Daily Giz Wiz 666: Plantronics GameCom 777 Headset

Episode 666 of the podcast

Plantronics GameCom 777 Headset
Subject: Review of Plantronics GameCom 777 Headset
Released:Monday 29 September 2008
Length:about 23 minutes
Download file:DGW-666.mp3 (10.4 MB)
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Short info

Improve your gaming and movie experience with the 5.1 Dolby Plantronics GameCom 777 Headset.

Detailed information

After being told by Leo that he uses Plantronics headsets for his guests and co-hosts on TWiT podcasts (Episode 652), Dick went to check out Plantronics, and learned about the new GameCom 777 Surround Sound Gaming Headset.  It gives you 5.1 Dolby surround sound via the USB sound card (which you can disconnect in case you need analogue sound).  Noise-cancellation mic boom, inline volume and mute control.  Dick can vouch for the quality of the sound you hear through the earpods, but the sound produced through the mic is not as good as the Logitech Clearchat Headset (Episodes 401, 596) which Dick has been using for the show.

Money Matters

Leo has sold his entire stock portfolio in protection of his retirement fund, while Dick has learned to abstain from checking the value of his stock.

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Caution against the Smart Car

Cory Klimonsky, who has lived in Germany for 12 years and has had experience with the Smart Car (discussed in Episode 661), warns Leo about it.  It's a joint operation by Mercedes and Swatch, and the car is so small that sitting inside it, he looks like Lurch from the Addams Family.  All the panels are changeable, and so you can change the colour of the car easily (or mix and match, as Dick has seen).  Leo has already put down his $99 for the convertible Cabriolet which he has reserved for Abby, but is open to dissuasion.  Meanwhile, he can take comfort from the following crash test video on YouTube:

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One Way Passage to Petaluma

Dick was watching Turner Classics Movies and stumbled upon the old black and white film One Way Passage.  Dick was much amused when, towards the end of the film, the cop expresses the desire to retire in his chicken ranch in Petaluma, the then chicken and egg capital of the United States!

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