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Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset Review

Price: $49.99


I think almost all of us remember a time - maybe even as recently as last night - when one or more of your family members shouted at you from their beds to turn down your *expletive inserted here* computer speakers. So reluctantly, you had to grab your trusty old pair of headphones to stop your live-in grandma from laying a beat down on you.

A lot has changed in the world of headphones and headsets for PC gaming. Creative Labs' new Fatal1ty series sound cards have a new feature called X-fi CMSS-3D, which turns your old pair of headphones into a fully 3D surround sound system. When I first read about this I scoffed. I have never been a fan of headphones for gaming, as the idea of two headphone speakers putting out 3D sound made no sense to me. As mentioned in my previous Fatal1ty sound card review, I was surprised to find that Creative was not lying to me, and my internal cynic was dumbfounded. To keep the goodness rolling, we’ll check out the new headset made specifically for the Sound Blaster Fatal1ty cards endorsed by Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel himself. Is it worth the beating to keep your speakers on, or has headset gaming come far enough for you to skip over your speakers and reach for your headset? Let’s find out together.

"Since launching the phenomenally successful Sound Blaster sound cards and setting the de facto standard for PC audio in 1989, Creative has been able to leverage on its leading-edge audio technology, huge user base and strong brand name to expand into the exciting lifestyle Personal Digital Entertainment (PDE) market. Today, Creative is widely recognized as a global leader for product innovation in the audio and PDE segments, offering consumers a complete, high quality digital entertainment experience through Creative's hardware, software applications and services. Finding the perfect balance between form and function, Creative strives for every product to be a sensory feast for the eyes and ears."


Closer Look:

Upon receiving the package, I moved the packing peanuts out of the way and found the headset packaging. Unlike the last package I received from Creative, this one was not the OEM version, but rather the retail version. The colors chosen for the packaging are perfect, I have always liked black and red together. By including the brushed steel look to the box, it seems to denote strength and power, which is what I look for in a headset for FPS gaming.





The package contains the headset complete with removable mic. The headset also comes with a carrying case and a limited warranty.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer look (Continued)
  3. Installation & Configuration
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing
  6. Testing (Continued)
  7. Conclusion
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