Our next product review is slightly off-topic in the sense that it doesn’t work with Android devices. The Sennheiser GSX 1000 ($229) is an audio amplifier that works with PC and Mac and was designed with the needs of professional gamers in mind.
If you aren’t a professional gamer or, at very least, a computer gamer, you may want to sit this one out. If you game on a Windows or Apple machine and have a couple extra Ben Franklins in your wallet, this may be exactly what you’ve always wanted.
Disclaimer #1: I’m not a huge PC gamer myself. I used to play World of Warcraft (many years ago), and I’ve recently taken to League of Legends. I’m more of a PS4 guy these days, simply because I can’t afford a respectable gaming rig. (And because I don’t have much time for any gaming, lately.)
Our friends at Sennheiser sent over the GSX 1000 along with the GSP 303’s I reviewed last month, and I gladly agreed to take a look. I love checking out the latest technology, plus, considering I have an awesome gaming keyboard and mouse, I figured it’d be nice to put them to good use again.
And if nothing else, this thing looks pretty damn cool.
The Sennheiser GSX 1000 looks (and in some ways functions) like a record turntable. It’s a small, square-shaped device made of plastic with an aluminum volume wheel on top that controls volume. Rotating the wheel clockwise increases volume while rotating it counter-clockwise decreases the volume. There’s an intuitive LED touch panel on top of volume wheel that lights up when the device powers on.
The Sennheiser logo sits prominently on the device’s front panel, while a dedicated chat volume wheel sits on the right side, which controls the volume of your voice.
Around back are four ports for various types of connections. These include a Micro USB port for both data and power and three 3.5mm jacks. Each 3.5mm jack is labeled for use with an external set of speakers, headphones, and a microphone.
The bottom of the device has a flip-out riser stand that allows you to position the GSX 1000 at a slight angle. Depending on your setup, this may make the device easier to access, which is a nice touch.
The above video, from YouTuber, HardwareCanucks, does a great job of detailing the GSX 1000 features. To be quite honest, it’s a bit above and beyond what I am capable of producing, so I figured I’d give you the best video I can find to let you see and hear exactly how the device performs.
Props to HardwareCanuks for the awesome video. I can attest to the functionality he details. Everything works as he describes, although, for my usage, it’s a bit more than I actually need. I will say, it’s nice to be able to control settings without having to leave the game window. In itself, that’s a God Mode feature.
I’m just not sure it’s worth $229.
Harcore gamers are sure to appreciate the features the Sennheiser GSX 1000 offers. I can even see folks who invest in high-end computer audio equipment enjoying it, as well. But, from the honest perspective of an everyday, average guy who dabbles only lightly in computer gaming, I can’t say this is an essential piece of tech for my setup.
Of course, needs (and budgets) will vary, so if you have an extra $229 and you’re looking to add precise external control and a boost in sound quality, look no further. You can pick this baby up on Amazon – it’s actually listed for about $10 cheaper right now and is Prime eligible.