7.1 channel headset at under RM 200? That’s quite a bold claim by Gaming Freak, does it actually perform like a 7.1 channel headset that often costs triple or more.
Upon closer scrutiny, it seems that this headset was made for DOTA2 and CS:GO – I hope I need not elaborate on what games are these.
Now this is the Gaming Freak GH-R910 and it looks pretty good.
The earpiece as you can see here comes with 2 knobs, one for volume and the other for vibration. The outer part of the earpiece is of transparent plastic and underneath is there’s red LED backlight.
Over on the inner side, the earpiece is moderately padded.
One unique feature on the Gaming Freak GH-R910 is that it comes with markings to indicate how far you’ve extended the earpiece.
At the top, there’s the headband cushion as you’ve commonly seen in other headsets.
Lastly of course, the connection – the Gaming Freak GH-R910 uses USB connection only.
Now let’s get to the detail – how does the Gaming Freak GH-R910 fare?
Starting off let’s talk about the audio, as the unit was designed for CS:GO and DOTA2, I decided to test it on CS:GO and I must say I’m impressed by the directional output of it.
Overall there’s absolutely no complaints from me in regards to that aspect and the Gaming Freak GH-R910 is one that I will surely recommend to CS:GO players. I also like it for the fact that it doesn’t have to rely on drivers just to get the surround effects going.
Don’t expect it to work on other games though, I tried Overwatch and regardless how it is the 7.1 doesn’t seem to be there. Software support is quite limited too so as of now, I would say that it’s best to keep the Gaming Freak GH-R910 to CS:GO and DOTA2 players.
As for comfort, the Gaming Freak GH-R910 is very much lacking. The cushion on the earpiece is moderate but what makes it uncomfortable is that it lacks pivoting headroom, thus feeling a little bit imbalanced.
What I dislike most is the headband and overall weight, after a few hours of gaming the crown of my head has discomfort creeping in.
Oh and before I forget, I must say that the vibrating feature of the Gaming Freak GH-R910 is pretty neat. Note also that the Gaming Freak GH-R910 does not come with a mic so you’ll have to get yourself a mic unit to yell at your feeder team mates.
And another thing – do not hope to use it for audio purpose because the Gaming Freak GH-R910 works only with USB so there’s no way you can use it with any mobile device.
The Gaming Freak GH-R910 isn’t perfect but I think for CS:GO players, RM 189 isn’t that much to pay for an earphone that’s doing great when it comes to audio positioning.