Sound like an orc with the best World of Warcraft headset money can buy
Normally, designing a headset for one specific game would limit you to a relatively small segment of the gaming community. But we’re talking World of Warcraft here—a game whose massive popularity makes a game-specific headset seem viable.
Enter the Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset from Creative Labs. The headset uses a small USB dongle that broadcasts in the 2.4GHz range. We found the reception to be fairly good, allowing us to walk into a different room during use without static.
Horde or Alliance? Interchangeable lenses advertise your allegiance.
The headset itself feels solid and fits snugly on the head. Thick, squishy padding on the headband and around each of the cans keep things comfy throughout even the longest gaming sessions—Creative obviously knows its target demographic. The headset is rechargeable and runs about nine hours between charges and can be used while recharging, as well.
The cans themselves are larger than average, which combined with the deluxe padding, provide excellent sound isolation. The 40mm neodymium drivers deliver clear, powerful surround sound—some of the best we’ve heard from a gaming headset.
But, at $120, you’re buying more than just a pair of headphones—you’re buying branding, which is apparent the second you hold the WoW headset in your hands.
First, the headset’s design is far from subdued. Adorned with the same plastic plate-mail aesthetic as the SteelSeries WoW MMO Gaming Mouse (an earlier Blizzard collaboration), the WoW headset also sports giant, swappable, backlit Alliance- or Horde-themed lenses on each ear. Even the downloadable control panel looks like it’s been ripped straight out of World of Warcraft, borrowing the game’s iconic fonts and interface elements. The control panel allows you to change the color and intensity of the headphones’ jewels, apply THX effects, and even morph your voice using included voice effects with names like “female blood elf” and “male orc.” There are 17 voice morphers—more than enough to drive even your most level-headed raid buddies insane.
In other words, you probably already know if the Creative World of Warcraft headset is for you. If you’re a big fan of the game, and looking to drop more than a Benjamin on a pair of headphones, then sure, go for it—you won’t be disappointed with the set’s construction, comfort, or sound quality, and the styling and feature set could well seal the deal. On the other hand, if you don’t know the difference between a murloc and a makrura, you might as well save some dough and look elsewhere.
Sound Blaster WoW Wireless Headset
Large, comfortable cans; clear sound; good wireless signal.
Gaudy aesthetics; pricier than comparable non-WoW headsets.