Headsets, like many other peripherals, are quite difficult to test as the results are going to be based mainly around the user’s personal preference for bass and treble levels, and their ability to convey the quality of the sound. To fully test the headset though, we play different types of music, movies and games while wearing the headphones, which give us as clear picture as possible of what the device can do.
Intel C2D E5550 Dual Core 2.33GHz
Gigabyte S-Series GA-73PVM-S2H
Corsair XMS2 PC6400 (2x 1GB)
Hitachi HDT7250 (250GB)
Windows XP Pro 32bit
Battlefield 2, despite being quite an old title, is a fast-paced first person shooter that requires quick reflexes and sharp accuracy. The graphics aren’t brilliant but hey I’m testing a headset not a graphics card. I joined a server of my favourite map – Strike at Karkand – and jumped into battle.
I was straight away impressed with the sound quality and the realism – it really felt like I was in the heat of battle with bullets flying everywhere and soldiers running past me – very different indeed from the front on sound I’m used to from my 2.1 speakers.
I tried a variety of weapons from sniper rifles to grenade launchers and assault rifles to heavy machine guns. In each instance I was not only extremely satisfied with the realism but also with the clarity of the sound as I fired off round after round of ammunition towards the enemy. As I cranked the volume up, the clarity wasn’t quite as good but still satisfactory.
I Am Legend
The highly popular title I Am Legend starring Will Smith as the last survivor as most of the population has been wiped out by a mutation, causing them to turn into zombies-of sorts. I decided to test the headset on the act where Smith goes out at night to try and massacre the zombies after having to kill his dog due to it becoming infected. I found that the sound quality was pretty good with the impact of the car smashing into the zombies sounding as if you were right there in the passenger seat. The brutal impacts of the zombies repeatedly crashing against the car was much more effective using this headset than others I’ve previously tested and it gave the scene that extra edge.
Tears of the Sun
Tears of the Sun is a typical Bruce Willis film with guns, violence and more violence. This particular film sees the shaved headed action hero out in Africa on a military mission to rescue a white caught in the middle of mass violence. However, flying off leaving all the black people behind, Willis finds it in his heart to turn the bird around and go about rescuing the others. The scene I chose from this movie was near the end when the group just about make it to the border and suddenly they are attacked by hundreds of soldiers. Needless to say, the headset coped admirably with the bullets screaming past and the grenades blasting nearby – very realistic with the explosions sounding as if they are right by you.
In terms of movies, the Gamecom 367 has done great and certainly gives you realistic, clear sound quality.
Overall, the headset is quite comfortable to use with the padded earpieces feeling very comfy. My only issue is that the earpieces are supposed to sit around your ears, however after numerous adjustments I could never quite get my whole ear inside and thus part of the earpiece was always pressing slightly on my ear. Not a problem for short usage but after a prolonged gaming session my ears were a little painful and achy.
The Gamecom 367 headset will only set you back £28.99 which is very reasonable for a headset of this quality and certainly worth its price tag.