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Tt eSPORTS Cronos | Hardware Review



As I mentioned in my Tt eSPORTS DRACCO Captain review yesterday, Thermaltake’s pushing its competitive gamer line pretty hard. At $59.99, the Tt eSPORTS Cronos (or the Combat White version) is the budget option for those after a set of headphones and a microphone in one package. It aims for a niche, but does it fill it well?

Technical Specifications:

Connector: 3.5mm plug and USB
Platform: PC/mobile
Colour: Black
Driver unit: 40mm neodymium magnet
DTS certified: No
Channel: Stereo
Frequency response: 20Hz – 20KHz
Sensitivity: 117 ± 3dB
Cable length: 1.8m
USB connector: Yes
3.5mm gold plug: Yes
Plug and play microphone: Yes
External inline controller: Yes
Mic directivity: Omnidirectional
Mic noise cancelling: No
Mic sensitivity: -54 ± 3dB
Mic fequency: 100Hz – 10KHz
Mic impedence: 2.2k ohm


The black and red version of the Tt eSPORTS Cronos comes in a black and red cardboard and plastic pack. Inside is the standard 3.5mm connection cable, an extra shorter cable for connecting to a phone, a carry bag, paperwork, product, and cable ties.

A box, yesterday.

A box, yesterday.

The headphone is a mixture of pretty and ugly, in perhaps equal measures. I like the headband. The matte black plastic with sparse red highlights on the outside of the band looks good, but the best part is the red lycra internal edge. The padding looks full and comfortable and the red accents it well. Likewise, the black lycra cup pads with red Tt eSPORTS logo on the black mesh inside the cups looks good. The lycra gives the Cronos a soft and comfortable look.

Unfortunately, the cups look cheap with their shiny black plastic finish. Each cup has a clear/white Tt eSPORTS logo embedded into side, however the right logo is full and centre, while the left logo is smaller and located above where the mic boom is attached. But that’s not the worst thing. The headset lights up. Each of the clear logo segments outputs a delightful (note: sarcasm) bright red light when plugged in.

The red LED light is gaudy and cheap and entirely unnecessary. Thankfully, it only turns on when the completely superfluous USB is plugged in. Really – the USB plug’s only purpose is to power the hideous LED. Leave the USB unplugged and you’ll like the Cronos a lot more.

The microphone boom that extends from the left can rotate up to the vertical position, through about 135 degrees forward. There is a flexible section for maybe one third of its length. It will bend enough to suit a variety of head shapes, and it feels sturdy. The red LED makes an appearance on the tip of the mic boom, but it’s less ugly here. Rotating the mic boom into position is dictated by a series of clicks – each click is a stop for the boom. It’s also loose, making getting and keeping an exact position can be difficult. Add to that the lack of rotation to the rear means the mic boom rests in an awkward position for folding the cup inward. It folds without bending the boom, but by the skin of its teeth.

All that red stuff on the cup? That's only red when the light is on. And it's not that shade of red.

All that red stuff on the cup? That’s only red when the light is on. And it’s not that shade of red.

Under the left cup is the cable jack for connecting the cable to the headset. You can choose between the red plastic phone lead, or the black and red braided PC connector. I really like the braided cord. I know, it’s a strange thing to like, but the red and black braided cord is a great touch. I wish I could say the same about the 3.5mm plugs at the end of it. They’re wide. Too wide. I found it a rather tight fit to plug the headphones and microphone into my setup. Luckily they are rectangular, and rotating the plug mostly alleviated the problem, but it’s still a problem that could have been rectified by shaving off some plastic. At least the plugs are easy to grab, I guess.

One area the Cronos excels at is comfort. This headset will sit over your ears for days and days with nary a second thought. It’s light, but still present on the ears. The lycra padding on the headband goes a long way towards lightening the load and reducing fatigue. Likewise, the lycra cup pads are very comfortable around the ears. Lightweight materials and generous lycra padding make for gentle hours of listening.

Another thing the Cronos does very well is mobile phone compatibility. The other cable in the box – the admittedly more ugly one – goes from the headset to a standard phone in/out jack. Plug it in to your MP3 player for listening on the go, or into your phone for conversations through the mic. Some will find it more useful than others, but I am all for the versatility it offers. The Cronos will also fold up relatively flat and slip into the provided carry bag, too, making it a good upgrade from the basic earbud/mic setup.

Sound is a contentious issue with the Cronos. It definitely won’t wow anyone. The bass is a little on the gentle side. While the Cronos does offer a decent sounding midrange and highs, the headset suffers from an overall muddy quality, with a harsh, slightly tinny edge towards the upper range. It results in a sound that feels truncated and hazy. It suffices for basic tasks and loud gaming, but it won’t delight those looking for a quality sound solution. The audio quality is functional, but that’s about the extent of it.

Having a detachable cable is a good move, especially when mobile platforms are considered.

Having a detachable cable is a good move, especially when mobile platforms are considered.

The microphone is likewise muddy. It works well enough for a fast paced game where quality voice communication is an afterthought. You can get your point across, but don’t expect it to carry all the subtle nuances of your beautiful voice over the booms and explosions of whatever virtual battlefield you are fighting on. The lower quality microphone is not really an issue on telephone calls, but using this mic for any purpose other than action games and phone calls will leave you wanting.

There is a lot to like about the Cronos. First of all, RRPing at $60 means it’s well within the budget of most anyone. For that price you get a very comfortable and adequately functioning headphone and mic combination that can also be used as a phone headset. The great looking red and black braided cable with inline controller is incredibly simple to plug and play. The downside is you get a messy sound experience and you look like a tool with the red glow it (optionally) emits. Still, for $60 the Cronos is a great bargain choice for a decently constructed gaming headset that also works on your phone.

Review sample provided by Tt eSPORTS. Thank you.


Build Quality – 6/10

Design – 6/10

Useability – 7/10

Performance – 6/10

Price – 8.5/10


Overall – 7/10

(Not an average)

Manufacturer: Thermaltake/Tt eSPORTS

Black: $59.99
White: $59.99

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Bionik Quickshot Product Review | Almost Elite



The video game industry is ripe with various consoles and titles both AAA and indie, and the majority of attention is given to the games, as well as the developers and publishers responsible for producing them. However, accessories are an important part of a gamer’s experience, as comfortability and practicality can often affect  performance. People who have difficulty hearing may need better speakers or a headset, those with naturally soft voices may need microphones with voice detection, and gamers who find themselves battling sweaty palms might crave some solid grips for their controller. Like the games themselves, accessories can cover a range of qualities, from products that break at the slightest drop or stop working sooner rather than later to high-end pieces that can last users for years.

The Quickshot’s purpose is to provide gamers with something closer to a premium experience without having to actually purchase the expensive Elite Controller. Moreover, the device is meant to give users a better grip and allow them to adjust the sensitivity of their triggers (LT and RT).

The Quickshot arrives in a well-crafted package, contained in a black and dark orange box complete with areas of gray, featuring lettering of different hues to best fit the contrast to the color of the background. Opening the front of the box like a book, consumers will notice the inside is clear, allowing a glimpse of the dark gray plastic grips and orange trigger locks within. Fine as the box may be, the real subject matter is the equipment itself.

To make the process of equipping an Xbox One controller with the Quickshot simple, Bionik provides an orange, plastic, flat wedge to slide between the controller’s regular grips to pop them off. While seemingly a useful tool, the wedge does not make the process of removing the factory handles easier, as it strained easily and broke from light pressure. However, any flat implement can be used to worm between the creases on the back of the controller’s handles and remove those grips. Once the standard grips have been taken off, users can snap the Quickshot grips into place. With the trigger locks built into each piece, putting the grips on is the final step of installation. From there, consumers can begin familiarizing themselves with their new toy.

The Quickshot’s handles are dark gray while the trigger locks are orange, which does not mix well with the standard white Xbox One S controller or the original black Xbox One controller. However, the color may look better on a custom controller. The grips sport tiny grooves all up and down, feeling like rubber beads in the gamer’s hands. During those times when a player’s hands get sweaty, these grooves do well to keep the controller in the player’s hands, rather than slipping during crucial moments.

As a means to make aiming and firing in first-person shooters more precise, the Quickshot’s trigger locks adjust the sensitivity of the controller’s LT and RT buttons. When the orange switch that activates the locks is flipped, a little orange bar slides beneath the triggers, affecting the amount of depth the button can be pushed inward. These locks allow players to adjust the triggers to fit their comfort level. Furthermore, the locks do not have to be in place simultaneously. Rather, one lock can be engaged while the other is not, diversifying the feel of the two buttons based on the user’s needs or desires. However, having the locks engaged is not conducive to driving a vehicle in most games, such as Ghost Recon: Wildlands or Grand Theft Auto V, as compression of the trigger buttons directly affects the speed of the player’s vehicle. With the lock engaged, gamers will be unable to reach higher speeds with their characters’ vehicles.

Overall, Bionik’s Quickshot is a decent product that transforms Xbox One controllers into something a little more versatile at a lower price than that of the Xbox One Elite controller. With comfortable grips and trigger locks that are best used in first-person shooters, the Quickshot will change players’ performance in various titles after adjusting to the new equipment. While the locks are not suitable for every game, they can be easily disengaged, and the grips provide a constant grounding for players who lose focus easily with the added benefit of preventing gamers from dropping their controller due to wet palms.

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