This is a review of gaming headphones I’ve owned over the years. I started acquiring them around the time Starcraft 2 was released. By no means do you need a pair of headphones to play Starcraft 2, but like many online video games having a headset to communicate with your teammates increases the fun factor.
When I bought the G330s I was looking for a fairly cheap solution that would fill my needs while providing comfort and style. I didn’t know very much about gaming brands at the time and I had always bought Logitech products like mice and keyboards. After some research I decided on the G330s. I’ve liked the behind the neck style for a while and appreciated the fact that it can be connected via USB or 3.5mm inputs.
To my surprise the audio quality is anything but cheap. The small speakers provide an unexpected level of lows. The mic picks up my speech clearly and I’ve never had a problem with it. The behind the neck style is comfortable for short to medium stretches but you’ll want to flex your ears every hour or so or you’ll feel the strain. This isn’t so much of a design flaw as it is something you can get used to. Overall I’ve been very satisfied with the G330s and still use them on my secondary machine. I’ve even recommended them to a friend and he is quite happy with them as well.
When I started looking for a higher end solution I still wanted to go with the tried and true Logitech brand. This time I was looking for a noise canceling design and perhaps wireless capabilities. The G930s are not cheap but they have gone on sale a few times.
The sound quality of these are great and they feature 7.1 surround sound for those of you who play shooters. The programmable buttons are frills that I don’t really use but the volume scroll is very convenient. I also like that the mic automatically switches to mute when you fold it up. My only issue with the mic is that it can pick up some interference, that I’m assuming is because it is wireless.
They are very comfortable yet a little too heavy because of the battery and on-ear controls. They would definitely fit better on someone with a wider skull. My head is rather slim so because of the weight they can slide off on the tightest setting if I bend over or lean back.
The battery life has been very good to me. I don’t charge them every time I use them and they’ve only died on me during a game once. The USB charging cable is connected to a convenient spool that can help with cable management.
Overall they are a good set of headphones with minor issues with the mic and the fit if you have a small head.
Steel Series Siberia V2
After realizing my issues with the G930s I finally knew what I really wanted. A pair of circumaural(around the ear) headphones that are comfortable with little to no frills. After doing a lot of research on actual gaming brands I chose the Siberia V2. The self suspending design was the selling point for me. This allows them to have a snug fit while absorbing some of the weight.
They are truly a very comfortable pair of headphones with great sound depth. You can honestly wear these for hours. The retractable mic seems a little flimsy but I haven’t had any problems with it. They also come with a cable extension which most gamers will feel is convenient, however I wish they would have come with a USB adapter as well.
Overall, these are the best headphones I have owned even though I haven’t honestly tried that many. This review is more about finding out what you want in a pair of headphones and the journey I took to finding out what personally mattered to me in the end.