Today we are taking a look at Thermaltake’s gaming line of headsets, specifically their Tt eSports Dracco Captain headset. This headset is a fairly simple headset that is designed to satisfy the majority of gamers’ needs. Thermaltake has sent this headset to us to check out and evaluate how it plays and how it sounds. Since this is a gaming focused review, we’ll be focusing less on the technical audio aspects of many of our other audio reviews and focus on the build quality, design, and experience.
The Headset – Build Quality and Design
The Thermaltake Tt eSports Dracco Captain headset is made almost entirely out of a plastic material with the exception of the frame for the head cushion. The plastic that Tt uses on this headset is without a doubt high quality and has a nice matte finish to it that makes it feel more expensive. The headset itself is fairly simple as it features two 50mm drivers in the circumaural earcups.
In terms of specifications, the headphones are fairly simple. The 50mm drivers deliver a frequency response range of 10 Hz to 22 KHz, which is pretty much the standard for most decent headphones. The headset itself uses a dual 3.5mm jack cable assembly that goes into a switch that allows you to modify the volume and mute the microphone. This assembly then combines into a single 3.5mm jack that plugs into the headset.
The headset itself is designed to fold into itself to make it very easy to transport, however, due to the size of the microphone and the fact that it is not detachable it does not fully fold. The microphone itself is a fairly well designed, flexible and sturdy rubber-like material that can be easily manipulated into bending any way. Some may find the microphone a bit on the long side, but this is to prevent people from speaking too closely into the microphone as people do too often. Plus, the added length allows for more flexibility in shape and location of the mic.
Because of this design, this headset is effectively fully analog and simply plugs into the microphone and 3.5 mm headphone jacks in your computer. This also means that you will need to have a half-decent sound card (or at least a working one) in your computer for it to sound as it was intended to be heard. This also means that there is no software for Thermaltake to bundle with this headset, which in my opinion is a good thing. I personally find most headphone/headset software to be utter junk.
The Experience – Gaming and Music
When it came to testing out this headset, only two things came to mind. Playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive and listening to my music, since those are the two most common things done by gamers. First, I played CS:GO and was able to comfortably wear the headset for the entire period of time that I was gaming and not once had to take it off to let my ears breath or relax from being uncomfortable. The sound that came out of the headset was very clear and improved my ability to hear footsteps and shots fired around the map.
These headphones are only 2.1, so there’s no illusion of surround sound here. This is purely playing the game the way it was meant to be played, in 2.1 with a microphone and lots of talking between teammates. Speaking of teammates, everyone was able to hear me loud and very clearly when I spoke to them over Teamspeak and in game chat. The microphone on this headset is without a doubt a fairly good one, although I wouldn’t necessarily quite recommend it for recording podcasts just yet.
After doing some gaming, it was time to listen to some music, where the tuning of this headset was more evident. As many manufacturers have done in the recent past, this headset is tuned to be more bassy and have more prevalent bass. Since this headset is not designed for music, I can understand the desire to have a more bassy headset because that would result in hearing oncoming jets, tanks, and gunshots more easily since most of those sounds have a certain amount of bass. When I started listening to the music itself I was pleasantly surprised to find that even though these headphones were a bit on the bassy end, it did not completely drown the mids and highs resulting in a fairly enjoyable audio experience. I actually took this headset with me on an intercontinental flight and hooked it up to my HTC One without any problems. I managed to listen to Daft Punk, Kanye West, Robin Thicke, and a whole host of other sounds.
With Beats Audio enabled, the headphones were far too bassy, but with it disabled they sounded much better. That means when you hook up this headset to your computer, it should sound fairly good as long as your sound card is not a complete piece of junk.
For me, the biggest complaint I had about this headset was the fact that the microphone was not detachable which made it difficult to fold the headset and to easily fit it in the included carrying bag. Admittedly, it still fit in the carrying bag pretty easily, but it would look much better if the headset folded into itself more evenly.
Looking at the Thermaltake Tt eSports CHAO Dracco Captain Gaming Headset (that’s a doozy) you can see exactly what you get. You get a headset with a microphone and a 3.5 mm cable harness with adjustable volume and mic mute and a nice carrying bag. This will run you about $89.99 on sites like Tigerdirect and some of their competitors. While I really do like this headset and what it gives you, I’m not entirely sure that they can justify the $90 price tag if the microphone is not removable. I would put this headset more fairly priced at $70 considering the fact that it is still almost entirely made of plastic and has many other competitors.
Looking at the Dracco Captain headset compared to the other headphones and headsets that we saw from Thermaltake, we can clearly see the company becoming more mature and realizing their mistakes. The Dracco headsets with the fake gold accents were gaudy and did not necessarily feel that comfortable. This newer headset has a much better microphone than previous headsets I’ve seen and the audio quality is there, even though it is still tuned to be bass heavy. This is one of the best headsets I’ve ever seen Thermaltake make and it has officially joined the list of headsets that I would recommend. Even though, I’m not entirely sure that the price is justified.