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Gear Review: XJacker (PS3 kit)
Posted on November 01, 2012 by

A good gaming headset is an essential for any gamer, PC or console.  As the saying goes, communication is key.   For console gamers, the choices are limiting since most PC headsets use standard 3.5mm audio/mic jacks that you don’t find on consoles.  Springing for an headset that is compatible for your console can be expensive, or you can take the cheaper route by combining an existing PC headset with the XJacker.  Is the XJacker a good way to save some cash, or just another gimmick?  

SOUNDS GOOD

Simple and Easy to Use - The XJacker is a very simple device. In the box was the custom quad-head cable, a 3.5mm TRS jack, a 3.5mm TRS plug, RCA piggyback connectors and a PSN chat USB dongle. Setting up the XJacker to the PS3 and the TV was just as easy. All I had to do was to plug in my red and white audio cables to the two piggyback connectors and plug that into the TV, then hook up the speaker line of the headset into the plug, then hook up the mic line into the USB dongle and plug that into the PS3’s USB port.

Reasonably Priced - A brand new console headset from a good manufacturer can run from about $50 on the low end to $200 and above on the high end. The XJacker can take a cheap PC headset and turn it into a console headset for the reasonable price of just $20.

Adds More Length to Headset - With most basic PC headsets, the length of the audio/mic lines are just enough to reach the ports, due to the gamer usually being fairly close to the PC. This length isn’t enough for console gamers. We tend to sit at least 5ft away from the TV on the comfort of our couch. The XJacker adds about 9ft of wire so that console gamers can play without having to move closer.

JACKED UP

UBS Contacts Would Not Read on Occasion - This may not be the case with other XJackers, but the USB dongle would not be detected by the PS3 on my review unit.  At first, I thought it might be a problem with my PS3, so I plugged a different USB cord and tried to charge my controller. It charged so I ruled out that there was a problem with my PS3 and something wrong with the USB dongle. I did some digging around, compared my Xjacker to reference pictures of the dongle itself. It seems that the contacts on mine were placed upside down, causing them not to connect to the PS3 properly. I solved the problem by using a USB hub, but it was an odd thing to come across.

Easily Tangled - With the additional length of cord, comes the problem of the XJacker’s wires getting tangled and twisted. It may sound like a minor problem, but the wires on the XJacker are pretty thin. The more twisted and tangled the wires get, the weaker the outer covering will become, which will eventually cause problems.





For those looking for a cheap, less expensive alterative solution for a console headset, the XJacker PS3 kit is that alterative solution. It’s easy to set up, you can use any PC headset with it and it’ll extend the headset’s range so you won’t have to be too close to the PS3 and TV. There are a few downsides to this product, though. The wires get easily tangled due to the added length and the UBS contacts may not be recognized by the PS3’s USB.  That may be just me being unlucky and receiving a defective dongle, but it is worth mentioning.  If you’re wanting to use your current PC headset on your console or don’t want to buy a separate headset for it, the XJacker is a good solution at $20.

*This review was based on review sample provided by the manufacturer.*

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