Did you pick up a DS headset today along with your preorder of Pokémon Diamond/Pearl? What will you be using to take advantage of the online voice chat feature? Nintendo's official headset, Turtle Beach's Earforce D2, or Datel's Communicator? Or will you be slumming it with the handheld's built-in microphone?
If you're still in the market for a headset solution, Nintendo Gal has posted a comparison chart and her analysis on the three products. Testing their comfort, durability, sound output, and recording quality, she was able to determine which one deserves our hard-earned allowance money. There are even recording samples available that you can listen to and weigh in on yourself.
We're surprised that the Earforce D2 was judged as the best of the lot, but seeing that it's also the most expensive at $19.99 (Nintendo's headset is on sale for $9.99 at Amazon), it's good to know that you're not paying that premium for nothing. Turtle Beach's headset outclassed the official one in every category except recording quality, while Datel's Communicator was laughed out of the competition.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
4-22-2007 @ 4:03PM
Gimme some Skype.
4-22-2007 @ 4:39PM
ill trooper said...
"1. Gimme some Skype.:
AMEN... How awesome would that be?
4-22-2007 @ 5:30PM
I Love Pokemon Pearl, Think I might go slumming for a bit until I find a use for it to be worth the $15.
4-22-2007 @ 7:27PM
I can say that the Earforce headset is definitley the best of the 3 from personal experience. They sound about as good as my Sennheiser PX100 headphones (very nice, I reccomend them), and the mic is pretty decent from testing w/ Electroplankton and NitroTracker. I might end up getting the official headset also though, because the earforce is a pain in the arse to carry around (the PX100s fold up)
4-23-2007 @ 7:38AM
Give me a real-world usable application for this and not just a way to talk smack during games.
Nintendo needs to recognize it's adult demographic when it comes to the DS. I can't be the only one.
4-24-2007 @ 9:18AM
Well, one practical use if the headset is for Brain Age - though the bugs with the voice recognition game(s) are a bit annoying.
Another is Electroplankton's audio sampling "game".