The Logitech F540 follows in the design footsteps of the G930 Wireless Headset with console systems as the main feature instead of simulated surround sound.
- Ease of Use, Performance: 21/25
- Look &Feel: 23/25
- Features 21/25
- How much I enjoy 20/25
- Total: 85/100
The Logitech Wireless Headset F540 does follow closely in the footsteps of the G930 with a design that is very similar but with major differences under the hood. The Logitech G930 was designed as a computer headset with simulated surround sound but the only connection is a USB.
The Logitech F540 headset is a console headset with three input sets for the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360 and a third 3.5mm audio connection. The wireless nature of the headset makes things a little more complicated in design as the headset needs to simplify things like surround sound so the F540 is only a stereo headset.
Switching from one system to another is easy with the side button on the headset that switches from one input to the next and you can tell which by the front LED's on the base station. On the base station you have the LED's on the front with the USB charging connection and the rest of the connections are on the back.
The F540 comes with the wireless headset, a base station, RCA to RCA passthrough cable, 2.5mm Xbox 360 voice cable, mini-USB PS3 voice cable, micro-USC charging cable, power adapter and manual. Setup is very simple and only the voice communication for the Xbox 360 needs to be connected if you're not using it at the time, simply connect each set of inputs to the appropriate device.
The RCA to RCA passthrough cable has a set of RCA connections on the back of the plugs so you can plug another RCA cable into the ends of the ones connected to the station. The F540 system only uses stereo so you need to use the stereo outputs from your PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 but you also get voice over all three.
Voice for the PS3 comes through the USB connection next to the RCA inputs and voice for both Xbox 360 and PC comes from the 2.5mm connection on the side of the headset. I figured if voice worked for the Xbox 360 it could also work for the PC and it worked well but a little adjustment is required.
On the left headset the controls and connections are easy to use whether you're wearing the headset or take them off to make adjustments. On the side of the left earpiece the power button is flush with the side while the input select button is raised for easy use while wearing.
The independent volume and voice volume dials are on the back of the earpiece and a voice mute is next to them while the two connections for voice and charging are on the bottom. The boom style microphone also includes a mute function so when you swing the mic up it automatically mutes the voice.
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The only problem I had with the headset overall was a slight static while using the microphone but you can get rid of most of this using the volume adjustments. I could not find any information on the Logitech website about using the F540 for voice on PC but I did try it out and it worked just fine.
To test out voice on the PC I did some talking to myself over Skype and could clearly hear my own voice from the microphone while listening to the other end on another headset. Voice over the PlayStation 3 and Xbox was also good and I had no problems communicating with others while gaming on all three systems.
While you do get a bit of static, the most was with the PC and the least with the PS3, I did not hear it when having any music or background noise happening. The static was kept to a minimum with volume adjustment from the dual volumes on the side of the headset but there are no individual adjustments available on your computer.
It is really nice to have adjustments for both but these dials do not adjust a lot for even a full turn of each dial, you have to adjust several times to get a noticeable change. This means you may take a minute or two to get the headset adjusted the first time but once you do get things set up it works great.
A simple test of the devices range is easy, I could clearly hear music and games while wandering around my house with my office and the base station in the middle of the ground floor. My homes walls are plaster and lathe which does block radio waves pretty well, more than simple drywall so I was surprised when I could hear music from almost anywhere in my home.
Only when I have more than four or five walls between the station and headset do I get interference and I had no problems listening from my living room through a couple of walls. The charge on the headset lasts for at least ten hours but it is hard to even game or wear them that long and have the set on continuously.
I tried just setting them on my desk and letting music play through them and they did last about ten hours and more for the battery life. When the charge does get low the LED by the charge connection will turn red and will turn green when it is fully charged while being yellow while charging.
You can use the headset while charging but will have the cable going to the headset and it will take longer than the customary 3-4 hours for a full charge. I did notice a low static from the device as a digital crackling when the charge gets low, even before the LED turns red so the low charge will be apparent easily.
Using the F540 with the PlayStation 3 for voice and general listening is easy as it only requires the cables in the rear of the base station. You have the USB cable to the PS3 so communication is easy to set up but Xbox 360 and PC require the cable to the headset when using voice.
You also get the voice repeated in your headset when you say things so it can be annoying but for gaming it works well enough. The benefits of being able to connect to three sources far outweighs the hassle of always hearing things that are going into the microphone or even the cable connected for voice on the Xbox 360 or PC.
I have been using the F540 for several weeks and am really impressed with the quality even though it is a stereo headset but the convenience of three inputs is even better. The headset base station having the three inputs for both major consoles and the PC puts this device in a class of its own.
I highly recommend the Logitech Wireless Headset F540 for a great sounding stereo headset that can connect to the two consoles and another device.
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