In terms of the mechanical, the headset has it's features well placed for easy access. The microphone retracts directly into the set, so storage and management is made easy. On the backside of the headset, you can find buttons that switch between PC and general functionality, a quick mute, a volume control, and the programmable G-buttons, which we'll talk about in more depth.
The build of the frame is very weighty, making it sturdy and durable.
The cups do a good job of fitting a variety of people. The large rectangular shape of the cups means that the set fits over any ear. The flexible area around the cups allows the set to naturally adjust to the shape of your head, its flexible enough to have the cups facing two opposite directions at once. As an added bonus, the cap of the cups can be removed for easy cleaning.
The Pro-G drivers "deliver both clean and accurate highs as well as a deep rich bass" and lifelike in-game spatial awareness, allowing you to clearly hear enemies sneaking around or special ability cues.", at least according to the Logitech official website.
The surround sound, more than anything, is clean and accurate. Every in-game sound is distinct, even in the more chaotic situation, an explosion can be heard over gunfights, enhancing immersion and situational awareness. The clarity persists at any volume, distortion isn't a factor even at full volume.
The bass manages to be satisfying without being overpowering and compliments the clarity the set provides. Again, reverb and distortion are not issues you'll experience here.
The set doesn't do spacial awareness very well, unfortunately. Its often unclear which specific location a noise is coming from. You may be able to find the general direction of the source, but the lack of pinpoint accuracy can mean the difference between complete immersion and a sub-par experience.
The Microphone functions perfectly, it captures sound perfectly clearly, but is not so sensitive that it picks up unwanted background noise. The fact that it retracts into the set for easy storage is another bonus.
Multiple platforms can be used from the get-go since a USB and 3.5mm jack are included in the package. The lighting effects only appear during PC use, and the sound quality is noticeably better, however the 3.5 mm connection still provides excellent sound.
Its features like these that elevate the Artemis Spectrum beyond a simple gaming headset and into an all-encompassing multi-media device that justifies its price of admission.
- Design - 9/10
- Comfort - 8/10
- Sound/Mic - 8/10
- Features - 10/10
Overall Score - 8.7/10
- Great futuristic/practical design
- Customizeable features
- Multi-media Capabilities
- Clarity of sound
- Imprecise spacial surround sound
- Slips quite easily