GAMDIAS makes some insanely cool gaming hardware. I reviewed their HERMES E1 and HERMES E2 mechanical keyboards last year, and now it’s time to branch out just a bit. Next up on the review desk, I’ve got the HEPHAESTUS P1 RGB Surround Sound Gaming Headset ($89.99).
Named after Hephaestus (he-FEE-stus or he-FESS-tus), the Greek god of fire and metalworking, this is the most impressive set of gaming cans I’ve tested to date. They meet or exceed my needs in every single category, and look like an absolute badass while doing so.
Let’s take a closer look.
The HEPHAESTUS P1 are thoughtfully designed with extended gaming sessions in mind. They’re both extremely durable and comfortable, and wearing them is a pleasurable experience.
The earphones connect to one another with an aluminum headband that has a memory foam-like padding underneath to rest comfortably on the head. Each cup connects to a plastic sliding mechanism used for fitting purposes. The outside of each cup features an RGB lighting design, which I’ll discuss more in just a bit.
The omnidirectional microphone is located on the left side of the headset, as is the standard. It sits on a flexible arm attached to a swivel base.
A 1.8m braided cable with a smart remote controller rounds out the design section. Don’t let that fool you, however. We still have a ton of ground to cover here. The HEPHAESTUS P1 has features for days.
I like bells and whistles, so the first thing that caught my eye here is RGB lighting support. Installing the HERA software allows you to change the lighting modes between static (a single color with no effect), breathe (a single color with a breathing effect), rainbow (all colors with a slow, sweeping effect), and flash (all colors with a flashing effect).
To be clear – this is 100% cosmetic and adds zero functionality to the headset, but it definitely looks cool. And it matches well with the breathe lighting on my HERMES E1 keyboard, so that’s a win-win.
Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound
The HEPHAESTUS P1 headset offers an immersive audio experience. Also enabled using the HERA software is a Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound that delivers 3D audio with pinpoint accuracy and realistic tones that make you feel as if you’re inside of the game.
Games already sound great without this setting enabled, but turning it on kicks things up a notch. It really comes in handy for multiplayer games in which enemies come at you from all sides, like Call of Duty, or similar titles.
Sound quality is already impressive, but GAMDIAS upped the ante here by adding a blast source identifier, which triggers the ear cups to vibrate independently depending on the direction of the sound. So, on top of stellar sound quality, you also get this amazing vibration effect that helps you determine where enemies are located.
OK, at this point, things are just getting out of hand. I mean, really – COOLING VENTS? Yes. You read that right. The HEPHAESTUS P1 has cooling vents with built-in aluminum heat sinks to lower the temperature inside of the cups. This is done to make the headset more comfortable for all-day gaming sessions.
I can’t say my ears are “cool” inside of the cups, but they’re not sweaty, even after wearing them for a few hours. I made a point of writing this entire review while wearing them and listening to music, and so far, so good.
Long live that Miami Bass, by the way. Perfect for testing these cans.
Braided cabling and Smart Remote controller
I’m not sure about you, but I like braided cabling. It just feels more premium than the standard cables you get with most headphones. The HEPHAESTUS P1 has plenty of cable to work with – 1.8 meters, to be exact. This gives you lots of room to move around your desk space, so you’re not confined tightly to one spot.
There’s a “Smart Remote” controller midway down the cable. This has the volume up and down buttons, as well as a dedicated microphone toggle button. The mic button has a circular LED light around it that flashes blue when the mic is active and stays solid red when it’s turned off.
There’s also a switch on the side of the remote that toggles Bass Impact. Another handy feature for those times when you don’t need the extra bass and vibration. I personally like the effect, so I leave it on at all times. It’s a matter of preference, though, really.
Wrap-up and final rating
Oh, GAMDIAS, you really nailed this one! I’ve used so many headsets over the years, I’ve lost track. But the HEPHAESTUS P1 is, without doubt, my absolute favorite. From being delightfully comfortable to sounding (and looking) amazing, I can only hope this trend of excellence continues in future offerings from the company.
If you’re looking to pick up a new gaming headset, do yourself a favor and grab this one. You will not be disappointed. You can get it on Amazon for $89 and change, and it’s Prime eligible, so you’ll have it in two days.
Be sure to check out the manufacturer website for more info.