With its GXT 498 FORTA, Trust will soon be launching a new over-ear gaming headset in local shops that is officially licensed for the PlayStation 5. We have already been able to test the device extensively and will tell you how we liked it.
Trust has been bringing various gaming accessories onto the market for years, and with the GXT 498 FORTA, the Dutch company will be bringing a new headset to our stores in just a few days. The device is an over-ear gaming headset officially licensed for PlayStation 5 consoles and we were able to test it extensively in advance. As usual, we will tell you in the following lines whether it was able to convince us of its qualities.
Chic design and good wearing comfort
First, let’s take a look at the headset itself, which comes in both black and white versions. The color alone isn’t the only difference though, as the black version is made from 85% recycled plastic and the white version is made from 35%. If you’re also interested in sustainability in the products you buy, that’s definitely a nice little bonus. The design itself is kept rather simple, but optically it definitely makes a really chic impression.
In addition, the GXT 498 FORTA is pleasantly robust and, more importantly, sits very comfortably on the head. The comfort of the over-ear headset was particularly important to those responsible and we felt that right from the first second during our test. Even after several hours, wearing the device, which weighs just around 250g, felt very comfortable, thanks in particular to the good padding under the adjustable headband and the ear cups padded with imitation leather. The wearing comfort is definitely guaranteed.
Finally, you conveniently connect the headset to your DualSense controller using the included 1.2m long 3.5mm audio cable. Alternatively, of course, this also works with other devices, for example your PlayStation 4, your PC or your laptop. This brings us finally to the point that most of you are probably particularly interested in: the sound quality of the latest Trust device.
Clear 3D sound, but…
We’ve tried the GXT 498 FORTA with Horizon Forbidden West and the recently released Resident Evil 4 remake, among others, and for the most part can’t complain about the 2.0 stereo sound quality. The 3D sound in particular was always pleasantly clear and was output by the headset’s 50mm neodymium drivers even at full volume with hardly any distortions or other problems worth mentioning, more on that in a moment. The fun was correspondingly great when we walked along the beach with Aloy or visited the ominous village in the Spanish provinces with Leon.
Furthermore, the sound made a fairly balanced impression on us while playing. Incidentally, the supported frequency range is 20 – 20,000 Hertz. We found the sound effects and music in the games to be pleasantly clear, especially in the middle and the low frequencies. Unfortunately, powerful deep tones, such as explosions or particularly heavy hits, are not consistently amplified in the comfortably fitting ear cups. Something of the oomph is missing, which is a pity, especially in action-packed games. At high volume, the highs also drop slightly and there are a few unpleasant background noises.
You can easily control the volume yourself using a small wheel that is built into the left earcup. Incidentally, you are not allowed to readjust or fine-tune here, for example via an associated app. Overall, the sound of the latest Trust Gaming headset leaves us with a pretty good impression, apart from the small glitches mentioned.
You also have to make compromises when it comes to dampening background or ambient noise. Quiet sources of interference are still subtly suppressed by the headset, but the Trust device reaches its limits with loud sources of noise. If you want to avoid potential interruptions, you should therefore preferably use the over-ear gaming headset in a rather quiet place.
Always unblock YouTube
Before we come to the conclusion, a few brief words about the microphone of the GXT 498 FORTA. All in all, it does its job pretty well and does what it’s supposed to do: The sound quality during a chat is good and you can easily plug and unplug the microphone if you wish. You can also mute the microphone quickly and easily with a small button.
In general, the usability of the gaming headset is another plus point, because it is pleasantly uncomplicated.
GXT 498 FORTA by Trust: A more than solid gaming headset for the PlayStation 5
In the end, what speaks for the GXT 498 FORTA from Trust? In any case, its simple, chic design, its pleasant wearing comfort, the appealing workmanship and the good sound and decent microphone quality are on the plus side.
For the price of around €60, you get an all-round successful over-ear gaming headset for your PlayStation 5 for this price range. Trust has concentrated on the essentials and is therefore, despite one or the other weakness mentioned above, on everyone If you drove it right, you can’t do much wrong with this device.
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