MSI GH50 Gaming Headset Review: Sound And Nothing More

We are testing a recent novelty: MSI GH50 7.1 gaming headset with a vibration system.

In 2019, MSI introduced new headphone models: GH50 and GH30. “Thirty” is more straightforward. Moreover, it has a 3.5 jack and theoretically can be used both with computers and with mobile devices. The GH50 is more serious: first of all, it supports 7.1 virtual surround sound. The connector is USB, so no smartphones. Let’s see what’s special about it? 

MSI GH50 Gaming Headset Review: Design

The headset looks very stylish; the quality is quite decent. The headband is metal. The adjustment range is quite extensive. That is, even on a large head, the MSI GH50 will sit well. The earpads are made of soft artificial leather. There are no additional ones in the kit. The filling is also very smooth. However, the ears do not touch the speakers. 

The cups are backlit, and it is made very competently. The side surfaces are slightly submerged, so the illumination is not reflected in the monitor and infuriates interlocutors during video calls.

Of course, the backlight can be configured through the proprietary Dragon Center utility. 

The headset microphone is removable, made in the form of a console without the possibility of adjusting its position. In principle, it is not needed, but more on that later.

The cable is also quite decent, with a nylon braid, but not removable. Moreover, its length is as much as 2.2 m. Here the principle “more – not less” works ambiguously. Suppose you are sitting next to a laptop or desktop. The cable dangles and gets in the way on the table or under your feet. We can advise you to wind it up as a countermeasure, pull it off with an elastic band or wire from the kit. 

Why did we notice that the cable is not removable? The headset itself has a folding design, and when folded, takes up very little space (there is even a carrying case included in the kit). And here, the wire starts to get in the way again. If there were a possibility to detach it and neatly lay it next to it, it would be great. Winding all these 2.2 m around the headphones is not the best option because sooner or later, the wire can fray. 

MSI GH50 Gaming Headset Review: Sound And Quality 

7.1 format in headphones – of course, not for everybody. If CS fans will like it, the stereo sound is quite enough in other types of games. Enabling this mode and controlling all other functions – from a traditional remote control on a cable. It is quite convenient, although the volume control wheel is small. Also, they are located at the end of the remote control, and in the dark, it is not always unmistakable to hit it with your finger. At the same time, right in the center of the console is a huge Vibraring BASS switch. 

What about the sound? Let’s just say this is not a sample, given the rather high cost of the gadget. But we have no global claims. It is worth playing with the equalizer here, and then you can get a good result. The 40mm drivers provide rich sound and depth to the stage, although some details are lost. The vibration system is not annoying – at least we enjoyed playing with it much more than without it.

MSI GH50 Gaming Headset Review: Conclusion 

If for a game, We liked the quality and materials. We put a solid four for the sound quality. From remarks – for that kind of money I would like to have a removable cable. By the way, one more nuance: the Dragon Center utility works only with Windows 10, which was tactfully reported on the manufacturer’s website. It seems strange because many people continue to use the “seven”. On the other hand, there will be a reason to upgrade to a modern OS, which is also good. 

8.2 Total Score
Sound And Nothing More

If for a game, We liked the quality and materials. We put a solid four for the sound quality. From remarks – for that kind of money I would like to have a removable cable. By the way, one more nuance: the Dragon Center utility works only with Windows 10, which was tactfully reported on the manufacturer’s website. It seems strange because many people continue to use the “seven”. On the other hand, there will be a reason to upgrade to a modern OS, which is also good.

Design
7.5
Sound
7.9
Price
7.9
Connectivity
8.1
PROS
  • Folding Headband
  • RGB illumination
  • Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Vibration System
  • Detachable Microphone
CONS
  • Incompatibility with Smartphones
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