Design and Workmanship
Sennheiser relies on shatterproof plastic for the tested headset. In principle, this choice of material for a gaming headset is hardly objectionable. The fabric is stable and yet not too heavy. The joints of the headset are cast out of aluminium, which we noticed very positively in the test. They increase the weight only minimally, are at the same time very robust and function perfectly. The microphone is located on the left auricle and can be folded up. It is quite massive and differs clearly from the microphones of other gaming headsets. The extent to which this is optically positive or negative cannot be generally determined. It certainly didn’t bother us in the test.
Sennheiser proves that it can select high-quality materials and process them excellently. In terms of design, the manufacturer also proves that it understands the target group – the headset is mostly black, but is loosened up by olive green parts that give it a light army look. In the gaming area, the look should go down well.
We were not very impressed with the way the headset is connected. So it is unfortunately only possible to connect the headset to a PC via USB, other possibilities are denied. And this despite the fact that the headset is connected via a combination of two cables.
The cable contains an inline control for activating or deactivating the Dolby sound. In addition, the volume can be controlled directly via a rotary knob on the right ear cup. The rotary wheel is stepless, which we like very much. That’s how you don’t hear a clack in your ear when you’re pretending. However, it is relatively stiff. There is no control for the microphone, but it is automatically muted when you fold it up. This can be heard by clicking.
Overall, we rate the workmanship and design very positively. We find the headset appealing and have noticed a flawless workmanship with an outstanding choice of materials.
The headband is covered with textile on the inside so that it sits comfortably on the head. The length can be adjusted as desired. The room for manoeuvre is very large. People with extremely small heads as well as true thick skulls will surely find a suitable attitude here. The opening of the headband, which counteracts excessive sweating, was also extremely positive. Ordinary headsets get wet and dirty after a long period of wearing. This will probably not be the case with the GSP 550, as air can constantly penetrate to the head through the opening.
The opening of the headband is not only used for ventilation, but also to operate two sliders. This allows the headset’s contact pressure to be adjusted – depending on whether you prefer a firm or loose fit. We liked this innovative solution very much, even though the “loosest seat” could have been a little looser. The contact pressure of the headset is therefore comparatively high.
Also the ear pads could convince us. They are above average in size, which leads to the fact that they should fit even with truly huge ears. The upholstery is tight without uncomfortable pressure. The joint mechanism already mentioned at the beginning, which was cast out of aluminium, also provides further adjustment options. He convinced us in the test. If the headset is to sit very tightly, this can be easily achieved. Even those who like it more relaxed will quickly find a suitable setting. Spectacle wearers particularly benefit from the very open adjustment options.