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Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless v2.0 Gaming Headset

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless v2.0 Gaming Headset

The Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless v2.0 Gaming Headset features 50mm FullSpectrum drivers and SBX Pro Studio technologies, delivering superior uncompromised wireless gaming audio that’s backed by decades of legendary Sound Blaster expertise.

The $90 headset gets you a removable microphone, a USB charging cable, and the aforementioned USB-based transmitter as an interface to your PC.

Look and Feel:
Although the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless v2.0 has an integrated, long-lasting battery and electronics to go with it, the headset isn’t particularly heavy, even if it is physically large. The silky matte-black plastic surfaces resist fingerprints well, making a positive first impression. Instead of a textile covering over the ear pads and frame, Creative instead uses artificial leather made from polyurethane, which may cause you to sweat during longer gaming sessions.

Black and deep red colors dominate Creative’s design. However, the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless v2.0 can also be accentuated differently by means of LED effects on the ear pieces. But what initially appears to be solid build quality doesn’t feel particularly well put-together over time. Almost every part of the thin-walled plastic pieces are glued in place. And there’s very little metal adding structural integrity, except for the frame.

There’s little else to say about the design. It’s so simple and inconspicuous that the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless v2.0 almost stands out more as a result. We consider this to be positive, since the most tricked-out headsets often die early deaths when they fall apart. Then again, questionable workmanship gives us little hope that this headset will fare any better over time.

Comfort:
Large heads weren’t taken into consideration when this piece of hardware was designed and manufactured. For anyone with a head circumference of 60cm or more, don’t even bother taking the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless v2.0 for a trial run. The pressure you’ll experience is too much to bear over extended periods.

The problem is not with the headband; it’s entirely possible to adjust that as-needed. Rather, even after adjustment, it still squeezes too tight. And although you can rotate the ear pieces vertically, it’s impossible to adjust them on the horizontal axis. In other words, you’re able to fold them sideways, but they don’t move up or down.

Functionality and Interface:
Because this is a wireless headset that works on the 2.4 GHz band, the housing contains a lot of technology not found on wired competitors. These electronics are located inside the left shell. Naturally, then, you’ll also find the volume control and on/off switch there as well. Both are easy to reach and intuitive to use. Additionally, when the headset is active, the on/off button is illuminated.

The microphone is on the left side too, along with the mute button. It’s placed perfectly so that your finger never misses the button when you reach for it.

Communication between the headset and PC works through a USB-attached dongle with transmitter functionality. Audio is sent uncompressed and mostly without delay. Connecting the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless v2.0 is quick and easy. With the dongle attached to a rear USB port, we did lose several meters worth of wandering range, so plug in to the front of your PC if possible. Or use an extension cable to get the dongle onto your desktop.

Again, the ear pieces can be rotated vertically and turned at an angle of up to 90 degrees. The headset is naturally less bulky in that position, so it takes up less space during transport. Downloadable software not only allows you to adjust the headset’s acoustic effects, but also change the LED illumination. Tastes will vary when it comes to simulated surround, so we’ll let you draw your own conclusions about Creative’s efforts there.

It takes less than 90 minutes to fully charge the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless v2.0. We also like that the bundled USB cable is long enough for continued use while the headset charges. Given anywhere from eight to 16 hours of battery life, depending on volume, the wireless option is a great differentiator!

Microphone:
The omnidirectional microphone is detachable, which makes it easy to transport whenever space is an issue. The plug connection is secure and easy to find thanks to its tactile properties. An additional pop filter reduces wind noises and the acoustic/electrical consequences of a, shall we say, too-moist pronunciation.

A low cut at ~100 Hz does its job well. However, the frequency range with an upper limit of 6.5 kHz is a bit too narrow. Cutting off at 8 kHz would have been better. Creative’s noise reduction functionality does work. But unfortunately, at higher levels, the clipping happens too soon. Speech intelligibility is quite acceptable, even if the quality doesn’t match up to dedicated microphones.

Pros

  • Reasonable price
  • Good battery life
  • Decent wireless range

Cons

  • Discomfort on larger heads
  • Aggressive sound
  • Some mic clipping at higher levels

This isn’t a premium product, but then again, you won’t pay a premium price, either. The headset is distinctly mid-range, with no particular strengths or explicit weaknesses.

Technical Specifications:

Audio Drivers
50mm FullSpectrum
Headset Frequency Response
20Hz ~ 20kHz
Headset Battery Life
Up To 16 Hours
Audio Technologies
SBX Pro Studio
Interface
Wireless
Supported Operating Systems
® XP Professional x64 Edition, ® XP with SP2 or higher, Vista® SP1 or higher, ® 7, ® 8, ® 8.1, Mac OS X v10.8 and above, ® 10
Supported Gaming Consoles
PlayStation® 4, Scout Mode
Microphone
Microphone Type: Noise-canceling Condenser
Detachable: Yes
Frequency Response: 100Hz ~ 6.5kHz
Sensitivity: -40dBV/Pa
System Requirements:

  • (plug and play without software installation):
    • Pentium 4 – 1.6GHz or equivalent processor (512MB )
    • Mac OS X v10.5.8 and above
    • Available USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
  • Operating systems supported:
    • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition or Windows XP with SP2 or higher
    • Windows Vista 32bit and 64bit with SP1 or higher
    • Windows 7 32bit and 64bit
    • Windows 8 32bit and 64bit
    • Windows 8.1
    • Windows 10
    • Mac OS X v10.8 and above
  • Recommended System Requirements (Creative software installation):
    • Intel Core 2 Duo System 2GHz and above
    • 1GB RAM
Package Contents:

  • Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless V2.0 with detachable microphone
  • USB transmitter
  • Micro USB-to-USB cable – Length: 1.8m (5.91ft)
  • Quick Start Guide
Warranty: 1-year Limited Hardware Warranty

Credits: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/creative-sound-blaster-tactic3d-rage-wireless-v2.0-gaming-headset,5417.html

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Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless v2.0 Gaming Headset
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The Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless v2.0 Gaming Headset features 50mm FullSpectrum drivers and SBX Pro Studio technologies, delivering superior uncompromised wireless gaming audio that's backed by decades of legendary Sound Blaster expertise.
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