MSI Immerse GH60 Hi-Res Gaming Headset Review
After the disappointment of the MSI Clutch mouse it was with some trepidation that we started our time with the Immerse GH60, but it very quickly won us over with a combination of comfort and sound quality that is difficult to beat at this price point.
With a headset that comes with Hi-Res Audio writ large upon the box, the importance of living up to that billing is the difference between success and failure. More than almost any other peripheral a headset lives and dies on the sound quality. Everything else is somewhat secondary, assuming that it isn't as uncomfortable as knives in your eardrums. 50mm drivers are commonly found in the better sounding headsets as their extra diameter gives a more open sound and allows each frequency to be more distinctive than it is in smaller sized drivers. Additionally with the Immerse GH60 their frequency response has been broadened from the common 20Hz-20kHz that a lot of gaming headsets are supplied with, up to 20Hz-40kHz. This extra headroom allows your choice of audio to breathe, whether it is as simplistic as the latest dance track or as complex as Mozart symphony. All of which provides a very enjoyable listening experience from movies through games, with the MSI Immerse GH60 allowing accurate pin-pointing of your enemies and - ahem - immersive audio regardless of source.
The second benefit of the larger drivers is larger ear pieces which work beautifully in tandem with the deep foam padding provided by MSI to cover your ears without pressing into your head. The ability to switch from synthetic leather to cloth is also beneficial for those of you who find that the more closed material can lead to the dreaded sweaty ears, and whilst it isn't a matter of moments to switch the covers over they are both of high quality and densely padded. Utilising the steel band design allows for swift accurate height placement, although if you're the type who likes them a little higher or lower than is natural then there obviously isn't a way to adjust them as there is with sliding hinges.
Aesthetics of a headset are the least important element unless you're the type of narcissist who cares deeply about how you look. It's fortunate for MSI that this is the case as both the design and plastics utilised in the construction look and feel incredibly cheap. If you've ever experienced high quality plastic you'll know there is an almost soft quality to it, whilst cheaper plastics feel hollow and scratchy. The very square design of the microphone and hinges only emphasise the relatively cheap feeling plastics, and even the MSI Dragon logo looks like a transfer applied by a fan rather than a manufacturer approved design touch.
Whilst the MSI Immerse GH60 might not look or feel like a premium item, particularly given it's £90 price tag, we encountered no issues at all with the build quality and it's all put together very well. It just isn't the kind of headset that will attract admiring glances, but you'll be too busy luxuriating in the soundscapes to notice.