Good Gaming Headset

Good Gaming Headset – CM MasterPulse MH320

The MasterPulse MH320 is a new Gaming Headset option from Cooler Master, an over-ear headset with perfectly angled leather ear cups on a springy, flexible steel frame that’s extremely lightweight. The angle of the earcups is somewhat unique in the way that it fits, having this slight tilt allows for your ears to be enveloped, providing full cup coverage without pressing down on the back of your ear – CM get another point here for making the cups themselves slightly deeper than most. The headset is all black, with no extras like LED lighting or ear cup volume controls to be seen, it doesn’t require special drivers and connects via 2x 3mm cables. On this cable you’ll find in-line volume and mute controls for the mic – and this mic is where Cooler Master really got things right!

In order to really test this microphone out we’ve jumped into a quick game of Overwatch choosing a combo of Bastian and Reinhardt to encourage a little team communication 🙂 We are side by side in this test and if you listen closely you can hear a little echo but not much – nicely done Cooler Master! 

Even though the MH320 is clearly designed to be a low-cost Gaming Headset option, the microphone of the MH320 is solid, it does indeed amplify your voice while ignoring the other sounds around you (like that sweet mechanical keyboard) and does this by utilizing a sensitive, boom microphone which boosts mic clarity and sensitivity while reducing background noises – it gives your voice a little robotic clang but really does do what matters, boosting your voice while eliminating sounds coming from other sources.  

UPDATE: 20These new Cooler Master MH320 Gaming Headsets are available in New Zealand now! Keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog as we check out more great Cooler Master gear, Gaming Headsets and more!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming Headset – Logitech G233 Prodigy

That awesome design team at Logitech G have just made a headset that ticks all the boxes for a gamer on the go, the G233 is a new gaming headset with removable boom microphone and interchangeable in-line controls that’s perfect for gaming on your PC and also doubles as a sweet set of headphones for console, mobile or anything else you want to do 🙂 The audio drivers in these are optimised for both analog and digital sound reproduction so it doesn’t really matter what you connect them to, games, music, movies – they all sound great!

Intended to be taken everything so you can play anywhere the G233 headset is understandably very durable, with a sports mesh that’s removable and washable – best of all though they lightweight and extremely comfortable making them ideal for just about anything. The boom microphone is noise-cancelling with a micro-pop filter to help ensure clarity when on comms, you can actually have this connected along with the in-line mobile cable and enjoy some pretty clear vocals if you’re using the discord app on your phone.

These fine headphones aren’t the only new thing Logitech G have on the table either, if you’re on the hunt for 7.1 surround sound when gaming on PC check out the new G433 in black and blue!

GAME ON! 

 

Good Gaming Headset – SteelSeries Siberia 350

The SteelSeries Siberia 350 is a beautiful gaming headset, with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround it perfectly reproduces in-game audio so you hear every bullet, spell, footstep and environmental cue exactly as the game developers intended. The suspension headband makes its triumphant return in the Siberia 350 and it’s a good move too – that design offers a really lightweight, self-adjusting fit to all but the largest of heads 😛 (to clarify, Dave has a really large head and it was a little tight on him).

With the SteelSeries Engine 3 software suite you can control the LED lighting settings, manage an unlimited number of gaming profiles, and customise the EQ to get the right sound for every game you play but it’s unlikely you’ll need too as this one looks and sounds great right out of the box.

To top things off it sports a great goose-neck microphone that conceals itself within the headset when not in use, this gaming headset is GOOD! 

Good Gaming Headset – Kingston CLOUD Revolver

Following in the footsteps of its little brother, the very reasonably priced Kingston CLOUD Stinger we just played with a week or so ago this new addition to the HyperX Gaming Headset range really turns things up!

Introducing the exceptional Kingston HyperX CLOUD Revolver – a solid headset that, much like it’s siblings, is compatible with PC, XBOX ONE and PS4 gaming systems.

Audio is crisp, mic is great and build quality is tops 🙂 This headset was designed in Germany and boasts a durable steel frame for long-lasting stability. The MIC is detachable this time around and sports noise-cancellation for clearer voice comms with less background noise – perfect for gaming in the lounge 😛 This ones actually certified by TeamSpeak but you’ll have no issues using Discord, Skype etc.

The real magic of this headset comes via the audio freq range, the Revolver has a whopping range of 12Hz–28,000Hz (the Stingers range is an admirable 18Hz-23,000Hz) which allows you to hear your opponents movements more accurately, even when they’re further away – this is crazy cool in a game like Overwatch in which each character has their own unique footstep sounds and once you get into things you can not only tell where the enemy players are, but which specific hero is about to come around the corner…

There is also another version available with a similar name called the CLOUD Revolver S – that other version has a USB soundcard which enables 7.1 surround sound which is cool but could also be a little confusing so be sure double check which version your grabbing 😛

GAME ON!

Good Gaming Headset – Kingston CLOUD Stinger

Such a great day and such a good Gaming Headset!

The new HyperX CLOUD Stinger Gaming Headset from Kingston is an ideal choice for gamers who use multiple gaming machines, hopping from PC to Consoles and vice versa. Compatible with the big three (PC, XBOX ONE and PS4) so if you’re on the hunt for a comfortable headset and convenience this could be the one 🙂

Weighting in at just 275 grams, this light option is pretty darn comfy on the head – the ear cups rotate in a 90-degree angle for a better fit while the 50mm directional drivers inside position sound directly into the ear for gaming-grade sound quality. Even during prolonged gaming sessions, this one is really good and the headband itself features a high-quality memory foam that doesn’t get too hot, custom adjustments are handled via a durable slider.

Microphone wise it’s solid but has that neat feature we like – if you put it up it automatically mutes 🙂 We think this is the best way to do it, much better than a mute button you’ve got to fumble around to find 😛

We’ve had a great time with the CLOUD Stinger – this headset is pretty GOOD!

Good Gaming Headset – Kingston Hyper X CLOUD II

We’re in for a treat! Over the next few weeks we’ll be checking out a range of new gaming headsets from the hardware manufacturer Kingston and today we’re starting things off with the expectional HyperX Cloud II \o/

This update to the now iconic original CLOUD range features a re-designed USB sound card that amplifies your audio + voice for an incredible gaming experience. It has independent audio and microphone volume control + an easily toggled virtual surround sound.

The virtual 7.1 provides a really feeling of distance and depth to enhance your gaming, you can pin-point your opponents location in the game and strike before they even see you coming 🙂 What makes this sooo cool is that it’s hardware driven – totally plug and play, with no driver needed.

The noise-cancelling gooseneck microphone provides clear voice chat and reduced background noise, it has even got a nice little cover for the mic that helps reduce those heavy breathers 😛 Another cool feature is that voice chat volume automatically increases as in-game sound gets louder, this really helps with team communication mid fight \o/ The HyperX Cloud II is certified by TeamSpeak and optimised for Skype and other leading chat programs like Discord.

Sporting some insane 53mm drivers for superior audio performance and rich sound quality with crystal-clear low, mid and high tones this USB-powered headset is intended for PC but you can apparently connect it via an included 3.5mm stereo cable to XBOX ONE and PS4 which is nice.

There are two versions of this awesome headset available now, the first is the standard Black Hyper X CLOUD II and the second is a very slick looking Gun Metal Hyper X CLOUD II which looks amazing!

GAME ON!

 

Good Gaming Headset – Logitech G533 Available NOW!

G533

UPDATE: The G533 Gaming Headset has landed in NZ!

There are a few really nice gaming gaming headsets available in NZ today and a new piece of audio goodness has just released from those fine folks at Logitech G!

The G533 is a sleek new gaming headset that’s using the same Pro-G audio drivers found in the exceptional 933 Artemis Spectrum, it’s also packing DTS X 7.1 surround sound which accurately replicates 7.1 speaker position so we can enjoy all the ambient sounds and audio ques that make playing games with a nice headset oh so enthralling 🙂 It’s also handy for a multiplayer gamer as being able to hear which direction gunfire is coming from can be a pretty neat tool for getting into the action (or getting out the way :P) You can configure all this and more with the Logitech Gaming Software.

GGPC Logitech G533 Gaming Headset Buttons up closeThe headset packs in all the goodness we’ve come to expect from Logitech G with earpieces that can also be removed and washed if needed, these cups also pivot making for comfortable in those moment when you’ve got the headset around your neck as you run off to grab a quick Redbull between matches 🙂 You’ll still be able to hear when the next match is coming up because this one is wireless thanks to an included 2.4GHz USB dongle (which apparently gives even more range than the G933!) and will last a solid 15 hours of game time at around 50% volume, which is managed via that slick roller we liked so much in our G910 Gaming Keyboard review \o/

UPDATE: We’re well into testing this one out for ourselves now and it’s really good, a few things have really stood out to us. Firstly the unobstructed range appears to be well over 15 metres, with the USB dongle in our GGPC editor rig we still had a perfect connection all the way down in the other end of the workshop and that’s a good 30 metres away! When testing in a two story house we were able to head downstairs and into the kitchen to grab a drink and still maintain voice comms while waiting in que, great stuff Logitech 🙂 Battery wise the headset has just crossed the 16 hour mark and do another quick test soon to see how long this thing last at full volume (which we don’t advise, these ear cannons are loud!).

Keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog for the latest!

 

Good Gaming Headset – The SteelSeries Siberia 840 Wireless Kit

feature_image_1If you take a look around the world wide web it’s tough to find a top 5 list of wireless headsets that doesn’t include the Siberia 800 on it so when SteelSeries updated to the new Siberia 840 Gaming Headset not many tweaks were made, this update is primarily around the brilliant addition of Bluetooth \o/ That’s right, this awesome set of ear cannons now has a Bluetooth option meaning we can start using them with more devices like our smartphones and it’s also great news for gaming laptop users as there never is enough USB ports for all our toys 😛

From SteelSeries “The Siberia 840 not only delivers the same detailed sound quality as its predecessor, but also incorporates Bluetooth connectivity for true universal mobile compatibility, it is no longer just a gaming headset, but a flawless audio system that gamers can use to listen to music and even answer calls.”

The Siberia 840 build quality is excellent, well above standard. It’s a closed-cup design that’s great for listing loudly even in public places and on the earpiece you’ll find handy wireless controls for making quick adjustments, the headband has split pockets of super comfortable memory foam padding while the microphone discreetly slides into the left earcup for a nice, somewhat incognito look when traveling. On that note this isn’t a super bling LED all of the things type headset instead going for a sleek and stylish appearance that’s quite welcome in a time when there seems to be lights on absolutely everything 🙂

GGPC SteelSeries 840 Transmitter and Battery Charger

Being a wireless headset that means battery life is an important factor as well and to address this SteelSeries include 2 hot-swappable batteries with the Siberia 840’s, while one is in the headset the other is placed into the base station to charge. Each battery can apparently provide up to 20 hours of audio goodness (legit, tested and confirmed) so this should be more than enough for marathon gaming missions or long commutes.

We were very very impressed when we first saw the 800’s and the new Siberia 840 is purely an improvement on this design, nice work SteelSeries! Stocks are on the way to NZ now so be sure to keep your eyes on our new SteelSeries Store and GGPC Computers Blog for the latest!

Good Gaming Headset – Logitech G231 in Battlefield 1 Orange!

GGPC Logitech G231 Headset is goodJust announced, Logitech have some awesome new gaming gear coming they’ve bunched together under the name Prodigy \o/

Based on the excellent G230 Gaming Headset (which we already know is good) the new Prodigy G231 continues the tradition and offers the perfect solution for gamers looking for an extremely lightweight option that has a fold up microphone and connects via 3.5mm rather than USB.

The earpieces have been designed to be slim and light, without skimping on audio quality. Marathon gaming sessions mean things can get a little hot and sweaty so those talented guy and gals in the Logitech G design team covered the G231 ear cups with high performance cloth for a comfortable, soft touch but these also slip off easily for washing so we can keep our headsets in tip top condition 🙂

The G231 unidirectional mic can be positioned as needed for clear communication on the battlefield, should someone in the real world urgently need to ask you a question just flick the mic up to talk to them without your teammates hearing what you’re about to have for dinner. There is also quick volume/mic controller on the cable itself and you can mute the mic here with the flick of a switch – too easy!

Sometimes between games we like to have our headsets around our necks while we discuss strategy with our team mates and it can be a bit uncomfortable doing this with fixed earcups, the G231 earpieces can swivel 90 degrees which is great for this – nice work Logitech!

The Logitech G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset is available in New Zealand now and we’ll update the GGPC Computers Blog with the latest as we’ve got some other awesome new Logitech Prodigy Gaming Gear incoming!

 

 

 

Good Gaming Headset – Logitech G933 Artemis Snow Special Edition Incoming!

GGPC Artemis Snow

Logitech G have created a beautiful “Snow” special edition for their awesome G933 7.1 Dolby Gaming Headset and oohhhh it’s looking really good.  The headset itself hasn’t changed, it’s still the excellent wireless unit that provides around 8 hours of continuous wireless gaming freedom but in this new colour scheme it certainly stands out from the crowd even more than before 🙂

The G933 features advanced Pro-G audio drivers are made with hybrid mesh materials that provide the high quality audio performance gaming demands. These Pro-G drivers deliver both clean and accurate highs as well as a deep rich bass that you would expect from premium headphones so you can experience incredible 7.1 surround sound with Dolby or DTS Headphone:X Surround Sound.  These audio technologies helps to create a more lifelike in-game special awareness, allowing you to clearly hear enemies sneaking around.

Sporting a really good noise-cancelling boom mic, your communication in game will be crispy clear and when you’re not using it the mic can be folded back into the headphones and is nearly invisible. G933 is travel-ready with an included mobile cable and secondary inline mic for mobile devices when you don’t want a microphone boom in your face.

Even though it’s primarily a wireless gaming headset the Artemis Snow gives you the best of both worlds, with the option to play either wirelessly or wired \o/ Play either on the 2.4GHz wireless or use the 3.5mm analog input on the headset to play wired without using battery power. Both the light strip and logo can each be programmed to different colours or effects, or can be synchronised. Adjustable RGB lighting to suit and the Logitech Gaming Software can even deploy your chosen colour scheme over all your logitech gaming gear for the perfect setup.

The special edition Logitech G933 Artemis Snow Gaming Headset is on it’s way to NZ and should be with us around October, keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog for more of the latest and best in gaming tech!