Review: Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000

I’m a headset fanatic. Maybe it’s my unfulfilled childhood dream of becoming a Time-Life operator or maybe it’s just that I’m too lazy to even hold a phone to my ear but whatever the reason, I seem to go through a lot of them.

I use Skype + Google Voice (if you need an invite contact me) constantly to keep in touch with friends and family as well as for long conference calls, clients etc. I also host a weekly call-in talk radio show on Blog Talk Radio which I use my headset for. I’m currently on my third pair in less than a year.

My two previous headsets were Logitech headsets which I was moderately satisfied with. For the record Logitech is my brand of choice for most all of my computer accessories. Unfortunately I had the same result with two different Logitech headsets, both microphones stopped working on each of them. The first set I wrote off to the fact that I may not have treated them as gently as I should have but the second set just pooped out on their own. It’s pretty frustrating to have two different pairs of headsets stop working in the exact same way.

Logitech is sending me packaging to return the most recent pair I bought but unfortunately I can’t go that long without a headset so I went to Best Buy to check out some of my options. Obviously by this point Logitech was out of the question so I decided to to try Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset (affiliate link).

Normally I’m not a big fan of Microsoft hardware but I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised by this headset. First impression was that they felt light but sturdy. I really like they way they feel on as well. Unlike the previous Logitech headsets the LifeChat earphones cup your entire ear, not only making them extremely comfortable but also acting as a dampener to ambient outside noise.

The microphone on the LX-3000 is a noise-canceling microphone and from what I’ve been told it sounds fantastic.

The best part about the LX-3000, for me at least, is the price. At only $21 on Amazon this is definitely the most robust, high-quality headset you’re going to find. All in all I’d have to say that the quality and performance of the LX-3000 will definitely make me take a second look at Microsoft hardware in the future.


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