For the longest time, I ignored gaming headsets. I thought to myself, “I don’t need one.” When 1byone reached out to me about their $46 gaming headset, I was super excited to get my hands on it. I’ve never had a gaming headset before, so this was the perfect opportunity!
Features & Functionality
This is a USB headset for Windows and PS4. It boasts 7.1 virtual surround sound technology, and features a retractable mic. Included in the box, you get a CD with a driver installer, which is required for the headset to run. The software is.. crappy (as you can see in the screenshot below). It’s a complicated interface, and I often fight with the settings trying to get things to work. The actual mic sounds really solid, with it being slightly muffled. I do like that this mic favors low end, something other headsets (such as the Razer Kraken Pro) fail to do. The speakers sound decent, and to be totally honest, I don’t get what this “7.1 virtual surround sound” hype is all about. These speakers sound alright, and they sound like speakers.. I legitimately didn’t notice a difference from regular music headphones.
I’ll get right to it: this is not a pretty headset. It has some promising aspects, such as the braided cable and LED lighting, but the suspension system and chunky remote kill the look. This product definitely puts functionality first (which I think is a positive), so you won’t have that “pro gamer” look you might get with the Kraken Pro.
I don’t normally do a category about comfort, but for gaming, this is a must. This headset features a moderate comfort level, and it’s wonderful for about an hour. After that, I notice the inside of the ear cups begin to press on my ears in an uncomfortable way. The suspension system is extremely comfortable on the head, and I have no complaints there. Overall, this headset will be sure to keep you comfortable when you’re pwning n00bs in Minecraft.
The Major Issue: Ground Noise
Up to this point, I would absolutely recommend this headset to everyone, but here is where the problem arises: the headset features an unacceptable amount of USB ground noise. What’s USB ground noise? I’m not an electrician, so I don’t know the technical reason behind it, but it’s an annoying, unavoidable ringing sound. I tried the headset with other computers to ensure it wasn’t my computer causing the problem, and the same noise was still there. This noise is loud enough to where it’s irritating to viewers of your stream (or your friends if you’re on a call). For a full test of what the mic sounds like, and to hear the USB ground noise, please view the video below.
So, Yay or Nay?
As usual, the answer is “it depends.” If you’re looking for a solid gaming headset for casual gaming, I would definitely recommend the 1byone gaming headset. If you an intermediate or semi-professional gamer, I can’t recommend this (due to the USB ground noise). If you’re looking for the best quality, there are other better options (available at a much higher price, I might add).