Thrustmaster Y-250 – Hardware Review
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Developer: Thrustmaster
Publisher: Thrustmaster
Platform: PC, 360, PS3

Thrustmaster Y-250 – Hardware Review

Good: Bulky yet handsome!
Bad: Might be a little loose around the head for some
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9.4
(14 votes)
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A headset is one of those things a gamer these days ‘can’t live without’. (unless you have a built in mic, yay!) Because of the rise of importance of using a headset when gaming we are offered with loads of different types of headsets in all sizes, shapes and colors. How can one possibly know which headset to buy? Even popular brands tend to have cheaper models that get sold simply because of the brand name. And be honest, does an expensive brand always offer you the best possible quality? Let’s take a closer look at the ‘Thrustmaster Y-250, which comes in 3 different types, namely for the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Will this headset be a crowdpleaser or simply just another fancy looking headpiece?

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When designing the Y-250 de developers did a great job creating a headset that simply looks awesome and is built around comfort, despite it’s bulkiness. The earpieces will fit (almost) entirely over your ears to provide you extra comfort and preventing you having to take it off every few minutes because your ears are getting squashed. You will also find enough padding that feels comfortable to the top of your head instead of having a hard piece of plastic jammed against your head. There is only one point that might cause arguments wether this headset really suits you, namely the fact that it fits around your head in quite a loose fashion. (This might cause discomfort for those amongst use with a sleeker head.)

The Y-250 model has features comparable with most headsets yet some of the most simple ones tend to be forgotten with other expensive or even more expensive models. The cable that is attached to the headset is one provided with a standard jack that fits in pretty much every electronic device (that allows you to play music, duh!) enabling you to use your headset for your music, and music alone. The only disadvantage about using your headset this way is that the cable is fairly short and an extension might come in handy. When you plug it in using solely the standard jack you won’t be able to use your microphone, which is pretty logical after all. Of course running around with a headset with a mic attached to it might look silly when walking down the street when simply listening to music. Then again with the bulkiness of the overall headset you could convince people you’re simple a pilot and you forgot where you parked your fighter jet. Back on topic: The Y-250 offers you the simply yet appreciated option to simply remove you microphone with a simple jack pretty much the same as your standard one.

To actually start using your voice chat capabilities you will have to plug in your standard jack in the ‘second part of the cable’ which can be connected to your computer with USB. The second part of the cable has a ‘control’ box that allows you to filter background noise, volume, bass and mute your microphone if you feel like yelling, crying or preventing random visits of your mother asking you awkward questions. As mentioned earlier some of the most simply features you can think of are often forgotten on headsets yet this model offers you the chance to pretty much adjust everything to your liking.

Own opinion:

I personally love the bulky look/feel of the Thrustmaster Y-250 because it’s not simply ‘bulky’ but just feels solid and decent. The fact the earpieces fit over my ears make gaming and listening to music for long periods of time that much pleasing and comfortable enough to last long periods of time without having to take it off that frequently.

The simple (yet sometimes forgotten) features on the control box are easy to use without you having to go through several menu’s to adjust settings or mute your microphone. This might be a personal favorite but I loved the fact you are able to arrange your bass settings which is such a simple yet forgotten feature, like the option where you can actually remove your microphone when using your headset for music purposes.

The Thrustmaster Y-250 model is a headset which has quality written all over it and is surely an item that should be looked at when you’re looking for a headset.

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Thrustmaster Y-250 - Hardware Review, 9.4 out of 10 based on 14 ratings

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