Picking the right headphones can be quite tricky, but with a great range of versatile and reasonably priced headphones in their range, it seems the Inateck has got you covered. Today we’ll be taking a look at three of their latest sets, all of which come targeted at a slightly different part of the market. Hopefully, we’ll be able to help guide you in which ones offer the best performance, features and value for money to suit your own needs.
Inateck produces a huge range of products, such as mobile accessories, USB hubs, hard drive docks, laptop bags and so much more. They’ve had great reviews in the past and their brand continues to grow in popularity, so I’m looking forward to testing out these headphones today. In the eTeknix office, we have their new Aries Dynamic Driver In-Ear Headphones (BH1101), the Taurus Wireless Sport Headset (BH1001) and the more affordable Wood In-ear Hi-Fi Headphone BH1105’s. They all have some a little unique about them too, so it’ll be interesting to see which ones offer up the best options and performance overall given their respective price ranges and target audiences.
Aries Dynamic Driver Headphones
“Built in modern aluminum-housings and classic premium genuine wood, Inateck Aries BH1101 likes more like a work of art. 22 cored anti-oxidized cooper wire can better extend its service life. Furthermore, the PU Aluminum Foil cable makes it sturdy and tangle free.”
Wood In-ear Hi-Fi Headphone
“What is the most important thing to headphones? A well-rounded and clear sound! BH1105 is not only superbly balanced but also offers awesome bass, trebles and ear protection. The Zebra Wood pumps up your sound to an orchestral-like level. Bring a concert with you wherever you go.”
Taurus Wireless Sport Headphones
“Inateck Sport Bluetooth headset-BH1001 provides a comfortable, curved fit. Its magnetic design allows the two ear buds attract with each other, forming a circle that could hang on your neck to avoid falling down or losing when you finished exercising.”
The packaging on the headsets/headphones is pretty simple, with a minimal waste box and some stylish representations on the front.
Around the back, quite simple again and a few major specifications on the Aries and Taurus boxes.
HyperX is one of the most instantly recognisable brands in the PC market today, and that’s no surprise given that they have produced many fantastic quality memory products that are in countless systems around the world. They took a dive into the world of peripherals a few years ago, releasing their much-praised Cloud headset, and later their Cloud II. Now HyperX is back again with what is set to be their greatest headset to date, the HyperX Cloud Revolver.
Studio-grade sound stage for a competitive edge.
“HyperX Cloud RevolverTM has a wider audio range that creates depth and width for improved audio precision. Get the competitive edge by hearing your opponents’ location more accurately, even when they’re further away. Re-engineered audio pro les create a larger sound stage that’s ideal for FPS and open-environment gameplay and for a concert hall-like experience when listening to music.” – HyperX
Equipped with high-performance 50mm drivers, HyperX memory foam padding, a detachable noise-cancellation microphone, multi-platform support and TeamSpeak, Discord, Skype, Ventrilo, Mumble and RaidCall certification, the HyperX Cloud Revolver is one of the best equipped headsets you’ll find, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.
Driver dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
Type circumaural, closed back
Frequency response 12Hz–28,000 Hz
impedance 30 Ω
Sound pressure level 104.5dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
THD < 2%
Input power rated 30mW, maximum 500mW
Weight w/ mic 376g
Cable length and type headset (1m) + audio control box (2m)
Connection headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + audio control box – 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs
Element electret condenser microphone
Polar pattern uni-directional, noise-cancelling
Frequency response 50Hz–18,000 Hz
Sensitivity -40dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
The packaging is nicely designed, with a great image of the headset on the front, as well as a quick rundown of the main features and supported devices.
Around the back, a quick rundown of the steel frame design, control box, detachable microphone and more.
The box has a slip cover, behind which you’ll find a durable presentation box.
In the box, you’ll find extensive foam padding with the headset stored nice and snug in the middle, as well as the control box.
Finally, you’ll find the control box comes with dual 3.5mm gold-plated headers, and a small in-line controller. There’s also a fully detachable noise-cancelling microphone with a durable boom and a good-sized head.
The legendary Steelseries Siberia gaming headset returns, with almost a decade of being one of the most popular headset ranges on the market, SteelSeries are back with their latest edition, the Siberia 200. Following in the footsteps of its predecessors, the iconic design remains mostly unchanged, but that doesn’t mean the headset isn’t still improving with each iteration. If you’ve ever used any of the Siberia headset range over the years, you’ll no doubt know why it has proven so popular, not only with at home gamers, but also a huge portion of the eSports and pro gaming community. The build quality, the comfortable fit, the competitive price and most importantly, the great performance are all just right, but will the latest edition improve or, at least, live up to the standards set by previous models?
Check out the new Show Your Colours promotional video from SteelSeries. If the video leaves you a little confused, it’s more about their new customisation options, even if that’s not really clear from the video. The Siberia 200 is available in a range of funky colours, although we’ll just be taking a look at the iconic while model today.
Equipped with powerful 50mm Neodymium drivers, a good quality microphone and multi-format 3.5mm connectors, the Siberia 200 is ticking all the right boxes in terms of features. What’s nice is that you can use the headset on PC, Mac, Mobile and PlayStation devices although anything that supports 3.5mm 4-pole or dual 3.mm cables will work just fine too.
The packaging is nicely designed, with a great image of the headset on the front. Please ignore the crushed corner of the box, that’s got a lot more to do with the courier than it does with Steelseries. At least if the headset is in one piece, we know it’s well protected.
Around the back, you’ll find a quick rundown of the main features, such as the lightweight and comfortable fit, auto adjusting headband, balanced drivers, in-line controller and improved cable design.
In the box, you’ll find the hard-wired headset as well as a dual 3.5mm to single 3.5mm 4-pole adapter cable.
All cables come with a really nice quality rubber coating which should help prevent tangles and also looks pretty great too. All of the jacks are gold-plated too, so they shouldn’t corrode or fade over the next few hundred years.
The in-line controller is pretty slim, but has a nice and large slide switch for the master microphone mute, with a clear red indicator so you can quickly see when it’s muted. there’s also a master volume wheel on the side.
Roccat is one of the most popular gaming brands on the market, so we’re very happy to see their latest headset, the Renga, in the eTeknix office today. Having already produced some of our favourite headsets, such as the Kave XTD True 5.1 and my own personal in-ear headphones/headset, the Syva, I have high expectations for their new multi-format lightweight stereo gaming headset. Roccat has always worked hard to push innovative features to their products, and you only have to take a quick look at their Ryos and ISKU FX keyboards, Tyon gaming mouse, or any other products they’ve produced, to see how they’ve innovated in terms of design, features, performance and their feature-packed desktop software.
“Renga is ROCCAT’s vision for a studio grade over-ear stereo gaming headset that creates the utmost audio experience for gamers. With multi-platform support, its over-ear design with optimally aligned 50mm driver units ensures comfort and deep, powerful bass for completely undivided in-game focus. Its reinforced structural housing provides the framework for a super comfortable build, with ergonomic headband and ear cushions. Perfect for gaming, music playback, movies and more, Renga is developed for gamers who demand more from their headset.” – Roccat
The Renga has been designed for serious gamers, both at home and within the eSports community. It’s open-backed design will help you stay focused on your environment and your game, with a high-quality fold up microphone that will give you the performance you need for team chat or even a few Skype calls at home. It promises a durable and highly flexible design that should ensure the headset takes more than a few knocks and bumps too, handy for those heading out to a lot of gaming events. To add further value to the Renga, you’ll also find it support PC, PlayStation 4 and mobile devices, giving you more bang for your buck by only needing one headset for multiple gaming devices. So let’s go take a closer look at what Roccat’s latest headset has to offer.
The packaging is typical Roccat, with the strong black and blue theme, a great photo of the headset and all the major specifications listed right on the front. As you can see, we’ve got multiformat support, powerful stereo drivers, and an open-back ventilated driver design.
In the box, you’ll find the headset, which comes hard-wired with a dual 3.5mm cable for desktop use, a Y-split to single 3.5mm cable for console/mobile use, as well as the usual documentation.
The cables are fantastic quality, with a thick rubber anti-tangle coating in stunning electric blue. There’s also a hard-wired in-line controller that gives you quick and easy access to the microphone mute switch, as well as a master volume dial.
Arctic may be better known for their high-performance air cooling products, but this last year has seen them pushing more into other markets. With the release of their fantastic AIO water cooling products, to their new P533 gaming headset range. There are two new headsets launching from them, the P533 Military and the P533 Racing. Fundamentally these are still the same headset, but rather two different visual designs of the same model.
“The conquest of new worlds, all-powerful enemies, great battles and wild chases – ambitious gamers are daily confronted with the toughest challenges. With the P533 stereo gaming headset they get the right equipment.” Arctic
The designs certainly look great, although I personally prefer the racing model, it just looks nice and sleek. There’s leather padding on the drivers, a closed back design and a thick layer of padding on the metal frame headband, so it certainly look robust and pretty capable overall. Of course, we’re eager to hear how it performs ourselves, as I’m sure you are, so we’ll be reaching out to Arctic to see if we can test it.
“Like the player itself the gaming headset must show performance at the highest level. The perfect fit is determining because you easily forget the time while gaming. However burning ears and uncomfortable pressure can bring you back to reality faster than favored. In contrast the P533 headset with its soft foam ear cushions and the equally padded and light headband keeps you comfortable for even the longest sessions. Nothing stands in the way for non-stop gaming. To really bring the action on the screen to life best audio quality is just as well under obligation. The lifelike stereo sound of the P533 catapults the gamer with a slam into the middle of the virtual world and makes it even more perceptible and spectacular. But even at the most hectic multiplayer combats, you can rely on the absolute precision of the integrated boom microphone. The sound volume can be directly adjusted through the headphone.” – Arctic
The headsets come with a protective clam-shell style case, great for storage. The P533 work with both console and PC, the 2m extension cable with 2 x 3.5 mm Jack leaves full freedom of movement.
P533 Stereo Gaming Headset
Strong Bass and Crisp Treble
Powerful Neodymium Driver
Unparalleled Comfort Through Extra Smooth Earpads
Compatible with Xbox, Playstation, Tablet, Smartphone, Laptop and PC
Images for download
The P533 is now available at ARCTIC for a price of 79.99 £ and also at Ebay and Amazon.
For more information, please check out the official product page here.
Picking the right gaming peripherals can be a tricky endeavour as there is a huge range of products from an equally large selection of gaming brands out there to choose from. Asus are one of the most established and recognisable gaming brands on the market today, and while they may be better known for their high-end graphics cards and motherboards, they’ve proven time and time again that they can make some great gaming peripherals too.
Today we’ll be taking a look at their Cerberus range, a budget friendly but feature packed range of peripherals that are sure to appeal to a wide range of PC gamers. We’ve got a mouse, a headset and a keyboard here today and what’s great about these devices is that all of them can be picked up for a total under £100, making them an attractive option for those on a tighter budget, with the added peace of mind of them being from a well-established brand name.
As you can see below, we’ve got a well-equipped membrane keyboard, with macro keys, LED lighting and more. As well as an optical mouse, which features an ambidextrous design, adjustable DPI and LED lighting. Finally, a powerful gaming headset equipped with 60mm drivers, support for PC, Man and PS4 and a detachable microphone. All of which can be snapped up for a total of just £96.89 (prices from Overclockers UK).
Cerberus Keyboard – LED backlit USB gaming keyboard with splash-proof design
Full SECC metal plate – Rugged durability
Splash-proof design with drain hole – Protects against spilled liquids
12 macro keys – Tactical flexibility
Fully rubberized feet – Enhanced friction for strong movements
For more information, check out the official product page here.
The packaging on each product is really nice, with a large window on the headset and the mouse, allowing a good look at the design of each, while the box for the keyboard has a big image of the keyboard and its LED lighting. There’s a few technical details around each box, but nothing we haven’t already covered above.
Gaming headsets come and go with rapid succession in this industry, some great, many good and a lot that are fairly forgettable, but every now and then, something big happens. Today is one of those days at eTeknix HQ, as one of the most important headsets in recent years has landed on our desk and its expected to be something truly special. I am, of course, talking about the Logitech G933, following in the footsteps of the legendary G930, highly regarded as one of the best wireless headsets on the market, the G933 looks to make everything bigger and better than ever before.
“Patent pending advanced Pro-G audio drivers are made with hybrid mesh materials that provide the audiophile-like performance gaming fans have been demanding. From your favorite music to expansive game soundtracks, the Pro-G drivers deliver both clean and accurate highs as well as a deep rich bass that you would expect from premium headphones. Experience incredible 7.1 surround sound with Dolbyreg; or DTS Headphone:X Surround Sound,* creating lifelike in-game special awareness, allowing you to clearly hear enemies sneaking around or special ability cues.”
The Artemis is very well equipped, offering support for virtually any audio device, including games consoles and PC. Despite being wireless, it comes with a simple USB-powered transmitter that can be used to turn any wired audio jack into a wireless compatible device, and that’s something that simply cannot be ignored, as it opens up a huge range of devices for use with the Artemis. Add to that high-end 40mm drivers, a high-quality microphone, LED lighting, rechargeable wireless functionality, a fold away microphone, and more.
“G933 Artemis Spectrum works with PC, mobile, home theater devices, and game consoles, including PS4 and Xbox One. One headset for all your devices lets you take G933 Artemis Spectrum from your gaming rig to your gaming console and your mobile devices. You can even connect your home theater to the USB-powered wireless mix adapter and listen to TV shows, music, or movies wirelessly without disturbing the people in your home.”
For a quick look at some of the cool features on offer, check out the official product trailer from Logitech.
The packaging doesn’t give away much information on the front, but it does give you a great image of the headset and first impressions are that it looks pretty awesome!
Lots of technical details dotted around the back and the side of the box, most notable are the 16.8M RGB lighting, Dolby and DTS X support.
The headset is very nicely packaged with lots of protection to keep it safe in transit.
The headset out and you’ll find a simple visual guide to setting up the basic functions of the headset.
Finally, a collection of cables which include a 4-pole 3.5mm cable for use with mobile devices, which features a built-in in-line controller, an RCA passthrough cable and a USB to Micro-USB cable. Finally, we’ve got a 3.5mm to 2.5mm adaptor.
It’s been almost a year since we put the feature-packed ASUS STRIX DSP Gaming Headset through its paces, and it certainly did well in our review. The latest from ASUS, the STRIX 2.0 may not have as many features as its big brother, but with a more affordable price and multi-format support, it’s certainly an attractive option for those looking for a new gaming headset, so we’re eager to see what it can do.
Picking the right headset can make or break your gaming experience, not to mention they can also be great for general multimedia use. The STRIX 2.0 is equipped with support for PC/MAC, mobile devices and PlayStation 4, although in all fairness it’s also widely compatible with a lot of things, so long as the have a 3.5mm jack. It’s certainly great if you game on multiple devices, and this setup could save you money as you wouldn’t need to buy multiple headsets.
“STRIX 2.0 is powered by 60 mm neodymium-magnet drivers to deliver punchy, high-fidelity sound. In addition to providing fantastic gaming audio, STRIX 2.0 is a great way to enjoy listening to music. Connect STRIX 2.0 to your desktop, laptop, PS4 or smart device and experience superb sound with brilliant details and punchy bass from games, music, and more.”
The hardware certainly seems promising, with a pair of powerful 60mm neodymium drivers, which are quite simply massive for any headset, so I’m expecting some good bass performance here. There’s also a uni-directional boom microphone, which is also fully detachable should you not need it.
The packaging for the STRIX 2.0 is absolutely massive, the box looks big enough to house two of these headsets. There’s a large window section showing off one of the ear cups of the headset, as well as a few major specifications dotted on the front of the packaging.
Around the back, more details about the 60mm drivers, dual microphones and cross-platform support.
In the box, you’ll find the quick start guide, warranty information, a detachable boom microphone, as well as some good quality braided adaptor cables for PC and mobile devices.
Picking the right headset is no easy task, although it may seem quite simple. There’s a huge range of products on the market to pick from, so many that it can be quite daunting trying to find the one that will best suits your needs, or your bank balance. The latest from Turtle Beach, the Recon 50, is targeted at the budget-friendly end of the market and with an RRP of just £29.99, it’s certainly going to appeal to a large part of the market. Obviously, that low price does mean it’s not going to be as amazing as some of the more expensive products on the market, but I am eager to see just how much you can get for such a small price tag.
“Experience the sleek, lightweight design and crystal clear audio of the Ear Force Recon 50 gaming headset. With 40mm Neodymium speakers and in-line controls, the Recon 50 conveniently places Mic Mute and Master Volume at your fingertips, and you can use the high-sensitivity adjustable boom mic for in-game and online chat, and then remove it when listening to music and watching movies. The Ear Force Recon 50 connects to virtually any PC, Mac and mobile/tablet device, and is also compatible with the PlayStation 4 controller, the new Xbox One controller with the 3.5mm headset jack, and other Xbox One controllers via the EAR FORCE Headset Audio Controller (sold separately).”
With powerful drivers, a detachable microphone, multi-format support, a lightweight design, and even a basic in-line controller, the Recon 50 isn’t exactly shy on the features you’re actually going to need. Let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what this headset has to offer.
The packaging is typical Turtle Beach, bright colours and a stylish picture of the headset, with a few of the main specs detailed down the side.
Around the back, we have more information detailing the 40mm drivers, mobile support and detachable microphone.
In the box, you’ll find the headset (obviously), as well as a quick start guide, detachable boom microphone and a 3.5mm 4-pole to dual 3.5mm 3-pole adapter cable.
The Recon 50 comes hard-wired, making it plug and play ready with most devices, including mobile. Just remember that you’ll need the adapter cable (see above) to use the microphone and audio on PC.
What is a little worrying is that the cable is quite thin, especially the part that goes from each driver to the in-line controller. They’re no thicker than most in-ear headphone cables and while they’re going to do the job just fine, extra care should be taken as they could be a little more prone to breaking if you’re a bit rough with them. The in-line controller is a bit basic, but it does have a master volume control and a microphone mute switch, so it’s certainly a welcome addition to the setup.
At first glance, the headset looks to follow the design of most other Turtle Beach headsets. It still has that oval ear cup shape and mounting system, as well as a semi-open back design. However, a few things are slightly different, such as some cheaper materials being used, which is no doubt a requirement for the price to be brought down lower.
The headband is quite thin and while there is an extension slider on each side, the interior components are also plastic. They’ll do the job, but I’d be careful not to sit on your headset any time soon.
On the bottom edge of the headset, there’s a jack socket for the boom microphone. I do like that the microphone is detachable, as it means the headset can double up as headphones for mobile devices.
The ear cups fold inwards, which is great for when you’re wearing the headset around your neck between games.
There’s a good amount of padding on the ear cups, which does provide a snug fit while the leather coverings help block a lot of external noise. They’re a little uncomfortable at first, but as it often the case with this type of padding, it takes time to wear-in to the user. The 40mm drivers in this headset are quite surprising, they’re quite powerful at max volume, have a good amount of base and bright and clear treble. There could ideally be a little more punch to the mid-ranges, but for gaming, watching movies and listening to music, they sound on par or above most headsets in this price range.
The headband on the Recon 50 is quite thin, with a grippy rubber coating on the top and a little bit of Turtle Beach branding.
There’s minimal padding on the interior, with a rubber grip coating. This isn’t great for comfort, but the headset is lightweight, so you can get away with it. The main issue is that the red rubber coating grips your hair, sure it keeps the headset in place, but trying to adjust the headset during use can feel a little uncomfortable.
The microphone boom isn’t the most flexible, but you can bend it a bit to get a more ideal speaking position. Much like the drivers, I was pleasantly surprised by the microphone performance. It’s bright and clear with no distortion and at this price, that’s more than enough to make me happy.
Competitive gaming is big business, as like any other sport, having the right equipment can help you perform better and also just improve the experience for you personally. Mad Catz has been working closely with pro gamers for years now, so it comes as no surprise that their latest headset is tailored to be suitable for that market.
“The F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 is a new tournament quality 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset optimized for competitive multiplayer gamers with an unrivaled level of audio personalization and an advanced dual microphone system for precision communication with teammates.” Said Mad Catz.
The name is a bit of a mouthful, it looks like a bad pick from the bag while playing Scrabble, but I don’t doubt the performance of this headset. Having used the F.R.E.Q.5 and the F.R.E.Q.7 over the last couple of years as part of (one of) my gaming setups, they’ve proven they can last a long time, sound great and provide a comfortable fit and the new TE looks to follow the same design cues as its predecessors.
“Connecting via standard USB, the F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 delivers highly immersive 7.1 surround sound via state-of-the-art audio customization software, placing the gamer in the heart of the action and in full control over their audio landscape. High quality 50mm audio drivers present the audio with precision clarity, providing the gamer with a full 360 degrees of positional awareness. In addition, the removable boom microphone with dual-chat mic system work in unison to actively cancel out environmental background noise and boost the clarity of the gamer’s voice to teammates.” Added Mad Catz
“As the next generation in our award-winning F.R.E.Q. line of high performance gaming audio headsets, the F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 exemplifies Mad Catz’ commitment to delivering products tailored to needs of today’s competitive gamers,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “In-game audio is vital to the performance of the player, and we believe that our F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 will offer the competitive edge eSports and competitive gamers require to stay ahead of the competition. We’re confident that our strong line up of products spanning multiple gaming formats will see us build considerable momentum as we move towards the Holiday’s and into 2016.”
The latest headset from Turtle Beach is here at last! The market may be packed with brands and products right now, but from a consumer perspective, it never hurts to have more choice. The PX24 is certainly an appealing product, not only because it comes from a well-known brand name, but because it promises exceptional value for money that simply cannot be ignored.
“The Ear Force ® PX24 is a multiplatform gaming headset featuring Turtle Beach’s innovative Ear Force SuperAmp battery powered in-line amplifier which delivers amazing audio from all devices.”
With a feature packed in-line controller, audio processing, multi-format support and so much more, you would expect this headset to be quite expensive, but it’s actually a perfectly reasonable £69.99, so colour me very interested, let’s see what this headset can do!
There’s a great range of features on offer here, especially the multi-format support and the Ear Force SuperAmp.
Multiplatform compatible with the PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PC, Mac and mobile/tablet devices with a universal 3.5mm jack
The innovative Ear Force SuperAmp battery powered in-line amplifier offers fingertip control and amazing amplified sound from any device
Experience Turtle Beach Virtual Surround Sound on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and mobile/tablet devices
Superhuman Hearing audio preset gives players the competitive advantage of hearing enemies before they come into view
Adjustable, high-sensitivity boom mic picks-up your voice loud and clear
Lightweight design and mesh ear-cups for hours of comfort
On the front of the box, we’ve got a stylish image of the headset, as well as a picture of the SuperAmp; you’ll also find a quick rundown of the major features and device support.
Around the back, a more detailed look at the PowerAmp, it’s a rechargeable device and can operate for up to 30 hours on a single charge, or simply be powered via USB cable if you need to. That much will depend on which device you’re trying to use the PowerAmp with; mobile device will use battery mode PC can use USB power.
In the box, you’ll find the usual assortment of documentation, the USB to Micro USB charging cable for the PowerAmp and the PowerAmp unit its self.
The Corsair VOID gaming headset range is here at last and while we’ve already taken a look at the flagship headset in this range, the Corsair Void Dolby 7.1 Wireless, today we’re taking a look at the other end of the spectrum, the Void Stereo 3.5mm. The Wireless absolutely blew me away, it’s by far one of the best headsets we’ve ever tested and the price was a real surprise, coming in at under £100. The wired stereo model is a fair bit cheaper though, coming in at around £60 from most major retailers, so it’s certainly going to appeal to a wider audience and the 3.5mm connector means it’s also going to be universally compatible with a huge range of audio devices, including mobile.
Corsair has put a lot of work into the design of the Void, which you can see in the video below.
In terms of specifications, the Void 2.0 doesn’t really offer a lot, but it does tick all the right boxes regardless. There are no crazy features here, but the basics are more than covered with powerful 50mm drivers, a 4-pole connector that’s perfect for mobile, although a Y-splitter is provided for desktop use, a noise-canceling microphone, and that’s about it really.
The packaging is nicely designed, keeping in theme with the rest of the Void range. There’s a large window on the box too, which is nice for people in retail, as you can get a look at the actual headset design. Down the bottom, you’ll notice a quick run-down of the major features, such as the 3.5mm 4-pole connector, Y-split cable and system compatibility; PS4, Xbox, Mobile, etc.
Around the back, a more in-depth run down of features, but we’ll take a much closer look at those ourselves in a moment.
Everything you need is included in the box, such as the headset, obviously, as well as the appropriate documentation.
There’s a Y-split cable with takes the 3.5mm 4-pole connector and converts it to dual 3.5mm 3-pole, which you’ll need if you want to use the microphone on your desktop computer for gaming, Skype or similar tasks.
Today is a great day, as I finally get to take a look at the latest entry in the ever-popular Siberia gaming headset series. The original Siberia was widely regarded as a great headset, the V2 was and still is thought of as one of the best price vs performance headsets on the market and now we’re at V3, will it continue the trend and be even greater than its predecessors?
As you can see from the specifications below, the V3 is equipped with all the basics. Good quality drivers, a unidirectional microphone and 3.5mm jack plugs; nothing extraordinary, but certainly everything you’re likely to need.
In the box, you’ll find a small booklet to help you setup the headset, although it’s not rocket science really. There’s also a 4-pole to dual 3-pole 3.5mm adaptor; the V3 is compatible with mobile devices and desktop systems.
The headset its self comes hard-wired with a 4-pole cable, perfect for hooking it up to your MP3 player, tablet, smartphone or any other 3.5mm compatible audio output.
The back of the drivers have a nice finish to them with a mixture of gloss and matte plastics that feel durable, but incredibly lightweight. There’s a pivot on the back of the ear-cup to help provide a closer fit over your ear.
At the back of the left ear-cup, you’ll find a small switch to mute the microphone, it comes with a raised section that makes it easier to find and toggle without having to take the headset off and look for it.
As with the previous Siberia headset, the microphone has a flexible boom and can be retracted back into the earcup; a nice solution to hiding the boom when you don’t need it, without having to resort to a detachable one.
The microphone looks pretty straight forward, but the pull-out/push-away design, combined with the flexible boom makes it really easy to find a comfortable speaking position.
The headband is very similar to previous headsets in this range. Instead of a sliding headband, you have two fixed outer supports that help keep the headset clamped over your ears, while the soft inner section is sprung and will auto-adjust to your head size.
It’s a really cool design, but it also helps cut out a lot of unrequired materials, which in turn helps reduce the weight of the headset.
There’s very little padding here, but since the inner band moves outwards, it still very comfortable to wear; more so than most headsets with thick padding.
The springs are strong, but quite forgiving and it means you never need to adjust the headset; even when switching between users.
The headband design is durable but also very forgiving and you can put quite a lot of strain on it without any concern that it is going to break. This is good for those who plan to chuck the headset in their backpack and travel with it, as it’s certainly not going to break anytime soon.
There’s a soft leather padding on the ear cups that is comfortable to wear, but also provides a nice clean fit over your ears, blocking out a lot of unwanted external sound, whilst also keeping your personal audio from leaking.
Overall, a very nice looking headset with great build quality and a lightweight design.
A great headset can enhance your desktop gaming experience. Being able to get closer to the sound in your favourite game, or just further away from the sounds around you in your home or office. Then you’ve got the benefits of a good quality headset for team chat, something that plays an ever more vital role in competitive gaming, or even for work when you need to make a few Skype calls.
The Roccat Kave XTD comes well equipped with powerful 50mm drivers, noise canceling technology, an omni-directional microphone and it’s equipped with a pair of 3.5mm jacks for the headphones and microphone, meaning it should be compatible with just about any desktop system you can think of.
The Kave XTD comes hard-wired with a lovely blue cable and a built-in in-line controller.
The jack plugs are nice and slim, but still feel durable. They’re also colour coordinated so you can quickly see which is for the headset (green) and which is for the microphone (pink).
The in-line controller is pretty simple, with an on/off switch on one side for the noise cancelling and a master volume dial on the other side; there’s also a shirt clip on the back.
On the left side, you will find a detachable boom microphone which can be swiveled on its mount a full 360 degrees, so you should be able to quickly find a comfortable speaking position.
Once rotated into position, the mic can also be adjusted thanks to its flexible boom.
The left ear cup has a part of the ‘ROCCAT’ logo in bright blue, matching the bright blue of the attached cable.
While I don’t normally like pre-installed cables, the one on the cave feels durable and benefits from a tangle-free rubber sleeving. The lower back edge of each ear cup has a little ventilation, giving them a semi-open back design that should help balance noise pollution and bass performance.
The headband is mounted at a slight angle, giving it a better resting position over your head; something you’ll come to appreciate after wearing it for a few hours.
As with previous Roccat headsets, the headset is incredibly durable. You can apply significant force to the headband and feel confident it’s not going to break.
On the right ear cup, a Roccat logo and the Kave XTD branding.
The ear cups can be adjusted, if only by a little; it should be enough to help provide a clean fit over your ears.
Finally, each side of the headband can be adjusted to suit your head size and there is a number guide to help you ensure each side is the same length.
Turtle Beach are one of the leading names in the gaming audio market. They’ve got one of the most recognisable brand names in gaming and they’ve built themselves a great reputation for providing gamers with a wide range of headsets that cover virtually all budgets and formats. The headset I have at my disposal today is targeted at the mid-market, with a very reasonable price tag of around £79.99. This isn’t so expensive that it’s into the premium grade, but still more than enough money that you’re going to be expecting a great range of features and solid performance.
The Z60 is designed to work with PC, as well as mobile platforms and comes equipped with a great range of features that should provide us with some impressive audio, or at least I’m hoping it does! The Z60 is the first headset on PC to utilize 7.1 channel DTS Headphone:X Surround Sound and it pushes this new virtual surround technology through a pair of powerful 60mm drivers.
The Z60 comes equipped with a detachable boom microphone, a USB controller with built-in soundcard for plug-and-play compatibility with desktop PC/MAC and a hard wired 3.5mm cable on the headset for plug-and-play mobile use.
The USB in-line controller is really nicely designed. Not only is this the DTS Headphone soundcard, but it features all the controls you could ever need in a compact unit. The game and chat audio are on separate control dials and there’s a dedicated microphone must switch on the side.
One of the cooler features, which I’m really looking forward to testing, would be the mode switch, which allows you to tailor the surround mix for different kinds of media, such as movies, music and gaming.
The microphone is fully detachable and has an adjustable boom to help you find the optimal speaking position. I really like detachable microphones as it’s not often I need one and it bugs me when it’s in front of your face and not being used.
The headset itself has a sleek and somewhat understated look. There’s a nice mixture of soft matte finish plastics and some glossy back covers on each of the drivers.
The headset is trimmed with a little bit of red detailing to help keep it looking a little bit interesting. There’s a thick foam padding on each ear cup and a very comfortable feeling fabric coating that will be very welcome during those long gaming sessions.
The headband is thick and durable to help keep the headset in place, but it’s also very light weight so that it doesn’t become bothersome during extended use.
The interior of each ear cup is big enough that the headset will fit over-the-ear. Combine this with the thick padding and the closed back design and you should find it very easy to get lost in the game world and block out virtually all external noise.
The side extenders lock firmly at each position and there’s a good range to each side; perfect for a wide range of head sizes.
Each ear cup can be rotated to lay flat, which is a lot more comfortable when you’re wearing the headset around your neck between games.
Overall, a very nice looking headset that avoids much of the garish flair we often see on gaming headsets. It feels durable, lightweight and initial impressions are that it’s very comfortable.
Turtle Beach are one of the hottest and biggest gaming brands around, time and time again they’ve delivered great quality headsets for a range of budgets and a wide range of formats. Their new Ear Force Recon 320 is a mid-budget headset, so it’s not completely over the top with features, but it does still promise high-end performance and build quality; not that I would expect anything else from a well-known brand such as this.
The Recon 320 may not be the most expensive headset that Turtle Beach produce, but it still packs plenty of features. It supports the latest Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound virtual processing, a pair of powerful 50mm drivers, customisable backplates, an in-line controller, detachable microphone boom and more, so I’m really looking forward to putting it through its paces to see what it can do!
The headset comes equipped with a USB connection for PC, but also a detachable 3.5mm cable that makes it perfect for mobile use, or for use with just about any device in the world with a headphone socket. Just keep in mind that the Dolby Surround features only work via the USB connection and that the headset will run in stereo mode via the 3.5mm cable.
The microphone is pretty standard, but features a flexible/positional boom and can be easily removed from the headset when not in use; perfect for those who want to use the headset as headphones.
The in-line controller is nice and compact, but has a volume dial on the side, as well as a master microphone mute switch that’ll prove handy while playing online.
The headset has a somewhat minimalist style. There’s some matte finish plastics for the bulk of the headset, but the backplates on the drivers are glossy. The back plates are held in place with magnets and can be easily removed to allow you to customize them with your own design; you can also purchase pre-customised plates directly from Turtle Beach.
Each ear cup is quite deep, this allows plenty of room for all that thick padding, as well as those large 50mm drivers; so we should get a good level of bass performance from this headset.
There’s a pair of sockets on the left ear-cup, one for the microphone, the other for the mobile/PC cable.
The headband is lightweight, yet still quite strong. There’s some really nice quality padding on both ear cups and on the headband. The headband padding may not look like much, but the headset is surprising lightweight, so comfort really shouldn’t be an issue, even after a long gaming session.
The headband can be easily adjusted to suit your personal fit.
While both ear cups can be rotated inwards so you can wear it around your neck between games, but there’s also a few degree of pivot to provide a better fit over your ears.
Overall, it’s a really cool looking headset. It has a bright red trim that some may find a little garish, but I think a welcome contrast to the dull grey plastics and I can see this design proving quite popular with gamers in general.
Gigabyte is well-known in the PC gaming industry for their high performance motherboards and graphics cards, but in recent years, they’ve also been toying around with peripherals. Last year saw the release of their first set of headphones, and while they weren’t perfect, they were a promising start. Gigabyte is about to take another shot at the audio market with their new Force headset range; which focuses on desktop PC gaming. They kick off their new range with the Force 3Hx, a powerful stereo gaming headset that promises the usual high performance and build quality we’ve come to expect from Gigabyte.
The headset is pretty straight forward in terms of specifications, but it does come equipped with two powerful 50mm drivers, a unidirectional microphone, an in-line controller and a 2m long cable; pretty much everything you need.
The packaging is nicely designed, with a uniquely shaped box that has a large cut-away to show off the headsets design.
Around the back of the box you’ll find a quick run-down of the major features and included extras, but we’ll take a closer look at all of that in a moment.
In the box you’ll find a protective carry pouch and a microfibre cleaning cloth.
Today we see the return of Wavemaster in the eTeknix office, it’s been a few months now since we last got to take a look at one of their products, so were more than happy to try them out once again. When the brand first entered the UK market we tried out their MX3+ 2.1 speakers and Moody 2.1 speakers, both of which were fantastic sounding and great value for money, something that earned each product one of our eTeknix awards, so I’m hoping that winning formula will be repeated today with the new Wavemaster Stax 2.1 speaker system.
Priced at around £50 here in the UK the speakers are hardly the play thing of the enthusiast music listener, but they’re still entering a very competitive section of the market. With brands such as Creative, Logitech, Trust & Genius all offering their own hardware for around the same price, much of which is very good given the price and they’re already more established brand names, so the Wavemaster is going to need to stand out a little bit for people to make the leap from a brand they’re more familiar with. Of course if the performance is anything near as good as we heard with the last two Wavemaster speakers we tested, then the Stax 2.1 speaker system has nothing to worry about.
As you can see from the specifications below the speakers themselves only have tiny 25.4mm drivers, but they’re backed up by a 13cm bass driver, which again isn’t especially big, but it should pack a good enough thump for most users and the sub and speakers output 26 Watt and 2 x 10 Watt respectively. There are a few other features here, but I want to show them in more detail in a moment.
Speaker drivers: subwoofer 13 cm bass driver, satellites 2,54 cm wide range drivers
Amplifier: integrated with 3 separate channels
Output power (RMS): subwoofer 26 Watt, satellites 2 x 10 Watt
Today we get to take a look at the first headset from Func, one of the newest gaming brands on the market. The new HS-260 is designed with the gamer in mind and aims to tackle the mid-budget market by offering high quality performance and design. Gaming headsets are big business and are becoming more and more popular with the increase in LAN gaming events, pro gaming and eSports, not forgetting of course the people who just want to slip into their favourite digital world at their desk without bothering everyone else in the house.
We first saw Func products at Computex last year and since then we’ve been eager to get our hands on them and put them through their paces. The timing for this HS-260 review couldn’t be any better given that produce launches this week and marks the first of several new products from the brand for 2014, and we’ll be taking a look at their gaming mice and keyboards later in the year.
The HS-260 will set you back around £60 here in the UK, so it should be directly competing with a lot of great headsets such as the Razer Kraken Pro and the Roccat Kave 5.1, some strong competition that will mean the HS-260 has to offer something really impressive to stand out from the crowd in what is already a very busy sector of the gaming peripherals market. As you can see from the specifications below, the headset doesn’t pack too many special features, but it has one thing that really matter, big and powerful drivers, so it should at the very least pack a great audio punch.
Driver: 50mm, tuned and paired
Acoustic construction: Closed
Frequency response: 20-20 000 Hz
Impedance: 32 Ω
Cable length: 3m
Connection: 2 x 3.5mm
Dimensions & Weight
180x105x194 mm / 7.08×4.13×7.64 in
0.37 kg / 0.77 lbs
3.5mm Audio/Mic jack
The packing is nicely designed with a small image of the drivers in the bottom right corner as well as a nice clear Func logo on the front.
Around the back we have a nicely labelled image of the headset that details the major features such as the optimised drivers, detachable microphone and high quality braided cable.
There wasn’t much in the box, but certainly every we need. A braided cable, detachable microphone, user guide / warranty information and of course the headset.
Also in the box you’ll find a set of extra ear pads, these ones a leather but you’ll also find a set of velour ones pre-fitted to the headset.