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Written by Nate Swetland   
Friday, 03 September 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Genius HS-03U USB Gaming Headset
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Genius Headset
Genius HS-03U Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Genius HS-03U USB Gaming Headset Review

If you are a gamer, then chances are you enjoy the sounds and music of your favorite games. A good set of headphones is a great addition to any gamer's equipment, especially if you play in a common area such as a dorm room, living room, or just like to become fully immersed in the sounds. Additionally, if you play a game that uses voice chat, an attached microphone is essential for hassle-free communication with your friends or foes. Genius has provided Benchmark Reviews their USB Circumaural Headset, model HS-03U. This headset boasts features such as noise-cancellation, in-line volume control, and vibration. Stay tuned as Benchmark Reviews tests out these features, and many more on the Genius HS-03U Headset.

I find that many headsets offer a nice alternative to speakers and a desk microphone. Often, however, you sacrifice sound quality and the rumble of the bass notes using headsets. Genius tries to offset this with the vibration function. By syncing vibrations with the bass notes, users get the sensation of having a large subwoofer at their disposal without the added trouble of offending people nearby (e.g. downstairs, next door).


The HS-03U headset will be tested in a variety of settings. The headset will be used while playing a selection of games ranging from First-Person Shooters, to Real-Time Strategy, to Racing and Action games. The Genius HS-03U will also be used with popular voice chat programs such as Ventrillo and Team Speak. Additionally, the HS-03U will be used to listen to a variety of music. The HS-03U will be evaluated in the following areas of interest: Performance, Value, Functionality, Appearance, and Construction. Some of these categories may have a tendency to be more subjective than others. At Benchmark Reviews, we strive for professionalism and aim to provide the most fair and unbiased reviews as possible.

Manufacturer: Genius, a division of KYE Systems Corporation
Product Name: Circumaural USB Gaming Headset
Model Number: HS-03U
Price As Tested: $32.60 (Compare Other Prices)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by KYE Systems.



# Question...KukoCL 2011-08-26 23:02
I bougth these headphones, and i have a little trouble there.. when im at total silence in my room i can hear a noise in the headphones that stay there like 30 seconds after any sound, its a small noise but anoying.. someone hears that? or its only me? :o

sorry for my spanglish xD
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# Windows 7 64 bits microphone driverSergio Barreira 2012-01-07 13:13
Windows 7 64 bits ultimate can't recognize the microphone, have any drivers?

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# PS3Fernando Küpper 2012-07-19 08:23
Sadly it does not work with the PS3.
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# RE: Genius HS-03U USB Gaming HeadsetWoody Manly 2012-08-03 18:21
Can i use this product to a PS3 Slim?
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# No you can'tFernando Küpper 2012-08-03 19:01
See my last comment ...
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# Any Recommendation?Woody Manly 2012-08-06 15:35
Thanks Fernando K?pper,
Do you have any recommendation USB/Wirelles Headset for using with PS3 Slim?,Range of price about under 100$.
Thank You for last answer...
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# Hum...Fernando Küpper 2012-08-06 18:36
Try something with Turtle Beach or Logitech...and if you don't find anything, there's sony playstation headphone, check it out here

Hope it helps....reply to me here if you get any nice results! I'm looking for one ;)
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