|Tt eSports Shock One Gaming Headset|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Joey Peng|
|Friday, 20 May 2011|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.