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Today, I have the Venom Vibration XT+ Headset for review.  The XT+ is a step up from the XT model, and has added support for the PlayStation 4 console.  As well as working with the PS4, you can also use it with the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Mac.

First up, the packaging.  The front of the box has a half and half design going on.  The left side of the box has the Venom logo, the name of the headset, and a short bit of text informing you about the vibration technology that is included.  The right hand side of the front of the box gives you a view of one side of the headset through a clear plastic window.  Under this window there is a list of the platforms that this headset can be used with.  The back of the box lists several pieces of information related to the headset, including the fact that the headset boasts 40mm drivers, as well as the 3.85 metre cable.  At the bottom of the rear of the box there are a couple of diagrams showing how to quickly set up the headset for both component and HDMI cables.

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The headset itself is securely transported in a clear plastic insert.  The first thing I noticed when removing the headset from the box is how light the headset is.  It has a nicely padded, fully adjustable, Venom branded headband, padded earcups which both have the Venom logo, and the generous 3.85 metre cable. The cable contains the inline volume controls, the USB connector, component cable adapters, and the 2.5mm plug for the Xbox 360 controllers.  Also included in the box is a detachable microphone for the headset, and a user manual.

Connecting the headset up to your platform of choice is reasonably straightforward, especially if you are familiar with setting up headsets previously.  If you do get stuck, the included user manual is helpful as far as getting you up and running.

I don’t have a PS4 so was unable to test it with that console, but I did put it through its paces on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.  The headset vibration feature is something that worked surprisingly well and being able to control the amount of vibration using the dedicated switch on the inline control was a nice touch.  The vibration made all the difference during game play with the 30mm vibration speakers – it was as if it was bringing the game to life that little bit more.  Also included on the inline control box was the mic mute switch, and the volume controls for both chat and game volumes.  Having dedicated game and chat volume control is always a nice bonus because there is nothing worse than not being able to hear chat over the game volume.  The sound quality was very impressive for both game and chat on all platforms, and I was informed that my voice was nice and clear and there were no reports of any feedback or distortion.  Having the logo on each earcup illuminate in an eye catching red colour when in use just added to the list of nice touches that this headset contains.

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The XT+ headset was a pleasure to wear for prolonged gaming periods.  The padded headband and earcups definitely played a large role in the comfort department, as did the fact that the headset is nice and light.  I don’t have massive ears and did not encounter any discomfort during long sessions.  I cannot comment as to how comfortable the headset would be for people with larger ears, though I doubt there would be an issue, if I am honest.

Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with the Venom XT+ Headset.  It provides comfort, it adds to the game playing experience, and the fact that you can use it on your choice of platform (all except the Xbox One) is a bonus.  The vibration features adds an extra level to the game that you are playing and having the option to increase and decrease the level of vibration means that it isn’t something that is forced on you.  For the price you pay (£32.99 GBP) and the fact that you can use it on your choice of platform, this is a headset that I would highly recommend.

TeckNet provide gamers with affordable, high quality gaming accessories.  Their gaming range covers every angle of peripherals that gamers could want and need to have a decent game session.  From that range, today I have the 7.1 Channel Surround Sound Gaming Headset.

My eye was instantly drawn to the packaging of the headset.  The striking red and black design on the box really does go very well with the headset colour scheme.  Also on the box, along with the image of the headset, is other information.  This includes the Multi-Function In-Line Controller, to the Ergonomic Leather Earpads.  On the side of the box is an image of the in-line control along with a list of features.  The rear of the box shows a list of product specifications.

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The headset itself is secured in a plastic inlay inside the box.  After removing it from the box, you are greeted with a view of the headset and the in-line controller.  The headset feels very sturdy and well made, as does the in-line control box.  The top of the headband is made from a rubber material and the padding on the inside of the headband is very soft and seems as if it will provide extreme comfort during use.  The rubber material that is used for the headband actually makes the headband extremely flexible which in my experience, is never a bad thing.  The earpads have a very soft padding that feels as if it will add to the comfort factor.  The outside of the earpads both sport the headset logo, as well as the SOMIC branding.  Also on each earpad is a total of 6 red lights – 3 on each side.  The rotating, noise cancelling mic is located on the left side of the headset and also feels very well made, as well as very durable.  Coming down from the left earpad is a red rubberised USB cable which houses the in-line controls, which consist of the volume controls, and two mute buttons – one for the headset, and one for the mic.  Lastly, there is the user manual, and software & driver CD.

When it comes to setting the headset up, it’s pretty straightforward.  I connected the headset up to my PC via the USB cable and installed the provided drivers and software, and was ready to go.

Firstly, I wanted to try out the mic using Mumble.  I was told that my voice was coming through loud and very clear.  In return, I could hear everybody else very clearly.  Next up, I entered a game of World of Tanks to see what the game sound quality was like.  I could instantly hear the difference in the game sound compared to my previous headset.  All sounds were coming through crisp and clear, with an ample amount of bass.  The bass was even more impressive when it came to hearing shots fired from other tanks in the game.  The in-line control box has LEDs that light up when the headset is plugged in, which I thought was a nice effect, especially when coupled with the lights on the earpads (6 on each ear).

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The bundled software gives you the ability to set up the virtual 7.1 surround sound effect by allowing you to reposition the virtual speakers so that the sound suits the action you are doing.  The software is very straightforward to use so should be able to be used by any and everyone.

This headset is not only decent for gaming.  I have used this headset for watching TV & movies, as well as listening to music.  The only slight issue I have come across is when I was watching TV using the headset.  I found the bass to be just a little bassy on select TV shows.  Aside from that, listening to music and watching movies, etc, using this headset is as much of a pleasure as it is using the headset for gaming.

Overall, I am VERY impressed with this headset, especially with the £19.99 GBP price tag.  I am not overly experienced when it comes to PC headsets, but when I compare the TeckNet 7.1 headset with the ones I have used and reviewed previously, I honestly think I would prefer to use this headset over others.  Obviously if you want to pay through the nose for a well known, branded headset, then the sound quality is more than likely going to improve, but personally, I have no issues using this £20 headset for an immersive and quality gaming session.

The Sandberg Play ‘n Go headset offers hands free and portable entertainment.  Hopefully it will be able to live up  to expectations.

The headset itself arrives in a see through packaging which allows you to see it in all its glory.  The front of the box shows us that the headset folds up to make carrying it easier and also that it has a detachable cable.  The back of the box lists some information about the headset.  This information is also listed in several different languages.

Removing the headset was reasonably easy once I had figured out how to undo the fastening on the top of the box – a users problem through, to be fair.  The headset itself is sat in a plastic sleeve to help keep it secure whilst packaged.  It is just a case of lifting it out once removed from the box.  Also in the box are the cables required for use with your phone and also for the PC. The 3.5 to 3.5mm jack cable measure in at around 160cm and the cable that plugs into the PC to connect the headset to measures in at roughly 70cm.

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The headset itself feels a bit on the light side but does feel well made.  The headband is fully adjustable and seems to be able to expand enough to fit larger heads.  The headband itself is nicely padded to offer comfort during use.  The ear cups are also well padded and fit over my ears very well.  The only slight issue I have is that after several uses, the headband looks as if it may be coming away from the padding.  You can see it slightly in the image above.   The silver sections on the side of the ear cups is a nice touch as it helps to break up the white colour scheme.  Wearing the headset for extended periods of time does not result in any discomfort either.  I think with the headset being so light (300g roughly) and also with the ear cups fitting over my ears so well, this helps keeps things comfortable.

Sound quality when using the headset for phone calls is very clear and crisp and I have been told that I can be heard clearly too.  Music wise, the sound quality is surprisingly good, especially when you consider the low pricing of this headset.  Using the headset on the PC is pretty straightforward.  Just plug-in the 3.5mm splitter cable into the relevant ports on the PC and plug-in the main cable to the extender cable.  It works fine with Skype and other voice chat programs, again with sound quality being great on both sides.

I really do like this headset.  With it being so lightweight and comfortable, as well as the great sound quality, it is well worth the price that you pay for it.  The only downside, as mentioned, is the slight separation between the headband and the padding.

Below is a list of gaming peripherals that would make awesome gifts and stocking fillers!

PC Gamer:
Definitely at the top of my list would be items from Razer. A company well known for the quality and usability of their products, there will be something for everyone. Below is a list of items that would kit out any gamers set-up.

Black Widow Ultimate Keyboard – Razer.com
Vespula Mouse Mat – Razer.com
Naga 2014  Mouse – Razer.com
Kraken 7.1 Headset – Razer.com

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All of the above have excellent reviews and would suit anyone, from a hardcore gamer, to someone who plays casually, male or female!

Console Gamer:
I think that Gioteck have the console side of gaming pretty much covered. From headsets to controllers, there is something to suit most people, and with their upcoming new range release, there is even more to choose from!

EX-05 headset (EX-05S coming soon) (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) – Gioteck.com
FR-1 Racing Wheel (PS3) – Gioteck.com
SC-1 controller (PS3) – Gioteck.com

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Gioteck also have a PS4 range hitting the shelves from November 29th, onwards.  The reviews for all of the above are great, and the prices are even better!

Kingston is a brand that is usually associated with products such as PC memory, SSD’s, and USB drives.  To celebrate 10 years of their HyperX range, they have teamed up with SteelSeries to release a limited edition HyperX version of the SteelSeries Siberia V2 Gaming Headset.  I was lucky enough to receive one of these headsets to review.

The box itself shows a clear view of the front of the metallic blue headset through the clear window.  It has both, the Kingston logo, as well as the SteelSeries logo.  You will also find a detailed list of just some of the headsets features, as well as the logos of the teams that are sponsored by SteelSeries and Kingston.  On one side of the box, you will see an image of one of the earcups, as well as an image of the retractable microphone.  You can see the same retractable microphone image on the other side of the box also.  On the back of the box you have a brief description of the collaboration between Kingston and SteelSeries, the specification list, as well as a few more images of the headset.  Lastly, on the top of the box, there is a HyperX 10 Years logo, and the game team logos again.

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On removing the headset from the box, the metallic blue colour scheme was the first thing that caught my eye.  Combining that with the Kingston HyperX branding that you will find in several locations on the headset, it all seems to work very well together.  The headset itself boasts a 1 meter, rubber coated cable that has two gold plated audio jacks on the end.  Also included is a 2 meter extension cable – also with gold plated audio jacks – that you connect the primary cable up to, to enable you to use the headset comfortably at your PC.  On the primary cable there is an inline audio control that can be used to control the volume of the headset, and can also be used to mute the microphone.  This inline control boasts the SteelSeries logo.

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The earcups themselves are 50mm driver units and are the nice metallic blue colour that was mentioned earlier and have a black mesh type design to the outside of the cup, complete with white HyperX branding.  The material used on the earcups themselves feels like a leather type material that is very soft and cushioned to touch.  On the inside of both cups, there is the white HyperX branding again.  On the bottom of the left earcup is where you will find the retractable microphone.  This is very well placed and pulls out without any exceeded force.  The microphone must be facing your mouth for you to be heard, which helps with background noise.  It is easily pushed back inside the headset again so that you can use the headset for music or movies without having the microphone being in the way.  The headband for the headset has two plastic coated metal rods that ensure stability of the headset.  The headband itself automatically adjusts to fit the head of the person who is wearing it by using elasticated metal cables instead of a manually adjustable mechanism.  The headband is a black leather type material with a soft underside and has the Kingston HyperX logo over the top.

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The headset itself is very easy on the eye.  The colour scheme works really well, and the headset is very comfortable to wear, even for long periods of time.  It feels very lightweight when you do have it on your head, and the option to have the microphone pushed back inside the headset when not in use is very welcomed.  The sound quality, no matter what you are doing, is pretty amazing.  You can hear every little sound when playing a game, and whether you are using the headset to watch tv or listen to music, you will not be disappointed.  When you put all of these points together with the price of around £69.00, depending on where you look, you really cannot go wrong with this headset!