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the world of gaming headsets, there are virtually unlimited choices. From high-end audio solutions for professional gaming to basic rigs for gaming with friends, there are literally hundreds of options. But what do you really need for gaming?
In short, it depends on what type of game you’re playing. Most multiplayer games rely on communication between teammates. For most gamers, this is going to mean a crisp, clear mic, and earphones that perform well on vocal frequencies. This is just common sense. For single-player games, a sense of space is what separates a good headset from a mediocre one. Many games, particularly survival horror and puzzle games, rely on subtle audio cues to improve gameplay. To get the most out of these games, you’ll want a headset with surround sound.
Today, we’ll examine two of the hottest gaming headsets on the market: the RUNMUS K3, and the Beexcellent Gaming Headset. Each one offers its own unique features and benefits. So regardless of what type of game you prefer, one of theme is sure to fit the bill. If you’d like to see even more headset options, check out our Corsair HS-series review. There, we looked at three of Corsair’s latest offerings.
The RUNMUS K3 is a chunky, 1.17-pound headset that’s built for long gaming sessions. The headband is generously padded, with a faux leather finish that’s easy on your eyes as well as your head. In addition to being well-padded, it’s also adjustable. Both ear cups can be independently extended from the main frame, which ensures a comfortable fit on most faces. The ear cups themselves have a composite construction that provides the best of both worlds. The inner surfaces are a soft, breathable mesh that allows for plenty of air flow. The outer padding is made of memory foam, which conforms perfectly to your face and provides a secure seal. As a result, the K3 doesn’t cause any pressure points or discomfort, even during a marathon session.
The ear cups are attached to the head band by sturdy aluminum frames. They pivot 180 degrees, which further improves the fit. The microphone boom is also well constructed. It has a ribbed, gooseneck design that can be adjusted to just about any position. On the end, the microphone is covered by a soft foam baffle. This improves the clarity of your voice, as well as keeping your mic clean.
The K3 can be connected in two different ways. The default connection uses a 3.5mm plug, which is compatible with the widest variety of systems. You can use it with your PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One. Keep in mind that first generation Xbox One controllers will require an adapter for the 3.5mm plug. Newer Xbox One controllers will work just fine without any faffing about with adapters.
Alternatively, you can use the included USB dongle. This will only be useful for connecting your K3 to your PC. However, it will allow for 2 extra features that the 3.5mm jack doesn’t offer. First, it will allow you to take advantage of the K3’s 7.1-channel simulated surround sound. We’ll talk more about that in a second. But secondly, a USB connection is required to power the built-in RGB lighting. Admittedly, this is purely a cosmetic feature. But it looks super cool when the RUNMUS logo is lit up on both of the ear cups.
The RUNMUS K3 has 50mm audio drivers, which are slightly larger than your average headset driver. These drivers provide better sound than you would get from a standard set of earbuds. In particular, you’ll appreciate the bass response. It’s punchier and more powerful than you’ll get from tiny earbud drivers. This is particularly evident in horror and suspense games, where ominous rumbles foreshadow impending danger. Now, take all of this with a grain of salt. While the K3 outperforms any earbuds on the market, it doesn’t replace a set of studio headphones. This is to be expected, since headsets have to balance more features than true headphones.
Still, you’re still going to get much better sound than even your average headset. The K3 offers 7.1-channel surround sound for an excellent sense of space. In any game genre, you’ll know where your enemies – and your friends – are located. Keep in mind that this feature only works on PC, with the USB dongle attached. Console gamers will be limited to the standard 2-channel surround sound. On PC or console, the active noise cancellation is powerful. It blocks out virtually any background noise, so you can give your game 100 percent of your attention. That said, it’s actually too powerful in some cases. It makes it hard to hear yourself when you’re in a party chat.
The K3’s microphone also offers noise cancellation. This ensures that other players will be able to hear you clearly, without any interference from background noise. As a result, you’ll be able to communicate well with your teammates without any trouble. The K3 comes with a 12-month manufacturer’s warranty. If there are any unexpected issues, all you have to do is send it back for a refund.