Gamdias Products Delivers in Style but What About Function?

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Gamdias is moreorless a new player in the North American third-party PC accessories scene. The Taiwanese company was founded in 2012, and its products (designer mice, mouse pads and keyboards) was sold first in Asia before branching out to a world-wide market. Had their products been made available for a use in a wider spectrum of use, like for artists (with their mats) and Xbox/ Playstation compatibility (with their headsets), Halo enthusiasts may well enjoy their Greco-Roman inspired setup. Maybe some gamers can find some use in Sony’s God of War.

With this company’s product line taking their name from the gods of this Mediterranean culture, there’s no denying that there is a coolness factor for fans of classic mythology to take note of.

Examining Gamdias’ Line of Mouse Mats

Most professional artists will no doubt say owning a graphics tablet and display with touch-screen capabilities is a must. But when the budget is not quite there for a student, to transition to a working environment when their home rig is tailored for videogames, they can turn their Gamdias mouse and mat into a high-resolution pointer.

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Their basic mat is very spacious and tacks onto any table’s surface very well. Even with games forcing players to slide their mouse to the edge, the 13 x 11 inch size (approx) is very welcome. In Photoshop, this real estate makes for some precision pointing, and with layout, the surface is quite nice to assist in fine tuning some text alignments. However, the only true method to ensure the edges align is to look at the coordinates of the edges than to rely on a visual aid.

The brand war for good mats can make some people’s head spin. With other companies like 3M, Razer and Corsair also producing similar products, there honestly is no difference in the branding of the product until durability tests are made through long-term and repetitive use to say which one is best.

Looking Closer at the Hebe Headset

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Audiophiles will not denying that Sennheiser and Bose are among the best names for great sounding headphones. Monster and Beats by Dre run a close second. but there are times even the most hardened of ears are not Shure which company’s is the best way to go when it comes to buying for use in a computer room environment. The choice depends more on what the headset is used for more: games or entertainment.

Gamdias introductary product, the Hebe, wears quite will and its more suited for gameplay more than music listening. However, because of its bulk, fatique can set in after approximately ninety minutes of wear. Donning any of these headsets feels like putting on a Stormtrooper’s helmet because of its feel of putting on a plastic-like shell.

Fortunately one gets used to the weight after regular use. The sound quality is in par with a $75 pair of normal headphones designed for music listeners, and to calibrate it to emulate 7.1 surround sound will take a few hours of testing with properly encoded sound samples to make sure the game and music experience right.

The driver to fine tune the headphones is simple to figure out, but not everyone will understand how acoustics are created within human hearing. To offer a manual to make sense of the software, however, would have made this product certainly better than its competitors. Even a sample CD would help elevate the headphone line to new heights, so that calibration is far easier. Since not everyone hears sound the same, to customize the surround settings does take time to tweak right.

Pros

  • Fabric chord and fastener that measures approx 6′ in length.
  • Solid construction
  • Adjustable Headphone
  • Adjustable Band
  • Independent volume controls on cable


Cons

  • Plastic like feel
  • No controls on Headphones itself
  • Lack of documentation
  • Rear channels are difficult to discern in 7.1 mode

Final Thoughts

Computer owners with professional audio mixers will no doubt have a better rig to test the surround channels, but for the casual gamer, they will not have the same features to ensure that someone is indeed sneaking up from behind. And with Dolby technology now able to produce 9.2 sound (i.e. to include the height equation to sound reproduction), to see this range appear in games or be recreated within a headphone is not likely going to happen anytime soon. What players get now is reasonable and at least Gamdias is doing a great job at staying current. 7.1 emulation is becoming a common feature in Razer and Logitech products. Although they do not offer the “true” experience, the emulation is good enough to give gamers and music listeners the depth needed while listening to ELO’s album, No Answer.

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About Ed Sum

I'm a freelance videographer and entertainment journalist (Absolute Underground Magazine, Two Hungry Blokes, Vivascene and Otaku no Culture) with a wide range of interests. From archaeology, popular culture, video games, movies, technology and paranormal studies, there's no stone unturned. Digging for the past and embracing "The Future" is my mantra.

Posted on May 4, 2014, in Game Reviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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