If you’ve ever dipped your toe into the weird and wild world of gaming accessories, there’s a good chance you would have heard the Venom name at some point. That’s because this UK-based accessories manufacturer has been a dependable choice for players for a while now, lending their third-party expertise to create controllers, cases and headsets for every platform. It’s the latter we’ll be covering today in this article.
Specifically, it’s the Sabre Stereo Gaming Headset we’re talking about, notable for its inherent affordability and ability to work across PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. This might be a wired headset option, but how does it compare to other offerings on the market? You can click the video above to see an unboxing of the product and some overview thoughts, but here’s our in-depth review:
In terms of how the product looks, it’s easy to appreciate just how neutral almost every element of the headset is. Often there’s a temptation amongst certain brands to make products outright garish, but the Sabre Stereo Gaming Headset avoids this by opting for a matte black finish. Of course, this does mean that it won’t be winning any style awards but assures that no-one will look ridiculous when using it.
The Venom Gaming logo is featured on the outside earcups though it’s barely noticeable in the correct light. You will see it printed in white on the inside, but again you won’t see this when worn. The metal headband used to link either side works well with the Sabre Stereo Gaming Headset’s overall subtle colour scheme, generally making for a design that’s all around quite smart. The aesthetics here aren’t Earth-shattering but it gets the job done.
Comfort is one of the most important aspects for any gaming headset. That’s why I’m pleased to report that this is something the Sabre Stereo Gaming Headset absolutely nails. This is largely due to the incredibly comfy earcups that are well cushioned, never straining my ears once in the time I spent using it. It also helps that the headset is overall incredibly lightweight.
It wasn’t uncommon during extended play sessions to forget I was actually wearing the Sabre Stereo Gaming Headset. Of course, though, the fact that it is wired means that there was always the cable to contend with, but luckily it’s long enough (1.2 meters) that it was never a real issue. The last thing to mention is the self-adjusting cushioned headband, which works really well – even on my big head – and helps save a bit of time finicking around with getting the size right. It’s simply one size fits all.
What you have in terms of performance with the Sabre Stereo Gaming Headset are two cans featuring 50mm speaker drivers. They work well enough to deliver clarity to voice chat and depth to in-game surround sound. 50mm drivers are obviously one of the best sizes out there for a set of gaming headphones, so it’s nice to see Venom pack in such power and ‘oomph’ into such a simple package. The only slight audio hiccup comes as a result of the wire, which when brushed or pulled will cause static in your ear.
The other performance factor to consider here is the built-in microphone, which neatly tucks away when not in use and is extremely convenient to pull out. It’s also nice to see that it’s fully flexible so you can position in wherever is the most comfortable; in any mode it picks up your voice with relative clarity. Adjusting volume and muting is done via an in-line control sliders attached to the cable, meaning that it’s always in reach.
You’re probably wondering how much the darned thing costs. And this may come as a bit of shock considering the driver size and level of comfort but you can generally find the Sabre Stereo Gaming Headset for anywhere between £20 and £30. Yes, the headset is wired, which is what allows a lot of the costs to be cut (you don’t have to worry about a built in battery) but it’s so long and fully braided that you still get that sense of quality. Overall, when it comes to affordability, this is a pretty good deal.
Whether you primarily play on PS4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, you can rest easy knowing that the Sabre Stereo Gaming Headset performs expertly in all cases. It may only deliver stereo-quality audio as opposed to true surround sound, but the sizeable 50mm drivers deliver a nice punch. Couple that with the subtle style and stark affordability, it’s an easy recommend.
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