PC gaming is all about the hardware
and in order to get that edge on your competitors, Creative have
just released the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage USB headset.
Boasting superior quality, some great features targeting gamers
and adjustable comfort, the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage
has been made for gamers. It should also be known that a
wireless version of this headset exists as well but Impulse
Gamer just reviewed the cabled version which still rocked!
50mm Neodymium magnet
20Hz ~ 20kHz
100Hz ~ 6.5kHz
The first thing that you notice
about the Tactic3D Rage is its military inspired design. It
actually feels quite rugged and supports a very unique
illumination on the outside of the ear cups. This feature
basically lights up the outside ear cups and supports 16 million
colours to choose from. So whether you're at your friends or
participating in a massive LAN competition, you'll definitely
stand out from the crowd. This feature does require you to
install the software however.
Installation of the Tactic3D Rage
is quite simple. You simply connect it to your PC and Windows
will automatically install the drivers. You do need to install
the software if you want to take full control of the headset.
Another interesting aspect of the headset is the high quality
USB cable that is quite strong and durable. It's probably the
most rugged cable I've seen. Volume control is also conveniently
located on the left of the headset and the microphone can even
Audio quality is exceptional with
the headset and supports 3D Surround Sound which can sometimes
mean the difference between life and death on the Battlefield or
when you are Called to Duty... sorry, bad puns! However to take
things beyond the norm, you can even modify your voice thanks to
the VoiceFX software included.
This allows you change your voice
in real-time to become a crazy Orc or forceful battlefield
commander. The reason why the audio quality is so decent is that
Creative have used 50mm FullSpectrum Speakers which really
creates some great levels, especially the bass which is ideal
for first person shooters. Surround 3D sound is quite good too,
especially when you hear the enemy in the background.
I tested this headset on a variety
of games that include Battlefield, Call of Duty, Warcraft and
Starcraft II. It is definitely more intense when playing games
thanks to the audio quality of the speakers. My teammates got a
real kick out of the VoiceFX software and I'm sure many people
will now be investigating this headset due to this ability.
Whether I was listening to music, watching a Blu-ray, the audio
quality was quite exceptional.
In terms of comfort, the cushioned
ear cups are quite comfortable, however after long and I do mean
long bouts of online gaming, I did need to take off the headset
for a break. The cushioning also serves a little to cancel the
background sound. In terms of noise-cancellation, the microphone
included does its best to reduce the sound of real-life when
your out and about on the field of death. All in all, it's a a
great headset for gaming.
The Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage USB
Headset is a powerful artillery in your online gaming
experience. Boasting some great audio quality and comfort, the
only downside to the headset which is quite slight is that its
weight does make it a little heavy during extremely long
But apart from that, it's
affordably priced and sounds brilliant!