For the last while, I’ve been gaming on my PC quite a bit more than I normally do. That can partially be due to the sizable Steam library I have, but the biggest reason is that I’ve been testing a new headset. A long-time owner of the GameCom 777, I wanted to get some time to know the latest member of the PC gaming headset family, the Plantronics GameCom 780.
Unbox & Build
When unboxing the new set, the first noticeable difference between the headsets is that the 780 is a bit smaller and lighter than its predecessor. That size difference is noticeable partially due to the new design direction with the newer set. Instead of having a fully plastic encasement, the 40 mm earpods are connected to the headband by two metal bars and the audio cable. It gives the set a slightly more ‘rugged’ look while giving the set a bit more character. Without the excess plastic, the mic boom has nowhere to hide, so it’s stored vertically along the left speaker.
Controls have gotten an upgrade as well. All of the headset’s controls are placed on the front and back of the left earpod. In the front you have the Dolby® 7.1 on/off button with the mute and volume up/down slider on the rear. Another difference is the fact that the 780 is a full-on USB headset, where the 777 was a stereo headset with 3.5 mm jacks and a USB sound card to complete the 7.1 package.
You’ll also find the driver CD in the box, which fully enables the Dolby® Surround Sound.
The cord is a more than reasonable length at two meters.
A big difference for the 780 is the cushions on the earpods and headband. They were already comfortable in the 777s, but there’s definitely a difference between the two. Without as much plastic in the headset, it seems Plantronics doesn’t need to have the same padding in the same spot. The cushion for the earpods is firmer than the cushion on the headband, which feels like the opposite set-up from the 777s in my opinion. The earpods also have a larger spin-joints in the newer headset, so it’s more comfortable to wear over long periods and you have less adjustments to make to get the set on just right.
Equipped with Dolby® Headphone and Pro Logic IIx, these babies will pump your ears full of awesome, so it should be no surprise that audio quality in the GameCom 780 is fantastic. After playing a varied set of games, I can firmly vouch for the simulated 7.1’s effectiveness. From dodging bullets in Blacklight: Retribution and catching crooks in APB: Reloaded to listening to music locally and watching YouTube videos, this headset does not disappoint. You don’t have to have your volume very high, either. At 50 percent power, my ear drums were getting a thorough workout.
The noise-cancelling microphone worked wonders as well. Easy to set up and even with my PC on WiFi, I had no issues barking out orders in CS: Global Offensive and after a quick recording, playback was crystal clear.
The Plantronics GameCom 780 PC Gaming Headset is a fantastic upgrade from it’s predecessor, and it’s a great choice if you’re in the market for a gaming headset. With an MSRP of $79.99, you can’t go wrong.
+ Lighter than previous headset.
+ Easier to access controls.
+ Earpod and headband cushion feels great.
+ 7.1 Surround Sound in a small package.
– USB only