Gioteck EX-05 Wireless Headset Review

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The EX-05 Military Style Wireless Headset from Gioteck is a wireless headset that is compatible with Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 as well as PC/Mac desktops. Being compatible with many platforms means you just have to buy a single headset and use it on them all. So less clutter and no need for oodles of headsets for each desktop or console that you have in your gaming den – bonus!

So lets look around the headset. On top we have a wide lightweight headband made of a military-styled, webbed, canvas material that is designed to disperse the contact with your noggin. Steal adjusters attached to each ear cup allows the headband to be moved to get the best fit for many head shapes.

Both sides of the EX-05, featuring military style headband and micro-fiber mufflers

Each ear cup are padded with micro-fiber mufflers that keep you cool during those marathon games sessions. The pads have that suede feel to them, which not only makes them look nice but they are also soft to the touch. Fresh out of the box, they can feel a little firm, but they do have a good spring to them that can only improve over time. Inside the ear cups are 40mm stereo drivers that give a clear high end treble and a pretty impressive low level bass – ideal for explosions and gun fire in first-person shooters. When it comes to headsets, sound positioning in shooters is very important. Sadly the EX-05 can feel a little less accurate as some more expensive headsets, but it does a very good job for a headset in its price range.

On one side you’ll find a flexible rubber mic boom that can be swiveled up and away from your face when not in use and also bent around into which ever position that suits you when chatting to your buddies. The microphone quality is clear with online buddies hearing every word nice and clear.

On the other ear cup you’ll find something a little odd for what is labeled as a wireless headset – a wire! Rather than having all the controls on the ear cups, like most wireless headsets, Gioteck have designed them to be included on a control box dongle that is attached by a single wire to the headset that cannot be unplugged. The wire that joins the headset to the control box dongle is just under a meter long, so this “wireless headset” soon reveals the same problems that you experience with a wired one, which is a major disappointment.

Wireless Receiver (left), Headset Connector (middle) and Wireless Control Box (right)

The dongle behaves as the wireless transmitter/receiver and also contains the headset’s on and off switch, mute button, in-game voice volume button and overall game volume button. Sadly the dongle cannot be stowed away on the headset and is designed to be clipped on your person, lay on your lap or rest on the desk if you are on a PC/Mac desktop.

Charging the EX-05 is also done through the control box, where it is this dongle that holds the headset’s charge rather than the headset itself. With a fully charged headset you can game for up to around 6 hours, which is more than enough for most daily sessions, but you will need to remember to plug it back in if you do game for long periods. If you don’t, luckily you can continue to use the headset whilst it’s charging via the bundled USB cable, should you find your headset switching off during gameplay – thanks to there being no audible low battery warnings.

A small USB wireless receiver plugs into a your console or PC/Mac USB port, giving it power to transmit sound to the headset as well as receive your microphone input signal – at least on PC/Mac or PS3. On Xbox 360, due to its restricted quirks of communicating through the Xbox 360 pad, you still need to connect a lead from the headset’s wireless control box to the Xbox 360 controller. Unlike PC/Mac, audio from both consoles need their audio passed through to the wireless receiver, which is then transmitted to the headset. So more wires – yay! It is a clunky affair, but this at no fault of the headset, it is just how these two consoles work with audio, and it is only made worse with the introduction of HDMI only console refreshes, meaning you have to buy optional additional cables that will allow you to pass through the console’s audio to the headset.

The EX-05 is a good quality headset that disappoints due the decision to have all of its controls wired to an attached control box. It might work for the military but it doesn’t work as well at home on the virtual battlefield. Props to Gioteck for trying something different, but this wired connection doesn’t give you the same wireless freedom that other wireless headsets achieve. It is this element alone that makes me struggle to recommend the EX-05 as a wireless headset solution, however if you prefer or have a reason to have your controls on a leash and not stored on the headset, then perhaps then EX-05 is the headset for you.

Anthony Barker

Anthony is the designer, developer and owner of Console Monster. In his spare time, Anthony is a keen gamer who enjoys playing mostly First-Person Shooters and Racing games. When he is not developing games or tweaking this site, Anthony likes to be on the slopes snowboarding or hurtling down off-road tracks on his mountain bike.

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