Creative World of Warcraft headphones
Wireless gear for weekend warriors
Review To be honest, I can’t think of anything more embarrassing than wearing a badged set of World of Warcraft headphones. Does it really matter what's stamped on the side when you're sat behind a big monitor anyway?
However, Blizzard’s all-conquering MMORPG does have about ten zillion subscribers, and Creative Labs has had considerable success with its Fatal1ty range of gaming headsets, so there is some method to its madness.
Creative's World of Warcraft headphones: bow down to your inner fanboy
I tested the more expensive wireless version of the headset, which costs £150, but there’s also a wired version available for £110. The headset itself is very comfortable to wear, thanks to the thickly padded earpieces and headband - which, to add to your embarrassment, actually looks rather like Cyberman head handles.
The earpieces can be fitted with glowing "lenses" that carry the logos of the Alliance and Horde factions within WoW, and you can even adjust the colour of the glow to suit your fancy. There’s also a detachable microphone that you can use for voice-chat during gaming sessions.
Creative recommends a full eight-hour charging period before using the headphones for the first time, and four hours for subsequent recharges, but we actually found that the headphones charged up much more quickly than that. They were fully charged in less than 90 minutes the first time round.
Opt for Horde or Alliance affiliation
Once it’s powered up, the built-in rechargeable battery will last for about nine hours of non-stop monster-mashing mayhem.
"a ‘voicefx’ option that modifies your voice as you speak into the mike to make you sound like an elf, dwarf, or one of the other races found in World of Warcraft." ... we demand a demo. And we don't mind how embarrassing you find it.
WoW gamers go outside? You must be dreaming.
My closed-back cans (ATH-M40) which I use for live sound work cost me £50. They're not half bad. My shopping list includes a reasonable £100 set of open-back cans for mixing at home without disturbing the rest of the house. So £150 for cans that aren't even any good sound-wise?
The article says this is "not unreasonable". I beg to differ. It is "not significantly different from the price charged for other rip-off tie-in merchandising", is what it is.
Buy these and advertise that you've been financially raped. Tell the world that you're a sucker, and anyone can sell you any kind of tat if it's just got the right branding. Yay.
The headband should come with a built-in "L" attached.
Took me all of 30 seconds to find the drivers on the Creative website and if you actually read the description of what you are going to download, it explicitly states:
'This download contains the latest driver and application(s) for use with your Sound Blaster® World of Warcraft® Wireless Headset'
I don't think it can be much clearer than that.
Also, regarding things being written in English, pot calling the kettle black ring a bell?
i dont think these are really aimed at 'normal people'