A decent gaming headset that doesn’t break the bank is a big ask nowadays, and with so many options out there to choose from it gets pretty tricky finding a good, solid all-rounder that won’t let you down mid-match. Is the Sennheiser GSP 370 Wireless Gaming Headset for PC, Mac, and Sony PlayStation 4 going to tick all your boxes?
If quality, dependability and comfort are at the top of your list when it comes to gaming headsets, then the Sennheiser GSP 370 might be for you.
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Straight out of the box this is a headset that screams quality, and it’s clearly been designed with longevity in mind. The headset features memory foam ear cushions and has a padded headband that allows for maximum comfort. I trialled out the comfort level of the set by wearing it for about eight hours straight. As a person with various ear piercings, it’s pretty hard to find a headset that I can comfortably wear for more than an hour or so, but even after a full nine-to-five with this baby I had absolutely no discomfort whatsoever.
As far as I’m aware, I don’t have an excessively large (or small) face so I can’t really speak to Sennheiser’s claim that the GSP 370’s ball-joint hinge “automatically angles the ear cups to suit the shape of your face.” I can say, however, that the over-ear cups sit completely over my ears without any overlap or the dreaded ear-squishing that we gamers live in fear of. Can you wear the GSP 370 for a long, long, long gaming session comfortably? Absolutely.
Design-wise, the headset features that chunky and oversized look that’s seemingly the trend right now. It’s a look and I like it, but it’s not for everyone.
Volume is adjusted with a scroll wheel on the right ear cup. Although really easy to use, it’s almost too easy, and I often found myself knocking it and adjusting the volume accidentally.
The microphone makes use of a rubberised arm for added flexibility, and the headset itself can be extended with a click mechanism. It’s simple, it’s effective and it works very smoothly. The headset has an over-all sleek and classic look that feels luxurious and definitely on the higher-end of the spectrum.
One of the features of the GSP 370 that I was most keen to give a run for its money was its battery life. According to Sennheiser, the GSP 370 can offer “exceptional sound quality for up to 100 hours,” which is one heck of a bold claim.
Now, I’m going to be honest here, I sadly didn’t manage to find 100 hours of spare time to dedicate to gaming. What I can say is that I racked up at least 40 hours of use over the course of this review, and that’s with using the GSP 370 straight out of the box without a single charge. When I received the headset I was told it’d have “around 50%” charge as packaged, so it’s a pretty safe bet to say that 100 hours of use on just one charge is more than plausible. That’s another big tick for Sennheiser if you want a wireless headset that’s going to last for as long as you are.
There is one irritating thing about this headset when it comes to charging it though: the GSP 370 uses a micro-USB. My household is almost entirely USB-C now, and even though a micro-USB cable came included with the headset, it’s just another annoying wire to have to keep to hand. (For those planning to use the GSP 370 with their PlayStation 4 it’s less of an issue, because your DualShock 4 uses a micro-USB too).
When it comes to going wireless there are a few different options you have for headsets, but the Sennheiser GSP 370 opts to connect to your PlayStation 4, PC or Mac via a dongle connection. By choosing this method of connection rather than Bluetooth, Sennheiser promises a “reliable transmission with near-zero delay.” Testing out the latency with some Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on the PS4, I didn’t notice any issues with lag whatsoever. It was an easy, seamless and thoroughly enjoyable experience. If you’re an FPS gamer this headset isn’t going to let you down in that department.
For those who have specific needs, wishes and requirements when it comes to your soundscape, the GSP 370 offers a lot of customisation options – but with a catch.
The Sennheiser Gaming Suite gives you the opportunity to tweak quite a few different settings, offering up various surround sound modes, an equalizer, microphone options, and even some ready-to-use presets. It’s a nifty thing – but it’s only accessible through Microsoft Windows 10. For those buying this headset purely for the PS4 or for your Mac, you won’t be able to access any of the customisation options, which is unfortunate.
Quite possibly one of the most important things to look into when buying a new headset is – of course – the sound quality. Sennheiser boasts that the GSP 370 uses “integrated digital sound processing,” which enhances the audio experience to give “exceptional bass performance and acoustic clarity.”
I tested the sound of the GSP 370 with a range of different games, trying out the typical FPS titles you’d normally expect to use a headset with, and also going for some more nuanced games.
Naturally, the likes of Call of Duty and Fortnite held up incredibly well, offering an immersive experience with clarity and cleanliness. When I tried the headset with the likes of thatgamecompany’s Journey, a game renowned for its classical music, the GSP 370 did a pretty good job, though it’s clear that this headset was designed with the FPS genre in mind.
Considering this is a headset that’s on the lower-end of the Sennheiser range, the sound quality really is phenomenal and could definitely rival that of much more expensive sets.
Excitingly, the dongle supports a very impressive range in terms of distance from the headset itself. Testing out the set around the GameByte office, not only was I still able to clearly hear sounds playing around eight to ten metres away from the dongle, I was also able to leave the room entirely and still have perfect sound quality. If you were wondering whether you’d need to take this headset off to use the bathroom mid-game, the answer is no. No you will not. Hooray!
Even though it’s definitely a cheaper model than some of the headsets that Sennheiser has for sale, you don’t need to worry about a compromise in the quality of the microphone. The GSP 370 has a “broadcast quality noise-cancelling microphone,” and while it might not be something you could record YouTube videos with on its own, it does a stellar job in-game.
It’s pretty hard to test out for yourself how clear the quality of the audio is to others, but Sennheiser promises that the mic “actively minimizes background noise.” Checking out a few sound tests of the headset online definitely seems to prove that for me.
For the price, the Sennheiser GSP 370 definitely delivers if you’re looking for a high-end brand with dependability. The 100 hour battery life is a huge plus for this headset, and you won’t suffer a compromise in the audio quality to get it.
That being said, this isn’t a headset that’s going to offer a huge amount of multifunctionality. Xbox One gamers are out of the loop with this one, and only Windows users can access the sound customisation options, which might be a dealbreaker for a lot of gamers.
Personally I think the GSP 370 massively improves on the quality of my gaming experience, and this is a headset I’d happily recommend – as long as you’re a PlayStation 4 or PC gamer.
If you’re interested in picking up a pair of Sennheiser GSP 370s then they retail for approximately £169 GBP/€199 EUR. Find out more on the Sennheiser website right here.
A big thanks to Sennheiser for providing the GSP 370 to GameByte for review.
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