Creative SXFI AIR GAMER Headset Review

Creative SXFI AIR GAMER Headset

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9.0/10

Introducing the ultimate Hybrid Headphone Holography with the Creative SXFI AIR GAMER Headset. A versatile wired gaming headset with Bluetooth® 5.0. Giving you the freedom to plug into any compatible device of your choice or connect wirelessly to enjoy personalized Super X-Fi Headphone Holography audio!

The GamerChat feature delivers Super X-Fi’s holographic audio effects for your game over USB and mobile chat over Bluetooth so you can answer a call mid-game on the same headset, or even chat with teammates on platforms that don’t usually offer voice chat, like Nintendo Switch.

For FPS gamers, turn on the SXFI BATTLE Mode to hear your opponents’ movements and location with impeccable accuracy for that winning edge! It also has a playtime of up to 11 hours and comes with both the discreet NanoBoom mic and the pro-grade CommanderMic with inPerson® Microphone Technology. This nifty gaming headset lets you enjoy the best of both worlds and experience an unbelievable level of realism in your headphones that sounds as good as the real thing.

Creative SXFI AIR GAMER Headset Review

Compared to top brands the likes of Logitech, Razer and Hyper cloud to name a few. Creative tends to come off as the underdog when it comes to ‘gaming’ headsets. They don’t tend to advertise, but they deliver on what they promise, which is a great sound, nice features at an affordable price cough razer cough.

The build quality of this headset is simple. You have the Creative logo written at the top. It’s quite sturdy when adjusting the headband. No clamp force and it has a nice snug fit. So, if you wear glasses it won’t squeeze your head or anything.

You have your RGB, which is bright, but not overpowering bright if you know what I mean. Looks nice when playing in the dark and if you don’t like it, you can just turn it off. The ear cups and very comfortable, although comfort is subjective, so just my opinion. Breathable too. Sadly you can’t take out the ear cups, which sucks really. Would have been nice if you could.

You can adjust the volume via the left ear cup, which involves using your index finger to swipe up and down. Mind you it can be touch and go at times. I would have much preferred if it had a wheel or something, which would make it easier to adjust. If it’s not broke don’t try to fix it.

The mic is crisp and clear. You can be heard dishing out dish out call-outs to your teammates or if you just want to be toxic about sleeping with someone’s mother. It’s up to you. There is a red light, but you won’t really notice it. Can you turn it off? Nope.

Now for the important part: Sound quality. I must say, it’s pretty damn good, for the price you are paying I cannot fault it too much. I’ve played games like Battlefield 1 and 5, Call of Duty, Apex, Forza Horizon 4, Gears of War 4 & 5, Doom Eternal and Overwatch. You’ll love it a lot. You can use the software to adjust the highs and lows. But the secret to its great sound is Sxfi mode/battle mode, which Creative claim gives you better spatial awareness of what is happening around you, including hearing where the enemy farted if you are waiting for someone to pick off. Does it work? Oh yes. Does it work for all games? Not really. Single-player games, mostly. You won’t hear much of a difference to warrant using Sxfi. But in multiplayer is where it is at.

Also, a nice feature is the gamer chat mode. Basically, when activated via Bluetooth you can answer a phone call, while gaming. Which is pretty handy. Not so much for me as I don’t get any calls, despite this pandemic claiming so many lives. Be nice if my mates checked up on me from time to time, but I digress.

Overall, is it worth the asking price, yes? Thumbs up, yes. So, why the 4 stars, well there are a few things that didn’t sit well with me. And that is the battery life of 11 hours when playing music. Compared to other headsets out there. That’s pretty low. Also, this headset isn’t totally wireless for gaming, which is a bummer. If you disconnect the headset you can only listen to music.

Another, which got to me was the volume of sound. The quality is great, but it just didn’t sound loud enough when I was playing my games. Even when I cranked it up to 60% going 70%, it just wasn’t loud enough for me. Even trying to hear that explosion just didn’t have that ‘pop’. And the low trembles leave a bit to be desired. It’s only 20,000 Hz. Would have been nice if it was more.

If you can forgive the small flaws, what you get is an affordable, comfortable and very versatile headset for the money, look no further. Sxfi is truly something special. I just hope Creative makes a headset fully wireless and go all out on making the sound quality even better. 

Overall, the Creative SXFI AIR GAMER Headset sounds fantastic and really gives you an edge when gaming.

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