BEAU­TI­FUL LET­DOWN

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

Cre­ative’s Draco Ju­nior HS-430 is sup­posed to be the an­swer to what gamers ac­tu­ally want in their head­sets—with an in­jec­tion of style. Well the head­set is no doubt a great looker and comes with a de­tach­able mi­cro­phone— which, there­fore, gives you the op­tion to use it as an ad­di­tional au­dio fa­cil­ity. It is very sim­ple to plug in to the sys­tem as it comes with two sin­gle ca­bles, one be­ing the main au­dio chord and the other, the in-vol­ume con­trol. The 30mm Neodymium speak­ers pro­vide ex­cel­lent bass and noise can­cel­la­tion. How­ever, when it comes to tre­ble and speech, much is left to be de­sired. When you are lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, the back­ground sound dom­i­nates the vo­cals. This shows that the com­pany didn’t get the sound bal­ance cor­rectly. The same ap­plies in the case of gam­ing; you can hear the ex­plo­sions and gun fires clearly while the speech sounds muf­fled and un­clear.

This de­vice is def­i­nitely very flashy but hon­estly a hard­core gamer would not be thrilled with the “Ju­nior” tag. Cre­ative seems to have got a bit car­ried away in the looks depart­ment in­stead of con­cen­trat­ing on what gam­ing head­sets are ac­tu­ally meant for. That would be ex­cel­lent bal­anced sound qual­ity. Like J K Rowl­ing’s char­ac­ter Draco Mal­foy, Cre­ative’s Draco Ju­nior HS-430 head­phones builds up our ex­pec­ta­tions, only to de­ceive.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Looks good, but fails the test of qual­ity gam­ing au­dio.

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