There are three different colours of the Shock Spin HD available and we have the ‘Shinning White’ version for review today. We assume that this is supposed to say ‘Shining White’, as ‘shinning’ means to ‘climb quickly up or down by gripping with one’s arms and legs’.
The aesthetics of the headset are a little unusual. Thermaltake have chosen to use a strange swirling design for the earcups which gives it a rather gaudy appearance.
The headset is constructed entirely from glossy plastic. The majority of the headset is coloured white with black being reserved for the small pieces that hold the earcups in place. The design of the headset is remarkably similar to that of the SteelSeries Siberia V2, from the design of the headband to the colours that are available.
Build quality really isn’t top notch though and leaves a lot to be desired when we compare it to the SteelSeries model. The headband feels especially flimsy and the plastic used in construction really doesn’t inspire us with confidence in the quality department.
One aspect of the build quality that is good, though, is the white cloth braided cable that feels very durable. Thermaltake have also chosen to use gold plated connectors.
Hooking up the headset to your computer isn’t exactly a simple process, though. The cable from the headset terminates in a 3.5mm connector which must be plugged into the external sound card which then attaches to the PC via a separate USB cable. For those who want to use the headset without the USB sound card, there is also a 3.5mm extension cable with a volume control.
The included microphone is completely separate from the headphone part of the headset, this can be plugged into the USB sound card or directly into a system if desired. It features a small clip on the back which lets you attach it to your shirt. It is much less convenient to use than a microphone attached to the headset itself, though, and it creates quite a mess of cables.