The first of these products has now been sent to me by EnhanceGaming so at least I can review something a little out of the ordinary compared to my previous reviews.
Let's see how the Scoria gaming headset stacks up to its console counterparts.
Flip the box over so the viewing flap is facing directly towards the floor, then remove the adhesive circle that's above the shop hanger, as well as the two perpendicularly to its right and left on the sides of the box.
The cardboard piece that holds the box closed can then be pulled up and the section being held in place lifted away to grant access to the inside of the box.
Being careful not to come into contact with any sharp edges pull the two joining flaps away and, holding the outer box in one hand, put your other hand underneath the inner packaging and tilt the outer box so that the inner packaging is facing towards the floor. Pull one away from the other and the inner packaging should now come away from the outer box.
If this is the case, you can flip the box over so that the plastic shell is on top and lift the transparent casing away to reveal the product underneath (as it turns out, what you saw at first was the bottom of the assembly).
Instead of pulling the headset free, hold the plastic packaging it's contained in and gently look around the edges to see where the cable is intertwined with the rest of the packaging, removing the wire from the slots holding it in place. If successful, the cardboard slots should drop free leaving just the plastic shell.
The final step to removing the headset from the packaging is to extract the in-line controller, housed within the plastic shell. Simply find where it is, place one hand underneath and gently but firmly push the plastic shell, the controller should pop free without issue given there's nothing holding it in place.
The plastic mostly comes in the form of the external shell of the padded ear cups, which themselves are large and fit well over the ears. The retractable microphone on the headset is stored away inside the left earcup, only protruding slightly and it can be gently moved into place when needed with little issue.
The only other feature of this headset is the in-line controller, part of the USB cable that you plug into your PC. This oblong-shaped plastic controller contains a lighting button to adjust colour, a microphone mute button and at the top in a triangle play/pause, previous and next buttons for compatible websites and software.
As a side note, the USb cable is not able to be disconnected from the headset itself; it is wired directly into the unit.
The sound quality though, whichever way you slice it, is solid. Given that this is a big, well-built pair of speakers attached to the side of your head, it's hardly surprising. Pumping Killer Instinct's detailed fight audio, or Mick Gordon's wall of noise that is the Doom 2016 soundtrack through these is well worth it to say the least.
On attempting to install the software, I had a pop-up asking for a digitally signed driver being required and that I needed to go to the website to find said driver.
Running the software as administrator during set up was more successfull and did get things running. However, on restarting after setup, I had to plug the headset into a different USB port to get it to re-route as it would previously, which was, to say the least, frustrating.
Moreover, once I got into the software, it turns out that, as might be expected from headset adjustment utilities from other companies, the software unfortunately doesn't appear to use standard Windows controls for its interface. That being said, it seems like it isn't completely necessary as the headset will work out of the box, though some tweaking of applications might be required if not everything transmits through the headset instantaneously.
I haven't tested the microphone with parties or multiplayer as of yet, but will update this review when I do so.
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