on 13 December 2015
As my gaming has got more serious I have decided it was time for a serious headset upgrade. I spent a bit of time doing some research, looking for what I wanted, I found it in this headset and am over the moon with it.
The most important bits, sound and speech.
Sound, in my personal opinion is great, the quality is spot on, it has three tonal, settings, which are regular Dolby 5.1 Surround sound; Dolby 5.1 Surround sound with Bass boost, self explanatory; and Immersive Surround Sound, again, self explanatory. My personal favourite is Dolby with Bass Boost but that is just me. I find I don't have to put it in Immersive Surround in order to get the surround sound, I cope perfectly without that specific mode, and have never had a problem with my audio situational awareness using this headset. You do not have to guess which mode it is in as there is an LED on top of the microphone that changes colour according to the situation, sounds gimmicky but it means you can see at a glance the mode you're in.
Speech I am told there is absolutely no problem with the clarity or volume of my voice using this set. I love the microphone on this. Instead of like many headsets, the microphone either being on a boom, wire or built straight onto the headset this takes a slightly different angle. The mic is on a retractable flexible arm that comes out of the left earpiece, meaning you can have it out as much as you wish and position it how you like, either away or close to your mouth, or even just left retracted in the headset.
As you would expect from a headset of this price, you have both the volume and mixing controls (game vs chat) built into the headset so you don't need to experiment going into and out of an online game getting your set up as you like it just do the minimal necessary on your system then set it up on the fly in the game.
I absolutely can not fault comfort in any way, shape or form, I am one of those unfortunate's with both large and prominent ears and I have played games with these on for hours with absolutely no complaints. They are well weighted without being heavy, and a great fit over my ears causing absolutely no discomfort at all. The cross bar of the headset is also very well padded and you have plenty of room to vary the "spread" of the ear pieces according to the size of your head. Add to that as a sort of comfort note the charge on these is great, they last a good 13 hours odd, but sooner or later they WILL need charging, the charging cable, instead of being one of these minuscule 1m cables often provided, so once the charge runs out you have to sit 3ft from the charge point to continue, this set provides a 10m cable so you have PLENTY of ability to find a comfortable position without having to buy a longer cable separately.
Cross platform ability.
Yes this has it in spades. I can't speak for either XBox's although all the leads are provided, I have used it on PS3, perfect; PS4, perfect, PC, yep, perfect, again, I didn't bother with mobile devices, again the leads are supplied but I prefer the normal in ear headsets for my mobile devices but yes this as far as I can see is VERY cross platform capable.
Again I can't fault it. It has a nice quality feel, the ear cup cushions are very comfortable, the buttons have a nice solid feel to them without being over stiff, the volume and mixing knobs are not too slack or stiff, it looks the part, in my opinion it ticks all the boxes.
Unlike some headsets, this one comes provided with a stand for the headset which also doubles as the transmitter for the headset, it glows a pleasant blue when powered up which is pleasing at night or low light situations, but it also means instead of the headset being left to sit on the floor, or desk or console or where ever you normally leave them you have a perfect place for storing them.
Just like the stand the headset itself glows, it is claimed there are 3,000 colours plus, I'm not going to count them as they are probably various shades and my eyes aren't THAT good, but, you do get a very good range of colours and shades, my only slight gripe is that it always starts on a default of Blue so if you have a colour you like then you have to select it every time you turn the headset but compared to all the positives that is a minor gripe.
You get all the leads you could possibly ask for, even seemingly with some leads that could be multi purpose being duplicated for each individual system.
Price, well this quality of headset is NEVER going to be the cheapest there is, BUT, for what you get, what it does, and arguably the many platforms you can use it on I would say it is excellent value for money and I am very happy to have bought it. Worth every penny.