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QPAD QH-90 Pro review – A fantastic PC gaming headset, let down by its mic

Pros: Sound and recording quality for a headset, build quality, looks and design, accessories, price
Cons: No USB soundcard, sensitive mic, pop-sound on mic mute

Build quality: 10/10
Comfort: 8.5/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 9.5/10
Isolation: 8.5/10
Microphone quality: 7/10
Value: 9.5/10
Overall rating: 9/10

Review date: August 2016
Review price: £80

First of all I would like to thank QPAD for sending me their headset for review. After having reviewed a variety of headsets, I was curious to see how the QH-90 would compare to its competitors, such as the Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Headset. The headset can be found directly on AmazonUK for around £80.

QPAD QH-90 Pro review - ESL

Here’s my video review (recording quality tests will be of interest to you):

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Creative Sound Blaster EVO Wireless Review – A multi-functional Bluetooth headset

Pros: Build quality, multi-functional design, PC & mobile compatiblity, price
Cons: Static noise whilst recording, overall V-shaped sound signature, sub-bass

Build quality: 8.5/10
Comfort: 8/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 7/10
Isolation: 7/10
Microphone quality: 8.5/10
Value: 8.5/10 (at £55 price tag)
Overall rating: 8/10

Review date: April 2016
Review price: £55

Creative EVO Wireless - Design

First of all I would like to thank ESL Gaming for sending me their headset for review. ESL are massive event organisers and after having reviewed quite a few headsets I was offered to review the EVO Wireless, which is made by Creative – a brand I’m familiar with.

The headset can be found directly on Creative’s website for £90 (where you’ll also find its full specs) and can also be bought on AmazonUK for around £55 and on AmazonUSA for around $95. As I’m a UK based reviewer, my review will be based on UK prices.

Here’s my video review (recording quality tests will be of interest to you):

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Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Headset Review – Fantastic sound, but with poor recording quality

Pros: Sound quality for a headset, build quality, comfort, looks and design
Cons: Recording quality, software

Build quality: 10/10
Comfort: 10/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 9.5/10
Isolation: 8/10
Microphone quality: 6/10
Software: 6/10
Value: 8/10 (at £100 price tag)
Overall rating: 8/10

Review date: March 2016
Review price: £100

First of all I would like to thank Creative for sending me their headset for review. After having reviewed a variety of headsets, I was curious to see how the H5 would compare to its competitors.

Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Headset Review - Mic

 

The headset can be found directly on Creative’s website for £100 (where you’ll also find its full specs) and can also be bought on AmazonUK for around £100 and on AmazonUSA for around $100. As I’m a UK based reviewer, my review will be based on UK prices.

Here’s my video review (recording quality tests will be of interest to you):

Now let’s get into the written review!

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SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Review – A flawed headset that had great potential

Pros: Sound quality for a headset, build quality, comfort, software, looks and design
Cons: Recording problems, physical size, price

Build quality: 10/10
Comfort: 10/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 9/10
Isolation: 8.5/10
Microphone quality: 2/10
Software: 10/10
Review price: £180
Value: 7.5/10 (at £180 price tag)
Overall rating: 5/10

First of all I would like to thank SteelSeries for sending me their headset for review. After having previously reviewed the Siberia Elite, I was interested to see how the newer version would compare, both in terms of sound and overall value.

I however had a problem with the recording quality of the headset, where the microphone would pick up a sort of “clipping” sound. I complained to SteelSeries and they sent me two additional pairs, one of which was from a newer non-pre sample batch. Unfortunately the issue persisted throughout my test.
After looking on Google, it was funny to see that several months ago SteelSeries also identified the issue as a known problem on Reddit.
SteelSeries explained the issue on Reddit: “The issue is 100% the soundcard and we have implemented a fix that has been in production for some time now.”
Despite their best efforts and my patience of 3 months (as I held out publishing the review, until I was sent a newer revision of the headset) – the issue is still present.

SteelSeries might have fix it after this review goes live, however for the time being all I can say is that I was sent a brand-new headset, after having 2 sets that had the problem, which came from a brand-new batch.
If my headset comes from a brand-new batch, I can’t being to think what batches resellers across the world have. Of course you can always return the headset after purchasing it, but I’m sure that’s not what you would have in mind for a gift or a headset you wish to buy – so let this introduction to the headset serve as a warning.

In terms of purchasing information, it can be bought from AmazonUK for around £180 and on AmazonUSA for around $200 (prices do fluctuate, but those are the unit prices that I had back in February and will be basing my review on).
As there’s a lot of similarities with the original Siberia Elite, there might be a few sections that are identical to the previous review.

SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism - Colours

 

For more information about the headset and its specifications can be found on SteelSeries’ website.

Here’s my video review:

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Review of the Creative SB Inferno Gaming Headset – An unbelievably well priced headset

Pros: Build quality, lows, can be used with the PS4 & Xbox One
Cons: Mids, highs, isolation, sound quality is limited by your on-board soundcard, no volume/recording control

Build quality: 6.5/10
Comfort: 6.5/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 7/10
Isolation: 7/10
Microphone quality: 10/10
Value: 10/10 (at £40 price tag)
Overall rating: 9/10

Creative Inferno Headset - Design

 

First of all I would like to thank Creative for sending me the Inferno headset for review – I wasn’t holding any expectations with the headset that sits at around £35-45, but I couldn’t have been any more wrong about me pre-judgements of the headset!

For more information about the headset and its specifications can be found on Creative’s website.
I should also note that as there is a fluctuation in prices, I’ll be taking the mid-ground and reviewing the headset at the £40 price tag – such as on AmazonUK. It can also be found on AmazonUSA for $43.

Here’s my video review:

 

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Review of the Razer Tiamat 7.1 Elite Gaming Headset – Avoid at all costs

Pros: Customisation, software, control pod functionalities
Cons: Price, overall sound quality, control pod static problems, one wire design (no removable cable), looks and design, microphone design, comfort

Build quality: 4/10
Comfort: 5/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 3/10
Isolation: 8/10
Microphone quality: 8/10
Value: 2/10 (at £160 price tag)
Overall rating: 3/10

Razer Timat 7.1 - Razer logo

First of all I would like to thank Razer for sending me this out for review. It can be bought on AmazonUK for around £160 & AmazonUSA for $177. This was my first experience of Razer’s audio range (and this is one of their most expensive products), and you’ll be able to see from my ratings above, that it really didn’t impress me. Read on to find out more.
For more information about the headset and its specifications can be found on Razer’s website.

Here’s my video review:

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Review of the Steelseries Siberia V3 Gaming Headset – New isn’t always better

Pros: Build quality, comfort, lows, can be used wth the PS4 and Xbox One
Cons: Mids, highs, isolation, no included USB soundcard (like on the V2 model), sound quality is limited by your on-board soundcard, no volume/recording control

Build quality: 7.5/10
Comfort: 9.5/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 6.5/10
Isolation: 6/10
Microphone quality: 10/10
Value: 8.5/10 (at £100 price tag)
Overall rating: 7/10

Steelseries Siberia V3 Headset - Design

First of all I would like to thank SteelSeries for sending me their headset for review. After having received the Siberia V2, 9H, Siberia Elite and H Wireless, I was interested in knowing how the V3 had changed over the SteelSeries Siberia V2 Heat Orange Gaming Headset.
The headset can be bought for around £115 on AmazonUK & AmazonUSA for $100. Prices of the headset vary greatly – from £75 to £130 -therefore this review will be based on the £100 price tag, just as the V2 was priced when I reviewed it.

For more information about the headset and its specifications can be found on SteelSeries’ website.

Here’s my video review:

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Review of the Steelseries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset – A comfortable contender

Pros: Build quality, lows, comfort, software, looks and design
Cons: Mids, highs, physical size

Build quality: 10/10
Comfort: 9/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 7.5/10
Isolation: 8.5/10
Microphone quality: 8/10
Software: 10/10
Review price: £115
Value: 9/10 (at £115 price tag)
Overall rating: 9/10

First of all I would like to thank SteelSeries for sending me their headset for review. After having received the Siberia V2, 9H and H Wireless, I was interested in knowing where the Elite would fit into the equation. The Elite, should sit between the 9H and H Wireless price bracket – however after checking, whilst writing this review in late September 2014, it seems that the 9H is actually more expensive than the Elite – which surprised me. This therefore brought me a lot of interest as I would be interested to know how the Elite would fair, at a cheaper price but yet supposedly better on paper than the 9H.
The headset can be bought for around £115 on AmazonUK & AmazonUSA for $200.

On another note, when I first laid my eyes on the Elite, it reminded me of my old favourite headphone, the Sony MDR-XB700s – those Sony headphones were essentially bass driven pillows. Amazing to my ears several years ago – where I used to be a bigger basshead than I am now.

Steelseries Siberia Elite - Range

For more information about the headset and its specifications can be found on SteelSeries’ website.

Here’s my video review:

Now let’s get into the written review!

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