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Review of the gaming headset Acer Predator

Review of the gaming headset Acer Predator Galea 350

Now the market of gaming headsets is filled with offers for a variety of requirements and a wallet. But when choosing “ears” it is always worth remembering that not more expensive is not always better.

Acceptable solutions with a good price-quality ratio can be found in the middle price segment. Today we will talk about the wired headset Predator Galea 350, which just belongs to the middle segment. Its official cost is 4,990 price.

Review of the gaming headset Acer Predator

Review of the gaming headset Acer Predator

Review of the gaming headset Acer Predator

PACKAGING AND EQUIPMENT

The headset comes in a box of thick black cardboard with colorful printing. The front side depicts the outline of the product in a green-blue neon style, as well as the name of the model. At the ends and back, there is technical information and main features, as well as the slogan “Conquer New World”.

Inside the box, the headset is stowed in a transparent bag and worn on a cardboard mold. In the recess in the middle of the mold is a box with accessories, in which you can find a USB remote control with a built-in sound card and a Y-splitter for a separate connection to the line input for headphones and a microphone if you do not have a combined connector in a PC. In addition, the device comes with a warranty book and a quick guide in many languages, including marketing.

Review of the gaming headset Acer Predator

Review of the gaming headset Acer Predator

Review of the gaming headset Acer Predator

APPEARANCE AND CHARACTERISTICS

The design of the Acer Predator Galea 350 is made in a rather restrained style – at first glance, it is more likely to resemble ordinary large headphones than a gaming headset. The body is made of high-quality plastic, and metal is used inside the headband to improve the rigidity of the structure. The headband allows you to adjust the height in the range of 3 cm.

The body is completely black – except for small silver rings on the outside of the bowls, which surround the logos in the form of a branded predator mask on the inserts of soft-touch plastic. Under the headband, there are three pads (one wide in the middle and two short on the sides) made of memory-effect material covered with eco-leather.

Eco-leather with memory foam filler is also used on very wide ear cushions, which inside have a lot of space for the ears, and the mesh protects the speakers from the ingress of sulfur from dirty ears. For a convenient fit, the bowls are not located straight, but at a slight angle. The manufacturer indicated the designation of the left and right channels not on the nets, as many do, but on the inside of the headband. Under the meshes inside the bowls are 50 mm dynamic emitters with a frequency range of 20 to 20 kHz, a sensitivity of 102 dB ± 3 dB, and a resistance of 32 ohms.

From the left bowl from the bottom comes a non-removable cable in a fabric braid with a combined plug with a diameter of 3.5 mm. The length of the cable is 1.2 meters. In front of the same bowl protrudes a 2 cm non-removable microphone. It extends from the body by 6.5 cm for use. The microphone is located on the rod, bending 90 degrees in any direction.

The headset uses a unidirectional (cardioid) microphone with a frequency range from 100 to 10,000 Hz with a sensitivity of -40 dB ± 3 dB. There is no wind protection, but there is noise reduction.

The weight of the Acer Predator Galea 350 is slightly large – 337 grams with remote control and 304 without it. However, the headset sits normally on the head and generally does not seem heavy when compared with wireless models.

There are no controls on the headphones themselves. All buttons and switches are located on the complete and fairly compact sound control panel. On the left end it has a microphone switch, and on the right – a volume control in the form of a disk, which does not rotate, but only deviates up and down for adjustment. If you press it from the side, it mutes the sound. On the front side, there is an EQ button to switch the operating mode and three LEDs responsible for indicating the selected mode of the built-in sound card (gaming – red, movies – blue, music – green). At the top end there is a connector for connecting the headset, and from the bottom comes a USB cable in a fabric braid. In general, the assembly and quality of materials are at a good level.

It is worth noting that the length of the cable at the remote control is only 60 cm, which, of course, is not enough.

The author of these lines has the computer located on the floor, and the front panel of the PC connectors are located on top of the case. The cable from the remote control reaches the stomach at most, and because of the long cord of the headphones themselves, the remote control was lowered during games into the groin area. The console also has a clip for fastening to clothes, but the length of the cable does not allow it to be fixed to the collar of the T-shirt. This suggests that either a dwarf or a manager in a shirt and jacket was responsible for this element, where the clip with such a length of wire will already be in place.

Review of the gaming headset Acer Predator

Review of the gaming headset Acer Predator

Review of the gaming headset Acer Predator

CONNECTION, SOUND, AND MICROPHONE

The headset offers three options for wired connection to different devices. The first – with the help of a combined plug of 3.5 mm, the second – with a Y-splitter, and the third – with a connected remote control via USB.

The first option is quite versatile and allows you to connect the device to anything, be it a PC, a mobile device, or any modern game console. The second option is for owners of a PC without a combined connector. The latter is for those who want to get the full functionality of the headset on a PC since in-game mode through the built-in sound card, the manufacturer has equipped the headphones with support for virtual sound 7.1.

In addition, this connection option works with the PlayStation 5, but the Xbox Series X (due to the lack of USB-Audio support) and Nintendo Switch in the docking station through the remote refused to work. True, on the PS5, the sound with this connection option has become somewhat quieter, so the option of connecting through the audio connector in the joystick is preferable.

First of all, we tested the Acer Predator Galea 350 in games on PC (Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice), Xbox Series X (Forza Horizon 5), PlayStation 5 (Astro’s Playroom), and Nintendo Switch (Metroid Dread). On consoles, the headset demonstrates powerful stereo sound with good positioning and low-frequency depth. On PC in game mode with virtual 7.1, it also showed excellent and powerful sound with an excellent immersive effect. Playing singles games with high-quality sound is very enjoyable.

What lets the Acer Predator Galea 350 down was the microphone. Not only does the voice sound very quiet, especially over USB, but also the quality of voice transmission leaves much to be desired. On the recording, the background hum is audible, although the noise of the TV is a couple of meters away, the microphone was still able to drown out for the most part.

As for listening to music on the PC, there were no complaints about this headset as a whole. The middle and high sound great without any distortion, and the bottoms in the music mode have good depth, although they lose to the game mode, where the overall scene sounds more voluminous.

The mode for movies, perhaps, should not be used, because it strongly raises the upper frequencies, and the voices sound like from the radio, and the rest of the frequencies begin to sound with distortion, and the bass is almost inaudible. To watch movies or TV shows, it is better to transfer the headset to game mode.

TOTAL

As a result, it turns out that the Predator Galea 350 is a good universal headphone for excellent immersion in games with surround sound, for watching movies, and even listening to music, but as a headset the product is disappointing. The microphone is no good, as your interlocutors will complain about the sound quality and ask you to speak louder. Unsuccessful solutions can also include a short wire of the control panel.

But if you need comfortable headphones for gaming on PCs and consoles, then the Predator Galea 350 is quite a decent offer for the money.

Review of the gaming headset Acer Predator

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