Testing headsets and other peripherals are unfortunately, quite a subjective experience. However, as reviewers our job is to run products through their paces and give you our opinions as well as the facts, so that’s what we do.
In this case, I put the headset through its paces with several genres of music, some movie clips and a few different games. This helps judge a wide range of frequencies and scenarios for usage. On top of this, long term comfort is also tested as overall these activities took several hours to complete.
The headset itself is well-constructed, with everything feeling solid and sturdy. The mic connects securely, with a tab ensuring that not only does it connect in only one direction, but it does not rotate or disconnect. The mic is well positioned by default, and the boom bends well, but has a little difficulty twisting towards the mouth due to the locking mechanism.
The wiring is slightly convoluted to put everything together, but the process for each system is roughly as follows:
PC – USB connector hooked up to USB port, 3.5mm connector hooked up to 3.5mm audio output jack.
PS3 – USB connector hooked up to PS3 USB port, 3.5mm connector connected up to 3.5mm input on peripheral cable, audio cables plugged into peripheral cable, peripheral cable hooked into PS3 audio ports.
Xbox 360 – USB connector hooked up to XBox 360 USB port, 3.5mm hooked up to 3.5mm input on peripheral cable, audio cables hooked into peripheral cable, peripheral cable plugged into XBox 360 audio ports, second peripheral cable connected between XBox controller and in-line headset controller.
Connecting everything up is certainly not insurmountable, particularly with the clear diagrams provided in the quick-start leaflet, but they may take a little bit of work for less technical users.
The headset is extremely comfortable, fitting comfortably over the ears and styled to provide decent padding all around the head, remaining almost unnoticeably comfortable for several hours of testing. There is also a clip on the cable for attaching to a shirt or other place, which takes the weight of the controller, helps keep things in place and takes strain off the cable.
This is definitely a headset geared towards gaming, as the bass is really punchy and in your face. The disadvantage of this though is that the mids and highs suffer a little for it. Overall, the sound profile is decent enough, especially for gaming, though the headset isn’t as isolating as some, letting sounds in and leaking a little out.
While overall I was pleased with the quality of the Sharkoon X-Tatic SP, my only real gripe was that there is a noticeable hiss which appears related to the mic volume and can be heard during quieter periods. It is present but not overwhelming, so generally isn’t too problematic, especially in the heat of battle.
The headset can be found for around £50, which is pretty decent value for money, particularly in light of the multi-platform versatility.