Hardware Review: Speedlink Celsor Gaming Headset

The Celsor Gaming Headset from Speedlink is a reasonably priced headset with a feel that suggests it should be more expensive. My first impression was that it is a very comfy headset, and from using it for a lengthy period of time, I can confirm that this is still the case.

Comfort is one of the most important elements to any headset and the Celsor delivers. The band that rests on your head is suspended by a stretchy, elasticated mechanism with enough resistance to ensure the perfect fit on your head. Earcups rotate so it should fit even the largest or smallest of heads. 

The support structure is two rods cased in plastic but it does look like black metal pipes. It has an industrial look to them despite being mostly plastic with subtle red highlights around the cups and inside the cans which are a welcome decision when a number of gaming headsets these days have garish colours or worse, multitudes of bright LEDs garnishing them.

Helpfully, the microphone lifts up so that it doesn’t get it your way when not needed, but this doesn’t automatically mute as in some models – mute and volume control is managed by a remote on the lengthy braided cable.

Connection wise, you have a 3.5mm jack for audio and one for the microphone. The audio connector works on my Mac, I also tested it on phones, Xbox and PS4 – and all sound decent. The microphone cable however I couldn’t get to work in my Mac through the dedicated port (I don’t have a PC to test) but a USB adapter had it functioning perfectly. With a slight bendability to the boom for adequate positioning, I was impressed with how well the mic performs, with a decent sound quality broadcast from it.

One thing missing is mic monitoring – the ability to hear yourself while talking. The sound on the headset is decent and can be very loud, so without being able to hear yourself I’ve found myself shouting loudly into it (which can be problematic for other people around the house when you’re playing an intense game with friends!). 

What you get then with the Celsor is a low cost, premium looking and more importantly, sounding headset. Feature-wise, it’s fairly bare-bones but for basic functionality, it’s a very good buy.

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