I’m very particular with my gadgets, and nitpicking is sort of like a hobby. So you can imagine my surprise when I purchased the [easyazon_link asin=”B002DS4HTM” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset[/easyazon_link] and realized there’s really not much to complain about the product. Heck, even the price is right! I hope you enjoy my Creative Fatal1ty gaming headset review!
Specs and Features
Here’s what you can expect from the HS800:
- Velvet padding for the ear cups; lightweight construction encased in durable ABS plastic.
- Audio speakers: 40mm drivers powered by Neodymium magnet.
- Noise-canceling, flexible, military-grade, detachable microphone.
- 3.5mm gold-plated jack for the connection, with an 8-foot cable.
- Sound control along the cable, with volume and mute.
- Ideal for MMO and everyday gaming.
Pros and Cons
First of all, the list price is less than $50, and you can even get it for less than $25. That’s the kind of price range that doesn’t really make you anticipate a truckload of exciting features.
But once you use this headset you’ll be impressed at just how good it is, for the price. You get more than what you pay for when you buy this product.
Now let’s tackle the important stuff—you can use it for fps. Maybe Creative doesn’t say so because they don’t want you to set your expectations too high, or maybe they want you to buy their more expensive headsets to pad their profits. Regardless of their motives, the Fatal1ty HS800 is more than sufficient for fps.
This also means you can listen to your music using the headset as well. We’re going to assume that you are only used to headsets in this price range, and that means you’re used to lousy crappy sounds. For earphones and headsets in this price range, usually you’re more than content if there’s a bass sound. It won’t exactly please a fanatical audiophile, but you need a discerning ear and lots of money for that kind of snobbery.
And of course, that also means you can use it for Skype video chats.
The sound is crisp and clear, and if you are used to bargain basement prices for headsets then you’ll be surprised at the new details in the sounds that you haven’t encountered before with other headsets. In fps games, when you get shot, you need to know just where the shot is coming from. Now you will get that advantage which you probably didn’t have with your usual two-speaker configuration for your PC.
Because the earcups surround your ears then most of the ambient noise won’t bother you much. Your headset conversations won’t get disrupted at all.
The other important consideration is the microphone. Since it’s detachable, you can remove it if you’re not playing a network game or if your team mates are right beside you. But when you’re using it, the quality is quite good. Your voice rings loud and clear, and if you are voice chatting then the quality of your voice will be better with the microphone than if you use your smartphone.
For whatever purpose, the microphone works fine. The other people you’re talking to won’t hear your breathing when you talk into the mic. The controls are accessible, the mute button works, and the volume range is ok.
Now let’s talk about comfort level. This is where it gets tricky. That’s because people seem to have very different experiences. Personally, I found it to be truly lightweight, and fits comfortably. The velvet padding is soft, and I didn’t have any issues with the air flow around the ears.
It weighs less than 13 ounces, so it doesn’t feel like there’s a bowling ball over your head. Some people report that using it with eyeglasses also does not cause any discomfort at all.
But for a few users, the fit around the head may be problematic. It’s not all that tight around the head, so if you like your headset a bit relaxed and loose then this one should be just fine.
The breathability may also be an issue for some people. It may feel warm after a few hours of use, but others say that it is more breathable than other leatherette headsets.
Finally, there is the issue of build quality. A handful of people have reported that some parts break down after only a few weeks of use, but these reports are exceptions rather than the rule. This headset worked perfectly for me and a lot of reviewers seem to agree.
The Fatal1ty HS800 is cheap, but the quality of the experience definitely isn’t. That means you can put your money to better use by buying more games instead of spending it all on an expensive headset. It even comes with a pouch for transport or storage.
All in all, the Creative Fatal1ty HS800 Gaming Headset will most likely exceed your expectations.