Roccat Kave 5.1 Headset Review
Roccat Kave First Look
Despite this not being an official part of the SDMS range the box apes the other Roccat boxes by being very sleek and modern. A large transparent panel allows you to get a good look at the Kave prior to purchase, or stare longingly at during the journey home. The back contains everything you expect to see, in all the languages you're likely to speak. As it just repeats the technical specifications we've given on page one let's move on.
The side of the box gives us a bullet point list of the major elements of the Kave 5.1 headset. This is particularly useful because the design is so good and so smooth that not all of them are easy to spot "at a glance".
Taking it out the box we get our first look at the Kave. We will be looking closer at it in a moment, so for now it's just nice to see a very good job done by Roccat of tucking everything out the way. This gives us a very clean view of the headset and 'Tip N Control' remote.
No we haven't accidentally thrown the headphones away and are going to review the packaging. Often once the hardware is removed the main job of the packaging, i.e keeping it all facing the front of the box, is over. However here Roccat have not only given us a well formed holder but then reinforced that with foam pads to ensure the Kave headset arrives at your desk in the best shape humanely possible. It's the little extra touches that really separate the good from the mind-blowingly great.
It's always difficult to take a picture of a headset as a whole without it looking like a hell of spaghetti. Here we're helped by a Velcro cable tie, and Roccat logo'd splitter near the jacks that ensure we don't have miles of cables. Rather here we have a single cable that splits in a quality fashion as late as it possible can. There definitely is plenty of cable here, enough that you wont struggle with routing unless your main tower is next door.
Finally before we take a good up close look, the documentation. This follows the standard Roccat mantra of having one exceptionally clear user manual that covers everything you could possibly want to know, and one mock report file that makes for interesting, if not slightly surreal, reading.