The Hephaestus comes in a half cardboard-half transparent plastic box that divides the headset in half. This makes it very attractive on the shelf but reading the features printed on the transparent sides takes a bit of concentration. Anyway, the Hephaestus has a Blast Source Identifier and Cooler System which is a first for me in a headset.
And more product highlights of the features on both sides.
Slide off the cardboard piece reveals the Gamdias logo at the front…
And an illustration of Hephaestus from Gamdias.
Taking everything out from the box, you’ll find the Headset, two stickers and a user guide booklet.
My first thought of the headset is that it’s huge! and in proportion to the size, it’s heavier than most headset I’ve used thanks to the metal heat-sink and the vibration driver system that’s embedded on both of the earcups. Constructed mostly out of plastic, the unit does creak a little when handled but it is solid enough and doesn’t feel like it’ll collapse anytime soon. Note that the Hephaestus can be further extended to about 2cm to cater for more head-sizes.
The Hephaetus connects via USB so one can’t use this with a dedicated soundcard or mobile devices. The in-line controller lets users adjust the volume and mute the Mic as usual but notice the extra switch at the side that will allow users to enable the “Blast Source Identifier” which induces vibrations to the headset. Braided cable is of course, a welcomed feature.
Both earcups can be rotated 90 degrees inwards and has limited articulation to them. Padding on the earcups are of the same material as the soft foam on the headband, which is equally thick and prevents my ears from contact with the sound drivers. But these closed back earcups do tend to build up heat around the ears when worn for long durations.
The earcups are removable simply by tugging at the cushions, though but I have yet to find sources for replacements.
Noise cancelling is apparent in the adjustable Microphone but I can’t seem to get it closer to my mouth due to the sheer size of the headset.
as well as the in-line controller. Note that the LED will turn red when the mic is muted for easy identification. It has a clip at the back but is quite bulky so it’s quite noticeable that you have it clamped onto your apparel.
For starters, the GUI looks nothing like it’s from Gamdias. Launching the software brings you to a standard window 5 tabs. The main setting tab lets you adjust input type and toggle the DSP effects / mode
The Mixer tab are just volume controls.
Effects tab are where you’ll adjust the EQ and toggle the environmental sound simulator.
Karaoke / Magic voice tab lets one do key shifting in case you feel like listening to lower keys or speaking in a higher pitch…your choice.
You might’ve gussed by now that Gamdias meant the Hephaestus to be a gaming headset. the design is surely a head turner with the built-in LEDs and by the sheer size alone. One would surely enjoy the vibration effect from the “Blast Source Identifier” in games and action movies but the creaking that comes from the plastic construction is an issue you might find irritating on the long run.
-Stylish design with LED lighting
-Unique “Blast source Identifier” system and “Cooler System”
-Good sound isolation
-A little on the heavy side
-Hard to operate volume rocker via “touch-only”
-Dull driver software
Overall, the Hephaestus deserves a Silver badge from us at Tech-Critter.com for it’s unique features and design.