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Logitech - H540 On-Ear USB Headset - Black

Answer calls or enjoy your favorite music and movies with this Logitech H540 981-000510 headset that features a plug-and-play design for easy USB connectivity. The noise-canceling microphone reduces unwanted background sound for clear conversations.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Logitech H540 On-Ear USB Headset
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (936 out of 1050)

    Features


    On-ear design

    With a padded leatherette headband and earcups for comfort during extended use.

    High-performance laser-tuned drivers

    As well as built-in EQ offer precision audio.

    Noise-canceling boom microphone

    Minimizes background sound for clear audio transmission. Rotating design lets you move the microphone away while listening to music or watching a movie.

    Audio controls

    Let you adjust the volume or mute the microphone with ease. Mute indicator light provides at-a-glance information.

    USB plug-and-play connectivity

    Enables easy connection and delivers clear, digital audio.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 1050 reviews

    90%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Issues with Cord and Volume/ Mute Button

      Posted
      Chiaroscuro65

      This headset is comfortable to wear, and fits over the ears well, so that any noise around me in my surroundings is reduced or eliminated as much as possible. This headset meets that requirement. However, it would probably work better if it had a design where it cups around your ears by having the "Ear Drivers" recessed and then have padded material that would surround each "Ear Driver" or speaker. Good clear microphone. Yes, this definitely has that. People said I am crystal clear. A wired headset should have a longer cord. This device fails in that area. Cord length for the H540 is too short. Logitech, what were you thinking with this short cord? The headset cord is too thick, compared to other headsets, and this presents a problem. Even the slightest movement, if you move the cord around on your desk as you are talking (which I can't avoid, since I am always moving around when I am on the phone) this produces noise that is picked up in the headset. You will hear the cord thumping and moving around in the earpieces, as well as the mic picks up the cord noise thumping and moving around, this is very distracting. The cord should be insulated better so it doesn't produce noise in the actual headset. I would suspect if Logitech redesigned this headset with a thinner cord this probably would resolve most of the issue. The Volume and Mute buttons should not be on the headset, and should be put on the cord with controls for these functions. When you push the Volume/Mute buttons on the H540 headset, it causes so much noise in both the earpieces as well as it's picked up by the mic. Also, the red Mute Indicator on the cord is another design failure. Even if Logitech doesn't move the Volume/Mute controls on the cord, the Mute indicator is too close to the headset, and should be placed further away from the headset so that the light is easier to see. It's distracting to have to look down against my shirt, where the indicator light is, to see if I have muted/unmuted the headset. It would be much easier if I could glance down on my desk, to see the Mute Indicator. This Logitech could have been a good headset, if it didn't have all these flaws. I returned this headset a couple days later, and then after doing some research I found the Microsoft LX-6000 headset on Best Buy's website. Microsoft got everything right with their headset: 1. The Microsoft LX-6000 cord is definitely long enough 2. The cord is thinner and does not produce noise in the headset when it's moved around. 3. Mute and Volume Controls are on the wire, and not on the headset, and are far enough away from the headset where these controls are easily accessible and easy to see when the Mute button is activated If you're looking for a better headset, I'd recommend the Microsoft LX-6000. If you want to upgrade to a better Logitech wireless headset, I'd also recommend the Logitech H800 which also has Bluetooth. Logitech has made many good headsets, but this H540 is a disappointment, it has too many design failures. At the time of this review, the H540 is $50 USD. For the amount of money that Logitech is asking for this, it should be much better.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Perfect headset!!

      Posted
      bestbuybuyer
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I recently had to take some online classes that required the use of a headset. It's been some time since I needed a headset for work and it was short notice about needing a headset for the class so I didn't have time to do some comparison shopping. The sales rep at Best Buy was great and had a lot of useful information. I wish I would have made note of his name. He asked what I needed the headset for, work, gaming....ect. Once he had the information he showed me his recommendations and explained why he was recommending each headset. The Logitech - H540 On-Ear USB Headset was well priced, it wasn't the most expensive or the least but for the price, it appeared to fit the bill. Once class started we all discussed what type of headset we had and the Logitech was the preferred choice by most of the class. I was pleased with the sound and for the size was pleasantly surprised how light and comfortable it was. I definitely recommend the Logitech - H540 On-Ear USB Headset, you won't be dissapointed!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Does not work with USB3

      Posted
      HandyMike
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Logitech products are usually great. But this one will disappoint anyone with a modern PC or laptop that has only USB3 ports. I have purchased two separate H540 headsets and tried them both on two separate computers. On one computer I received a message that the unit was defective; on the second computer I received the message indicating that a proper driver could not be found. Researching this matter on the Internet, I found that hundreds of people have reported the same problem to Logitech and on community chat sites. Logitech appears to blame Microsoft for this fiasco, since headset drivers appear to be within Microsoft's jurisdiction, and they have refused to create drivers. I think the least they could do is put a warning label on the box since anyone purchasing a USB product today would expect that it would be compatible with a USB3 port – the current standard – as well as legacy USB ports. Fortunately, one of my computers does have a USB2 port, and the H540 works perfectly on that port. This experience has shaken my confidence in what I had perceived to be a top company.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Pleasantly Surprised

      Posted
      Tammy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I was looking for a headset to use for online chatting while in game or online conference calls (using Skype and Ventrillo). I wasnt too happy when I saw at the store that they only had a few sets to choose from. This one was about $20 so thought I'd give it a try being that I had no other choice, really. I ended up liking it because even though it covers both ears, its a lighter headset, so it doesnt feel heavy after wearing it for 1+ hours. The controls for the volume and muting are on the actual headset itself (its on the part that covers the right ear), not on the cord. I didnt think I'd like that either but again, it was actually quite easy. When you hit the mute button, a red light comes on, on the cord so its very easy to tell you're muted. All in all, this turned out to be a great set of headphones. So much so, that I plan on purchasing a second pair.. Because you know, when you find something you really like and try going back later to buy another one.. They're gone and they done make them anymore! So if you're looking for a good headset (sound is great as well), try this one! Cant beat it for the price

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Headphones

      Posted
      arts
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I purchased these headphones to use with a Rosetta Stone program for learning a foreign language. It is very easy to understand what the program is instructing me to do, and I think the microphone seems to pick up my verbal responses correctly. Sometimes the program doesn't understand what I say, but that is probably my difficulty in pronouncing the words, rather than the Logitech h540 actually causing any problems. My only complaint is that the headphones sit on the ears lightly, rather than "cupping" around the ears, so head movements sometimes result on a tug on the wire connecting the set to the computer's USB port. This tug occasionally moves them from the best position to listen. This reduces the comfort of wearing them just a little bit, but is usually only a minor aggravation. Although there are wireless headphones available from Logitech, they are a bit more expensive. Rosetta Stone recommended using the wired ones to minimize any risk of interference when using their program.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great headset for general use

      Posted
      SirFuzzySocks
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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I purchased this headset as a backup for my Logitech G930. If you have or know anybody that has a G930 then you probably know they randomly lose signal and reconnect. This is quite annoying when talking to friends or gaming so having the H540 on hand is very nice. There are no install steps or anything like that, just simple PnP so as long as your Windows OS does not get cranky with you it should work almost instantly. I do have some issues getting it to sit nicely on my ears but this may just be from only using over-the-ear headsets for the last few years. Other family members state that it feels fine and sounds good so I guess it is just up to your preference for headset style. Also want to point out that, as this is a backup for my G930, I use this headset roughly once or twice a week so it is not being used heavily daily which would definitely play a role in how it feels/functions. I believe it would work just the same if used heavily daily though. TL;DR - This headset is great for general usage, sounds good, easy to wear, and does not seem to be made cheaply (so far). I'm happy with my purchase :)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Decent sound, causes sweaty ears

      Posted
      AnotherReviewer
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      These had decent sound quality to them. Easy to use, just plug and play. The Mic was a bit sensitive and would pick up the sound from the headphones occasionally. This was solved by reducing the headset volume significantly, but that had obvious negatives as far as hearing details. The on-ear design always has the drawback of squishing your ear cartilages when wearing for a long time, but these caused major sweaty ears while doing so. They almost felt "too" lightweight? Any cord tension at all, and they were dislodged from proper position on my ears. They felt a bit cheap, but functioned as expected sound-wise for the price point. I ended up returning them for an over-ear set I purchased online. My ears were a bit sore after a week of wearing these nightly. So if you plan on wearing them for less than an hour and less than daily, then these would probably work for you.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great headset for the kids

      Posted
      BitterBeard
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I bought this headset for a family member that had younger children(9 and 3) and wanted something they could use to hear their games, movies, music and talk to Grandma on Skype. With the 3 year old being a typical 3 year old I knew they would quickly try and reverse-engineer the whole thing and break it if there were any fragile parts and this headset did not appear to have any. The boom mic is rather short and easily tucked up into one earphone so out of sight out of mind is a big part of its protection, also because the mic isn't a long bendable easily wielded as a weapon, again helps this headset keep a high durability rating. The few days I used the headset before it departed home the sound quality it produced was rather impressive, lows and highs sounded good and what you would expect in this price range. After nearly two months of use and plenty of Skype discussions between my kids and my brothers in another state this headset appears to have really held up rather well. So as a parent I would recommend this as semi-child proof.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Pinoy Tech BlogLiane on July 31, 2013
      Logitech h540 USB Headset Review
      The first thing I thought of when I was unboxing the Logitech h540: That looks comfy.Full Review


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