Gaming headsets are a dime a dozen, in every shape and configuration you can think of, but what separates the good stuff from the great stuff? we give Sennheiser’s Game Zero headset to find out if it’s got everything we could hope for in a gaming headset.
Sennheiser’s Game Zero headset is just one out of a handful of gaming headsets they’ve released this year, but it’s the top of their current line.
Out of the box, you’ll likely notice that it has humongous cans. I’m more used to over ear headsets (or on ear in some cases) but these are so big they pretty much eat a portion of my head with room to spare.
As far as comfort is concerned, the headset is pretty comfortable, and the clamp isn’t too strong. Perfect for those long gaming sessions, and due to it being so wide, I didn’t get any sweaty ears while it was in use.
It also has a nice carrying case, where you will find two pairs of cables with the longer 3m one splitting to a mic and audio jack for those using a PC, with a shorter 1.2m one with a regular old 3.5mm jack at the end for console gamers.
However, one mind boggling thing about the Game Zero is the fact that it’s top of the range of Sennheiser’s available gaming headsets but it doesn’t come with a USB connection. Instead, it comes with aforementioned traditional audio jack, which makes it hard to use for laptop users if they don’t have a dedicated mic jack. If you’re a regular PC or console user you’ll be just fine though.
As far as the build is concerned, it’s pretty solid but I’m not a fan of the plasticky, glossy outer shell. I’m more used to seeing headsets sport a matte look so this sadly makes the headset look a little cheap. It makes up for this in terms of functionality though. For starters, the adjustable flip up mic was an auto mute function that clicks off when flipped up, and it has a volume control dial on one of the cans.
As far as the mic quality is concerned, it’s really good. It was very clear and despite there being someone playing rather loudly on the office PS4 while I was testing it, it didn’t capture any of the excess noise at all, I’m impressed. But the audio quality, on the other hand, isn’t exactly fantastic. The Game Zero doesn’t come with any active noise cancellation (it does block some sound but it’s nowhere near perfect) and the bass is weirdly lacking.
I tested it against the Sennheiser GSP 350 and honestly, it sounded better than the Game Zero, albeit both have very similar mic recording quality. If you’re an audiophile this headset probably won’t appeal to you much, but for the average gamer, it’s still alright because it’s still pretty clear and it certainly doesn’t mince notes.
Coming in at RM 1290, its a wee bit expensive for a gaming headset. Granted it’s convenient but it’s not entirely worth it if you’re looking for great audio as it’s just above average in that department. The mic’s fantastic though, and it still does what it says on the tin so it just boils down to how much you’re willing to spend for a gaming headset, but the Sennheiser GSP 350 is a great alternative if you’re not able to pick up the Game Zero due to its price tag.
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