These days it seems like a headset is becoming an important part of any computer setup, whether you play games or not. Although the web camera era is over at least for now, Skype and other VoIP (Voice over IP) services are creating a new demand for headsets. It’s not easy to pick a good headset and if you’re a gamer you want something that is good enough both for VoIP services and playing games.
Then there is the matter of cost, you can get a headset for a couple of pounds or you can pay a small fortune for one. The price tends to reflect the quality but some of the more expensive ones tend to be specialist gaming models, come with USB sound cards or feature surround sound.
The Genius HS-04SU headset is not what you’d call a fancy headset, although it is targeting the gamer that uses other applications as well. The design is quite retro with fairly large closed cup headphones complete with imitation leather ear cushions and headband. The headphones are connected to the leather headband by a metal Y shaped bar - this is then attached to a metal ribbon that is held in place by a plastic joint on each side. The Y shaped metal bar slides up and down inside the plastic joint for size adjustment.
The microphone is attached to the left headphone and it rotates almost 180 degrees, although it stops short of being angled straight downwards. Genius has fitted a flexible metal arm between the microphone and the headphone attachment. This allows you to place the microphone in a suitable location close to your mouth for improved recording sensitivity.