Gamdias EROS v2 Headset Review: Reasonably Priced Comfort
Gamdias isn’t a household name in gaming, but if you’re in the market for a new gaming headset, you might want to commit it to memory — or at least the name “Eros v2″.
Comfort is the first thing you notice when you slip on the Eros v2. It’s one of the most lightweight headsets I’ve ever used. The earcups are nicely padded, and the featherweight leather headband adjusts for a comfortable fit on almost any size head. It fit my nine-year-old son as well as it did me.
One drawback to all the lightweight construction is that the headset feels a bit flimsy, and you’ll find yourself unconsciously taking extra pains not to drop it. The metal reinforcing rods that span the headset are sturdy enough, but the plastic of the earcups feels hollow, and the thin metal wire connecting the leather headband to the unit doesn’t inspire confidence, either. All that aside, the headset has held up quite well under heavy use for me.
The most important thing about any gaming headset is how it sounds, and the Eros v2 turns in a fairly nice performance here. Lows, mids, and highs are distinct, and the quality of the sound is pretty solid. You may run into a few low-end distortion issues at high volumes in games like Battlefield 4, but those only crop up in games with lots of bass. For a $75 headset, the sound reproduction is of a higher quality than you might expect.
According to the back-of-box promos, the Eros v2 sports simulated 7.1 surround sound. While I can’t say that it produces that, the surround sound is still quite good for a headset, and seems to be on par with other units I have tested at higher price points. It’s also worth noting that you’ll need to download the drivers from the Gamdias website in order to use the virtual surround sound.
The Eros v2 features a flexible boom microphone, meaning you’ll find it easy to position wherever you like. Unfortunately, the microphone’s quality leaves much to be desired. Regardless of placement, the user always sounds a little distant, and the scratchy quality leaves a bit to be desired. It’s perfectly serviceable for online gaming, but this would not be my microphone of choice for streaming, podcasting, or any other type of recording.
The Eros v2 also offers flexibility in connections. The unit’s main cord ends in a 3.5mm combined microphone and audio plug, and if you’re not using that, you can plug it into the included in-line remote to connect it to your PC through USB. The in-line remote allows you to control the volume, as well as mute the microphone or the headset. Frustratingly, there’s no visual indicator that the mute function is activated, meaning that you have to constantly test to see if your audio dropped out, or you just hit the mute button.
Overall, the Gamdias Eros v2 is a pretty good headset for the money you’ll have to shell out to acquire it. It’s lightweight, performs well, and includes a serviceable microphone. While it may not be the perfect headset for an audiophile, it’s definitely worth looking into for the average gamer, especially if you’re hoping for one that won’t break the bank.
Although the Eros v2’s retail price is $74.99, you can grab it now on NewEgg for $44.99.
The EROS v2 was reviewed using a sample unit provided by Gamdias.