You may not have heard of Tt eSports, a division of Thermaltake, but they are well known in the pro gaming circuit. They produce gaming accessories for pro gamers within the high end price brand. Now they have turned their attention to the broader market, taking the knowledge they have from the pros and applying it to a more budget friendly series of accessories.
The first bit of kit I have got my hands on, is the Shock Gaming Headset. At the very modest £30 (ish, look around), this over the ear style headset has style and quality that has surprised me.
Taking the Shock out of the box, the first thing you notice is the shape of the ear cups, rather than the standard round or oval, these oversized cups are rectangular. What this means in practice is that they should fit over even the biggest ears. The soft, velvet like cups fit comfortably and securely without getting too warm over prolonged use.
The headband is sturdy, with a simple Tt eSports logo printed on the top and a leather covered pad underneath. Considering the cost, it seems unfair to gripe at this stage, but I have to admit I found the pad quite hard, making it uncomfortable to wear initially. After playing around with the adjustments, I managed to find a happy medium between comfort and stability though, this should fit most sized heads!
A neat feature of the Shock, is its foldable design. The arms both fold in, making the Shock much easier to just throw into your back and take with you (remembering to use the handy protective bag that is supplied).
The microphone, found on the left ear cup, is a folding type. Some people will like this (those like me who have lost plugin microphones in the past), some will find this inconvenient if they want to use these as standard media headphones. Considering these are aimed at gamers who want a bit of pro at a lower cost, the folding design makes most sense!
Sound is delivered from two 40mm drivers. The specs are below, but generally speaking I was very impressed with the quality. They delivered far more bass than I expected, but not at the cost of the mid and high end. For music, you may well want the bass, but in gaming mids and highs are where sounds like voices, directional gun shots and footsteps live. Too many headsets aimed at gamers push the bass and forget this! Whilst there is sound leakage, it is not so bad that everyone in the house will shout at you, and this actually helps keep the highs clearer.
The microphone is noise cancelling, meaning it tries to clean out the background noise and only send your voice to others. In practice, it worked pretty well. With the TV on loud in the background, other players reported on slight interference when I spoke to them, again for the price this is really good.
The lead to the jacks has two simple controls, a dial for volume and a switch to mute the mic. Really that is all you need, but it felt a little flimsy – a small issue though. The lead is a good length (at 3 Meters), ending in two 3.5mm gold plated jacks.
The Tt eSports Shock represents good value for gamers who just want a sturdy headset that delivers quality over quantity of features. Whilst it was uncomfortable at the start, after some usage it became more than acceptable and continually impressed me with the audio quality it delivered.
If you are on a budget, but want to get a little taste of what the pros are using, I can heartily recommend getting your hands on the Shock.
|CONNECTOR||3.5MM PLUG X2|
|DRIVER UNIT (MM)||40MM|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20HZ ~ 20 KHZ|
|SENSITIVITY||114 ± 3DB|
|CABLE LENGTH||3 METERS|
|3.5 MM GOLD PLUG||YES|
|EXTERNAL IN-LINE CONTROLLER||YES|
|MIC NOISE CANCELLING||YES|
|MIC SENSITIVITY||-45 ± 3DB|
|MIC FREQUENCY||100HZ ~ 10 KHZ|
|MIC IMPEDANCE||2.2K OHM|
|OTHER FEATURES||– CHOOSEN BETWEEN WHITE OR BLACK
– FOLDABLE DESIGN
– INNOVATIVE NOISE CANCELLING MICROPHONE
– ENHANCED BASS PERFORMANCE