|Genius HS-03U USB Gaming Headset|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Nate Swetland|
|Friday, 03 September 2010|
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Genius HS-03U USB Gaming Headset ReviewIf 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.
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by KYE Systems.