SteelSeries and Turtle Beach Bow Headsets

By Lisa Johnston On Mar 10 2010 - 3:04pm

NEW YORK — SteelSeries used Ce- BIT, the tech tradeshow held in Hanover, Germany, last week, to debut its 7H headset and a new gaming keyboard. The company said the headset, which also comes in a USB version, is engineered for competitive gamers.

Two ear-cup choices are given for the 7H: hear-through cloth and noise-dampening leather. Other features include 50mm drivers, ear cups that completely cover the ear, detachable braided cord, and an all-black design with chrome elements around each ear cup and at the base of the headband.

“The 7H features were developed based on direct feedback from our sponsored Counter-Strike and QuakeLive players, who need to hear their teammates while practicing at home and need to eliminate external noise while competing at loud tournament venues,” said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO, in a release.

The 7H can be dismantled into four pieces, the company said: at the headband, the right and left ear cup, and at the cord. The left ear cup comes with a retractable, uni-directional microphone that can be hidden when not in use. An additional 2-meter extension cord is included for extra convenience.

It’s currently available for presale at for $119.

The USB version of the 7H provides 7.1 virtual surround and “ensures gamers the exact same sound and settings no matter where they are in the world or at what computer they are playing,” according to SteelSeries. It is available at Amazon. com for a $149 suggested retail.

The 6Gv2 keyboard is constructed with 18-karat gold-plated mechanical switches, allowing for quicker reaction times and advanced key combinations for more actions per minute, SteelSeries said.

Other features include a powerful buffer- system created specifi cally for gaming, and “anti-ghosting,” which reportedly allows users in fi rst-person shooter games to move, crouch, aim, fire and check the scoreboard, simultaneously.

SteelSeries said the G product line is the only series of keyboards on the market that allows this type of functionality all at once.

It’s available now for presale at Amazon. com for a $99.99 suggested retail.

Turtle Beach, meanwhile, took the wraps off a gaming headset that’s designed for use with PlayStation3, Xbox 360 and with PC/Mac gaming platforms. This “universal ” headset, model PX21, builds off the success of Turtle Beach’s P21 model.

“The P21 has been extremely popular with the PS3 gaming community, resulting in tremendous interest from gamers who wanted the same features on the Xbox 360,” said Peter Ronick, marketing director. “In response to this demand, we transformed the P21 into the PX21 — an improved version that adds Xbox Live chat and other enhancements for the same price as the original P21.”

Ronick called the PX21 “two headsets in one” — a stereo USB headset for microphone communication and an amplified stereo headset for game sound.

Features include a glossyblack design, twist-style ear cups detailed with a chrome ring, fabric-mesh ear cushions, 16-foot-long cable, a belt clip to secure the inline amplifi er, independent volume controls, variable bass boost control, microphone with fl exible boom, microphone monitor and 40mm speaker drivers. The Chat Boost technology automatically increases chat levels during loud gaming sequences, and the Stereo Expander technology spreads the stereo signal for increased depth in the sound field.

Suggested retail is $79.95.

Turtle Beach also announced its Ear Force X11 gaming headset last week, which is designed for use with Xbox games.

Features include circum-aural ear cups with fabric-mesh cushions, a deep-cushioned headband, 40mm drivers and an adjustable boom mic. It also has independent volume controls, as well as an independent 3.5mm microphone and line audio plugs, so it can also be used as a PC headset. Suggested retail is $59.95.

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