Gamdias Hephaestus PC Gaming Headset Review
Peter Donnell / 6 years ago
A Closer Look
The headset comes hard-wired with a really nice quality braided cable, it feels really durable and comes finished with a custom moulded and gold-plated USB connector.
The in-line controller is really nicely designed, featuring a soft-touch top panel and all the basic controls you could need, including master volume up/down, microphone mute with LED back light indicator and down the right side you’ll see three-way control switch for the vibrational drivers that can be set to off/half/full.
A durable shirt clip is mounted on the back.
The first thing I noticed about this headset is that it’s pretty freaking huge, the drivers are pretty vast, the frame is chunky and the headset padding is thick. There is a mixture of sweeping curves and very aggressive lines that give the headset a somewhat futuristic look and it is certainly unique.
The drivers are mounted onto the well reinforced headband with a ball joint, allowing for a few degrees of adjustment in any direction. The ball joint it then surrounded by a LED lighting strip, which we will see much better in a short while.
The headband and the bar at the back of the driver are mounted on a swivel joint that allows the drivers to be rotated inwards.
The headset is designed to be folded up out of the way when not in use, but this also allows height adjustments to find your ideal speaking position when using chat functions.
Each driver is treated to a large amount of memory foam padding, is super soft and comfortable with really nicely finished soft leather on the exterior. The ear-cups are an over ear design and feature plenty clearance that should prove comfortable for those with bigger than average ears.
One thing that really stands out is how well the headset has been finished, all of the plastics, stitching and glue joints are perfect, there isn’t a rough edge in sight, which is obviously a good thing.
One of the more unique features of this headset are the dual aluminium fin radiators, that are said to help provide extra cooling for the headset, which as a by-product should also help keep your ears from getting too warm.
Not sure how practical this would be of course, but from a style point of view they looks pretty cool (no pun intended) and their aluminium construction doesn’t leave the headset feeling heavy.
The headband is generously padded on the top and bottom with a subtle Gamdias logo pressed into the top of the leather exterior.
The headset drivers have a really unique shape to them, the radiators actually face out to the front of the headset, the shape reminds me of the Millennium Falcon, if only a little.
The headband extensions are really tough, locking firmly into place with each extension and actually requiring a fair bit of force to adjust, so no chance of the slipping out of line when they’re sitting on your head.
The outside edge of the headband features the Hephaestus name, handy for those moments when someone asks you what they’re called, as you can just point and say “this”.
The microphone boom is pretty chunky, but features a flexible mid section that can be bent into a different position should you need it closer/further from your face.