GSP 350 and GSP 300
- Dolby 7.1 and Inline Volume Control (GSP 350)
- Cushioned Headband
- Sound-isolating Cups
- High Sensitivity Drivers
- Noise Cancelling Mic
Both headsets come with comfortable cushioned tops which line the main frame and the position of the ear cups may be adjusted through sliding them up or down. The height of the microphone can be adjusted up and down but the microphone extension is fairly rigid and sits at a comfortable position for most people. The ear cups sit nicely over the entire ear.
On the 350, the audio cable can be directly unplugged from the headset, and is connected via USB and its own audio driver, while in the 300 the cable is fixed directly to the headset and uses standard audio jacks. The 300 does come with an adapter that converts the audio and microphone into a single jack, which can be used on your cell phone or another peripheral that has a single jack point.
The 350 has a volume control dial on the opposite side to the microphone for quick volume adjustments.
Both headsets are lightweight and comfortable being worn for extended periods without giving you that horrible pressure pain on the top of your head that many heavier headsets leave you with. As they fit over the entire ear, creating a solid seal against your head, and the outside of the cups are memory foam-covered in a leather-like material, I found that after a time (if you’re like me and tend to sweat a bit) I needed to take them off for a couple minutes every now and then as it does not breathe very well.
Both headsets deliver crisp, clear sound, helped by the snug over-the-ear fit, which blocks out a fair amount of background noise. Unlike many other headsets where the bass is overlooked due to the sound driver, the base in both headsets is pretty solid and does not feel like its lacking. The microphone is clean, though friends reported that on voice coms that my voice seemed a little deeper, which might not be such a bad thing for some.
One side effect of the ear cups blocking out background noise is you don’t realize that you’re raising your voice quite a bit when you’re speaking, which might get you yelled at by your wife while she’s trying to watch TV.
On both headsets lifting the microphone up mutes it. There is a noticeable click when it reaches that point.
The 350 comes with Dolby 7.1 surround which requires additional software to be downloaded and installed. A toggle on the cable allows you to switch between 7.1 and regular stereo. This provides a huge advantage in games where positional audio is important and knowing exactly where the enemy is approaching from. This is only available for the PC.
Both cables are in excess of 2 meters long which, is a convenience for those who have their PC off to the side: 2.5m on the 300 and 2.9m on the 350.
Overall both headsets are very similar and your choice of use would dictate which you’d be more inclined to use. If you’re just looking for a headset that’s comfortable to wear for extended periods with good audio for movies and music with a bit of gaming, the GSP 300 is ideal. For those who game especially in shooters and games where audio cues are important, the 350 is definitely the better choice.
On the 300 I received, the tension that holds the microphone in position failed once and dropped below the mute position, and would drop down coming to rest at its lowest position. This could be an indication of build quality or simply a result the abuse that a demo model goes through being un-boxed and re-boxed repeatedly. The 350 microphone was solid and remained in place.
- Design: 8/10
- Comfort: 8/10
- Sound/Mic Quality: 8/10 (350) 7/10 (300)
- Features: 7/10
OVERALL SCORE: 7.5/10
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Good, clear quality sound
- Long cable lengths
- 7.1 Surround on the 350
- Lack of inline controls on the 300
- Ear cups, while comfortable, don't breathe well