The Gamecom Commanders are a limited edition tournament grade gaming headset. Now let’s see how they stack up.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting with Plantronics at Pepcom, after a long wait and a solid month of some serious gaming I come to you with this review. The Gamecom Commanders are a limited edition tournament grade gaming headset. Now let’s see how they stack up.
There are only a few companies that hold immense pride in their packaging, and I’d have to say Plantronics pulled out the stops with this one. The packaging is pretty, and the case is astounding. The case itself has a heavy duty zipper with a lovely smooth lining and two netted pockets to keep your accessories. It’s a semi hard shell case that’s ribbed on both sides, and there’s a rubberized Gamecom Commander embellishment on the front side. Then there’s the attached carabiner to finish off the look of some real aviation looking headphones.
These things are HUGE. You look like a pilot when you’re gaming. They’re rubberized black with a strong industrial looking microphone with 4 thin metal bars attaching to the leather padded head band. Each pair of headphones has a unique serial number laser engraved on the left side.
The cord is quite large with a quick disconnect near the top to allow for two separate connections. The first cable is a normal computer connection with separate mic/stereo headphone jacks; it’s quite long and sprung to allow for lots of movement. The second cable is a smartphone/tablet cable; it’s significantly shorter than the PC cable. But if you want to use these with your phone you’re going to look silly, their beefy as hell.
The top head band has a Velcro attachment for individual identity bands. It comes with 4 bands, Gamecom Commander, Counter Strike, Mann Co, and Aperture laboratories. It’s kind of silly, but they made it so you could take the whole headband thing off thankfully.
The Quick disconnect is rather large and bulky, but it does fit the overall theme of the headphones. The volume control is neat but also bulky. The volume control has a rubber dial and microphone mute switch just below it. The only sad thing about these $300 headphones is that you can’t replace the cord on the headphones themselves.
Like most Tournament headphones, these are closed ear to allow for the most noise isolation as possible. They have a tighter fit than most headphones keeping them firmly in place over your ears. The leather cups can make for a sweaty night if you’re in a session for hours at a time. Overall the comfort is moderate compared to other tournament headphones just because of the constant pressure. This can be easily fixed with just a few stretches of the phones. Even then, they are still moderately comfortable.
When it comes to gaming, these headphones are a beast by your side, ensuring you hear every step and movement of everything. To ensure the best gaming experience, I recommend using the USB Dolby adaptor. Without it, the gaming sounds rather shallow and somewhat lifeless. As far as gaming quality goes these headphones best most in their class. The drivers put out more than adequate highs, mids, and lows.
When it comes to movies, the 7.1 sounds “ok” barely keeping up with some Turtle Beach XP500’s which are $25 less and fully wireless! Although for being a gaming headphone, they are impressive, to say the least and most people who haven’t had the chance to hear other headphones would say they’re the shit. For the most part, they are, but I have heard better.
Now this is where most gaming headphones fall flat on their face. For this I’d turn the 7.1 off, it seems to add an echo and somewhat of a tinny sound to the overall experience. Like most headphones the bass is lacking significantly in hip-hop or other bass dependent music. By selecting “Bass Boost” within the Speaker Properties/Enhancements of windows you can easily add a bass boost which makes it richer and gives a better overall gangster experience for some good ol’ Tupac or even Dr.Dre
Plantronics has made an impressive tournament grade headphone, wrapped up in a nice package. The performance of the Gamecom Commander is impressive on all fronts, especially when it comes to hunting the enemy. I give the Commanders 4.5 out of 5.