The headset comes hard-wired, and also features a large on-cable controller. The controller does look a bit chunky and old-school, but it’s still pretty functional too.
It has a large infinite scroll wheel for the master volume, which is nice and easy to locate and operate. Furthermore, you’ll find the microphone master mute on the side, as well as a master lighting control for the LED lighting effect.
The headset its self does look pretty snazzy. It’s got very reflective chrome trim around the back of the ear cups. Personally, I don’t like chrome effect on my peripherals, but the shape and style of this are pretty cool and just looks a bit different from most. The rest of the headset, however, is finished with matte blacks, which I think helps the chrome section look a bit better. Mounted on the front side of the left ear cup, you’ll find a large microphone boom. It looks a bit overbearing, but it’s actually got a bit of flex to it, it’s lightweight, and folds up out of the way when not in use. What’s amusing is that the entire rear cover of the ear cup rotates as you move the microphone down, rather than just the microphone.
The headband is nice and robust too, with a firmly locking slider to adjust the size. Again, the headband looks pretty chunky, but it actually feels pretty lightweight while still feeling robust. It should have no issues taking a few knocks and bumps either way.
The range of adjustment means it’s perfect for someone like me… since I have a larger than normal noggin. However, on the minimum adjustment level, younger games can get a good fit too.
There’s a small amount of movement between the headband and the ear cups too; a few degrees each way at best. However, that small movement is just enough to ensure a comfortable fit around your ear.
Packing larger drivers, I was expecting quite a boosted bass sound from this headset, but in fact, the opposite was true. It has a fairly bright sound to it, that really tips towards the competitive gaming market and team chat. For those two purposes, it makes voice chat sound natural and makes it easy to hear footsteps in FPS style games. Personally, I like a flatter sound and more low end, but fear not, a fair bit of tinkering is on tap for you to get what you need.
Through the Windows 10 sound manager, all the appropriate configurations were automagically installed when the headset is connected. From here I had a plethora of customisation options. EQ was an obvious one and honestly, the headset has a freaking massive range that it’ll accept, with the ability to remove a frequency from the mix entirely, up to a massive boost. With a slight cut at 4K and huge 10db cut at 2K, things improved greatly. Pushing the bass, mids and treble beyond that slightly gave a much warmer and textured sound that was perfect for movies, music and gaming. However, I suspect most will leave it flat.
For an easier fix up, boosting the bass level a little and settings the cut-off to about 120Hz, also netted some great results. It’s all subjective, and will be different based on what you’re used to, so have a tinker.
The headset will accept up to 24 bit 96kHz too, providing clear and detailed audio for many high-quality audio sources.
The included microphone has a bright and clear sound to it also. It’s got a good resting position just off axis to the face. However, the built-in noise cancelling is brilliant too, as it means your teammates hear less interference from your surroundings while you’re gaming.
Overall, a pretty versatile headset that’s amazingly lightweight and has plenty of features to sculpt the audio to your needs. Did I mention its lightweight? Very lightweight!
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