The Tritton Swarm Mobile Headset boasts amazing surround sound audio for music, tv, movies and gaming. Let’s put that claim to the test.
Unboxing: What’s in The Box? (0:15)
- 3.5mm audio cable
- 3.5mm PC audio input and output adapter
- Carrying pouch
- Micro USB to USB charge cable
- Tritton stickers
- Usual paperwork with instructions and warranty
Review: Features (1:38)
- Bluetooth connectivity
- 3.5mm ports and wires for consoles and devices without bluetooth
- On ear buttons:
- Multi-command button: play/pause, answer/hang up, headset on/off, make device discoverable
- Forward, backward
- Audio adjustment: stereo/surround sound, bass booster on/off
- Volume wheel
- Mic mute/unmute
- Multi-sync with 2 devices so you can still answer calls on your phone even when using the headset with another device
- Surround sound
- Micro USB port for charging
- 40 hours of battery life
- Padded hinged earcups and padded adjustable headband
- Lightweight plastic build
Review: Using the headset (2:22)
I used the Swarm as my daily driver headset for a few weeks at home, at work and during my commute mostly for listening to music, watching videos, making phone calls and gaming.
The Swarm is very comfortable. These kinds of headsets would normally get uncomfortable after 10 to 20 minutes or so, especially on the top of my head where I often feel a sharp pain. I didn’t feel excessive pressure nor pain when wearing this headset for extended periods of time which I attribute to its lightweight plastic build and soft padding. Speaking of plastic, this headset is still very solid and resistant: it survived my commuting with zero scratches, scuffs or breaks. And can we just take a moment to take in that beautiful blue and purple duochrome finish? The cups cover my ears nicely and make for just enough noise reduction to ensure audio quality without completely isolating me from my surroundings. It’s very user friendly as the on-ear buttons do everything. A quick read through of the instructions and you’re ready to go.
I didn’t think I would love going wireless as much as I do. I’ve ruined so many headphones by getting the wire caught in doors, office chairs and turnstiles… This is a new kind of cord cutting I can get behind. There is no noticeable change in audio quality when using the Swarm via bluetooth or connected by wire and the long battery life means you can confidently use the headset for extended periods of time. I did experience some interference issues but my phone was the culprit; nothing a reboot couldn’t fix.
My only gripe with the Swarm is the invisible mic. (Mic test at 3:53) This little hole on the side of the earcup mostly picks up static and background noise. It’s alright to take calls if you’re in a quiet environment but I wouldn’t recommend it for online gaming. You’re better off getting a model that has a boom mic or by using it in conjunction with an standalone unit like the Snowball.
Review: Final Verdict
This is one of the best multi-tasking headsets I’ve used. It’s perfect for any media consumption and solo gaming. It’s comfortable, has a sleek and cool design with great colour choices, delivers high quality audio for gaming, music and videos, is easy to use and come with all the needed wires and accessories. The mic is the only downfall of the Swarm as the sound quality is barely passable for a call or a video conference.
Disclaimer: review headset provided by Mad Catz. The opinions expressed those of the author, and have not been effected, edited or dictated by Mad Catz.