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Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage review

We test out the new wireless gaming headset from Creative

Our Verdict

For

  • Customisable
  • Good sound quality
  • Virtual surround sound works well
  • Good mic
  • Comfortable to wear

Against

  • Battery life is on the short side

The Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage is the latest gaming headset from Creative. We were mightily impressed with its predecessor, the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega, and the Sound Blaster range has a long and proud pedigree in computer audio, so our expectations were high.

The headset itself is sturdily designed and comfortable to wear. The cushioned cups feel fine even when the headset is worn for long periods of time, and they do a good job of noise insulation, so you can happily play in noisy environments without being distracted, and you won't annoy anyone nearby even with the volume turned up high. It does a much better job of this than the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega.

Sound quality is very good, with a rich and full sound even at default settings. The Sound Blaster Tactic3D software is once again included, and from here you can adjust the equaliser settings, add effects and alter the surround sound levels.

Each setting makes a palpable difference to the sound, and with a bit of tweaking you can get some great results that suit your gaming or media style. You can save your settings as profiles to quickly switch between your favourites, too.

The Sound Blaster Tactic3D software also enables you to change the colour of the pulsating LEDs in each ear cup - a nice but ultimately pointless feature. Another fun but frivolous feature is the voice changer, which comes with plenty of presets to amuse and annoy your friends and competitors.

The microphone itself is good quality, and the arm is easily adjustable. However, the foam covering the mic often fell off, which was annoying.

Another annoyance was that the headset has no automatic power saving feature, so if you close down your PC, the headset remains turned on. The next time you come to play you might find that the battery's dead. It's not too much of a problem though, since a USB cable is included that can charge the headset pretty quickly.

Verdict

Overall, this is a solid headset that comes with some of Creative's best innovations. The virtual surround sound is good and it's comfortable to wear. There are just a few niggles that prevent this being a perfect headset.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHeadset
Maximum Battery Run Time12 Hour
Earpiece TypeBinaural
Driver Size50 mm
Minimum Frequency Response20 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz
Product FamilyTactic3D Rage
Connectivity TechnologyWireless
Brand NameSound Blaster
Form FactorEar-cup
Wireless TechnologyRF
Sound ModeSurround
Earpiece DesignOver-the-head
Microphone DesignBoom
Detachable MicrophoneYes
Driver TypeNeodymium
FeaturesUSB Charging
ManufacturerCreative Technology, Ltd
Product NameTactic3D Rage Wireless Gaming Headset
Product LineTactic3D Rage
Impedance32 Ohm
Manufacturer Part Number70GH022000000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.europe.creative.com
Marketing Information

Wireless audio superiority made affordable

The Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless Gaming Headset is the must-have gear for serious gamers, delivering superior uncompromised wireless gaming audio that's backed by decades of legendary Sound Blaster expertise.

The headset features SBX Pro Studio audio technologies, which allow you to fully customize every aspect of your headset's audio settings. SBX Surround positions audio in a 360-degree sound stage that's much more realistic than standard 7.1 solutions. Massively powerful 50mm FullSpectrum™ drivers are meticulously tuned to produce the most accurate 3D gaming audio environment available for your PC or Mac. With 16 million colors, the earcups' SB Prism™ LED illumination gives you an almost unlimited choice of colors to represent your team or gaming gear setup.

Microphone Sensitivity-40 dB
Microphone TechnologyNoise Cancelling, Condenser
Package Contents
  • Tactic3D Rage Wireless Gaming Headset
  • USB Transmitter
  • Micro USB to USB Cable, Length 1.8 m
  • Quick Start Guide
MaterialSteel