We’ve reviewed our fair share of gaming headsets but the GAMDIAS HEPHAESTUS is a unique one. In each ear cup you’ll find a heat sink as well as a woofer vibration unit (or rumble motors) which you’re probably more used to seeing in console controllers.
The packaging gives you a half-cut view of the headset, displaying just the left ear-cup. On the rear of the card side of the box you’ll find a long list of specifications such as frequency range, sensitivity, microphone impedance plus a whole lot more. The headset is packaged very well and once you remove the cardboard sleeve you’ll be met with another encased in the plastic outer. Headset aside you’ll find just a quick start guide and a pair of GAMDIAS logo stickers.
On removing the headset from the box, the first thing I noticed was it’s size – it’s absolutely huge! The whole headset is manufactured from glossy white plastic with a grey leather padded headband. The ear cups are also cushioned with the same grey leather which makes the headsets design consistent. Lots of padding in both the ear cups and headband ensure maximum comfort during use.
Looking at the headset from the front you can actually see inside the ear cups. You’ll be greeted by the aluminium heat-sink which helps to disperse heat from them ensuring they stay cool. Also located inside are the woofer vibration units, which are used for the ‘Blast Source Identifier’ as GAMDIAS has called it. When a considerable amount of bass is present, whether you’re gaming, listening to music or watching films the rumble motors will kick in and provide a slight vibration helping to pinpoint a blast source.
On the side of the left ear cup you’ll find the microphone. In our opinion the microphone tip is unnecessarily large. Thanks to the rubber used however you can position it wherever you like and be assured that it will stay there whilst you game.
The HEPHAESTUS has inline controls, which again are mounted on a rather large plastic housing. The controls include a volume rocker, a microphone mute button and also a rumble switch located on the edge. The rumble switch will enable and disable the vibration units in each ear cup for when you don’t want the headset to vibrate when bass is present.
Something we found quite annoying was the fact that an LED ring around the mute switch constantly flashes red when in use. This becomes particularly annoying when gaming in the dark and the LED will actually illuminate nearby objects. When muted the LED ring will glow red and when unmuted it will glow blue.
Firstly the noise-cancelling microphone was very impressive. The quality of the audio produced and voice clarity was very clear and we had no problem understanding any call-outs or just general chat.
Seeing as the product is a gaming headset, it would only make sense to comment on its gaming performance. The actual audio quality is very, very good and definitely puts it up there with the best gaming headsets on the market. Although they may seem like a marketing gimmick, the vibration units add extra depth, and actually help to immerse you in the game you’re playing. The 7.1 virtual surround sound also worked nicely.
The only small disappointment I found was the volume of the audio. Even when switched up to the maximum I found myself wanting more! This will obviously depend on the person using the headset as everyone will have a different preference, but for us it just wasn’t enough.
With so much competition in the area of gaming headsets it would be very difficult for me to say the GAMDIAS HEPHAESTUS is the best. We question whether the vibration units actually help you to locate targets/explosions during gaming but they’re a nice new feature and added another dimension when watching the Die Hard series.
– Clear audio
– Vibration units help to immerse you in game
– Very comfortable design
– Not enough volume
– Large headset construction
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