GamesterGear boasts headsets to address the needs of enthusiasts in the gaming community. GamesterGear headsets are both for PCs and consoles such as Sony’s PlayStations 3 and 4 as well as Xbox 360 and Xbox One. GamesterGear might sound new to you considering that the market is already saturated with a lot of options from better-known brands. However, you should be on a lookout for this brand because GamesterGear headsets is not just another addition to the many options available as they specifically target the gamers. Today we will be looking at one of their gaming headsets which is the PC200-I headset for PC and PS4. This headset boasts some notable features that aims to ramp up your gaming experience. Let’s see how it performs to meet your gaming audio needs!
GamesterGear boasts headsets to address the needs of enthusiasts in the gaming community. GamesterGear headsets are both for PCs and consoles such as Sony’s PlayStations 3 and 4 as well as Xbox 360 and Xbox One. GamesterGear might sound new to you considering that the market is already saturated with a lot of options from better-known brands. However, you should be on a lookout for this brand because GamesterGear headsets is not just another addition to the many options available as they specifically target the gamers. Today we will be looking at one of their gaming headsets which is the GamesterGear PC200-I headset for PC and PS4. This headset boasts some notable features that aims to ramp up your gaming experience. Let’s see how it performs to meet your gaming audio needs!
In the US, GamesterGear is licensed under SYBA Multimedia Inc. which is why some of their gaming headsets are bundled with other products SYBA is selling like the Halcones CL-86 Full-Tower chassis also reviewed in the site. Aside from headsets, GamesterGear also sell apparel and accessories. The brand also supports some professional gamers in the line of eSports.
GamesterGear’s Take on the PC200-I
Ultra light PC gaming headset
The Cruiser PC200-I is an exceptional headset that adds definition to sounds and music. This premium headset produces clean sounds making everything move alive. The Cruiser PC200-I will give users a superior audio experience that is differentiable from others. Designed also for comfort, it features removable ear pads layered in soft cloth and leatherette padding on the headband.
Easy removable mic with twist lock mechanism.
4 Pole Headset Plug Design.
Single headset plug design provide easy connection to any devices with headset jack. A audio splitter is also provided to support PC/laptop that only have audio and mic 3.5mm jacks.
Large 57mm Drivers.
Engineered with enormous 57mm drivers in each ear cup. The powerful drivers deliver an impressive clear cut audio sound that intensifies gameplay. Background sounds and music are seemingly flawless yet.
20hz to 20khz
57mm @ 32ohms
112dB SPL, 1mW @ 1khz
Detachable Boom Mic
Packaging and Unboxing
The PC200-I comes in a clear plastic packaging where you can clearly see the headset’s front and side. From this point, you can see how it looks and notice some of the physical characteristics of the headset.
The back of the packaging lists the features and specifications of the PC200-I as well as a brief guideline on how to use the headset. The cardboard backing is the user’s manual itself.
You can clearly see from the outside the noticeable branding on the ear cups of the headset which are on both cans. You can also get a good idea how large the ear cups are.
Opening the package would reveal the headset neatly tucked in a red molding to protect it. The detachable microphone and audio cable extender/splitter are packed inside a plastic bag.
Let’s take a closer look first at the 3.5mm jack. Notice that the PC200-I uses a 3.5mm audio/mic combo jack which works on certain laptop models, smartphones and tablets. Using the headset doesn’t require any driver or software installation. It works on any device that uses a 3.5mm audio/mic combo jack.
If you need to plug the PC200-I on a device where the audio and mic jacks are separated, an extension/splitter cable is provided in the package.
Here’s a look at the detachable microphone. The boom is flexible.
The detachable boom microphone attaches to the left ear cup. It twists to lock in place.
The headband has a small piece of cushion on top to give comfort. Notice how thin the headband is. The thinness of the headband provides great flexibility which gives the headset comfort. The headset was comfortable even the first time of wearing it. I’ve used a few headsets before this including Roccat’s KAVE 5.1 headset, Sennheiser’s PC 363D and SteelSeries’s Siberia V2. Most headsets have a stiff headband coming out of the box which feels uncomfortable at first. If you used a Siberia V2 headset before and know how comfortable it feels, the PC200-I is close to that in terms of overall pressure you feel around your head.
Moving on to the ear cups, you’ll notice the surface is of black breathable mesh type of fabric. It is not a leathery material that usually feels hot after long hours of wearing. The PC200-I is a circumaural headphone or a full-sized headphone wherein the cans completely surround the ear and not press on it. However, it is just large enough to cover my entire ear with some parts touching. We could say it’s a snug fit to the ears so if your ears is larger than the average human’s ears, you could have more surface area touching the edges of your ear. On my experience, it was very minor and I got used to it.
Here’s a comparison of the size of the PC200-I ear cups, the one below, to the Sennheiser PC 363D’s ear cups which is the one on top. It is definitely smaller but like what I said beforehand, it is large enough to fit your ears inside the cups.
The headbands extend as shown in the images above.
The length of the headset’s cable is 1.5m long. It does come with a Velcro strap to tie the excess length if desired. Adding the splitter/extension cable which is 0.65m long, it will have a total of 2m of cabling.
Lastly, here’s a closer look at the headset. As you can see, both the left and right ear cups have the GamesterGear branding.
There will be two phases in our testing, the audio quality test for output and the microphone test. I will compare it with the current headphones I am using which is a Sennheiser PC 363D. I will be using my PC with an ASUS ThunderFX external sound card to conduct the test. We will be using a set of benchmarking tests you can find at audiocheck.net. Note that doing the tests in full volume can damage your hearing so be cautious.
This test aims to determine the lowest and highest frequency the headphone can play. Good headphones can go as low as 20 Hz which is the specification of the PC200-I. Note that this test may vary depending on the user since we do have different hearing abilities. As for the low frequency check, I did hear the 20 Hz bass being played and even at 10 Hz level. As for the high, it was harder to pick up and only heard it at 20 kHz at full volume. I guess the environment played a role in my difficulty in picking it up since I’m not in a totally soundproofed area and the fans in my PC are easier to pick up than the 22 kHz being played. Overall, I could say the PC200-I is up to specs.
This test will determine the quality of the entire headset as you play deep bass and shake the drivers as much as possible. If you remember our review on the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury headset which rattled a bit under loud bass, the PC200-I with its huge 57mm drivers passes the quality test without any rattling. The ear cups of the PC200-I are made of plastic but construction is solid enough to negate any rattling when loud bass is played.
We ran the PC200-I to typical usage such as gaming, movies and listening to music. Note that this headphones has a 2.0 stereo output, plug-and-play without any driver or software installation needed. As far as listening to music, the highs are average. Not that crisp compared to the more expensive PC 363D but it’s not bad either. Bass is really good on this headphone considering it has a huge 57mm driver to create that. If you want loud bass without a hint of distortion, the PC200-I delivers well on that aspect. Explosions in games and movies really create a good bang to the ears.
We tested PC200-I’s microphone against another headset which is a Sennheiser PC 363D and with a Samson C01U USB condenser microphone to give you a good comparison. We used a commercial narration played over the speaker to test how each microphone pick up speech. The sample is played to all the microphones on the same volume level and at a similar distance away from the source to the users mouth. We also used a 100% level for all the microphones. Recorded results are below:
PC200-I’s microphone had the weakest input and considering that the microphone boom is quite small, I wouldn’t be surprised. The PC200-I’s basic microphone structure simply can’t match the larger microphone of the PC 363D plus noise cancelling and dedicated software to enhance recording. This is backed up by the wave display image below as recorded using WavePad Sound Editor.
Broader waves such as those captured by the Samson C01U USB condenser microphone equates to a louder recording thus better microphone performance. We don’t expect headset microphones to perform as good as these dedicated microphones but it’s a good comparison as to how good or bad microphones work. We could say the PC200-I needs a little work on that. Perhaps a larger microphone will do the trick. Note that I also used the headset to my phone to call a friend. Communication was okay considering I was at home and it was relatively quiet. You might need to speak louder if that’s not the case. Overall, the microphone works but we wish it was larger and performed better like the huge 57mm drivers the ear cups pack.
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The GamesterGear PC200-I was full of surprises based on my experience reviewing it. It looks like any ordinary gaming headset that come in plain black but the headset’s 57mm drivers sure packs a punch! We love the fact that it handles loud bass very well without distortions. Here’s the catch with this headset, note that I used an ASUS ThunderFX in my PC which also works as an amplifier and the PC 363D doesn’t sound good when amplified wherein the bass distorts. The PC200-I with its large 57mm drivers can handle maximum amplification from the ThunderFX very well. The only thing that would probably break are your eardrums from the loud bass.
As for comfort, it is lightweight enough not to bother you in long hours of usage. If you used a Siberia V2 and know how comfortable and relaxing it is, the PC200-I is somewhere close to that comfort. Microphone was average and could really use an improvement. Some could argue it is not a complete gaming headset with only 2.0 stereo output or a software for enhancements. It may not be a 5.1 headset but as a plug-and-play headset you can use to your PC, console, tablet or phone that’s just priced around $45 in Amazon, we find it really impressive. With that, we will give the GamesterGear PC200-I gaming headset our highly recommended award!