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Written by Joey Peng   
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Tt eSports Shock One Gaming Headset
Closer Look:Tt eSports Shock One Headset
Tt eSports Shock One Headset Detailed Features
Tt eSports Shock One Headset Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look:Tt eSports Shock One Headset

Thermaltake's new Tt eSports brand has been making a name for itself by being innovative and different. The most radical would probably be installing a fan on their keyboards to eliminate sweat and moist. Similarly for the Shock One Gaming Headset, Thermaltake has taken a completely different route than its competitors. The Shock One is one of the first DTS Surround Sensation headsets, which utilizes DTS's new software to deliver virtual surround sound. This partnership marks a new beginning of DTS vs. Dolby as Dolby currently dominates the headset market.

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Inside the box Thermaltake packs the Tt eSports Shock One USB headset, instruction manuals/warranty information, driver CD, protein leather and clothe ear-pads, and a carrying pouch for all the contents. The Shock One can be folded to easily fit into its pouch and greatly increases portability, a problem that many other headsets have.

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The outer shell of the Shock One is a mix of reflective and matte plastic. It's wider than a typical headset since it needs space to fit folded ear-pieces. By default the leather ear-pads are installed, matching the top head rest. Its red and black color scheme is Thermaltake's most popular design choice which appears in almost every product. The general appearance of the headset places it under gamers-only category, and is probably unsuitable for office environments.

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The Shock One comes with built-in lighting, which illuminates the "Tt" logo. The bright red plastic together with metal mesh gives a nice gamer look without looking cheap from the reflective plastic. The mic can be lowered or tucked along the side. The Shock One happens to come with a pure rubber mics, which never sticks to the shape that it is bent to. The ear-pieces are designed to fit and cover over the ears. The headset is tight, making the Shock One the only gaming headset that doesn't fall when you shake your head or bend down. However this comes at the cost of comfort during longer sessionsfrom the tight grip.

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Thermaltake strategically placed their logo at the top of the headband, the most unobtrusive location. By design the Shock One is much wider than a typical headset, over 20cm at its widest point. In comparison, the Corsair HS1 is 16cm. The headband feels sturdy and, unlike Logitech's G35/G930, the plastic doesn't constantly squeak when it's twisted.

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In terms of general adjustability, the Shock One is very limited. The only adjustable part is the headband length. The ear-pieces are not capable of any rotation and the headset depends heavily on the ear-pads to deliver comfort. Because of the tight grip, it is very difficult to relieve your ears from pressure, especially since the headset is on the heavy side even for a surround sound headset.

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The Tt eSports Shock One Gaming Headset packs a good amount of features inside its flashy shell. Comfort issues may come up due to the rigid build. Visually, unless you have a strong aversion to glossy plastic, the Shock One has a unique and serious gamer look and feel. In the next section Benchmark Reviews will take a closer look at the finer details of the Shock One.



 

Comments 

 
# ???!!!Succellus 2011-05-20 04:41
I dont understand, you kick it in the teeth on the most important features and you give recomended product label and 8.5 ?

Strange criterium.
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# Problem with micrenzo 2011-07-28 00:47
HI! I bought yesterdar tha tt shock headset, and i have serious problems with the mic volumen, i entered to windows configuration, but i still having that problem, can someone help me pls? :S
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# Problem with micreuter 2011-11-17 21:27
I have the same mic volume problem, did you fixed it?
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# Problemrenzo 2011-11-18 17:51
i brought the headset to the store and they said there was´t a problem ;S, im pissed off, so good headset but with a little problem :S
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# RE: ProblemOlin Coles 2011-11-18 17:57
I have this headset, and the microphone works fine if you turn mic boost on in the control panel.
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# Teach me :(renzo 2011-11-18 18:00
please bro, tell how to do it :(, i have the realtek HD and i cant do it :(
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# RE: Teach me :(Olin Coles 2011-11-18 18:11
In Windows 7: Control Panel -> Hardware/Sound -> Sound -> Manage Audio Devices -> Recording -> Microphone -> Levels
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# Not that greatOlin Coles 2011-11-21 21:21
Joey: I've recently purchased this headset, and I think your review is dead-on. They're good, but not great. The issue I have is that if you're using them in a game, and somehow shock them with static, you lose your sound until you exit the game and unplug/plug them back in. I would probably not buy them again.
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# Aptly Named ProductBruce 2011-11-22 05:47
I guess that's why they named it the Tt eSports Shock One.....
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# So far, it's garbageFrank 2013-09-05 12:20
Brand new system with brand new headset.
Every few minutes the headset simply shuts off. That is, it uninstalls itself, and I have to find a DIFFERENT USB port every time to plug it into.
Most of the time, plugging it into a USB port does NOTHING; the computer does not find the headset -- regardless of which port I use. Yes, the software that comes with the headset is working just fine.
The headset simply seems to be incompatible with everything.
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