deal as the sound quality makes up for that missing piece. A lot of times with a wireless headset you get a lot of background noise and spotty sound, but the F540 manages to keep very consistent and clear sound. I did have some weird interference a few times while using the headset but for the most part it seemed great.
To test out the quality of the microphone I tested it with my brother to see how the sound would come in to my headset and then also how it was going out. Having heard my brother use this headset I will say that the clarity is a good deal better then what you will find with the standard microphone.
Logitech states that you can get “up to 10 hours” of battery life on the headset and from my testing it looks like that is pretty close to reality. Although I did not stop watch the battery charge, it seemed as though the headset lasted a good 12 hours being left on and being used for the majority of that time. To me that sort of battery life is pretty impressive and given the ability to recharge the batteries means you won’t have to search for spares which is always a good thing.
My only real problem with the Logitech F540 Wireless Headset is the price which retails for $149. To me this is a great wireless headset that is comfortable, provides good sound, and a solid wireless option. However the price really seems high for what is a rather standard over the head wireless headset. If you really need a wireless headset this is a great option, I for one though would look for this on sale before I would sink a ton of money into it.
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