Manufacturer: Element Gaming
A new-comer to the PC peripherals market, Element Gaming certainly seems to have hit the ground running with their stylish range of gaming devices. The company offers a range of peripherals, from Mice through keyboards to gaming chairs and I highly recommend giving their website a look-see.
I have recently acquired their lowest-price gaming headset, the Neon 300, which at around twenty-five pounds for full 7.1 Simulated output is already off to a great start. Add to this the fact that the headphones look and feel like a premium priced product and the situation improves further.
One of my favourite elements of the headset’s design is that the USB cable is a good thickness and made of a sturdy nylon finish rather than the usual plastic. Added to this, a rubber cable tidy is attached to the cable helping reduce the amount of cable-mess around the computer area.
The headphones have a soft leather padding which is comfortable and remains so after prolonged use. In fact, I found the Neon 300 to be far more comfortable than any other set of headphones I’ve worn. The leather is far superior to the usual foam in this regard. The headband is also fully padded and adjustable meaning the Neon 300 should fit gamers of all head-sizes. The padding also serves as an effective noise-reduction aid which is an aid to concentration when gaming, minimising distractions from the external environment.
If you’re after a bit of flare from your headset, then look no further. The Neon 300 features a cycling light system on the outside of each ear phone. I couldn’t find a way to set the light to a single, constantly on colour (I tend to have a green glow from my gaming peripherals), but the lights can be turned off completely at the press of a button.
The button in question is in the centre of the control box which is located on the cable. The control box is well laid out – two mute buttons (one for the input and one for the microphone) are located in the bottom corners and volume controls in the top. The box itself is robust and seems like it can take being knocked about somewhat by a careless owner.
Moving on to more important factors, the Neon 300’s audio output is great quality. The 7.1 simulated sound works well – sounds from games seeming to come from the correct position around the gamer’s head. The base level is not adjustable but at a level that the cracks of rifle fire, for example, have the desired impact. The thick leather padding reduces external noise as well, allowing for increased immersion in the game world.
Element Gaming list “sensitive microphone” as a feature of the Neon 300. They do not exaggerate. As a test, I fired up the audio recording / editing software I use and recorded a few seconds of me speaking just above a whisper. Listening to the playback, the mic had picked up everything I said clearly. Indeed, even the sound of my finger clicking the mouse could be heard. A gamer with this headset should hear no complaints aimed at them about not being heard!
Overall, I am extremely impressed with the Neon 300. At its price point it is a very impressive piece of kit. The lights on the headsets may not be to everyone’s tastes (they are not particularly to mine!) but they can easily be turned off. The set is comfortable, robust and does exactly what it needs to – plays great quality audio and picks up sound really well.
You can check out this headset, and the company’s other offerings over at www.elementgaming.com.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
GS Blogger: WedgeDoc