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27-10-2014


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Gaming headset SPEEDLINK XANTHOS: review and testing 

The segment of the gaming headsets is very varied. It includes devices with various price tags. The functionality of headsets is also different corresponding to the most exotic requirements of the players. However, not all gamers need devices with multiple surround speakers, external amplifiers and DSP with advanced sound processing algorithms. Gamers can be satisfied as a cheap headset designed to communicate over VoIP, as well as a more expensive option with the added gaming functionality and design.

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

The tested headset SPEEDLINK XANTHOS refers to a more expensive option. Its price is higher than the budget solutions for Skype, but it is among an acceptable level for a device with a strong gaming focus. During testing we will try to find out how well the new product show itself in games and during listening to music.

The specs: 

Model

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

Type

Stereo Console Gaming Headset

Supported platforms

PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360

Interface

USB (headphones)
mini-jack 3,5 mm (microphone)
RCA (connection to gaming console)

Cable length

3 m

Weight

310 g

Lighting

Yes (blue)

Frequency range

Headphone

20 – 20 000 Hz

Microphone

100 – 10 000 Hz

Impedance

Headphone

32 Ohm

Microphone

2,2 KOhm

Sensativity

Headphone

117 ± 4 dB per 1 KHz

Microphone

-54 ± 3 dB

 

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Packaging equipment 

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS Gaming Headset is shipped in a cardboard box that protects it against damage during transportation. The design of the packaging very prudently uses the clear plastic opening that allows us to explore the headset without opening the box. 

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

Manufacturer took care either of the pleasant design, using high-quality color printing, or about information content, using a number of colorful icons. In particular, it refers to the compatibility of the headset with the previous generation of game consoles and PC. Here is the presence of the wired remote control, combined with a sound card that runs without installing drivers. Also here is an indication about operation of device in stereo mode. The microphone is equipped with noise reduction system and here is a support of the mute button. Ease of use should add soft ear cushions and three-meter cable. 

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

The reverse side of the package indicates the presence of the LED backlight, rotating mechanism of microphone, comfortable padded headband and volume control wheel. Also there is a picture of headset plugs and technical specifications listed in the table specifications. 

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

The complete set of SPEEDLINK XANTHOS includes cables for connecting to PC and game consoles, as well as two paper guides. That is, there is everything you need to use new item with compatible devices.

Appearance and build quality

 

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

The headset boasts of pretty appearance. Its design has practical matt black plastic. But the gloss is only used in the design of the ear cups. This contributes to good balance between elegant design and its usability, because design is quite low soiled.

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

The lighting adds visibility but at the same time can distract during the late gaming session: in addition to constantly coming phrases, the attention can be distracted by blue glow. 

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

Ear cups in SPEEDLINK XANTHOS are round. They are covered in soft to the touch imitation of leather or similar material. The headband also has a softening pad. All this is done to increase the level of comfort, especially during long gaming sessions. 

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

The headband is adjustable in height. Its move is not very big, so it is worth to try it on before you buy a headset. At the same time it is provided a reliable fixation of the selected position.

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

External microphone has a rigid, unbending structure. Its position is adjusted only by turning in the connection point to the headphones.

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

Portable unit is equipped with a volume control, input selector button and microphone mute button. Concurrently it works as sound card. When connected to a source the green LED becomes active. It changes color to red when you turn off the microphone.

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

On the reverse side of the external unit is the clip provided to fix the device to clothing.

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

Do note that the headphones are connected to the PC via an interface USB, and microphone via standard 3.5 mm analog plug.

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

SPEEDLINK XANTHOS

The structure of SPEEDLINK XANTHOS including moving parts is quite rigid, so there is no need to put additional efforts. However, such aspect creates a sense of security. During the test we did not find any gaps. Headphones are fitted on your head pretty tight.


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