Opening the Gioteck EX-05 box…
There’s something about a product that you know is going to be great before you even open the box, and the Gioteck Ex-05 wired headset certainly looks like a premium product before the box is even opened. The box is nice and weighty, and its finished in a metallic black with some swish designs. It feels somewhat sad to have to actually open up the packaging, but thankfully the sight of the product inside is well worth the anticipation.
Inside the box
The Gitek EX-05 wired headset will instantly appeal to gamers who want a military experience. Consisting of a super lightweight camouflage wide headband, sturdy metal adjusters and breathable micro-fibre ear cups, the headset is surprisingly very light to hold, yet feels sturdy in the hand. There is an extremely long cable attached to the headset with a USB connection on the end, meaning that games can be played a great distance away from the console and TV. Also in the box are the various connectors that allow connection to an Xbox 360 control pad, plus the headphone controls.
Everything is packaged very well, and thanks to this packaging there should be no damage to the headset if it was ordered online. It really is great to see such good packaging on a pair of gaming headphones. Also included deep in the packaging are the instructions, which are actually very helpful and will help any gamer regardless of experience connect to either a PS3, Xbox 360 or PC.
The headset really is super lightweight, and thanks to the quality of the materials used to make this headset it feels like a premium product. The metal adjusters on each ear cup are sturdy without being overly tough to adjust. The headphones are set to the smallest size by default, and seemed to fit most people’s heads comfortably at this setting. The camouflage headband sits nicely on the top of the head, and after a few minutes use you really forget that you have the headphone on your head.
The microphone protrudes from the side of one of the ear cups, and is a flexible strip that can be moved into any position that a gamer may find suitable. Again, it feels like a quality attachment, unlike so many of its rivals where the microphone seems to be an afterthought and easily broken off from the main headset.
Of course, no headset is any good without the sound quality to match its appearance. The Gioteck EX-05 uses 40mm high quality stereo drivers to push the sound through the player’s ears and into their brain, almost making ears bleed when faced with an intense battle section in a game such as Call Of Duty.
The Ex-05 provides deep bass notes, meaning explosions are beefy and realistic. The speakers also offer a brilliant mid-range and high-range, meaning that you can distinguish speech easily from sound effects and other in-game sounds. The user also has full control over the sound levels of the game they are playing and the level at which the headphones playback other users’ voices. Again, the sound quality of live human voices shouting and screaming is very natural and the large 40mm stereo drivers deliver with every scenario thrown at them.
The Gioteck EX-05 headset has a control box that at first looks a bit daunting, however when it is put to use it really has all the right options in all the right places. There are separate controls for game volume and speech volume, giving you full control of every aspect of the sound that you hear. The controls are a nice size and can be changed easily while playing any game.
The EX-05 headset can also be used for services such as Skype and other chat clients. The headset produces stunningly rich human voice tones when talking to someone on one of these services, and when listening to someone else using the headsets, the clarity of the microphone is very impressive and as dynamic as is the stereo sound the speakers produce.
Using the Gioteck EX-05 wired headset is a brilliant experience. Gioteck have taken the time to cater for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 users, providing them with a premium quality headset that produces deep and rich sound, and which offers a clear microphone that will allow any gamer to shout at their opponents and be heard clear as a bell. Even more so, the headset can be used as more than gaming headphones, making it ideal for services such as Skype.
The overall design and usability of the headset should make them this Christmas’ go-to headset for gamers who want a premium product and are on a budget. This headset cannot be recommended enough, and would make the perfect stocking filler for any online gaming addict.