Gaming peripherals tend to be one-note wonders: They’re good for gaming, but disappointing in most other tasks. Thermaltake apparently isn’t content to be painted with this particular brush, as its CRONOS taught this reviewer to never underestimate a product ever again.
The gaming peripherals market space is a warzone. It seems like there are a hundred different companies all fighting for more and bigger slices of the pie. There’s clearly a lot of money to be made – why else devote so much in production and R&D costs and marketing? – and everyone wants a cut.
One of the keys to succeeding in this war seems to be developing products that not only catch your eye, but also boast features that your competitors may not have. Either that, or have features that are executed just a bit better compared to your rivals.
On the surface, Thermaltake’s CRONOS is similar to the last gaming headset I reviewed. They both have LED lighting for maximum gamer cred, for instance. They’re both styled to catch the eye, although they do so through altogether different ways. They’re both stereo only (a good thing). Finally, they both have detachable cables, a feature that I used to think was the preserve of higher-end audio equipment.
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