Zowie Gear Hammer e-Sports Headset Reviewhardnrg - November 23, 2009
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Zowie. Wowie Zowie?! Nope, this is Zowie Gear, a relatively new brand for computer gaming peripheral products. The people who work at Zowie Gear have previously developed and manufactured products for professional gaming at other companies, and created the new company with the ambition of becoming the best manufacturer of professional gaming gear. Currently, the line-up of products is mostly mousepads, but there are also two headsets and two gaming bundles. The gaming bundle seems to be a painted Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical, along with a mousepad, mouse bag, and low-friction teflon pads (mouse skatez). I'm not quite sure why this mouse is in the Professional Gaming bundle, it seems quite pedestrian compared to the gaming mice from Logitech, Razer, and even Microsoft. I'm literally still scratching my head... Anyway, enough about the other products, I'll stop, it's Hammer time.
The headset I'll be looking at in this review is the 3.5mm version of the Zowie Gear Hammer (there is also a USB version of the Hammer). Will it be better than other gaming headsets? Is it the best for professional gaming?
In the world of audio, the better headphones tend to be packaged in a box rather than one of those annoying plastic bubble things. This isn't a definitive rule, it's not even really a fair generalization, but it certainly raised my expectations as soon as I saw the headset. On the front of the box, you can clearly see the words "designed for e-sports." So, this is not an ordinary multimedia headset aimed at the general public, it has been specifically designed for serious competitive gaming. The back of the box lists the important and unique features, and the technical specifications, as you would expect (which you can see properly, later in this review).
The product package comprises of the headset itself (which has an in-line volume/mic control), an extension cable, and a pair of alternative earpads.
Let's look at each of these components in detail.