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Creative HS-1200 Wireless Gaming Headset
A new dimension in gaming
The Creative Digital Wireless Gaming Headset HS-1200 is the world's first X-Fi powered headset using robust 2.4GHz radio frequency. The advanced 2.4GHz technology allows multiple wireless headsets to operate at the same time while supporting both audio and voice streaming simultaneously. Embark on the ultimate gaming experience where realistic in-game audio and life-like vocals are delivered through the powerful 40mm Neodymium drivers. From its soft leatherette headband to the plush earcups, get ready to enjoy hours of comfortable gameplay. Watch the interactive HS-1200 demonstration.
Do away with unnecessary wires as you move and interact with your games like never before. The wireless headset lets you concentrate on your games fully as the 2.4GHz technology supports both audio and voice transmission up to a maximum range of 22m (72 feet).
|Powered by Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ technology|
The X-Fi Crystalizer restores detail and vibrancy, letting you experience ultra-realistic gaming cues. Locate your enemies immediately for the X-Fi CMSS-3D expands ordinary stereo to stellar surround sound while the Creative ALchemy restores stereo gaming audio under Windows Vista®.
|Flexible noise-canceling microphone|
The sensitive noise-canceling microphone is capable of blocking out ambient background noise to capture your voice only. Its swivel design also allows you to switch the microphone on and off easily while adjusting it to an angle you are most comfortable with.
|Simple plug and play|
The HS-1200 is built to complement Windows Vista and Windows® XP to deliver true plug and play capability. Install X-Fi to enjoy the ultimate audio experience.
Get up to 8 hours of non-stop entertainment! Charge the headset through any powered USB port, even while using it.
|Compatible for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications|
The dedicated earcup control buttons optimized for Windows Live™ Messenger allow you to manage calls conveniently. You can even adjust the volume on the earcup itself. Works great for Skype™ too!
"The Creative HS-1200 wireless gaming headsets have a log going for them - compact appeal, wireless freedom, and a balanced EQ. In terms of wireless performance, the HS-1200s are exceptional. The 2.4 GHz frequency wireless system gives users quite a bit of leg-room, allowing 70 feet of maximum free roam. Furthermore, the light, minimalist design of the HS-1200 makes for comfortable use during extended sessions, whether atop your head or resting around your neck."
"But then there is the HS-1200's exceptional audio quality. As we previously mentioned, the HS-1200s are incredibly balanced with tight, subdued mids, and crips highs. Paired with Creative's X-Fi technology, the HS-1200s create a highly enjoyable listening experience." - Scott Lowe,
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3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Best available wireless headphones out thereJun 29, 2012
By D. Wortham
I've owned these headphones for about 13 months now. There are very, very few days that I don't use them.
Size: If you've got a pretty big noggin then these might be a challenge for you but if you are blessed with a more average sized cranium then these should work just fine. They are adjustable so they do fit a range of heads. For reference, I think my hat size is 7 or 7 1/4. I think that is what I wore for the BDU cap when I was in the military a bajillion years ago. I remember the (inexact) number because one big headed fella was up in the 8.5 range and it was so unusual heh.
Sound: If you are an audiophile purist I don't see how these would be acceptable to you. But I think that goes for *any* wireless headset in this price range, no? Short of that, these sound danged good for music, movies and podcasts. They get loud enough, depending on the source, to hurt your ears. They are distortion free at high volume too, again depending on the source.
Interference: There is some. I've owned the Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 and they had as much or more distortion. It happens when the microwave is running and I'm in the same room. Technology hasn't quite reached the point where affordable distortion free wireless headphones are available I guess. It doesn't happen so often that it is a real problem.
Range: Excellent in the house. The transmission is blocked pretty easily though. The interior walls where I live are very insubstantial. You can hear anything from anywhere else in the house even if it may be the unintelligible drone of a TV program. If you have better walls then more walls between you and the computer will affect your range. As soon as I step out the front door I loose connectivity and regain it as soon as I put my head back inside.
Comfort: Well. The bar is set pretty low for wireless headphone comfort so these are probably about as good as it gets. They are fine for short periods and even comfortable for short periods. Over the long haul, no, they suck like the rest of this class of headphones. If I wear them for hours on end, which I frequently do, I have to shift them on my ear to relieve the pain. I continue using them though and after a bit reseat them on my ear(s).
Controls: I like the way the controls are set up. Volume is the top and bottom quarters. Power is to the rear. The front facing quarter is special.
Special Feature: I constantly use these headphones away from the computer. It is the primary reason I own them. Being out of sight I need to start and stop the mp3 I am listening to remotely: the phone rings, the door knocks, the mail comes, someone speaks to me, whatever. Creative has an audio player that works with these headphones and that special front quarter control can stop and start the currently playing file! Wonderful! I can't emphasis that feature enough. It doesn't work (stop/start) with WMP/WMC or whatever MS is calling their thingamabob these days. That's fine because there is a lot to like about Creative's software. It is easy to use and simple in that it only tries to be one thing - an audio file player. It does have one bug. If you add stuff to your list and the software is terminated unexpectedly it doesn't 'remember' the stuff you last added. So, you need to add the stuff, then close and reopen the player. It also does not remember location you were last at if you are listening to a podcast of some sort. That is pretty annoying but it is easy to find your last location by clicking the bar and then FF back/forward to the spot.
Durability: The reason I own these now is because Logitech's crappy quality forced me to look elsewhere when their headsets failed after a miserably short period of time. The first time was within whatever BestBuy's return policy dictated and the second time was a few weeks the other side of it.
These headsets have lasted 13 months. Even compared to Logitech that makes them very expensive. You *must* get a replacement warranty. Do it or you will regret it. Thank goodness I have one for the pair I own (although I didn't buy them at Amazon). I paid $10 for my warranty. I don't know how long yours will last. Depends on how you take care of it and how it was built the day yours went down the production line I reckon.
If you haven't owned a wireless set before get ready because you will drop them. It is gonna happen. That may not break them, it never did break mine that I can tell, but it might. This is one of the few items that an extended or all inclusive extra warranty is a good insurance plan to get.
Installation: Creative has a driver package that is super easy to download and install. When mine went out a couple of days ago it occurred to me that it might just be a problem with this computer. So I plugged them into another computer. Windows (7) prompted me and went out and found the correct driver and installed it in just a few minutes. They really were broke but it was good to see Creative and MS are on the ball for end user experience. You still need to run out to Creative's site for the audio player though.
Some other thoughts:
If you buy wireless headsets make sure that they can be used while charging! You'll rue the day you bought them otherwise. Seriously. The HS1200 do allow you to use them while plugged in. You may need a USB Extension Cable if your USB port is a long way from your head.
Know the return policy!
The mic: I didn't mention it because I never use it. It does mute when in the up position so that is nice. It is not removable which would be very nice.
If I missed something leave a comment and I'll address it if I can.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Good price for what it delivers.Dec 19, 2012
I've owned this product for a couple years now. I just recently sent one to a friend as a gift for Christmas (2012.) I am a Mac user. I just plugged it in, and it worked. No drivers needed. Battery life, and range is appropriate for the price. I wouldn't suggest this if you are an audiophile, but it is perfect for gaming and communication. The mic is very clear to recipients on chat programs/games, and the audio quality is good for typical purposes. It is very comfortable on my head/ears, and can have it there for hours with no discomfort. Contrary to previous reviews, I find the construction very solid; I don't take care of my accessories, I just throw this thing around the desk, and no issues for years.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
The top wireless headset for VOIPNov 25, 2012
By Adam Field
I am not a gamer. I work online and I needed a headset that was clear and allowed me the freedom to walk and talk.
This is the best headset I have found for quality and build, clarity and comfort.
I have and will continue to buy more of these.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Almost PerfectMay 19, 2012
The only reason I wouldnt give this 5 stars is because its a little fragile. If you take care of your stuff like I do it will last forever, but if your rough it will break in a second. It has the best sound and fit of any headset.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Great headset, with a few quirksFeb 26, 2012
A very nice headset, nice sound quality as well, works almost all the way to my living room from my bedroom, though theres a few minor issues I've had. The most apparent is the lifetime of the receiver, being on a rather thin cord, the usb is starting to die on me it seems. I need to unplug it and plug it back in every few hours lately. Another issue happens to be the size of the headphones, their definitely meant for someone with a smaller head, they squeeze hard enough I need to take them off on occasion for an hour or two.
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