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Tt eSPORTS DRACCO Captain | Hardware Review

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Thermaltake’s Tt eSPORTS division market themselves as competitive eSports equipment providers. With the alleged input of pro gamers like Starcraft II player White-Ra, the Tt eSPORTS DRACCO Captain (what’s the obsession with uppercase?) is a $90 headset supposedly with competition in mind. How does it measure up, though?

Technical Specifications:

Connector: 3.5mm plug x2
Platform: PC
Colour: Black
Driver unit: 50mm Neodymium magnet
DTS certified: No
Channel: Stereo
Frequency response: 10Hz ~ 22 KHz
Sensitivity: 94 ± 3dB
Cable length: 3 meters
USB connector: No
3.5mm gold plug: Yes
Plug & Play microphone: Yes
External inline controller: Yes
Mic directivity: Omni-directional
Mic noise cancelling: No
Mic sensitivity: -36 ± 3dB
Mic frequency: 100Hz ~ 10 KHz
Mic impedance: 2.2k ohm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Captain comes in a cardboard box with a plastic window. The faux urban camo with red and black highlights is a definite statement of intent. There is a lot of flash here. Inside the box, strapped to the plastic skeleton with cable ties is the headset itself. In a small box is the cabling, which is detachable from the headset, a soft drawstring pouch, and the requisite paperwork.

Classy. Luckily, the headphones themselves are more subtle.

Classy. Luckily, the headphones themselves are more subtle.

The Captain headset looks much nicer than the packaging would imply. While the red and black colour scheme is aggressive, it isn’t overstated. Red rims the black matte finish plastic cups, with the Tt eSPORTS logo on the right cup in the same shade of red looking surprisingly appealing. The cup hinges are a sleek semicircle shape, with red hinges. The cups can move in an awful lot of ways, hinging up inside, or rotating so the cups lay flat. The headband is also black and red, with a red fabric interior and a black scale textured pleather top. I actually really like the look of this presumably intended dragon scale headband. The red accents make a statement without being ostentatious or gaudy.

The strong 3 metre removable braided cord is a bit of a task to connect the first time, with a slightly awkward and arcane interpretation of the standard twist lock mechanism. 50cm down the cable is the simple and small inline controller. It has a basic, no-frills design, with only an audio volume dial on the side and a red mic mute toggle, with a clothes clip on the rear. The cord splits into the two 3.5mm output plugs, giving a decent length of separation. Stereo and microphone plugs will go in to any standard 3.5mm headphone and microphone jack on your devices, meaning you can use this with a PC or your [brandname portable digital music device].

While it looks great, the headset does get a little uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. The headband lacks adequate padding on the inside, getting rather harsh after a while. Additionally, the cups clamp in rather tight. The ear padding is adequate, but the cup pressure can get a little much after too long.

Bendy and flexible, the cups and the mic boom are capable of a large range of motion and of packing down small.

Bendy and flexible, the cups and the mic boom are capable of a large range of motion and of packing down small.

The sound that comes out of the Captains is decent, but not exceptional. It’s supposedly tailored to professional gamer White-Ra’s personal preferences. The 50mm drivers deliver a very full and strong sound. What that results in is a bass-heavy experience. Bass clearly dominates the soundscape, shaking your proverbial boots. The mids and highs are muddy and muffled, drowned out by the bass and the fullness of the sound. Closed backs hold in quite a bit of sound, giving very acceptable isolation and leakage prevention. You won’t get a great music experience out of these cans due to the overall lack of detail, but they’re a good choice for action heavy games or movies.

The microphone is likewise decent. Sound is slightly muffled and fuzzy. You won’t be doing studio quality recordings with it any time soon. But it does do its job. The mic boom is flexible enough to move into a variety of positions, and it’s remarkably solid to rotate. The boom also happens to rotate roughly 270 degrees.

I quite like the simplicity of the Captain. It’s a solid piece of hardware that delivers a bone-shaking depth of sound in a nifty and surprisingly stylish looking product. It may not be the most comfortable headset to wear, or the most versatile, and it won’t impress audiophiles, but it will deliver a full and strong gameplay experience for those who like action games. It’s a simple and functional headset that will fulfil the basic needs of average wearers. If you’re looking for a decent headphone and mic combination to game with for under $90, you can do a lot worse than the DRACCO Captain.

Review sample provided by Tt eSPORTS. Thank you.

ONLY SINGLE PLAYER SCORE

Build Quality – 8/10

Design – 8/10

Useability – 8/10

Performance – 7.5/10

Price – 9/10

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Overall – 8/10

(Not an average)

Manufacturer: Thermaltake/Tt eSPORTS

Price: $89.99

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Lachlan Williams
Former Editor in Chief of OnlySP. A guy who writes things about stuff, apparently. Recovering linguist, blue pencil surgeon, and professional bishie sparkler. In between finding the latest news, reviewing PC games, and generally being a grumpy bossyboots, he likes to watch way too much Judge Judy. He perhaps has too much spare time on his hands. Based in Sydney, Australia. Follow him on twitter @lawksland.

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