G.Skill Ripjaws SR910 Headset Review


G.Skill Ripjaws SR910 Headset Review


The hardware guys at G.Skill have definitely got their mojo working.

The KM780 and XM780 were both very good pieces of hardware let down, to some degree, by the software and minor niggles. The SR910 is a fantastic piece of hardware with no niggles whatsoever.

The design is what first grabs your attention. The SR910 just looks so different to everything else. We love the subtle red lighting which highlights the multiple speakers. We'll get to those in a moment. Indeed having transparent sides is different enough to separate the SR910 from the pack before we even get to the glowing G.Skill logo. It's light too, tipping the scales at a shade over 400 grams, and this air of lightness is enhanced by the decision to use a floating headband. Rather than use the headband to hold the weight and have the ear-pieces sit on your head, instead the ear-pieces combine with the headband to distribute the weight evenly without feeling like it's going to fall off your head. This comfort is aided by well padded ear cups. All of this is, frankly, an entrée. The star of the show is unquestionably those hinges. We're in love. They're amazing.

Away from our fascination with the aesthetic quality of a hinge the way in which G.Skill have fit in enough speakers that the SR910 is a pure 7.1 headset is amazing. It's an exercise in compact design that makes a big difference to the sound quality of the SR910. There are some very good virtual surround headsets around, but there is no replacement for the real surround effect brought to you by multiple speakers and the sound reproduction backs up this decision to go all out in the speaker department. The surround effect is excellent, letting you get an aural map of your surrounding competition without taking your eye off the prize. Because it's not virtual you don't have any of that echoing associated with software surround systems, and if your preference is to make yourself deaf then the SR910 has enough volume at the highest setting to make you question the wisdom of having it this loud. Or hold an impromptu rock concert.

The only problem with the SR910 is the same one that we found with the KM780 and XM780. However, whereas they had a harmonious design and just needed a couple of minor tweaks, the software for the SM910 looks like it stepped out of the late 90s. Tabs containing a lot of the features aren't obviously marked. It's gigantic on your desktop with some bizarre colour choices (red is never good to use for text on a black background) and icons strewn around. We know jobs are hard to come by and we all have families to feed so we would never suggest someone should lose their job over such things, but all three of the G.Skill releases have been let down by their software and the SR910 even more so because of how amazing the hardware actually is.

Thankfully that hardware really is fantastic and is enough to bring the G.Skill Ripjaws SR910 the Gold home. Just delete the source code and then get someone else to unify your software guys.

Thanks to G.Skill for supplying the SR910 for review. Discuss it in our OC3D Forums.

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