Venom Marauder gaming headset review
Venoms Marauder Gaming Headset is a pretty cool headset. At the price of £49.99 (at the time of writing this) it’s worth every penny! It works on a variety of platforms and it’s the ideal gift for the gamer in your family.
Design and build quality
The Marauder 7.1 Virtual Surround Gaming Headset looks really nice with the black and red finish. It feels like there is a bit of weight to it too, though not too heavy while wearing it. The headset is designed with the gamer in mind and this is more evident when using it on long gaming sessions. The mic is unidirectional, is well hidden and can be folded out. It can be a little troublesome at the start when you are trying to get the mic out.
With the placement of the microphone I found that even when you have it set to the highest level, friends didn’t really hear me that well. This is a real shame as the headset’s performance apart from this really is impressive.
With the ear cups you don’t get many issues with them hurting your ears although it can get a bit warm due to the fabric that’s used. The issue being that if Venom were to use a more breathable fabric for the cushion areas, while it would probably be more comfortable, you would get more external noise, so it’s a kind of your damned if you do and damned if you don’t scenario. I find that with most headsets out today, its more or less the same issue.
A side feature on the Marauder headset is the vibrate option, and while this may not be to everyone’s liking, there are some of you that may love it. I find it’s more of a Marmite situation, you will either love it or hate it. When you are listening to music or gaming, and it gets a bit bass heavy on a certain song or in a certain area of a game, it makes you feel the bass a bit more due to the vibrations. It does take a little getting used to, but I found myself having it on its lowest setting as possible.
The Marauder can be used on a variety of platforms from Xbox One and PS4 to your PC or mobile devices. In the box you will almost find everything you need, it comes with a USB Audio Hub, Optical Cable, and Audio Cable 3.5mm to 3.5mm and an Audio Cable 2.5mm to 3.5mm. They’ve included everything you need to get set up. Xbox One owners that have the older controllers and not the newer S versions, will have to grab a separate adapter in order for this headset to work.
I found that setting up the headset should have been a bit more straight-forward, as when you unbox the headset, there is a gaggle of wires and you could be left staring at what goes where. This can become a bit of a pain with the wires as there is the standard audio connection and USB cable coming out of the headset.
These then have to be inserted into a receiver, which the receiver itself has to be plugged into the Xbox One/PS4. There could have probably been a simpler way surely when it came to the setup. Also, if you are like me and love gaming in your living room on the big screen, it can become a pain in regard to the endless wires coming out of your headset. The pain is more evident due to me having small children running about the house as the cables are running back and forth from TV to couch and it’s definitely not be an ideal situation to be in while gaming.
Performance and sound quality
Like with many gaming headsets out today is not always easy to get the volume the way you want it, but thankfully with Venoms Marauder Gaming Headset it comes with its own in-line volume control, so you can adjust it to how you see fit and what suits you. The neodymium speakers that is has offers up a much deeper bass and gives you clear audio at all times. Some of you may find that the bass might be a little too much in certain games, but there will be those of you that will find that it does add to the immersion of a game while you play.
Explosions sound amazing, whether you are destroying enemy’s vehicles in games like Battlefield or blow up cars and helicopters in GTAV, it definitely allows you to hear that little bit more detail that can make a difference in your gaming experiences. The Marauder has everything perfectly balanced and it’s easy to pick up the little details in sounds as you play, while eliminating any if not almost all external noises, which I found further enhanced my gameplay enjoyment.
While the Maruauder uses 7.1 Virtual Surround, it still does an amazing job like many of the expensive headsets on the market today. I even found myself using it more with my laptop when watching some gaming videos on YouTube or watching a movie. As soon as you put them on, you can get hardly hear anything else around you. This is great for those of you that like me, with small children, as sometimes you can’t always get to watch your favourite TV shows or movies. So for instance, I have a large family and not everyone gets to watch what they want, so we would let our daughter use my laptop so she can watch her favourite shows on Netflix, while the rest of the family can get to watch some TV.
The Marauder 7.1 Virtual Surround Gaming Headset is a sturdy and reliable product. For the price point it’s set at, you can get truly amazing sound quality while you are gaming or watching movies. I do feel that its let down by the quality of the mic and amount of wires that is included, as it really should have been a bit more plug-and-play. I know some will say that is trying to be more universal, but there has to be more of a simpler way.
I feel that this is better suited to PC gamers more than console gamers and I would probably find myself using it more watching movies than actually gaming with them.
Guardian Rating: 7.5/10