Gaming headsets are very much in vogue. Gone are the days where we were satisfied with the tinny, garbage mics and earbuds packed in with our consoles (or available at bodegas for $5 or less); these days, sounding like you’re being piped through one of those plastic throwaways is the fast lane to mute town. Anyone who plays multiplayer games that lean heavily into team comms, or more generally just wants to get more fully immersed in the games they play, is in the market for a great headset (some of the best of which we highlight in our best PC gaming headset feature). A good gaming headset isn’t just about a decent quality boom mic so you can chat with your friends while you play the best PC games or the best PS4 games. Some of the best also feature great features like noise cancelling, or positional audio to improve your situational awareness (particularly useful in shooters and battle royales, where hearing footsteps is often the prelude to ambush). And a proper … [Read more...] about How to buy a great gaming headset
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1More might not be the first name you think of when it comes to gaming headsets, but having launched their first pair of gaming headphones late last year in the form of the Spearhead VR, they’re now following it up with an even higher-end sibling, the Spearhead VRX – because everything sounds better with an X on the end. In this case, though, the X may well be warranted. While it shares much of the same DNA as the regular Spearhead VR, including its 50mm graphene drivers, subtle RGB lighting and suspended headband design, the VRX throws professional audio wizards Waves’ fancy 3D audio Nx tech into the mix, supposedly giving it a more authentic surround sound experience than the usual virtual 7.1 systems you see on other headsets. Is it worth £190 / $200 though, and is it enough to earn it a spot on our best gaming headset list? Let’s find out. You’ll have to use its USB connector and download 1More’s VRX driver software to take advantage of the … [Read more...] about 1More Spearhead VRX review: Is Waves’ 3D audio tech better than 7.1 surround sound headsets?
So you’ve built your PC, bought the best graphics card and the best gaming monitor to go with it; now all you need is some kind of new-fangled listening device to appreciate the sights and sounds of your favourite games, which is why I’m here to help you find the best gaming headset for your needs and budget. For whatever reason, PC desktop speakers seem to have gone the way of the dodo these days, and the piddly speakers you’ll find in your monitor usually aren’t fit for anything but the briefest of email pings. What’s more, with several games now utilizing online play and various types of co-op mode, a gaming headset with a built-in microphone is often much more convenient than simply having a pair of regular headphones and a separate mic. Finding a good gaming headset, however, is fraught with problems, as you’ve not only got to find one that sounds decent, but there’s also the … [Read more...] about Best gaming headset 2018: Our top PC picks
I’ve never considered myself a “brand” person, even when it comes to gaming. Ever since my first run of World 1-1 on Super Mario Bros., I’ve switched my console of preference more times than I’d like to admit — even spending a long stint of time fanboying the SEGA Dreamcast. This lack of brand loyalty has dogged me for years, as I’ve switched all my hardware: replacing Sony TV with LG’s version, ditching my Razer mouse with some RGB Logitech action, and so on. Rarely does a brand make such a significant impression that I pivot my purchasing decisions around it. Then there is AVerMedia: a brand I’ve only recently picked up on for video capture devices, but has been an underdog player in the hardware market for some time. In their expansion growth of products, it seems like they are making strides in audio equipment — whether it be sound bars, bass amplifiers, or gaming headsets. Speaking of sound bars, I got to review … [Read more...] about AVerMedia SonicWave Gaming Headsets Review — Creating a Baseline
The best wireless headset is the Steelseries Arctis 7, and it does the fundamentals better than any rival on the market. Wireless headsets have to be a little more persuasive than their wired counterparts to be worth the higher price. Battery life, charge time, and range are all considerations that might put some gamers off ditching the cables, but we think the Arctis 7 covers those bases so impressively that you’ll feel only the benefits of going wireless, rather than the concerns. When we’re testing wireless headsets the most important criteria we look for are price, sound quality, and comfort, but it’s also important to have a headset you can use for long periods without its batteries impinging on the experience—either by running low after a short time and emitting that soul-punching beep every few seconds, or requiring that you stop using them while you charge. Ease of setup, signal interference/dropout, aesthetics and bonuses such as RGB lighting all … [Read more...] about The best wireless gaming headset