Summary: Windows 8 does not have any drivers that will support this headset, or at least they did not when I purchased it. I was unable to adjust the sound of the headset, it was either no sound or DEATH TO YOUR EARDRUMS!!! That being said, I use it with a windows 7 laptop and it works beautifully. The holes around the speakers enable you to clearly hear everything going on around you without compromising the quality of the sound, which is GREAT if you have children.
Lifelong quest to update driver, but worth it if you stick with it. 06/07/2014, no Windows 8 drivers in the Genius drivers .rar
Rootin-Tootin Rasberry, Amazon
7 June 2014
Summary: Windows 7 on my desktop computer. Once the drivers are installed, the volume is nice in that it has a very broad range of adjustment, not just loud, medium, quiet. The large open area between the cushions and the speakers helps keep your head cooler. I live in the San Joaquin Valley, and heat dissipation in the summer is a plus. The drivers on the Genius download site are .rar instead of .zip.
Summary: I don't know how it works, but you really do get great quality surround sound from a headset. Since the ear pieces are open, you can still notice sounds around you (like the phone ringing, doorbell, etc.). The blinking lights on the volume control are not at all distracting. Easy install.
Summary: The Sound was mediocre and the mic was just horrid sounded like you was talking through a fan. I have windows 7 64bit and the drivers just did not work with my computer. The drivers would actually blue screen my computer.
Summary: As has been mentioned in other reviews, the drivers are next to impossible to install correctly, if you can get them to install at all. The sound seemed okay from the headset once I FINALLY got it working without breaking my eardrums, but the microphone was useless because, as one person in mumble described it "it sounds like a helicopter sending morse code.
Summary: Pros: -As others have mentioned this headset is extremely comfortable for hours of use. -The sound is clear and crisp. -Mic works well. Cons: -Do not use them until you install the drivers, which I found to be simple and it only took about 5 minutes for the whole installation. If you do not, it is set to max volume and there is no way to adjust it. -The blinking light on the volume control is very bright as others have mentioned, but turning it upside down works.
Summary: I usually don't write reviews but after wasting 2 hours to get this POS to stop screeching in vent with no success, I feel I should give fair warning. The sound from the earphones is mediocre at best. There is little or no base, so they aren't even good for listening to music. The worst thing about this steaming pile is the microphone. I tweaked settings, reloaded software, updated drivers etc... all worthless.
Summary: Comfortable ear cups. Cumbersome and flimsy mic boom. Annoying flashing lights on wire. USB interface is annoying. You cannot plug in after executing game or they don't work. I cut the chip out and soldered two 1/8" phono jacks on to bypass the USB interface. Not a recommended product.