Six high-performance PC gaming headsets vie for a place on your ears
Bullets hiss and whine overhead. Your commander barks orders in your ear, but you’re pinned down, trapped in a wrecked construction site. The corrugated steel wall to your left pings as a smoke grenade bounces off and rolls into a nearby ravine. Overhead, a fighter jet streaks by, engines roaring.
Note: This article originally appeared in our July 2013 issue of the magazine.
The sound card is back—but does your PC need one anymore?
If you think of your PC as a lifeboat full of components floating in the Atlantic Ocean after one of those ARM-based subs put two fish into the side of the PC’s troop transport, you can better understand the plight of the sound card.
Note: This review originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
With the Tiamat 7.1, Razer is redefining the top end of the gaming audio line. Where previous headsets have had trouble creating a surround gaming experience through just two drivers, the Tiamat fits what is essentially an entire surround sound system into each earcup, with five individual drivers, including a sub. You’ll need a 5.1- or 7.1-capable analog sound subsystem with three outputs to take advantage of the surround (and at $180, the set’s not worth it if you can’t), but if you’ve got the hardware this is the new headset to beat.
Each earcup on the Tiamat 7.1 features five individual drivers, which are visible through the side windows
If you're a family man, live with a roommate, or have neighbors hanging out on the other side of thin walls, then a good headset isn't just a luxury, it's a necessity. And if you're console gamer, Logitech is looking at you.
The company just released its new Wireless Headset F540. The F540 lets you connect up to three audio devices, including both your PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, and comes with voice chat to boot.
"We set out to build a great wireless headset for people who like to play at night, but need to keep it quiet so they don’t disturb anyone trying to sleep," said Elliott Chin, Logitech’s senior manager of product marketing for gaming. "The result is an amazing audio experience for console gamers, no matter when they like to play. The Logitech Wireless Headset F540 delivers superior sound coupled with voice chat and does it all without a single cable running between you and your console."
One cool feature on the F540 is that you can recharge the headset while you're still playing -- just attach the micro USB cable and you're good to go. Otherwise, Logitech says you can expect up to 10 hours of use in between charges.
The F540 will ship stateside in November for $150.