GAMDIAS Hephaestus Final Thoughts
In general, headsets have never performed as well as a good pair of headphones. Most manufacturers try to keep the cost down because they’re not going after the audiophile in terms of sound quality. The Hephaestus is no different in this aspect. While it is an exceptional headset to say the least, there is always room to improve on the sound quality and microphone clarity. But at what cost are we talking about here? To get some truly high performance headphones and a separate microphone that performs equally as well, you’re looking at $300 to $500 or more depending on what type of sound you like and what aspects are important to you.
As for the Hephaestus specifically, I like it. It is a good headset, it performs mostly as advertised, and is a real value at $99. I think most would be hard pressed to find another headset that packs this many features into a $99 price tag. The blast source identifier (or Bass) for gaming is immersive, but I would have liked to have seen some software options to fine tune the effect and make it truly impressive. Once you have everything configured for this headset, it truly performs well. Though it can be a little tedious to configure with your chat client and the mic can be a little finicky in placement as well, once you have it honed in, it truly performs well.
GAMDIAS Hephaestus Conclusion
When trying to gauge the performance of a headset it will come down to 2 things, perceived sound quality and features. The sound quality performs well for a headset and the features blow past the competitors. It did most of what it advertised to do, including an immersive experience.
The clean lines and sheer mass of this headset makes it appearance one of distinction, which I’m sure is what GAMDIAS was going for. There will be no mistake that you’re wearing a Hephaestus when you’re at a Lan party. That being said, it would be nice if the lights on the ear cups had the option to be turned off.
In terms of construction, I noticed no declination in quality there either. They are sturdy, seem to be well made, but only time will tell if they hold up to the abuse that gamers commonly give their equipment. I do no foresee any problems down the road related to construction of this headset, although it would have been nice to have a detachable USB cord.
In terms of functionality, the Hephaestus falls a bit short, mainly due to the lack of options for the “Blast Source Identifier” and for the software itself. The microphone’s performance was very lacking and did not provide enough quality for me to be heard clearly in both Mumble and Teamspeak 3. Unfortunately, I could not get past the tunnel effect of this microphone in order to give it a higher rating.
The value packed into this $99.99 (Amazon | NewEgg) package is matched by no one else in terms of cost vs benefit. The only cheaper headset that comes to mind that performs decent is the Razer Kraken Pro, but it contains nowhere near the amount of features and extras that the Hephaestus does.
So the Hephaestus is in fact, a nice headset. If you’re a gamer, maybe on the newer side, looking for a decent headset at a very good price, then the Hephaestus should be high up on you list of options. On the other hand, if you’re a seasoned veteran, and demand the very best, then this is not the headset for you. But you would be hard pressed to find a similarly priced headset that packs all these features.
+ Lightweight construction
+ Tons of features packed into a single headset
+ Fold-flat design making for easy transport
+ Good sound quality in all aspects
+ In-line remote
+ Flexible Mic
+ Leather ear pads and headband
– Non-detachable cord
– Microphone too sensitive and has a “tunnel” effect
– In-line remote (some view this is as a con)
– Somewhat muddy mid-range
– Lighting on ear cups cannot be turned off and is very bright
– Blast source identifier lacks software options and customization
– Software is non-customized specific to the Hephaestus’s feature set (Generic sound card options)
Final Score: 8.75 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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