Gameware Primal Headset Review
Rude Gameware is the rebranding of the well known veteran brand of eDimensional, having gone and expanded their investments in professional gaming equipment.
The eDimensional AudioFX was already a very popular product here in Malta, the Rude Gameware Primal PC Gaming Headset is yet another improvement over a successful formula, whilst keeping a very budget-friendly selling price.
It incoroporates all the features of its predecessor, as well as some neat feature and a sleeker design.
"Sweet Gaming and Audio Performance
Featuring our unique force feedback feature that is like a home theater crammed into a headset, you'll gain realistic bass audio sensations and increased situational awareness for improved gaming performance. Sense the enemy footsteps approaching before you see him.
The Primal Headsets have been designed from the ground up for extreme comfort. The sleek, low profile design is lightweight, yet so sexy & stylish. Premium soft fabric encloses the ear cups in cushioned comfort - none of that sticky fake leather. Extra padding packed into the fully-adjustable headband ensures unlimited hours of gameplay or audio listening pleasure.
Includes a noise-canceling, Teamspeak Certified, detachable microphone. Simply plug it in to the discreet plug on the side of the headset to gain crystal clear online smack talk capability for any PC game or application (including VOIP).
It's So Versatile
Can't bear to leave your Primal headset at home? Experience it with your MP3 player (including iPod), portable game device (PSP, Nintendo DS, etc.) or even on your home theater. The Primal Headset can be plugged in to any of these devices. Plus, we even include a bonus battery pack adapter which means you can power the force feedback feature and experience home theater bass sensations and increased situational awareness on the go. Just yank off the mic first so you don't look like a tool. Easily control the volume with any device using our in-line controller.
Driver Unit: 50mm
Impedance: 32Ω +/-3 Ω
Sensitivity: 110 dB+/-3dB
Frequency: 20Hz - 20,000Hz
Sensitivity: 58 dB+/-3dB
Frequency: 20Hz - 16,000Hz
The Primal PC Gaming Headset is now officially certified by Teamspeak, the leading online gaming chat client.
Works on any PC or portable audio/gaming device with a standard analog 3.5 mm audio jack."
Presentation and Aesthetics
The product comes in a transparent plastic container, allowing for full view of the headset, as well as displaying basic information. The container witholds the actual headset complete with a microphone, an alternate USB connecter, as well as a battery pack adapter.
The design of the headset itself is much improved over previous versions. It's completely black, making it look professional, as opposed the flashier predecessors. It also lacks unnecessary quirks, hence it looks clean.
Despite its smaller stature, the Primal's bark is impressive. It lacks the external noise cancellation of larger headsets, but it makes up for it through sheer volume.
The Primal is lightweight, and even after long periods of usage, it still does not become weary on one's ears and head. This is due to the light material used in draping the ear cups and headband.
The microphone features noise-cancellation, and a keen feature is the force feedback, which is basically the same thing you'd find on a console controller - the headset vibrates according to the bass emitted in order to plunge you deeper in the gaming experience.
The headset features 3 methods of connectivity: normal jacks, USB and a cool battery pack which can be easily plugged in to be able to carry around - this unique feature is ideal for those who prefer a headset over earphones when listening to one's portable player.
The only game I've been playing recently is Napoleon Total War, and the rattling of a thousand rifles going off at once gave so much more immersion to the game's large scale battles.
I handed over the headset to a more regular gamer, that is, my brother, better known in the scene as EVERSIO.BIX, one of the (modestly) most successful RTS players as of the last few years. Whilst he expressed satisfaction at the quality on playing Heroes of Newerth, the real test was in Battlefield: Bad Company 2, where sound is crucial to identify the position of the enemy in the open ended warzones.
1The only problem I found with the headset was that the jack was getting loose at times, disrupting the sound, but as for the rest, the sound is impressive, considering the cheap price, and if you are into loud bass, the rumble feature makes this headset a must-buy.
At €45, this headset is great value for money. Despite being lightweight, they have a reputation for being very durable. Sound quality is excellent, however the ear cups do not wholly cover one's ear, and hence might pose a problem for frequent LAN-goers, that said, it is probably the best headset one can find for such a price.
Lightweight & comfortable
USB, Jack, Battery connectivity
No noise cancellation
At high volumes, rumble feature may disrupt sound quality
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