I’ve done a two previous posts on here about gaming headsets, one of them being a first post on the website if you want to go back and have a look, here. Today I’m going to do an updated review on my headsets as my collection has grown by another one and I’ve also had a chance to use my Xbox headset more so I can let you know how they have been since the last post, here.
Astro A40’s – A year later
My Astro’s are the headset I primarily recommend to people when they ask what headset to buy, the pair I have are now over a year old, I purchased them last January so I’ve had a really good chance to ‘get to know’ them.
I previously mentioned how I broke them, and that dropping these from approx 3ft or higher is likely to cause cosmetic damage and internal damage, unfortunately mine snapped on the ear but with super glue, I was able to mend them back to some what new, however the fall impacted one of the microphone slots, but thankfully there is one on either side so I am able to use them as normal. This being said, they are still my favorite most used headset of mine, they are the comfiest in terms of ear pain and top of head pain, I get absolutely none, they’re what I liked to describe as fluffy ear clouds.
If you want to find out more about my Astro experience visit the post I mentioned above for a more technical run down.
Xbox One Official Headset – 3 Months later
This particular pair are on the cheaper side of things at half the price of most leading brands but from my experience with them they are what you want in a headset for a smaller price. They are durable, they have no extra bits and bobs here and there you’re likely to damage like my Astros.
They are still in mint condition from when i got the, and haven’t worn in anyway, they’re comfortable on my ears and I can wear them for a long period of time before my ears get sore and also don’t lay too heavy on my head. As far as sound quality goes you can’t fault them, they have a crisp, clear sound and I always use Fallout 4 to test my headsets during Rad Storms as they’re a great way to test the surround and crispness. Over all these are still one of the best headsets on the market and their price makes them even more worth the pennies!
Razer Kraken Chroma 7.1
The newest editions to the family are the Razer Krakens, bought in the sale at the very last minute before they sold out and went back up to RRP, they’re an absolute steal for the price which was originally £109 down to £64 in Argos.
With a 7.1 virtual surround, you are getting an absolute corker of a headset.They deliver you an immersive experience which enhances your aural situational awareness. Perfect for games like Rainbow Six Siege where you need to be aware of your surroundings, footsteps and explosions. The noise cancelling is another great feature with this headset and I can assure you they really do cancel out noise.
From what I’ve experienced so far they are fairly durable, I can’t say too much on that front as I’ve not had an experience like with my Astros where they were dropped. However from the feel of the aluminium body, they feel pretty solid to me. They also have color changing Razer logos on both sides and a bendy slide out mic which is perfect as it’s not easy to snap/break. This particular headset is a USB wired set, giving you optimum sound.
As for how comfortable these are, they don’t win over the Astro’s for me, they lay a little heavy on the head and do push my ears a little too tightly but I am quite fussy when it comes to how comfortable a headset is so I pick up on the pressure they put on my head and ears a little quickly.
Overall these are probably the best of the three performance wise, the sound is out of this world and the mic is more crisp and clear when recording game play videos, I have used my Astro’s for this in the past and the Krakens beat the mic quality by a mile. So for around the same price as a pair of Astros you can have the Kraken Chromas and if you’re happy with wired and USB then this is the headset to buy!
I hope you found this post useful, let me know what headset you use in the comments, we are always interested to know what you guys think. See you in the next post!