Hi so i've been doing lots of comparisons and checking out reviews/comments as i'm in need of a new Gaming Headset for PC. Here's what it's come down too i just can't decide!
My budget is $130USD/$140CAD which is roughly £77 GBP.
My needs are comfort after long gaming sessions, nice bass for music, crisp sound for hearing walking/firing shots to track enemies on FPS games, Braided cable so it doesn't break after 6 months and also a decent enough Mic for VoIP, don't care if it's Analog or USB.
Thanks in advance :)
Between your choices, I'd go with the Corsair just because of my personal faith in that company.
However, I've just gone through the same task of picking a headset, and ended up going with the Plantronics RIG for a couple reasons.
First off, Plantronics makes the bulk of its business supplying headsets and VOIP equipment to businesses and call centers, and tends to build items to last. Even the cheap $15US headset I got for my wife has outlasted much more expensive equipment from Creative and Logitech that didn't last long in her kit.
Second, the RIG is actually several different parts: a USB driven audio system with mixer and PC/Console/Smartphone connections (mixes two, so when my phone rings I can easily answer, and mute the game if need be), a PC cable with boom mic, a Smartphone/Mobile cable with in-line mic, extra cables for Console compatibility, and the headphones themselves.
My personal review is excellent. Audio is full, from deep bass to crisp treble, and these are high-amp speakers meaning I have not peaked them (flat-tone where power is more than the speaker can handle) even while playing games at full volume or playing music. The headset is quite comfortable, even on my big head, but my 5-year-old daughter can use them comfortably as well. And the on-mixer EQ (normal, boost, and bass boost) is nice to quickly switch between sounds when playing.
I also want to say that when using the system on my phone or on Skype, either the boom or in-line produces a clean pickup of my voice to where people have been surprised that I am out and about, as it sounds like I am in a closed office.
The RIG is well within your price range:
Note that the system comes in two colors, black with deep orange (actually quite nice, don't let the orange fool you), and silver with black/orange. I posted a link from Amazon UK as I assumed this is where you are. I purchased mine from Amazon US.
Good luck in your choice!
Hi i was swaying more towards the Corsair one the quality just looks excellent and they're making some really nice peripherals at the moment.
The problem i have with Plantronics is i've owned one before and it came with a mic that worked for about a week then stopped working, it had no warranty so i will never buy any of their products again but thanks for the suggestion.
Hmmm, full 1 year warranty and lifetime on cables here. Part of why I work with Plantronics, they have a no nonsense support attitude here in the US.
I got hooked on them when I was building large VOIP systems on contract, and they always took care of my issues quickly. But I suppose that can change entirely by what office you have to deal with for anything.
It's interesting that you noted the mic dying, had the same thing happen on 3 previous headsets and that's precisely why I went to Plantronics, because I have yet to have one of their mics die on me... Oh, well.
When I bought that Plantronics headset 4 years ago, can't recall which model it was, I think I simply overlooked the Warranty info and that is likely why the mic died so early on or maybe it was simply a defective one.
It makes sense to me that their Headsets should be really good, like you stated they're a great supplier for offices/VoIP, etc.. It's just I don't want to put that sort of money into a Headset only for it to have or develop a fault early on then having to proceed through the hassle of returns etc., I'd rather purchase a new one tbh lol.
Either way, please grace us with a review when you get your headset! Best of luck, as always.
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