This article first appeared in HWM Jan 2012.
With e-sports gaining rapid popularity and gaming in general being accepted as a strong entertainment market, makers of computer peripherals find themselves in the midst of a market rife with potential. TT Esports is the brand that Thermaltake applies to their gaming peripherals, introducing a new gaming headset, the Shock One, to titillate our senses.
The headset makes all the right noises with respect to its specifications and product category. Its 40mm drivers and 20Hz to 20,000Hz frequency response are standard when compared with other gaming headsets. For those who prefer to communicate with team-mates when playing in multiplayer mode, a bi-directional microphone is also provided.
Before launching into how the TT Esports Shock One performed, it is important to remember that the manufacturer intended the product to be used in tandem with games. We tested it out with a number of titles and it performed quite well. With Battlefield 3 for example, the explosions sounded realistic and the surround sound capabilities were up to the mark. In general, we found that the Shock One’s performance peaked when paired with first person shooter styled games.
However, the gaming headset’s leaning towards emphasizing bass performance (i.e. explosions) over all else makes it less suitable for other pursuits. Its tonal characteristics result in most music tracks sounding lethargic and sluggish. The same holds true for movie dialogue. While the audio performance would be palatable to those who prefer a bass heavy sound, we found that the Shock One did not do justice to most of the music we tested it out with when viewed as a neutral.
If you do intend to use the Shock One primarily for gaming, you will not be disappointed. We also found it to be one of the more comfortable headsets tested in this class of products. Though the fit was a bit snug, that could be attributed to the fact that our review unit had yet to be worn in. In addition, the ear cups were sufficiently large to provide comfort and we did not experience much discomfort even after extended use, which was a welcome surprise.
Costing S$179, the Shock One provides a way for you to game into the wee hours of the night without disturbing anyone else who happens to be in the vicinity.