2.1 Speaker System Final Thoughts
Let’s face it; more often than not, PC gamers are going to be using headphones while gaming. However, does that mean that we do not have a need for a good speaker system? Absolutely not! Sometimes it’s nice to put the headphones down for awhile and let the head breathe. And, maybe we want to play our console games on a system with great audio quality. Streaming movies and music from all of your devices while benefiting from exceptional audio quality is big bonus. The Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Gaming Speaker System is going to satisfy these needs, and look good doing it.
As good as the Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Gaming Speaker System tested for me, there is no such thing as a perfect product. Here is where I start nit-picking a solid device. First, I would like to have my headphones be a source on the control box instead of having to plug and unplug them all the time. Each line-in port has a source, why not the headphone/mic ports? Second, there should be rubber anti-slip feet on the satellite speakers. I know that they can be hung up on the wall, but not everyone has a configuration that would call for that setup. The satellite speakers are as prone to slippage as the control box/external amplifier and subwoofer.
Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Conclusion
The target demographic for the Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Gaming Speaker System was, obviously, the gamer, but anyone who decides to purchase this unit will be more than happy with it. While playing games, the audio quality was exceptional. Explosions boomed, planes roared, machine guns thumped, and sniper rifles snapped. The only complaint was that it was difficult to determine exactly where the noises were coming from, but that is to be expected from a 2.1 system. However, everything was very clear, which is great for communication with teammates. Listening to music and watching movies, regardless of the device, was a pleasure. The bass is deep and rich, yet it can start to distort as the volume and bass dials move towards the final 10% of their range.
As I mentioned earlier in the article, my first impression of the Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Gaming Speaker System from an appearance standpoint was that it belongs in Darth Vader’s chamber, which I personally don’t think is a bad thing. The speakers are black plastic, having a mixture of both glossy and matte finishes. Try to handle the components of the system by the matte finish, that is, unless you like very visible fingerprints on your devices. There are some chrome accent pieces that look good on the satellite speakers and the subwoofer, and the GX Gaming scorpion logo looks sharp. Oh, how could I forget the blue LED pulsating scorpion on the subwoofer? The bottom line is that the Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 looks like a gaming speaker system and should accompany that full tower with the LED case fans.
The Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Gaming Speaker System is constructed mainly of plastic. I did not see, feel, or hear anything out of place, like a rattle or shake. It is a solidly built system. I also liked the fact that Genius provided the control box/external amplifier with plenty of ventilation.
In terms of functionality, the Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Gaming Speaker System provides more than the average gamer bargained for when opting for this speaker system. Providing the control box/external amplifier was a good choice. Personally, I would rather have a separate component for controlling everything rather than adjusting the volume on a satellite speaker or a subwoofer. The control box allows you to manipulate the volume, the bass, the source, and a button to put the unit in standby mode.
There are plenty of attributes that the Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Gaming Speaker System possesses to make it a compelling offer and a great addition to your gaming setup. It looks the part, sounds outstanding regardless of what is being played, and is very versatile. Even though it is a 2.1 system and might not help you pinpoint the enemy, it is still a substantial upgrade to what many of us are using.
As of June 1, 2014, the sticker price for the Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Gaming Speaker System was available for $99.99 (Amazon). You would be hard-pressed to find a 2.1 gaming speaker system that would outperform this one. It exceeded my expectations and I recommend it to anyone wanting a great speaker system for their gaming setup.
+ Audio quality
+ Aesthetically appealing from a gamer’s perspective
+ Pulsating blue LED logo on the subwoofer
+ Deep, rich bass
+ Separate component for controlling the system
– No anti-slip feet on the satellite speakers
– 2.1 system (can’t locate enemy)
– headphones/mic port should be source for switching
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
COMMENT QUESTION: Do you prefer wearing a headset or would you rather employ gaming speakers?