SteelSeries and Turtle Beach Bow Headsets
By Lisa Johnston On Mar 10 2010 - 2:04pm
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
Amazon.com 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
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
“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
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
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.