For the last couple of weeks I have been playing with Kingston’s HyperX Gaming headset. Based on Siberia v2 design the headset is designed for gamers. The first thing you notice is the striking metallic blue finish of the headphones with black pads and cables, you certainly will be noticed when using them. The cable has a built in volume control and a microphone mute switch, the standard cable is 1 meter and in the box there is a 2m extension cable. The headset has a nice solid construction which feel like they would last been taken on an off plenty of times. The cups are very well padded making them very comfortable and it has adjustable bands to fit to your required size.
Obviously the main thing is the sound quality and I found these headphones had a very rich sound, they are not specifically noise cancelling headphones they do block out background noise and give you an immersive sound. You can easily be lost in a game and not hear someone coming up to talk to you. The sound quality is not at the high end like some of the other HiFi headphones I have reviewed in the past but do they do have a very nice sound. There is a retractable mic built in to the headset that can be used for gaming or for Skype calls, when you don’t need the mic you can retract it back in the headphone which is great for when you just using it for listening to music or watching a film. The microphone works very well, it’s no match for of a separate microphone but does the job for talking or shouting abuse during a game.
Over the last couple of weeks I have been using headset for listening to music and for Skype calls, they are very combatable even for with prolonged use. The retractable mic is a great idea as my other headset the mic boom gets in the way when it’s not needed. There are two 3.5mm jacks, one for the headphones and one for the microphone which works great with PCs that have separate ports on it but on my notebook and Surface RT there is only one audio port so I couldn’t use the microphone. Many headsets have a USB connection which means you can only use them with a PC but at least with these you can use them many different devices.