You may not have noticed, but there is a massive football tournament going on right now. I won’t get into the political ramblings that have undermined its position, but I’m loving the spectacle and the drama on the pitch. However, I’m not here to discuss the World Cup. No, instead, I want to talk about the Gioteck HC2 (Football Edition Gaming Headset). This entry-level device is affordable and can be used on multiple platforms.
On top of this, it has decent audio and a crisp mic, and it can be customised with a small array of stickers. Furthermore, its basic design and low price point make it the perfect gift for younger gamers. If you also consider its robust nature, and its wired approach, it’s a no-thrills accessory that does exactly what it promises.
What’s in the box of the Gioteck HC2?
- The compact box is adorned with vivid imagery and some key information. What’s more, it protects the contents in transit and is fully recyclable.
- The Gioteck HC2 has a comfortable headband that can be adjusted with ease. Furthermore, the earcups have a leatherette finish and are comfortable against your head. The wire is slim and has an inline controller for both volume and microphone mute.
- Detachable microphone. If you are a lone wolf, a microphone isn’t necessary. Consequently, it is always handy to be able to remove it when it’s not needed.
- User guide. This straightforward headset has a simple user guide.
- Warranty card. Gioteck has a no-quibble guarantee.
- Stickers. 5 stickers are provided to customise your headset.
|Compatibility:||PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch & PC|
|Cable length:||1 metre|
|Microphone type:||Removable boom microphone|
|Ear cup type:||Over-Ear|
|Ear cup material:||Leatherette|
|Interface:||3.5 mm audio jack|
|Volume control:||Wheel control|
|Dimensions:||220 x 190 x 90mm (H x W x D)|
|Manufacturer’s guarantee:||1 year|
Whenever you purchase a headset, you want great build quality, excellent audio, and a crystal-clear microphone. Thankfully, the Gioteck HC2 delivers on most of these aspects. As such, I’m going to open up with the positives. The 40mm drivers deliver comfortable and distinct audio. Moreover, the range of tones was identifiable, and there was no distortion. Furthermore, there is a comfortable bass to add depth and drama.
Alongside this, the microphone was surprisingly good. When talking in both game and party chat, I experienced no crackling or echoed chat. What’s more, my team could easily hear me and there were no issues with latency. On top of this, the ability to remove the microphone was an excellent design choice. Thanks to the simple jack connection, mounting and removing the mic was a straightforward task.
Sadly, though, my first impressions of the Gioteck HC2 weren’t great. The headset is lightweight, and the finished product feels plasticky. This is then emphasised by the lacquered black finish. Accordingly, I wasn’t impressed when I unboxed it. However, opinions can change, and a headset’s job isn’t to look pretty. Therefore, my opinion on its looks is my issue, and you may love it.
Comfort and build quality.
If you enjoy extended gaming sessions, then you want something that is comfortable and built to last. The Gioteck HC2 has small earcups that sit close to your ears. Unlike its peers, this was an odd choice. Disappointingly, I found them to be too small. Yet, my children thought they were perfect. Subsequently, these are a great size for teenagers and younger children.
Because of the compact design, the headphones made my ears quite warm. Now, I didn’t mind this too much, but some gamers hate this feeling. Consequently, this is something to think about if you are considering this accessory.
Where the Gioteck HC2 excels is its robust nature. The excellent headband can be adjusted with ease and has a nice layer of padding. Furthermore, the hardened plastic can withstand some roughhousing, and this makes it great for clumsy gamers.
Are the Gioteck HC2 headphones worth it?
If you are in the market for a top-of-the-range headset, then you should look elsewhere. However, if you want an entry-level accessory with a price point to match, then you’ve come to the right place. With comfortable 40mm drivers, an excellent microphone, and a versatile approach, this is a nice accessory to use. For its price point, it deserves the MG&T Gold award, but compared with its peers, I believe a silver award is a fair review score. With this in mind, I was still impressed and I recommend that you buy it here!
(More information on Gioteck can be found here!)