Feel the noise.
We have discussed before the importance of having good quality audio for your gaming. But when it comes to buying a new headset, there really are a massive number to choose from, with each individual headset offering something a little different. Maybe you want the cheapest headset possible? Or perhaps you are looking for a full-on, bells and whistles, feature-rich ultimate piece of kit for your head, with money no object? Or maybe you want something specific – industrial build quality, virtual surround sound, compatibility with consoles, or a built-in sound card? Whatever your desire, there are undoubtedly headsets out there somewhere for you.
For this review, I am looking at the Trust GXT 363 headset, which offers something a little different from the majority of headsets out there. Trust are a highly respected company that make a wide range of peripherals and gadgets, and the GXT 363 is just one of their range of gaming headsets. The GXT 363 headset has a lot of great features, but the one thing that makes the headset stand out against most other headsets is the inclusion of bass vibration. Each of the cups has a vibration motor built in which enthusiastically vibrates alongside the bass in whatever you are listening to, be it music or explosions in your favorite shooter.
There are other headsets out there which have this feature, but I must admit that this was the first time I had experienced a vibrating headset myself. It was really quite impressive. In normal usage, the vibration adds something extra to the experience. But in a bass heavy environment, the motors crank up and you really do feel your brain shaking in your head. Turn up the bass and you could end up losing your fillings. It sounds a bit silly, why would anyone want this? But in a gaming setting, it really does add another dimension to the experience, not too dissimilar to how vibrating gamepads improve the gaming experience. I quite enjoyed having my eyes shaken in their sockets, but I can understand that it would not be for everyone and the ability to turn the vibration on or off is certainly welcome.
So, what else does the GXT 363 have to offer? Well, the headset itself is quite large, constructed mostly of plastic with a dark grey matte, almost sandblasted finish. The extending parts on each side of the headband have a chromed plastic finish, and the padding across the top of the band is a vibrant blue. That blue detail is followed through onto the generous three meter cable, which is blue and black nylon braided, and ends with a USB plug. A black inline remote can be found part way along the cable, offering quick access to the volume control, microphone and audio mute, the bass vibration and a button to turn the lights on and off.
Because everyone loves a blue light. Not only is the inline remote illuminated with a blue light, but each of the earcups have an array of inset blue lights that look really cool, and there is blue illumination on the end of the swiveling, but otherwise not adjustable, microphone. I always love a blue light on anything, but it is really handy that you can turn these lights off if stealth is more your thing.
The earcups are nicely padded and of a good size, so they should fit comfortably over most ears. The entire headset is quite solid and sits very firmly in place. The microphone only swivels forward one way, ensuring that the user has the headset on the right way round. But the microphone doesn’t bend forward, which leaves it angled quite a way from the face, although this didn’t seem to make any difference to the functionality in normal usage.
When it comes to usage, the GXT 363 is purely for PCs and laptops. Plug and play will give the user a nice stereo headset, but by installing the software from the Trust website, this will be boosted to 7.1 virtual surround sound. The included manual is very minimal, but getting the headset up and running as it should doesn’t take too much effort. The sound quality is nice and rich, with a deep, booming bass that is enhanced by the vibration feature. However, activating the 7.1 virtual surround sound in the software was slightly disappointing. While there was a difference to the sound coming from different virtual speakers, it was not very distinct and was certainly not the best virtual surround experience I have had from a headset.
For console gamers who fancy the idea of adding some vibration to their gaming audio, Trust recently revealed the GXT 353 headset is on the way, offering a similar experience to the GXT 363 headset for the PS4.
The Trust GXT 363 headset is priced at the £65 mark on Amazon, which puts it comfortably in the mid price range. The headset has a nice selection of features, with the bass vibration really standing out as something extra. While the sound quality is great, the 7.1 virtual surround sound is a little disappointing. Still, the headset is good looking and solidly built, offering a great audio solution with a little something extra for PC gamers. If you are looking for a mid priced headset, the GXT 363 is well worth checking out.