Victrix Gambit Wireless Gaming Headset Review
Competition can only be a good thing, especially when you’re looking for high-end PC goodies like wireless gaming headsets. Traditionally, when you remove the cables from a good headset, the price goes up dramatically. So having another player in the game means more competition and hopefully lower prizes.
And Victrix is a company born out of competition, a young company whose main goal has been to create the best esports peripherals for pro gamers and streamers who want people to think they’re pros.
Its recent Gambit line is an attempt to distill the more high-end Pro AF kit into an affordable form you can take home. With the Gambit Wireless Gaming Headset, that means using the same 50mm drivers as the more expensive pair, but using slightly cheaper materials in the headband and ear cups. So, no slow-return memory foam here.
The end result is a headset that has the design notes of the Pro AF – and the audio too – but has a necessarily cheaper look and feel. Yet even with a battery built into the design to enable its wireless connection, it all makes the Gambit a lighter package.
Frequency range: 20Hz – 20,000Hz
Driver size: 50mm
Principle of operation: closed back
Link: Wireless USB dongle, wired 3.5mm cable
Battery life: 16+ hours
Its esports DNA can be seen in the game/chat audio control and on-ear volume dial, and the flip-to-mute mic speaks to that heritage too. That, and its more console-oriented leanings too. It’s a PlayStation and Xbox licensed product, but you know, that also means it can run smoothly on the PC.
That’s not to say there aren’t any quirks when it comes to PC gaming, or just PC usage in general. My system sees it as an Xbox controller headset and relies on it the instant you turn it on and connect it to the USB wireless dongle. It’s also lucky there’s a volume dial on the earcup because my system volume control wouldn’t play unless I dipped into the volume mixer (frustratingly hidden in Windows 11) and adjusts the volume of the specific application.
As far as Gambit audio goes, they sound pretty good. I would say they are a bit heavy for my taste which makes some things a bit too sharp for my ears. There’s a decent level of bass, as you’d expect from a set of headphones specifically for gaming, and it works in-game. They’re also relatively detailed in their sound reproduction, which makes benchmarks clear positional markers as you walk around the battlefield in, well, Battlefield.
But as soon as I go back to my standard Razer Blackshark V2 Pro, one of the best wireless gaming headsets, the difference in quality is stark. Audio is much richer in Razer’s redesigned driver and driver chamber combo, perhaps showing that real sound isn’t necessarily something that’s key to Victrix’s ambition as a headset maker. game. They also feel a lot nicer snug against my skull.
The wireless connection is solid and responsive, and the 16-hour battery life is welcome, if nothing fancy really. But I find it strange that there is no power saving feature that mutes and turns off the headset when not in use. I’ve run through the entire battery forgetting to turn it off, and there’s apparently no way to check the remaining charge other than a low battery tone when it’s nearly empty.
The Razer set is theoretically much more expensive, with an MSRP of $180, but long after the initial launch, the Blackshark V2 Pro is pretty much still on sale. Right now it’s around $150, but that’s as low as the $130 Gambit sells for, and I know for sure what I’d rather have my ears cuddled with.
Also, I’m a snob and if I was paying over $100 for a gaming headset, I would want it to be sharper than Gambit. The headband is strong and durable, but I can’t help but think the plastic frame makes it look a bit cheap. The peephole for the coiled purple cable is a nod to the more beautiful exposed metallic/floating cable look of the Pro AF headset, but it just looks a bit odd in this design. And while I’m talking about design, while I like a physical volume control, the Gambit’s fiddly dial makes it hard to grip while I’m in the middle of a match.
It’s hard, because I really have nothing against the Victrix Gambit; audio fine so unspectacular, and I love giving up cable. It’s just that there are better wireless gaming headsets for a similar price. If the Gambit were a $60 box set, then yes, I’d happily recommend it as a decent-sounding headset with responsive wireless chops, but at this price, I’d suggest looking elsewhere.