Sennheiser PC 360 Gaming Headset - Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Article Index
Sennheiser PC 360 Gaming Headset
Closer Look
Features and Specifications
Testing and Usage
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Final Thoughts:

I was pretty excited to get my hands on a good Sennheiser gaming headset.  After reviewing the VMX200 bluetooth headset and not finding it all that impressive, I was hoping that things would change this time around.  They did.  The Sennheiser PC 360 headset is exactly what a stereo headset should be - comfort, quality, performance and good looks.  After our meeting at CES and demo'ing the products there for a short time, it was great to get some quality time with this headset.

As I have mentioned throughout the review, I'm a gaming enthusiast - not a professional gamer.  I am able to hold my own in Call of Duty Black Ops, and a few other titles and enjoy playing a lot of different games that utilize a microphone for team co-ordination.  I don't believe the Sennheiser PC 360 improved my gameplay as I moved from a much-cheaper stereo headset to this unit, but they certainly did improve my enjoyment.  They also improved the ability of my clan mates to hear and understand me as the microphone with this headset is stellar.


I'll try to break down my final thoughts about this headset into a few different sections that will help me determine a final score for this product.

Audio Quality - This is one of the few areas that the Sennheiser headset shines.  The audio quality for music, movies and of course, games is excellent.  All of the aspects appear quite balanced and the only time I tweaked anything was just for testing.  The stock non-EQ setting of my soundcard offers great performance and clear, crisp balanced audio for all of our entertainment needs.  While they may not go as loud as some headsets, the volume is more than adequate at over 100dbi.

Functionality - Right out of the box, the Sennheiser PC 360s fit like a glove and feel like they've been a part of my life for a long time.  That may sound corny, but it's pretty much true.  They fit well and the microphone mute is natural.  If you don't want to talk to someone on Teamspeak or Ventrillo, you usually swing the microphone up and out of the way - this mutes the mic.  Perfect.  If you want to control your volume in-game, you don't have to fumble and find the on-cord control.  The volume control is on your right ear.  Perfect.

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Gaming - Gaming is what Sennheiser has targeted this headset to do and it did not disappoint.  I love the switch to an open design of the ear cups and look forward to being able to use a pair of these at a LAN without having to remove one side so I can hear my teammate sitting beside me.  The stereo separation is great and while they aren't surround sound, they offer extreme comfort and great quality to complete your gaming experience.

Value - The Sennheiser PC 360 headset is currently selling for about $200 and at this price, it's steep for a lot of casual gamers.  The problem is, this headset is worth the money.  The quality and performance of it make it worth much more than a standard headset and the comfort is also worth a bit extra in my opinion.  I have been using an $80 headset for a while.  That certainly saved my pocketbook, but they aren't very comfortable, the sound quality is mediocre at best and the microphone just plain sucks.  The PC 360 headset changes all of that.  It's comfortable, has great quality and an awesome microphone.  Is that worth $200 to you?  It depends on your budget, but after considering all of these factors, the $200 price tag seems a bit easier to swallow.

Quality - The overall quality of this headset is very good.  The microphone boom seems secure and solid but my only concern is about the switching mechanism to mute the mic.  Hopefully it lasts as long as the rest of the headset.  The rest of the headset build is very solid as well and I can't find anything wrong with the overall design, fit and finish in my opinion.

 

At the end of the day the Sennheiser PC 360 headset is a great product and if you have the budget to bag one of these for your gaming machine, I don't think you'll be disappointed.  The high-quality audio, amazing comfort and intuitive control for volume and microphone mute seem worth the money.  This easily wins our Editor's Choice - Gold award.  If you're looking for a great headset and don't need 5.1 audio, the PC 360's are sure to please.

 

Pros:

  • Excellent comfort (feels like I'm wearing baby bunnies on my ears)
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Great build quality 
  • Intuitive controls

 

Cons:

  • Pricey at $200 (but worth it?)

BCCRating 

Gold

I'd like to thank Sennheiser for letting us take a look at their PC 360 headset.  If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, we'd love to hear it.  Please post it in the forum at the "Comments" link below.