Review: Tritton Trigger headset
How often, when you’re deeply immersed in saving the world from the covenant forces in Halo or perhaps demolishing whole teams in Call of Duty do you find yourself quickly distracted by the outside world completely taking you away from the universe and your zone (you know the one, when you’ve got a good kill streak going and you’re taking it all way too seriously)
Well for me that happens a lot, dogs barking, car alarms going off or even just people in another room watching Eastenders. So I decided the best solution would be to get a decent headset. With games being so cinematic and vast now its better to be fully immersed in the gaming world rather than partially right? but with so many headsets out there it’s a minefield littered with so much choice, how do you pick the right one?
Luckily enough the guys at Tritton gave me the chance to test out a range of officially licensed Xbox 360 headsets, which in the next few articles (published over the next few days) I’ll be giving them the full test drive treatment, starting with the Trigger stereo headset.
I was immediately excited to get my hands on the Triggers once I’d seen the box, which gave me a small glimpse into the cool, ultra modern design along with multiple reminders that this was indeed officially licensed for the Xbox 360. Once I’d set them free from their cardboard cage and plastic ties I could tell that this headset meant business, no frills just straight down to the hard work.
Aesthetically the Triggers don’t disappoint with some seriously angular shapes going on constructed from a blend of smooth, matte and rough black plastic set off with the emblazoned Tritton logo in a bright flame orange. The speakers themselves are also wrapped in an orange covering topped off with circular ear pads. As you pull the headset free, you’re greeted by a rather large bundle of wires, granted there will be some spare as this set allows for connecting the Triggers to both the new slim Xbox and the previous model, whether you’re using HDMI or the component cable there still remains a lot to be plugged in.
The set up is easy, with both a USB and RCA/AV cable needing to be hooked into the Xbox along with another cable to connect the headset’s junction box to your control pad. As I said before the Triggers are truly no frills, offering only two volume controls, one for in-game sound and the other for chat and that’s it, all of which is controlled by the rather chunky junction box located midway down the cable. When connecting the control pad for chat, the socket is rather oddly placed onto the side of the junction box, creating an awkward cross shape of cables, meaning although the set up is straight forward it is rather messy, needlessly so in all honesty.
Past the cabling woes, when it comes to fit, the triggers do very well indeed with circular earpads and a headband all made of a very well cushioned faux leather I didn’t have to fiddle around in order to find a comfy spot, you just pop them on your head and you’re off. The earcups are fully adjustable along with a swiveling function allowing for a great resting position for when you need a break to acknowledge the real world, making the Triggers versatile for every gamers needs. The size of the earpads are just large enough to surround your ears, you’ll never forget you’ve got them on and during the hours I spent play testing them I didn’t feel any discomfort.
All of this however is useless information unless the Triggers deliver the most import thing, decent audio. So what is exactly under the hood? The Triggers pack a pair of Neodymium 40mm speakers which produce a great overall sound quality, crystal clear highs and mids along with a nice rich bass which may not be booming but seemed to work really well in a gaming environment. This great sound was highlighted by how well the Triggers managed to drown out a great deal of ambient sounds meaning I was allowed to be totally sucked into the game. As a headset the Triggers to me felt like a great starting point for those on a budget. They may not have a closet full of features, and yes the cables can be a bit of a pain, but with really great sound and a comfortable fit you can’t really go wrong. My suggestion, if you’re not too fussed about wireless then save a few pennies and give the Triggers a whirl.
Review: Tritton Trigger headset Results
What we liked:
Swivel action on ear cups
What we disliked:
Cables, cables, cables, cables everywhere!
Earpads could be bigger
Messey junction box