Sennheiser is a well known name among audiophiles. They have a pretty solid reputation for headphones that reproduce sound with excellent quality. Gaming headsets, however, are a different beast altogether. Fortunately, Sennheiser did not get the memo and has provided a set of studio quality headphones with a decent mic and simulated surround.
One of the first things I noticed while opening the GSP 350 is how flimsy and cheap the headset feels. The plastic does not feel very sturdy and the fake leather covering the ear cups just seems like something I would expect in a cheap Turtle Beach headset, not a $140 high end headset. The cushion that separates your head from the plastic is also of dubious quality and seems as though it will be quick to snag or rip. The cord is also not braided, which is just inexcusable in a headset at this price point.
Having said all that there is a practical reason for these seemingly cost cutting design choices, aside from the fact that they do in fact cut costs. The GSP 350 is comfortable and weighs next to nothing. Using the headset while playing Ghost Recon Wildlands with my son for more than 5 hours produced no ear, neck or head fatigue at all. I can say with complete confidence that the GSP 350 is the most comfortable headset I have ever used.
Despite the cheap feel of the materials used they are not bad looking. The finish of the plastic is pleasant enough and the accents are nice, even if I do not like red. The red plastic on the headset feels a bit off since it is smooth and shiny while everything else is matte and slightly textured.
Functionally the Sennheiser GSP 350 is pretty solid. The mic mute can be achieved by raising the mic until you hear an oddly satisfying click. The volume control wheel on the right ear is easy and quick to adjust. The in-line control for the surround sound toggle requires a download from Sennheiser’s website, but functions well once the download is installed. The cord, though not braided, does disconnect from the headset which I found to be surprisingly useful for cable management.
The audio quality is of primary importance with any headset and the GSP 350 does not disappoint. The sound is crystal clear and the 7.1 surround is decent considering it is software driven and not true surround. The bass is a bit weak but still gets thew job done and midrange is spot on with highs also coming through perfectly. The GSP 350 can also get loud, which is awesome when you are in a room with several other gamers and want to drown them out.
The mic is a mixed bag. It is no secret that gaming headsets typically have less than stellar mics. The GSP 350 also does not have a studio quality mic, but it IS broadcast quality, making it much better than most gaming headsets. It does a good job of filtering out background noise and when playing online my voice was clear and sounded like me just fine. The boom that the mic is on has no adjustment but is slightly flexible for some reason, making it disappointing when it fails to actually stay where you bend it. I also managed to break the mic by blowing on it, one exasperated sigh after a frustrating experience can ruin the mic so try not to sneeze or anything.
The Sennheiser GSP 350 is a great headset that gets top marks for comfort, audio quality, and mic quality, but fails in some minor areas like materials and mic durability. For $140 you would hard pressed to find a better sounding gaming headset, but anyone holding the headset when you tell them how much it costs will give you funny looks as they consider the cheap feel of the materials.
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