Zowie Hammer Headset
It's fair to say that the readers are currently split. For every person who is shaking their head and wondering who the heck Zowie are, there will be one who is nodding knowingly. Unlike a lot of the companies that spring readily to mind, Zowie are one of the few that are known amongst a select group of hardcore, but not to the more casual hardware follower.
Zowie, for those who don't know, are a California based company that are very focused upon providing high-quality products at reasonable prices for the gaming community. With a strict development and production process they expect to meet the high demands of professional gamers everywhere.
Today we're going to take a look at their Hammer headset. This is available in two different flavours. There is the standard Hammer, which is the headset you see in the picture to the right, and the Hammer USB which, in addition to the headset, provides a USB soundcard.
Zowie state that the Hammer is specifically designed for "e-Sports", and with sound fidelity proving hugely important in all forms of professional gaming we look forward to seeing the quality of the sound that the Hammer provides. Hopefully being a specifically designed gaming headset, Zowie haven't had to compromise elsewhere.
Taken from the Zowie website :
* Frequency response : 15 ~ 25,000 Hz
* Speaker dimension : 40 mm
* Impedance : 32 ohms
* Sensitivity : 98 dB +/- 4dB
* Cable length : 1.2m + 1.8m = 3.0m
* Connectors : 3.5mm Gold-plated
* Frequency range : 60 ~ 10,000 Hz
* Directivity : Uni-directional
* Impedance : Low
* Sensitivity : -57dB +/- 4dB
USB sound card ( HAMMER headset USB ):
* Jack : 2 x 3.5mm
So far, so good. At least on paper it all looks good.