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.
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).
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.