Game headsets and headphones, like many other areas of technology, are becoming increasingly wireless as companies compete to produce the most technologically advanced products. Before deciding if this is a good thing or not, it’s helpful for consumers to understand the basic differences in wireless earbud technology.
Wireless Vs. Wired Technology
A wired headset goes on over the ears and comes with a cord that the user must connect to a power supply. Some consumers assume that whether a headset or earbuds are wired or wireless makes the biggest difference in sound quality. In reality, it has much more to do with the quality of the drivers and the number of bitrates than anything else. However, bitrates aren’t even necessary with wireless earbuds as technology continues to evolve. Here are some other factors for gamers to consider before making a purchasing decision:
When it comes to freedom of movement, wireless technology has a distinct advantage over wired headsets. Gamers can move about the room freely with no wires to limit their movements. They also do not have the uncomfortable issue of sweat build-up underneath a headset. However, a wireless headset still runs on batteries and the user will need to charge it regularly to retain freedom of motion.
Overall, retail prices for wireless headsets are higher than their wired counterpart. Gamers need to consider their budget and all other comparisons between the two before deciding which one is right for them.
Gamers who want complete control of their experience tend to gravitate toward wireless earbuds that offer a built-in microphone. The benefit of this option is that it provides voice-activated controls. The gamer never needs to take his or her eyes off the screen or wonder which button to push to get the desired result. Most wireless earbuds have at least two external microphones built into each earbud.
Noise-Cancelling Or Noise-Isolating
Regardless of whether gamers choose a traditional headset or the newer wireless earbuds, they need to decide which of these two options they prefer. With noise-cancelling headphones, a built-in microphone pulls in sounds and creates an inverse wave inside of the headphones that cancels out competing background noise that can make it challenging to concentrate on the game. Noise-isolating headphones, on the other hand, pull ambient noise away from the user. That means the user should only hear sounds from the game he or she is playing.
Personalized Listening Experience
Some earbuds have the capacity to learn the hearing capability of users and to tailor performance accordingly. With this information, it can create a unique listening experience for each user. This falls in line with the overall demand for personalization from product manufacturers. Wireless earbud manufacturers that can meet this need may just find themselves ahead of the competition in terms of customer loyalty and profit margin.
Earbuds compatible with Bluetooth offer improved comfort, complete freedom of movement, and the ability to connect with a personal computer so gamers don’t need to purchase a separate adapter.
These are just a handful of some of the most important considerations in the debate of whether to purchase wireless or wired headsets for gaming. After thinking through each point carefully, it doesn’t take most gamers long to develop a strong preference for what they wish to use.