If you’re a gaming enthusiast who plays multiplayers games online or you frequently make Skype calls then you also recognise the benefit of a good quality microphone. Logitech tries to solve both of these problems with the affordable H250 Stereo Headset combining stereo headphones with a noise cancelling microphone.
With most laptop owners considering the small speakers built into their laptops to be quite underpowered regardless of the brand of notebook. Maybe that’s why the most common accessories people buy for their laptops is a set of headphones?
The problem with most speakers built into notebooks is that they’re essentially the same tiny speakers found inside headphones but they’ve been tuned to push audio at a higher volume so that you can hear the sound without needing to put your ear next to the speaker. Unfortunately, when you push physically small speakers at high volumes they generally produce shallow, “tinny” sound sometimes with obvious audio distortions (static, popping noises in the bass track, etc.) You’re lucky if you have some of the latest laptops that come equipped with Dolby Digital Surround Sound.
Headsets like the Logitech H250 solve the problems of built-in speakers and microphones for a surprisingly modest cost. The unit has a retail price of R399 at Incredible Connection (Graphite). This places the H250 squarely in the lower mid-range among headsets. It’s not as cheap and underpowered as the Logitech H150 (R229) but it’s not as impressive and the Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset.
After using the H250 headset for 2 weeks I can honestly say it works about as well as I’d expect a R399 headset to work. By that, I mean the stereo headphones put out decent volume with adequate range but you’ll hear significant distortion in the bass (listening to music with a heavy bass track isn’t particularly enjoyable using this headset). On a more positive note, the noise-cancelling microphone works very well at reducing background noise and maintaining adequate levels while recording your voice.
I used the H250 to record an audio track for a web video and my voice came through with excellent quality. I also enjoyed the in-line controls for volume and microphone mute. It’s nice to be able to lower the speaker volume using the volume wheel or flip a switch to turn off the microphone while on a Skype call.
The adjustable padded headband and foam ear cups are reasonably comfortable for R399, but they can do better. In short, the H250 offers decent value in its price range and is a modest step up from the small speakers and weak microphone inside your laptop.
It’s not the best headset on the market, but for a street price of around R400 it’s tough to beat.