Sennheiser G4ME One

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The Sennheiser G4ME One is a headset with audiophile-pleasing sound quality, but the high price point - $339 - is likely to deter gamers.

In many ways, the G4ME One does not feel like a gaming headset, and the only features that point in that direction are the relatively flashy red-and-white design and the boom microphone.

The 2.1 stereo headset does not have the inbuilt, or external, software sound processing that we have come to expect from many gaming headsets. Instead, it delivers a flat, high-fidelity sound.

It also does not have a single combined audio and microphone jack, the standard on many laptops and consoles nowadays. In order to use the headset with those devices, you will need to purchase an adapter.

  • TECH SPECS

  • PRICE: $339

    OPERATING PRINCIPLE: Dynamic open

    DRIVER TYPE: Not stated

    FREQUENCY RESPONSE:15Hz to 28,000Hz

    WEIGHT: 300g

  • RATING

  • FEATURES: 3/5

    DESIGN: 4/5

    PERFORMANCE: 5/5

    VALUE: 2/5

    OVERALL: 3/5

What the Sennheiser G4ME One has, though, is fantastic sound quality. And it is not just for gaming, but for everyday use - movies, music or whatever else you can throw at it.

The headset sounds full and rich without being heavy-handed, and it is intricate and precise all the way through its considerable dynamic range.

It is white with chrome red accents, and the overall construction feels plasticky and a little flimsy.

On the other hand, the full-plastic construction means that it is also relatively light, at 300g.

The oversized ear cups are designed for comfort. But I have an issue with the headset in this regard. For one thing, even at the shortest headband adjustment, the entire headset felt too large for me. Also, the bottoms of the velvet-lined ear cups sat low enough to press against my jaw, which was uncomfortable after a while.

I also definitely have an issue with the $339 price point. Sennheiser is primarily an audio company, and it is understandable that they will want to peg the price of their gaming headsets to the rest of their offerings.

But it is very difficult to justify paying $339 when the competition in the gaming headset market is so stiff and there are plenty of other high-quality options out there for significantly less.

Lisabel Ting

  • Verdict: If you are an audiophile who enjoys gaming, stomaching the $339 might be palatable; otherwise, the high cost is a big deterrent.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 20, 2016, with the headline 'Sennheiser G4ME One'. Print Edition | Subscribe