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Tritton Warhead 7.1 Wireless Surround Sound Headset for Xbox 360 review

This is for sure: if you're a gamer seeking a primo wireless surround sound headset, now is a very good time to buy. It's been less than two weeks since Astro Gaming's A50 wireless surround headset impressively traversed the Engadget review gauntlet, and now the crazy kitties that are Mad Catz and Tritton are up for a turn. It's taken the duo well over a year and a half to get its full range of Microsoft-licensed Xbox 360 headsets off the ground, with the flagship Warhead 7.1 Wireless Surround Sound Headset set to hit shelves in just a few days.


Aside from packing some innovative and exclusive features for Xbox 360 users, it stands as the only totally integrated wireless headset for the system -- for the first time you won't need a pesky controller-to-headset cable or a controller-mounted Bluetooth dongle for voice chat. We've been fortunate enough to get an early look at this $300 Dolby Headphone-enabled headset, so join us past the break and we'll let you know whether it's been worth the wait -- or whether it's too much, too late.

In case it wasn't clear, Tritton has gone out of its way to ensure that the headset matches the Xbox 360 -- from two years ago. One of our biggest pet peeves is dealing with overly glossy gadgets, and the Warhead takes the cake in this area. From the second we pulled the cellophane off the headset and transmitter base, they immediately started picking up fingerprints and dust. Worse yet, this is the first time in memory that we've ever been able to scratch a gadget by trying to wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth. So while the gloss is certainly showy, we wish Tritton would've stuck with the matte finish used on the rest of the headsets in its lineup.

Make no mistake, though: we're otherwise really digging the design. Tritton has always had a way of making its headsets look like they're straight out of some sci-fi flick, and the Warhead is no different. All around the headset you'll find exaggerated angles reminiscent of some sports cars. Then there's the base, which could honestly pass for a scale model of a futuristic missile launcher. We're especially glad that Tritton's usual orange accents have been kept to a minimum; you'll only find them on the driver filters inside of the earcups. Instead, there's a variety of silver detailing, which looks great alongside the black finish. Still, the faux-metal bits on the headband and buttons do feel kind of cheap.

Speaking of the sort, the headset doesn't nearly feel like a $300 offering, especially compared to its competitors. That's not to say that we had issues with the build quality during testing, and this is indeed an improvement over the older AX Series. Even so, it's telling when the $70 AX180 from years past feels more robust than the Warhead. Basically, we hoped for a bit more of a premium feel.

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