10Rate Announces its Top 10 Gaming Headsets for 2012 | Turtle Beach and Creative Labs Win Best Quality and Best Value Awards

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10Rate.com editors and reviewers rate and review the 2012 best gaming headsets on a scale of 1 to 10

Sharkoon X-Tatic SP

The Sharkoon X-Tatic SP got an 8.5 out of 10 on 10rate's Top 10 Gaming Headsets.

This Logitech gaming headset works wirelessly with a USB recharging base that lets you recharge the headset as you play. There’s no sound lag as long as you’re within the 40-foot wireless range. We definitely liked having that kind of mobility.

10Rate reviewers and staff selected 10 of the best gaming headsets for 2012, assigning each a numerical rating as well as awarding three models that stood out for quality, value, and budget. Testing and consideration for this Gaming Headsets Top 10 list was given based on this set of nine criteria:

1. Sharp, realistic audio
2. Surround sound
3. Comfortable to wear even for a long time
4. Good construction
5. Swiveling, padded ear pads
6. Blocks out ambient noise
7. Detachable or adjustable boom mic
8. Special features that enhance gameplay
9. Good value

The annual Best Gaming Headset 2012 awards list was headed by the Turtle Beach Ear Force XP400, winning the Best Quality spot and a 9 out of 10 rating. The review noted several strengths of the gaming headset as follows: “The Ear Force XP400 uses the wireless Bluetooth chatting feature of the XP500 while making the headset more affordable and adding rechargeable batteries. The XP400 also features new dual-band Wi-Fi technology that doesn’t suffer interference from other wireless devices in the house. The common 2.4 GHz band frequently gets cluttered with Wi-Fi signals from phones, routers, and other electronics, but the Ear Force XP400 uses a 2.4/5 GHz dual frequency that delivers interference-free audio.”

10rate's editors also gave the Best Value gaming headset award to the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Alpha in the second place spot. Also with a rating of 9 out of 10, the review boasted, “This gaming headset from Creative Labs provides amazingly clear and immersive audio, something remarkable for a headset under $100. In fact, the $34.99 headset lets you hear the sound coming from all around you; the 3D sound effect is courtesy of THX TruStudio surround sound. Playing games with the headset becomes a fully immersive experience. You can even change your voice to sound like a character’s.”

Additionally, the Best Budget award from the Top 10 Best Gaming Headsets list went to the TekNmotion Yapster TM-YB100A, for which 10rate noted, “A versatile headset from TekNmotion, the Yapster TM0YB100A lets you listen to music, Skype, play games, or chat with these comfortable over-the-ear ear pads. The boom mic can be pulled down to the mouth or tucked up out of the way. Plugging it in is simple with the microphone port and the headphone port. The sound quality is good if not excellent; there are some occasional squeaky noises. The volume control and mic mute switch are in easy reach.”

Turtle Beach and Creative Labs were both featured for multiple models each in 10rate's Gaming Headset Reviews. Though the brand itself was only featured for a single model, a Logitech Wireless Headset, the G930 Gaming Headset, earned third place in overall ranking, with the review having this to say of its 9 out of 10 rating: “Sound quality doesn’t get much better than this. This Logitech gaming headset works wirelessly with a USB recharging base that lets you recharge the headset as you play. There’s no sound lag as long as you’re within the 40-foot wireless range. We definitely liked having that kind of mobility.”

10rate.com conducts reviews in various product and services categories and publishes “Expert Top 10 Lists for Everything in your life.” The company's web site strives to “Make it Easy” to select from the hundreds of choices there are in the product and service market place. All products and services are thoroughly researched by the company's expert editors prior to receiving a rating on a 1-10 scale. In addition to product reviews the company's editors write guidelines, buying guides and articles on various topics surrounding each product or service category covered to help educate the consumer.

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