• Driver: 50mm neodymium
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Frequency: 20 Hz – 40 kHz
  • Others: External controller
  • Weight: 525g
  • Pros:
  • Amplifier
  • Virtual surround sound
  • Cons:
  • Might be an awkward fit for some

Defying Conventions

When rainbow-coloured PC peripherals first appeared in 2015, some scoffed at the concept. Fast forward to 2018, RGB is everywhere and on everything, even headsets. One of them is MSI’s new Immerse GH70.

MSI made sure the Immerse GH70 would appeal to gamers, giving it a black body with two thin and sleek metal bands on the top, a large headband, and two 50mm earcups. There’s also a silver-coloured metallic piece and the MSI Dragon logo on the back of both earcups to give some accent to the GH70. Lastly, a retractable microphone can be found on the bottom of the left ear cup.
Connected to the headset is an external controller, which has a volume knob and two buttons to toggle the virtual surround sound and microphone mute. The entire set ends in a USB cable that connects to the PC (or even console) for use. The Immerse GH70 is not plug and play, as you need to install its drivers and restart your PC once so that the changes are applied.

Wearing the Immerse GH70 can feel a bit awkward for those with larger heads. The headband and earpads are soft enough, while the clamping force isn’t too much to make wearing it with glasses uncomfortable. Since this pair of headset is relatively heavy, it’s also great that the headband makes the unit feel much lighter. However, the earcups might not angle or contour well for people with larger heads, resulting in a poorer fit.

To get the best out of the GH70, users need to change the sample rate to at least 96,000Hz through Windows or the Gaming Center app. Doing so improves the audio quality, resulting in a wider frequency range. It should be noted that the external controller functions like an amplifier, so its volume control is independent of Windows.

When switched on, the back of the earcups and the MSI Dragon logo will be lit. Users can adjust the RGB lights using the Gaming Center app, with five different patterns as well as brightness and lighting speed being adjustable. Another feature configurable through the app is the surround sound, specifically through the ‘Xear Effects’.

The Immerse GH70 is great for gaming thanks to its rather accurate virtual surround sound. While playing Rainbow 6 Siege, we could pinpoint where gunshots and footsteps are coming from and plan attacks or defence accordingly. It’s also great for music with its strong bass, though the mids and treble sound more like the result of audio upscaling.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you want the RGB because you live stream a lot, or just enjoy having better audio on your gaming headset, this is an option you can consider.Msi-immerse-600x500

(previously published in issue April