Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury gaming headset review

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The Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury gaming headset review by GadgetViper

Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury headset

An affordable gaming headset that’s packed full of features. The Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury has a detachable microphone and a choice of analogue or USB connections.

The Tactic3D Fury comes bundled with SBX Pro Studio software, a powerful control panel offering 3D surround sound, Scout Mode, Voice FX and Equalizer settings.

Features
  • 40mm FullSpectrum drivers
  • Detachable microphone
  • Dual connections (USB / Analogue)
  • SBX Pro Studio Software
Tactic3D Fury headset – Buy Online

Creative Labs (US)
price: $49.99
Amazon.com
price:  $43.55*

Price updated on the 14th of April 2016 at 11.30 GMT
*Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change.
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1Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury – Design and Build Quality

The Tactic3D Fury comes in well protected retail packaging. The detachable microphone and USB adapter are tucked neatly in the rear. Also included is a quick start guide and warranty card translated in every language known to man.

I’m typically lazy when it comes to reading manuals, but it’s worth it on this occasion in order to locate the driver software online. For those of you who also skipped the guide, here is a direct link to the download page.

On opening the packaging I was pleasantly surprised to see some nice detailing around the headband.

There’s a glossy ‘Tactic3D‘ etched in to the matte black band with an eye catching red ‘Fury‘ on either side in a blood splatter font type.

The headband has a soft padded inner at the top and measures 30mm in width.

A look at the design of the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury

Ignore the indentation on the padding (as seen in the picture below). I took the shots directly after removing the Tactic3D Fury from the packaging in an attempt to limit the dust. It’s completely gone now.

A view of the adjustment on the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury headsetThere are 8 points of adjustment on the arms. It’s worth noting that these are plastic. A potential weak point, if you were to accidentally tread on them or launch them across the room in a blind rage. For the majority of responsible gamers however, this shouldn’t be a concern.

The Earcups swivel slightly just below the adjustment points. The cushions also pivot up and down independently from their housings. The padding is soft and covered in a breathable fabric that should help keep your ears cool on warm days.

The overall design of the Tactic3D Fury gaming headset is tidy. The burnt red accents around the earcups and the combination of matte and gloss surfaces work well.

The ‘Fury’ and ‘Tactic3D’ headband detailing adds just enough ‘bling’ to the headset without the need for additional plastic trimming or LED backlighting.

The Tactic3D gaming headset without the microphone attached

2Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury – Features and Spec

The Tactic3D Fury has a 175cm long cable fitted with inline volume and microphone control. At the end is a 4 pole 3.5mm jack which can connect directly to most devices including smartphones and tablets. This connection is also compatible with a PS4 or an Xbox One when using a stereo headset adapter.

The microphone has a flexible arm that holds its position well. It’s fully detachable and fits inside a groove to ensure it’s orientated correctly.

The Sound Blaster Fury comes with an additional USB adapter.  This is required to make full use of the SBX Pro Studio software on a PC, Mac or Laptop.

The microphone and USB adapter connected to the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury gaming headset

When connecting the Tactics3D Fury to a PC, Windows will automatically install a system driver and add the headset to its list of playback devices. If you’re lazy, that’s all you have to do.

I highly recommend that you make the effort to install the Sound Blaster SBX Pro Studio software. The 3D surround, crystallizer and bass settings make the Fury headset really come to life.

The Creative SBX Pro Studio software for the Tactics3D FuryI guarantee you, after you have tweaked them and toyed with the equalizer, it will rival even the best high-end gaming headsets.

Another feature that somewhat tickled me was the VoiceFX. It allows you to fully customise your voice or choose from a pre-made list.

Here’s a sample of it in action with the following setttings – VoiceFX off, Alien Infiltrator, Elderly (my favourite) and male to female.

The VoiceFX settings on the Tactics3D Fury gaming headset

It’s good fun to use, but on a serious note, I’m a little concerned about how easy it is to fake a young gamers voice. I can picture a greasy old perv’ on team speak masquerading as a child.

The Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury with microphone attached

Headphone Specs
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 100dB/mW
  • Audio Drivers: 40mm FullSpectrum
  • Interface: 3.5mm Analog, USB

Microphone Specs
  • Type: Noise Cancelling Condenser
  • Frequency Response: 100Hz~10kHz
  • Impedance: <2.2kohms
  • Sensitivity: -44dBV/Pa

3Verdict

A good looking headset with an impressive sound quality. The microphone audio is clean and crisp and the Sound Blaster software that comes with this headset really adds value.

If you are looking for a good quality gaming headset for under $50 you will struggle to find a better option than the Tactic3D Fury.

Tactic3D Fury headset – Buy Online

Creative Labs (US)
price: $49.99
Amazon.com
price: $43.55*

Price updated on the 14th of April 2016 at 11.30 GMT
*Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change.
more »

Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

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