Gadgets 62

Published on November 14th, 2005 | by Greg


Headset for Pros- Gamers Rejoice!

Detachable, adjustable headband? Check. Pull-out microphone? Check. USB adapter, ensuring trouble-free connection to Macs and PCs, Windows 98/ME/XP/2000? Check.

Some headsets try to make artificial 5.1 sound- the SteelSound 5H ups the volume, offering virtual 7.1 surround. Extra-large earphones handled a range of audio, from quiet breathing to loud explosions. We never experienced any hisses, crackles, pops, or feedback as you can sometimes when using headsets.

The microphone isn’t the best, but is perfect for Roger Wilco or other in-game communication. The pull-out feature seems gimmicky, but turns out to be very useful, especially when trying to avoid tangling any cords or wires. Also, the mic is adjustable, so you can bend it closer or farther depending on your taste.

The cord is extra-long, the headset is fairly comfortable (though just a tad heavy), and the software is easy to use (though not as configurable as some other high-end headsets). Bottom line: if you play a lot of games and don’t want to wake up your neighbors or significant other, you need a headset- and the Steelsound 5H is one of the best, even considering the $139 price tag. Bonus for LAN gamers- it breaks down easily into a very portable 3-piece set.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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