There are a bunch of gaming headsets out there that all do the same thing or have similar features and there are some that don’t have the same features to distinguish themselves against the other competition. Some times doing more can be too much and can actually make what would have been a great product just an ok product. 1byone has done a great job of doing just what they need to do with their new 1byone Virtual 7.1 surround sound gaming headset to make a product that simply works and make it work decently.
Almost any gaming headset you see these days is going to be bulky and more obnoxious (flashy) than it needs to be, and 1byone joined in on the trend. It’s not a bad thing, but not everyone is going to want a giant headset on their head when gaming. The design isn’t too bad if I might add. It is different than what I personally do see others using. A headset with square-ish rectangular over the head design. I just feel to really set yourself apart you need to do something different in the design area but you need to do it correctly.
On top are two rails attached to the headset essentially holding the ear pieces and the headband connecting to each side of the rails. The headband does adjust on its own without you needing to raise or lower the band as you would for other headphones out these days. 1byone’s logo is also on top of the headband. As for the ear cups you’ll see a number one with a flame following it which is a pretty cool picture, but both of the ear cups are circular and light up red thanks to the LEDs behind the net shaped design when plugged in.
The microphone retracts from the left side of the headset and doesn’t come out too far. The tip of the microphone does light up red which is also pretty neat. Following the cord that just so happens to be black and red much like the gaming headset, a little ways down you’ll notice a volume control. The wheel inside the piece lets you easily raise or lower the volume at any point in time. There is also a mic button allowing you to turn it on or off and a light on/off button, and at the end of the cord is a USB port.
All around this headset sounds awesome. Everything sounds like it should. My main qualms are not being able to tweak the audio due to the included driver disk not work for me. The Mic Audio quality sounds great according to people I chatted with on PSN, as well as people I made hangout calls too.
Everything seems to work as expected. Well, almost everything. The driver software found on the included disk didn’t work for me. I feel the disk was a dud because it didn’t work on the 3 computers that I have tried. It’s a bit of a shame because many cool goofier features are supposed to be on disk. Another thing is the device claims to have noise canceling but I beg to differ. The features on the device itself work flawlessly. It plugs-n-plays fine with PC, MAC, as well as Sony PlayStation 4 Console.
In the end the 1byone gaming headset isn’t bad at all. It is a pretty minimal type of headphones that has decent sound, are pretty light weight and just work when you plug them in and to me that is important. Throw in the fact that they are only $45.99 which in all honesty is a great price, but I feel that 1byone could actually charge a bit more since they are good headphones.
With that said, if you’re in the market for something that will get you by for a few months or so until you save up for a high quality gaming headset, then the 1byone gaming headset is definitely for you.