|Tt eSports Shock One Gaming Headset|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Joey Peng|
|Friday, 20 May 2011|
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Tt eSports Shock One Headset Detailed Features
From here Benchmark Reviews will take a look at the finer details of the Shock One.
The Tt eSports Shock One Gaming Headset has a tight headband and its ear-piece hinges do not bend outwards very much. The length of the headset can be extended by 3cm on each side. The adjustment band is made of steel for durability and allows for 10 levels of adjustments.
The Shock One's inline controller is synchronized with Windows' native speaker settings so you never have to worry about having two different audio controls. The braided cable is 3m long, enough for any system setup. Its gold-plated USB connector ensures optimal audio signal integrity. In order to keep the extra wires out of the way for smaller setups or laptops, Thermaltake includes a cable tie and the controller has a clip built on the back. The clip can be used to pin the controller to jackets or sweaters and keep it out of the way.
In addition to having a nice controller design, all the necessary functionality is there too, including speaker and mic mute, volume, and headset lighting. Thermaltake also included a lock for the controller that disables the buttons so accidental touches don't trigger unwanted changes.
Following the recent trend, Thermaltake provides both leather and clothe ear-pads. This eliminates surface material from any decision making, instantly increasing the product's appeal to a larger audience. The included travel pouch is designed to fit the folded headset only. The driver disk and manuals can be stuffed in but it's near impossible to fit the backup ear-pads. The folded Shock One is very compact and can be carried around easily using the bag.
The Tt eSports Shock One has one of the neatest ear-pad swapping mechanisms. Instead of fumbling to pull all edges of the ear-pads over a surface, the Shock One uses plastic clip-ons to lock it in place. It holds the ear-pads in place tightly and is completely hassle free. Removing the ear-pad simply requires a gentle tug.
Once folded, the Tt eSports Shock One will be only 8cm tall. By design, the hinges are capable of bending even further, so any pressure on the headset will be cushioned by the head rest and ear-pads, protecting the headset from any damage.
In the finer details, Thermaltake has done a great job making our lives easier. Swapping ear-pads literally takes seconds. The Shock One is also by far the most portable virtual surround sound gaming headset. The Shock One gaming headset has one of the most gamer-friendly designs out there. It's wrapped in a great package, but that's not enough. In the next section Benchmark Reviews will see how the Shock One performs and what type of audio experience you will get from Thermaltake's new headset.