1More Spearhead VRX full review
While many gaming headsets available in 2019 feature some kind of surround sound support, the 1More Spearhead VRX is one of very few headsets on the market that offers built-in positional head tracking that provides an incredibly immersive experience - both when gaming and watching movies on PC.
Is the technology more impressive than 7.1 surround sound, offered by most high-end gaming headsets? We’ve spent a lot of time gaming with the Spearhead VRX, and we think it’s one of the best gaming headsets on the market right now. Carry on reading to find out why!
1More Spearhead VRX: Pricing and availability
The 1More Spearhead VRX has an RRP of £199/$199 and is available to buy from Scan right now, putting it at the top end of the gaming headset market, although it is available for slightly cheaper at Amazon UK (£149.99).
The high-end price tag means that the Spearhead VRX has to compete with top headsets from reputable companies including the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2, and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro, and certainly has its job cut out.
1More Spearhead VRX review
Of course, the headline feature of the Spearhead VRX is the head tracking technology, so let’s start there.
The Waves Nx head tracking technology within the VRX uses a combination of built-in sensors and algorithms to simulate an authentic 3D audio experience. While we could go into the science behind it, it essentially means that you can physically turn your head when gaming to help pinpoint the location of a sound without having to move in-game.
It's a gamechanger, especially when it comes to competitive shooters like PUBG, as it allows you to easily and accurately pinpoint enemies footsteps and better prepare an attack. The catch? It's only available when used on PC via USB connection.
The audio is crisp, clear and bright, and thanks to the large 50mm synchronised vibrating drivers, the bass is booming. You also get access to eight audio presets tuned by Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Luca Bignardi via the VRX software for PC that not only improves game audio, but movies and music too.
The VRX also sports some interesting dual-mic technology not featured on many other headsets. Instead of a standard boom mic setup, it features a combination of a small front-facing mic built into the right earcup for communication and a rear mic to analyse environmental noises and produce opposite phase signals.
This provides a decent level of noise cancellation for clear communication in multiplayer games, and despite not having a mic close to our mouth, the microphone does a surprising job at picking up vocals, though admittedly it's not a perfect experience.
It's also a comfortable, premium, good-looking headset. It features soft-to-the-touch material both on the earcups and headband to provide a more enjoyable gaming experience, and the array of customisable LEDs give it that classic gaming headset look without going too over the top.
The 1More Spearhead VRX is certainly a unique headset, both in terms of design and roster of available features. It’s one of few headsets to offer accurate positional tracking and it works surprisingly well on PC, providing a more immersive, realistic gaming experience where audio is affected by the way you turn your head. The audio quality is crisp and the bass is booming, thanks to the built-in 50mm vibrating drivers.
It’s one of few gaming headsets that doesn’t use a directional mic, instead opting for a small microphone in the earcup much like with standard smartphone headphones. We were admittedly sceptical about how well it’d perform, and though it isn’t a perfect experience, it certainly exceeded our expectations.
All that packed into a comfortable gaming headset? The 1More Spearhead VRX is a winner in our books.
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