MSI Immerse GH50 Gaming Headset Review
Peter Donnell / 6 months ago
A Closer Look & Performance
The on-cable controller is a pretty handy thing to have. However, it does feel a little bit chunky, although the hard-wired cable may have something to do with that. Once you get it all plugged in and set up though, it’s much less of an issue.
The size of the controller is comfortable enough to hold. You’ll find a rumble slider switch in the middle, microphone mute and 7.1 surround at the bottom. There’s a small volume wheel on the side also.
The little details matter too, such as the MSI stamped USB header design.
The MSI Immerse GH50 is, quite honestly, a fantastic looking headset. It has a slick monochrome premium look that can easily match that of much more expensive models. Yeah, there’s a lot of plastics as there are on many headsets. However, they’re beautifully textured and finished. The overall shape and style is on point too, it looks very sleek, clean and modern.
You can’t see it here, but the headset has a load of RGB on the ear cups too. While turned off, however, you get this lovely MSI dragon design to enjoy.
The ear cups have a nice range of movement to them too. They’ll pivot in and out a little, to ensure you get a nice clean fit around your ears. Of course, this will help tighten up the sound, and also just make them more comfortable overall.
There’s a good range of extension in the headband too. At the default, it’ll fit younger gamers easily enough. However, few headsets fit my large head, but this one provides more than enough reach even for my large noggin. The headband is two metal bands too, so it’s plenty rigid.
Furthermore, this little joint here rotates a few degrees each way. It may not seem much, but again, it can really help get a nice clean fit around your ears.
They also fold up, although why I don’t know. They don’t seem suited for travel since they’re USB and they’re hard-wired. Plus, they’re not much smaller like this really. I dunno, maybe I’m missing something here?
The headset is plug and play ready, so just jam it into a USB port and it’s ready to rock. Keep in mind, you may need to configure Windows Sound Manager to the right quality settings, but otherwise, it’s easy to setup. The 40mm drives pack a heck of a punch though, and the headset is plenty loud. HD-Audio Audiophile refined it is not. However, subjectively, it sounds great. There’s plenty of bass on tap. Plus, the mid and treble are nice and clear. It’s very much enjoyable for movies, music and gaming.
The drivers can also be backed up with a mild rumble feature. It’s a bit of a gimmick in my opinion, but it does work for some things. At higher volumes listening to thrash metal, it’ll just annoy me. The tiny vibrations tickle my ears (oh the humanity!). However, for gaming, it does give a lot more BOOM to the… booms. It’s also brilliant at low volumes as it thickens up the sound as a subwoofer would, but it’s still running low enough that it doesn’t “vibrate” like it does at higher volumes. You can turn it on and off at will, so I say, play around with it really.
It’s pretty decent, surprisingly. I thought the boom was a bit large and blocky at first. However, it doesn’t obstruct, and it sits at a good distance for clear chat audio. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it’s very competitive for a headset in this price range. Your typical team-gamer player and Skype user will find it more than suitable.
The ear cup padding has proven to be very comfortable. It’s not real leather, but it’s close enough. It helps lock in a lot of sounds, and lock out a lot of ambient noise too. It’s not 100% suppressive, but it certainly helps. That plays no small part in the headsets low-end bassy punch too.
The RGB is pretty cool, with an outer ring on each ear cup, then an inner ring, then the dragon in the middle. Not everyone will like this, of course, but it’s not doing any harm either.