The latest headset from peripheral manufacturer Trust serves up fundamental features for an affordable price.
You may have seen that as of the last few days, I've been taking a look at the latest line-up of Trust gaming peripherals. To start with, I reviewed the GXT 834 Callaz keyboard, then the GXT 980 Redex mouse, and now today, it's time to look at the new headset, the GXT 391 Thian. This is, like the other Trust GXT devices, a product that aims to be affordable predominantly, but doesn't look to sacrifice too many core features to achieve that goal. In this sense, it aligns and accommodates the level of quality and design that its sister peripherals serve up. But, what do I mean by this you ask? Well to explain that, let's start by looking at the build of the Thian.
This is a lightweight and wireless gaming headset that has been constructed using eco-friendly materials. It's mostly made of a rather smooth and good quality feeling plastic that is in all black, with the only areas that are different being the white foam layer on the underside of the headband, and the white and black foam and fabric earcups. This is admittedly one of the less inspiring looking headsets on the market these days. It's not a bad looking headset, but it won't draw your gaze. Where it does lack in an eye-catching design though, it does make up in comfort.
With the Thian weighing-in at only 213 grams, you can often forget that you are wearing it at all. The foam and fabric padding ensures the headset gently rests on your head and even during long gaming sessions, you won't feel uncomfortable at all. To this end, there is also an adjustable headband that can be customised to deliver a tight fit as well, but in terms of the construction of the headset itself, this is about as flexible as it gets, as the earcups don't swivel and are fixed in place.
There is a foldaway microphone attached to the left earcup that can be moved depending on where you want it to be placed. That can be directly upwards to have it out of the way, or using the twistable microphone arm, can be bent so that the pop filter directly sits in front of your mouth, whatever suits you. The microphone itself is of decent quality and will serve you well when gaming, but for the more quality-centric activities, such as recording a podcast, you will need a better quality device.
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But anyway, what about the more technical parts of the Thian? In terms of sound quality, this headset produces stereo audio between the frequency of 20-20,000Hz, meaning the general sound is pretty good, and will serve you more than amiably when gaming. If you're interested in the finer aspects of sound quality, then the Thian does miss the mark, as for example, it lacks true wireless stereo and doesn't feature any active noise cancellation. However, for a device that retails for the affordable price of £59.99 (affordable when looking at the grand scheme of headsets these days), you can't expect to get audio quality in a similar vein to top of the line Sony or Apple audio products.
This lack of more advanced features can be felt with the buttons that are present on the Thian, as you can only turn the headset on/off, mute and unmute the microphone, and adjust the volume with a slider. That's it. The only other part of the headset is a USB-C charging port and a 3.5mm jack port. It's a very minimalist design and product that isn't even expanded on with a dedicated software to fiddle with the finer details, and also lacks any lighting or unique features that give it a little bit of character or aims to elevate its appearance. Still, like the Callaz keyboard and the Redex mouse, the Thian headset does the fundamental duties of being a headset well, and for that reason it's hard to knock it, especially when considering the entire premise its more limited yet approachable design revolves around.
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As a final note, it's worth talking a little about the connectivity of the Thian and its battery. This device is super easy to use and requires you to simply stick its (admittedly quite long) USB 5.8GHz dongle into an empty slot on your PC (or PlayStation console) and then to turn on the headset to instantly be able to use it. It's plug and play in this regard. For those wondering if the wireless nature will be a problem during those long gaming sessions, over my time testing the promised 13-hour battery never failed to live up to its potential, meaning you should never feel hampered by the battery life of your tech. I will say though, the charging cable that comes with the device is ridiculously short (approximately one foot in length), so don't expect to have much free rein where you can charge the Thian without purchasing a separate charging cable.
But, with this minor inconvenience out of the way, the Thian is, as mentioned earlier, a highly usable, comfortable, and capable headset for anyone working on a budget or looking to grab an affordable device. It's not the prettiest on the eyes, or very exciting for that matter, but it does the basic job of a headset very well, and as I was with the Redex mouse, I'm pleasantly surprised with the Trust GXT 391 Thian headset.
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8 / 10
Affordable. Comfortable. Light. Decent sound quality. Great connectivity and super easy to set up.
Quite an uninspiring design. Limited technology powering the device. No accompanying software.