Venom 7.1 Surround Sound Headset – Hardware Review
Our Review of the Venom 7.1 Surround Sound Headset
It was not too long ago that I was recently talking with someone regarding getting a new headset. With Black Friday just been, I had been looking around to upgrade from my old headset which I`ve had a while. Over the past few days, I`ve had the chance to review a headset (They must have known) and it comes from Venom Gaming, and their 7.1 Surround Sound Maurader headset. Sounds like something quite impressive, but is it going to sound impressive? For a budget headset (Under £50), it`s not bad at all.
Let’s start from the beginning and from the off you`ll notice that the headset as a black and red colour scheme to it (Which are the house colours for Venom Gaming) and although the plastic isn’t as high quality you would find with some of the more pricier headsets, it does sit and feel quite nice when it is on. It is adjustable so depending on how big your head is you will be able to change it so it sits quite snuggly. I liked how it felt and sits comfortably.
In the box you get a number of accessories that you can use, and with it being a universal headset (Which means that you can use it across PlayStation and Xbox devices) it already does feel like a good set to invest in if you want something you can use across a number of devices.
However, be warned when it comes to the setup, because this is where it starts to get messy. Firstly, there is no set instructions in the box the headset comes with, and all you get is a card that has Venom`s website on and on there is an instructions guide. Not so much an issue for me, but I`d have like to have seen at least a setup card or something along that nature in the box. It does take a bit of time to work out how to get things set up but once it is all connected it isn’t too bad. Be aware though that if you sit far away from your Xbox (Say on a sofa for example) then this isn’t going to be a headset for you I`m afraid, and that`s because the wires are quite short. It wasn’t so much a huge issue for me as I sit quite close to my screen so other than having wires dangling around (Which I can deal with – Still not ideal but I can deal with) then it isn’t a huge problem but if you sit far away, forget it.
When you are using the headset, you have complete control over what you want to hear. There is a volume control just below the headset which you can play around with as you decide whether you want to hear the in-game volume or if you want to hear party chat more, it`s completely up to you. It`s nice being able to do it this way without having to go into the Xbox settings to change (Not that this is a huge issue but it’s always nice to do it a quicker way) and set it up to how you see fit. On the box that the cables all feed into (Watch the video for a better run-through) there is the option to turn on a 3D option, which is a more immersive experience. You can toggle this on and off and you`ll know if the 3D option is enabled as the LED on the box will be a different colour. It`s a lot more immersive and I found myself leaving it on near enough all the time.
I spent a good few hours playing through Call of Duty WW2 with the headset on, and it sounds quite good. You have to remember that it`s not going to be premium sound at the price it retails at, but it is a very good headset and does feel good. Being able to hear the gunshots and people sneaking up on me helped my game a lot. You can turn this up and down to how you see fit.
The Maurader Headset is a good budget headset that can be brought for under £50. For the price it is it isn’t bad at all. But don’t be expecting anything premium in this setup. For some people this is going to be a bit of a nightmare to set up and some people are not going to like all the wires dangling around, and some people won’t be able to use it at all without moving closer to their screen. That`s because the cables that feed from the headset are not changeable.
At the price it is a good headset, but some may want to spend a little bit more money and go for something that is a bit more premium and better and easier.
Product: Venom Maurader 7.1 Surround Sound Headset
Manufacturers: Venom Gaming
Price: £39.99 (Amazon UK)
Review headset provided by Little Big PR.