Never buy turtlebeach anything.
The general rule is that anything branded with 'gaming' is going to sound way worse than any regular headphone in the same price range. In terms of crappy gaming headsets, I would say Sennheiser makes the best of the worst.
In terms of quality, the headphone + external mic combo would be the best. Monoprice makes a spectacular mic for $5. The logitech USB mic for $20 seems to be the most popular budget mic (though I've never tried it). If your friend has a laptop, then the Samson Go mic & Blue Snowflake are good portable choices because they can clip onto the laptop (the Samson sounds better). Clip-on mics simply don't sound good unless you pay hundreds of dollars for a quality lavalier mic.
Last edited by forensic fox; 05-06-2012 at 08:13 PM.