Blasting onto the gaming scene comes the latest creation from Gioteck with their wired, and wireless, versions of their EX-05 gaming headsets. But is this to be a case of a bridge to far for Gioteck, or will it indeed prove to be the surprise must have product in a challenging and extremely competitive market? Read on to discover all as we put both versions of the EX-05 gaming headsets through their paces in the GamesMediaPro review.
Taking on the ‘big boys’ of the third party peripheral manufacturers such as Turtle Beach or Sennheiser with their latest offering in the gaming headset market was never going to be an easy thing for the most recent darling of the videogaming vendors, Gioteck. However, if anything this manufacturer of marvellous machinations has proved to us here at GamesMediaPro, that time and again they have come to the top of the peripherals chart with a cracking product of true high quality, but for a fraction of the cost to the consumer. Was it any different with their latest range of gaming headsets? Quite frankly, ‘no’ is the resounding reply.
The Ex-05 range of headsets, both the wired and the wireless versions, are each of such similar specifications that we thought it only wise to bring you all their aural delights in a joint review of their ample assets. Indeed, the only real separating factor between the two is that one connects through the continuous course of the attached cabling and the other via the USB Wi-Fi signal from its on board system. The actual comfort, performance and range of available features of either of the Gioteck EX-05 headsets is hampered for neither. However, the connectivity of the wireless set is enhanced thanks to its all round functionality with all three of the major gaming platforms, they being the Playstation 3, the Xbox360 and, of course, the PC. ( At the time of testing it was also discovered that both were also able to work perfectly with the Nintendo Wii, although this is not a dedicated selling point advertised by the manufacturer ).
Moving on to the design and stylings of the Gioteck EX-05 headests and it is plainly obvious to all that these have been designed with the intention of capturing the imagination, and the wallets, of the more hardcore and long playing gamer, although as an every day item for even the most casual of player they are perfectly adaptable to whatever job is at hand. Nowhere is this overtone more obvious than when taking in the design and overall construction of the EX-05’s, as if there is any other gaming headset currently on the market that offers up the same level of comfort and durability, even from products that are in the £100 range either side of the cost effective £69 and £99 that the Gioteck versions currently price at, then we have yet to come across them, and believe us when we tell you that we have tried them all.
Aesthetically, the style of the Gioteck EX-05 headsets, as both are completely identical in their digital camouflage format, is one of an almost futuristic foot soldier for the next generation. The head piece is made of a gore tex styled mesh that allows the players scalp to breathe, whilst at the same time being perfectly set at a comfortable tension to allow an extremely snug fitting that never once makes the wearer feel as though he has just tripped and fallen between to sponge coated plastic walls.
The actual ear ‘cups’, for that is just how they feel with the Gioteck EX-05’s as they gently cradle and ‘cup’ the ears without lying across, over or on top of them in a crushing grip, are adjustable by way of a slider that allows the user to move the ear pieces up and down in a range of motion that will satisfy everything from even the most watermelon sized ‘bonce’ right down to the smallest ‘napper’ that looks as though it has been attacked with the same Witchdoctor ‘dust’ that deflated the egotisitical Beetlejuices’ cranium in the movie of the same name.
The ‘cups’ also move on an independent axis so that they not only slide up and down to allow for greater comfort depending upon the size of the wearer’s own head, but they also move both left and right in a pivot/swivel type motion that grants the user a greater and far cosier fit as they mould perfectly with the curve of the head behind the ear. Thanks to this added detail of design it also means that there is less background noise seeping in to interfere with the action taking place on your gaming screen, thus allowing the user to set the volume lower than an ear drum bursting decibel level due to the almost sound proof feeling that you get from the way that the EX-05’s perfectly fit to the shape of your head.
Moving on to the microphone, the Gioteck EX-05 headsets are each fitted with a more modern and flexible ‘rubber duck’ styled communicator that is easily deployable or disguisable from its housing on the right or left side of the headset. Another very useful feature of this ‘mic’ is the fact that its stronger design allows for a far greater life span than its straw-like competitors that regularly fall apart thanks to every day usage and normal wear and tear. But those readers out there who are already familair to the Gioteck line will undoubtedly recognise this sturdy and steadfast design build and superior quality from other products in their dazzling array of peripheral perfection.
Now we get done to the real ‘nitty gritty’ of the EX-05 review, the meat of the main course. The game sound and functionality within its advertised features. Billed by Gioteck as being “For serious gamers only!” the latest range of EX-05 headsets offer up a surprisingly efficient blend of cost effective purchasing combined with some of the very best sound quality ever heard on a gaming headset. Complete with surround sound for both the wired and wireless editions, the EX-05 delivers a heavyweight sound from its lightweight frame. Both have state of the art 40mm drivers that produce startling results with deep rumbling bass boom’s that leave you feeling like there has been a minor earthquake in your kitchen and you are sensing the aftershock tremors under your feet in your living room. The crisp high level tones are also easily identifiable, and never again will you confuse the sound of encroaching footsteps from behind for the muffled indistinct white noise that other headsets reproduce, and which also leave you wide open for a surprise assault by your opponents.
Crystal clear and with an impressive depth of digital clarity, both the wired and wireless versions of Gioteck’s awesome additions to your growing arsenal of gaming gadgets offer up an unsurpassed experience that will not only leave you agape at the level of quality that is being poured through each of the mufflers, but you will also soon discover that with the new found advantages being delivered by Gioteck’s superb sound system , that the kill’s and objectives will soon be coming to you faster than Carl Lewis with a piece of burning toilet roll stuck down the back of his boxer shorts and thicker than a recently rejected EU treaty.
The features vary from the wired to the wireless editions, but only insofar as to say that one is wired and the other is not. Admittedly the Wireless EX-05 can be fully formatted at the set up to work with every major console as well as your PC gaming rig. As stated earlier, however, we did manage to get both the wired and the wireless headsets working with the Xbox360 and PC, it was only with the Playstation 3’s Bluetooth communications that the wired headset could not adapt. That is not to say that it is in any shape or form a flaw in the system, as the headsets are only designed to be used with the Xbox360 and PC by the wired variety, and the PS3, Xbox360 and PC with the wireless. Everything else, such as the fact that they can both also be hooked up to either an SD PVR as well as an HD Hauppage PVR are purely bonuses that add even more weight to the cost effectiveness of the products nature, if they ever needed any more than they both already have.
In game chat is just a click away thanks to the handy clip-on control centre that comes atached to both the wired and wireless variety of the EX-05. Volume, both in game and voice chat, is controlled via the same handy control and is able to handle acute tuning thanks to the easy to operate, yet sturdy, buttons on either side of the control system.
You can adjust the volume of both the in game sound effects and gameplay as well as the voice chat with both the wired and wireless headsets and both offer up sharp as a tack outputs with every sound being picked up upon from either the game being played or conversation your involved in.
With the wireles EX-05’s you also get an included USB power cable that, like every other available Gioteck product, does not have to be inserted into the corresponding console and can, in fact, be utilised with any available USB port on your PC or lap top for example. Turning from a deep blood red through an effervescant violet to a ‘Green For Go!‘ colour scheme, users know just what stage the charge is at thanks to this simple to understand and even easier to operate charge cable.
Both headsets are also supplied with their red and white Audio cables that come complete with two way inserts that alleviate the need for extra splitters to be involved when attaching the cables to consoles, headsets, PVR’ and/or PC’s. Both also come complete with the required USB’s to keep the systems attached to their platform units without the need for a degree in electrical engineering.
Last, but by no means least, we have to make a point of the prices involved within the market when searching for a top of the line gaming headset. Of course, there are some that are, quite literally, as cheap as chips, but with such things the words ‘you will get what you didn’t pay for’ will come true from the moment you first insert the jack into your console or PC. To get a headset that produces sound quality on a par with your booming sound system at home, or at least one very close to it, you do have to shell out a few more shekels, of that there is no doubt. But when you are being asked to pay out more money to listen to the games sound effects than you did to actually purchase the game, and indeed, the very console you are playing it on, then this is the point when the alarm bells should be ringing as loud and clear as the less expensive Gioteck option.
Asking gamers to fork out an ever increasing sum that usually totals anywhere around the £180-£350 mark for a top of the range gaming headset is, in our humble opinion, nothing short of obscene. Thank your lucky stars then that there is a manufacturer out there who requires no such exibortant fee from you other than a paltry £99 for their wireless version, and an even sweeter £69.99 for the wired EX-05’s.
So when all is said and done, and push comes to shove, which should be the gaming headset that you reach for based on all of the above outlining factors? There are many contenders for the most user friendly, economical and affordable, or just outright technically gifted headphones on the market right now, but only one ticks every box, and beyond any shadow of a doubt that headset is the Gioteck EX-05. Blending sheer top of the range specifications with unsurpassed sound quality is one thing, but when you throw into that magical mix the fact that the designer managed to give it some of the easiest install operations and user functions then you would think that it would deserve a high rating based solely on thse attributes alone, but you would be wrong.
The Gioteck EX-05 gaming headset does not just have great sound, functionality and technical specifications it also has great style and grace that leaves all others in its wake as it blows you away with its devilishly handsome digital good looks. But wait, we have not even got to the best part of this summing up, as the main point with this product of peripheral perfection is that even though the Gioteck EX-05 is a gaming headset worthy of adorning the crown of any pro player, it is within reach of any gamer with its remarkabley reasonable price tag. That’s the real high point of the EX-05, wired or wireless, but then so it is with all the Gioteck range.
This is a company that has brought the very pinnacle of high-end pro gaming products and placed them all right into the hands of anyone who owns any of the platforms from the Playstation 3 right through to the PC and Xbox360. No longer do the elite or the pro’s have the peripheral edge over their opponents in online batttles as thanks to Gioteck and their superior products the field has just been levelled for all players. Truly immense sound quality and style with simplicity itself in the headsets functions allows gamers to concentrate on the task at hand, and just like the EX-05 themselves that task is winning!
Wired the EX-05 is without equal and the value of the benefits that it will bring to your play are immeasurable, but with the wireless versions giving customers the opportunity to take your experience to a whole new level of connectivity and non-restrictive gaming for the merest increase in price of a piffling £30 it goes without saying that the added values of the multiplatform options that the extra money give are ones that we highly recommend and that are hard to pass up on. Gioteck are fast provng themselves to be the ‘New Kid in Town’ and with outstanding products such as the EX-05 it is not difficult to see why the name on every gamers lips at the moment is the very name we whole heartedly endorse. Five of the easiest stars we have ever awarded then to the Editors Choice of gaming headset in both the wired and wireless sections. The best money you will spend all year on a gaming peripheral. 5 Stars