Buying a gaming headset can be a confusing time. What should I buy? Is it worth spending a lot of money? In the past it was usually a case of the more you spend, the better the product. But with companies now releasing new products that sport great build quality, for just a fraction of the price of high-end products, this is no longer the case. The Shark Zone H40 Gaming Headset from Sharkoon, which boasts excellent comfort, a robust design and superior sound, could very well be the gaming headset for you.
Priced at a very reasonable £45, it sits in a very mid-range location next to headsets such as the Razer Carcharias and the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset.
Since 2003, SHARKOON has marketed exceptional products for the PC through a worldwide distribution network. From complex designed, high-quality manufactured PC housings to elaborately detailed external and internal storage solutions and specially designed headsets for gaming consoles – the SHARKOON product line is aimed at the modern PC and console users, who value unique design and convincing performance. In doing so, SHARKOON continuously proves that premium quality and affordable prices do not have to contradict each other. The confident consumer and journalists: Steadily rising sales figures and numerous editorial awards of our products justify our concept.
The headset is presented in a fairly standard, but windowed, box; held securely in place by a moulded plastic surround. Contained within the box are is the headset, a carrying pouch to keep the headset in, and also a do not disturb door hanger. The do not disturb sign is a nice touch in my opinion; I mean, no one wants to be disturbed in the middle of a dungeon run to be asked if you want a cup of tea (this happens to me quite a lot).
The headset oozes quality, it feels good to the touch, looks smart and has plenty of padding both over the head band and around the ears.
Attached to the left earpiece is the microphone, which is on a pivot that allows you to engage and disengage the microphone as and when needed with ease.
Also connected to the left earpiece is the main cable, which is a rather handy 2.5m in length and sports a yellow casing. I personally like the choice of yellow and black as a colour scheme; the two colours go together very well, as you can see.
A little way down the cable you will find a set of basic controls, consisting of a volume control and an on/off toggle for the microphone.
This is a nice touch that will probably come in handy for many if you suddenly require the microphone to be muted.
At the end of the cable there are 3 gold plated connections, 1x USB (to illuminate the Shark Zone design) and 2x 3.5mm stereo jacks; one for the mic and one for the headphones.
The headset consists of 50mm speakers to give you deep bass and clear highs.