I’ve seen other products from 1byone, but only recently have I realized they make some gaming accessories. After trying out this 7.1 virtual surround sound headset, I’m actually pretty excited to see what else they have coming out. Gaming headsets can be pretty expensive, with most virtual surround sound pairs coming it at nearly $100. With this one less than half that cost ($46 on Amazon – see link below), it’s almost impossible to pass them up.
The unit offers attractive LED lighting, in-line controls for volume, microphone, and light, and a comfortable design. It should fit anyone from people with smaller heads, to even the largest. The ear cups are a good size, and fit perfectly well over my ears. Though there is no active noise cancelling, they do a great job of muffling sounds around you. The microphone works great, and the provided software gives some fun options for built-in voice changing (monster voice, cartoon, male and female).
The cable has a braided cover, and all the in-line parts seem to be very solid and not prone to breaking. The ear cups are a soft faux leather, and seem deep enough to accommodate larger ears. The construction of the headband is solid, with the increasingly common two-layer style. You have the stiffer supporting structure above, with the softer band that comes in contact with your head below it. Overall it felt very comfortable.
The microphone is good, though I would have personally preferred a longer arm. The lit red LED on the end turns off when you mute the mic. So, if you position it in your periphery, you will be able to visually see if your microphone is on or not. It’s a neat little feature most similar headsets lack. The sound quality is good, though I did have to max the input volume and enable the microphone boost in the provided software. Tests in Audigy didn’t produce any abnormal background sound, and the microphone came through clearly.
The sound it offers is great across all ranges. There is sufficiently booming bass, while the mid and high ranges remain clear and crisp. When testing the unit, it’s hard to find anything negative to say about it. The virtual surround is really good, though obviously not quite matching up to the real deal. But considering the price point, this is probably as good as you can get. I would recommend this to anyone considering a gaming headset, who doesn’t want to shell out the $100 for a brand name pair.
Final Score: 4.5/5
While the 1byone Virtual Surround Gaming Headset isn’t the absolute best in gaming headsets, it does offer an almost unbeatable value in its category. Only a few minor qualities prevent this from being a complete homerun. And considering this is the first entry for the company into the gaming accessory market, I’m excited to see what they come up with next.
1byone 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset: $45.99 Amazon.com