Competitors can solely be a great factor, particularly once you’re premium PC goodies like wi-fi gaming headsets. Historically once you take the cables away from a great set of headphones that may jack up the worth significantly. So, having one other participant within the sport, means extra competitors, and hopefully decrease costs in consequence.
And Victrix is an organization born of competitors, a younger firm whose fundamental intention has been to create the very best esports peripherals for skilled players, and streamers who need individuals to suppose they’re professionals.
Its current Gambit vary is an try and distil the extra high-end Professional AF equipment into an inexpensive kind you possibly can take residence. With the Gambit wireless gaming headset which means utilizing the identical 50mm drivers because the pricier pair, however utilizing barely cheaper supplies within the headband and ear cups. So, no gradual return reminiscence foam right here.
The tip result’s a headset that has the design notes of the Professional AF—and the audio, too—however has a essentially cheaper feel and appear. Nonetheless, even with a battery baked into the design to allow its wi-fi connection, that each one makes the Gambit a lighter set.
Frequency vary: 20Hz – 20,000Hz
Driver measurement: 50mm
Working precept: Closed again
Connection: USB dongle wi-fi, 3.5mm cable wired
Battery life: 16+ hours
Its esports DNA will be seen within the sport/chat audio management and on-ear quantity dial, and the flip-to-mute mic additionally speaks to that heritage. That, and its extra console oriented leanings, too. This can be a licensed PlayStation and Xbox product, however y’know, that additionally means it will probably work with out subject on the PC.
That is to not say there aren’t some oddities with regards to PC gaming, or simply PC use normally. My system sees it as Xbox controller headphones, and defers to that the moment you flip it on and hook as much as the USB wi-fi dongle. It is also fortunate there is a quantity dial on the ear cup as a result of my system’s quantity management was not enjoying ball except I ducked into the amount mixer (frustratingly hidden in Home windows 11) and adjusted the precise app quantity.
In terms of the audio of the Gambit, they sound fairly good. I might say they’re just a little high heavy for my tastes, making some issues sound just a little overly spikey to my ears. There’s a first rate degree of bass, as you’d count on from a set of particularly gaming headphones, and that works in-game. They’re additionally comparatively detailed of their sound copy, making positional cues clear once you’re stalking across the battlefield in, properly, Battlefield.
However as quickly as I flip again to my customary Razer Blackshark V2 Professional, one of many best wireless gaming headsets round, the distinction in high quality is stark. The audio is much richer in Razer’s redesigned driver and driver chamber combo, maybe displaying that the precise sound is not essentially one thing that is key to Victrix’s ambition as a gaming headset producer. In addition they really feel rather a lot nicer clamped to my cranium, too.
The wi-fi connection is strong and responsive, and the 16 hour battery life is welcome, if nothing to actually write residence about. However I do discover it odd that there is not any power-saving characteristic that cuts in and shuts off the headset when it isn’t getting used. I’ve chewed by all the battery by forgetting to show it off, and there is seemingly no solution to verify how a lot cost is left aside from a low battery tone when it is near empty.
The Razer set is nominally far dearer, with an MSRP of $180, however this lengthy after the preliminary launch the Blackshark V2 Professional is just about all the time on sale. Proper now it is some $150, but it surely’s been as little as the $130 the Gambit retails for, and I do know for sure which I might moderately have cuddling my ears.
Plus, I am a snob and if I used to be paying over $100 for a gaming headset I might need it to look sharper than the Gambit. The scarf feels strong, and sturdy, however I can not assist however really feel the plastic body makes it look a bit low-cost. The peephole for the coiled purple cable is a nod to the better-looking uncovered metallic/floating cable seems to be of the Professional AF headset, however simply kinda seems to be odd on this design. And whereas I am speaking design, whereas I like a bodily quantity management, the fiddly dial on the Gambit makes it awkward to pay money for whereas I am in the midst of a match.
It is robust, as a result of I do not actually have something in opposition to the Victrix Gambit; the audio’s effective if unspectacular, and I do love ditching the cable. It is simply there are comfortably higher wi-fi gaming headsets for comparable cash. If the Gambit had been a $60 set of cans then yeah, I might be fortunately recommending it as an okay-sounding headset with responsive wi-fi chops, however at this value I might recommend you look elsewhere.