Coolermaster, Speedlink & TteSports Budget Headset Head-to-Head Review

Introduction


If you’re on the market for a new headset, chances are you’ve got more than one option on your shopping list, you’ll be looking for the best return on investment and you’ll want to find the headset that is best suited to your needs. Today I’ll be departing from our usual headset review format and showing you three headsets, putting them head-to-head and finding the strengths and weaknesses of each. At my disposal I have the TteSports Cronos, the Speedlink Medua NX and the CM Storm by Coolermaster Ceres 300. They’re all quite varied in terms of features, price and style, but they all have one thing in common, they’re all available for under £60.

The TteSports by Thermaltake Cronos headset is priced around £55 from most major online retailers, making it the most expensive of the collection that I have here today. The Speedlink Medusa can be picked up at most major retailers for around £50, but a little Google-fu will net you a brand new one for around £40 from some of the top eBay sellers making it the second most expensive option and finally we have the CM Storm by Coolermaster Ceres 300, which can be picked up for a very affordable £28. I’m hoping that by covering these three products we can work out if you need to spend more money to get the kind of performance you desire, or perhaps you’ll be able to save yourself some money by downgrading. There is only one way to find out, so let’s put these headsets to the test, but first let’s take a closer look at what you get in the box.

First up we have the TteSports Cronos; in the box you’ll find the headset, a rubber sleeved 4-pole cable (for mobile use), a braided dual 3.5mm + USB power connector cable, a simple user guide and a nice quality protective bag.

The speed link Medusa comes hard-wired with a fairly standard cable and comes bundled with a quick install guide and a zip up protective bag.

Finally, we have the Ceres 300, which comes bundled with a user guide, a hard wired cable and a detachable boom microphone.

TteSports Cronos PC Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Gaming is big business, in fact it is safe to say that gaming is bigger business right now than it has ever been. The PC industry may have seen steady decline in the retail sector, but the gaming market for PC is thriving beyond all expectations. This is party due to the rise in popularity of eSports, LAN gaming events and online gaming. This boom has led to huge advances in the range of gaming peripherals and what better way to take a look at that side of the market than with the brand new headset from TteSports, the Cronos.

TteSports are instrumental in the gaming scene, playing their part at LAN gaming events, sponsoring pro gaming teams of their own and creating some of the best performing yet most affordable gaming peripherals on the market at this time, something that has put them in good favour with the gaming community. Their Cronos headset that we have here today looks set to continue their affordable motto with a price tag of around £40. Of course an affordable price tag means nothing if it is not backed up by things such as build quality and performance, so let’s get right to the good stuff and see what else the Cronos has to offer.

As you can see from the spec below, we have a stereo headset, with 40mm neodymium drivers and connectivity is provided by both 3.5mm and USB.

The front of the box bears the black and red style we see on my TteSports products as well as a great image of the headset.

Around the back of the box we have a nice break down of all the major features, but we will of course take a closer look at those in a moment.

Included in the box are some extra connectivity cables, a small warranty policy booklet and a handy protective carry bag.

The wires are all completely removable from the headset. The red one features a 3.5mm jack to micro USB connection, while the white one features a longer cable, in-line controller, two 3.5mm jacks and a full size USB connection.