Wireless controllers for gaming have been growing in popularity with the freedom they offer. For Xbox owners the Logitech Cordless Controller has become the favored wireless option. Unfortunately, as with all wireless controllers there are no accessory slots on the device itself, essentially rendering it useless for Xbox Live when use of the Xbox Communicator is desired. The good news is that Logitech has quietly released an excellent headset solution that relieves them of the challenge of completely retooling their already excellent controller and preserving battery life at the same time. Moreover it is compatible with standard wired controllers as well. Welcome the Logitech Cordless Headset. While not cheap it does provide the untethered solution we have been looking for in an attractive and functional package. What You Get Once you break through the military-grade plastic packaging you will find the headset (it looks physically identical to one of Logitech's bluetooth headsets for mobile phones), the receiver module, and a battery charger. Yes, the Logitech headset has its own internal rechargable battery. Very slick. It is specified for 6 hours of playtime and recharges in roughly 1.5 hours. Instructions are also provided for installation. Setup Very simple. If you are already using a Logitech (or presumably any other manufacturer's) wireless controller with a combination receiver/accessory/memory base station you simply plug in the headset's receiver into the accessory slot. It is slightly smaller than the module that comes with the original Xbox Communicator. Power up the Xbox, press and hold the multi-function button on the headset until it powers up (showing a green light) and you're done. If you are using a wired controller, such as the awesome Controller S, you may connect the receiver into the accessory slot as normal. I don't expect many people to use the headset in this fashion, but there is still an advantage to not having that local cable getting in the way. Time to go Live. Comfort and Performance The headset wraps around your ear SWAT-style with a spring loaded clip. It is quite light and comfort is on par with the standard Xbox Communicator. If I had to pick one I would lean towards the Logitech headset as it seems to rest easier over the top of the ear. The boom mic swivels to point at your mouth and the headset can be worn on either side. Operating controls are basically the same as with the standard communicator. There is a volume up and down control that is accompanied by a confirmation tone. There is also a multi-function button that cycles power (press and hold for on or off), mutes (single press to toggle), and re-addresses the receiver if connection is lost (press and hold with a volume button). Audio performance is at least on par with the original Xbox Communicator and I experienced no dropouts in the relatively short time I have used it. Again if I had to pick I would give the edge to the Logitech as there seems to be less hiss. It features noise reduction technology but I think that is focused on the microphone. I cannot comment on the quality of the mic but if anyone is interested feel free to track me down as a friend on XBL (Gamertag is Metropolis) and I can send you back a voice message. But What About the Price? Up until this point everything is groovy. We now have an excellent and very effective wireless headset solution that in my opinion is a slicker setup than being wireless to the controller but then having a wired headset connected. The freedom here is great. However, I can hear the groans already at its C$99.95/US$79.99 price tag. At first glance this indeed looks hefty, but let's put it into perspective: First off, if you want wireless AND Xbox Live voice communications in a package that does not need to be cobbled together this is the only show in town as far as I know. Secondly, if you are already planning on purchasing another Xbox Communicator (for whatever reason) focus on the incremental cost of the wireless option. For example in Canada the Communcator is C$30, so the actual premium on the Logitech headset is $70. Is the extra wireless functionality worth this much? If you have been considering the new Plantronics Halo 2 headset this product is only C$30 more, plus it's wireless even if you're using a standard controller. A $30 premium isn't too tough a pill to swallow. Here's the kicker. Planning on buying the Logitech Cordless Controller? Then you're in luck. If you buy both you save, for example, C$40 off the Controller - C$29.95 vs. C$69.95. Work backwards with that $40 savings and you're now looking at C$60 for the Cordless Headset which is actually cheaper than the Plantronics Halo 2 headset. This is actually what sold me in that I've been interested in the new style of Cordless Controller for some time (it's a little smaller then Logitech's original, which I also have, with better button placement) but I couldn't bring myself to spend another $70 on it. This way was more palatable. So, bottom line is that the bottom line won't be for everyone. At some point there will be competing products that should offer similar functionality. But Logitech continues to be the leading third party peripherals provider for PCs and consoles, and their Xbox Cordless Controller still seems to be the market favorite. It's a good chance they will hold that position with the headset as well.