Plantronics GameCom Commander review: Plantronics GameCom Commander

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Typical Price: $349.00
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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Great sound. Sensitive mic. Superior build quality.

The Bad Some discomfort. Can get hot.

The Bottom Line It could be a little more comfortable, but the Plantronics GameCom Commander is a top-of-the-line gaming headset with create sound and killer style.

8.1 Overall

It's not exactly a secret, but we're willing to bet that not too many people remember that Plantronics began life as a supplier of headsets for the avionic and space industries.

That heritage has never been more obvious in a Plantronics product than in the GameCom Commander. Constructed from industrial plastic, the matte finish and functional design make these look as close to a pair of military helicopter headphones than most of us are ever likely to get.

The Commander is a hard-core gaming headset that's built for serious gamers, from its noise-cancelling ear cups to its noise-isolating mic. If there was such as a thing as "match grade" when it came to a gaming headset, this would be it.

Features and design

The GameCom Commander is a limited-edition headset and even arrives in a box with a "laser-eteched limited-edition serial number". Inside that you've got the Commander packed into its ruggedised nylon carry case, complete with carabineer clip.

The bundle has the headphones, obviously, plus two cables: one for your PC, with volume and mic-mute controls and one regular 3.5mm headphone jack that most people will probably use with a smartphone.

The cables swap in and out using Plantronics' proprietary QuickConnect system, so don't go losing either of them.

There's also the now familiar USB Dolby sound card for virtual 7.1 channel sound if your own PC sound isn't up to scratch.

The padded headband is covered with a removable "identity patch". The idea is that pro-gamers can replace the Plantronics logo with their own gamertag or sponsor logo, presumably. The rest of us are most likely to keep it in the carry case.

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