Review: Tritton Primer wireless headset
After sampling some of what Tritton had to offer in the wired headset market, and being suitably impressed by the quality afforded to such low price sets, I was quite excited to have a peek at just what they would do with a wireless headset, after all the less tied down you can be is always the goal for any gamer but does quality suffer for this freedom?
When I eagerly tore open the packaging to get my paws on the Primer headset I was greeted by two things, the first being the headset which is built much the same as the Tritton Trigger headset with its ultra modern angles set off with a black/orange colour scheme and faux leather smooth padding in all the right places. The second thing I was greeted with was a rather slick-looking black box, which was to set up home next to my Xbox sending all those lovely signals needed to allow me to game completely wire free while at the same time be totally immersed in sound.
Set up was ridiculously easy to complete with the little black signal box plugging straight into the Xbox via both USB and RCA/AV, the headset itself is powered by two AA batteries placed into the right ear cup, now you’re ready to synch the two by simply pressing a button on both the headset and the box – that’s it! You’re ready to go it’s that simple. If you intend to use the microphone however there is still one wire required which is a fairly large caveat to bear in mind, supplied is a short jack cable to link between the headset itself and your control pad enabling the chat functions. The fact that the Primer is not 100% wireless and is in part powered by AA batteries was a small let down for me, I never feel too comfortable being tethered to my control pad nor having to keep a fresh supply of batteries at hand just in case my current ones give up the ghost, a rechargeable pack would have been a nice touch.
During my time with the headset I had no issues at all with the connection, no drop-outs at all and I could comfortably walk around the whole of my living room without any problems, the only niggle I think some may find is that every time your headset is powered off you will have to synch them again with the signal box. This may not seem like a huge problem but having one extra thing to connect every time you power on your Xbox can take that quick 5 minute game into a not so quick 5 minutes set up.
The primer doesn’t house quite as many features as its predecessor the Detonators either, with the controls being scaled back to simply two volume controls for both in-game audio and online chat which isn’t a big gripe but considering the jump up in price tag these are things you would expect from the get go. Perhaps this is the price we must pay for wireless technology at an affordable price?
Comfort wise the Primer definitely delivers, with soft, thick faux leather padding all around which feels smooth making a snug fit and with ear pads big enough to enclose your ears drowning out the world around you and immersing you entirely in the game world, Tritton haven’t gone wrong at all in this department, with all traces of any clicking or creaking from the plastic body (which the Detonators suffered from) seemingly gone completely. Having two AA batteries in one ear does throw of the balance somewhat, but after a short time I became accustomed to the weight and no longer saw it as a problem.
Sound is the all important thing so all these minor niggles aside, how does the sound quality stand up to other members of the Tritton family? Well while only packing a pair of Neodymium 40mm speakers, the sound is brilliant with crisp and clear audio, packed with rich highs and mids along with a great warm bass sound but unfortunately not quite as booming as the Detonator headset that came before, which seemed to have much more of a boom in its bass tones.
Overall as a headset the Primer is a lovely package but seems to sacrifice on a fair few features and qualities in favour of its wireless status, don’t get me wrong the sound is clear and still very impressive but perhaps if wireless isn’t something you’re too fussed about and sound is king then I would recommend something from Tritton’s wired range, however for wireless headsets and for this price range you really can’t go wrong, you’ll feel both comfortable and totally immersed with the Primer and you will definitely have a blast.
Review: Tritton Primer wireless headset Results
What we liked:
They're wireless! IM FREE!
Better sound isolation
What we disliked:
AA batteries required
Not completely wire free
Having to re synch every time you power up