Looking for a quality wireless gaming headset for your PlayStation or PC? The Trust GXT 391 Thian Gaming Headset could fit the bill.
Trust has been around for years, though the GXT 391 Thian Gaming is their first wireless headset, aimed at gamers who are sick of having to unravel their wires from their office chair or just want the freedom to roam.
Unlike Bluetooth headsets which require pairing, the GXT 391 uses its own dongle so it’s good to go straight out of the box. Charge the headset via the provided USB-C cable, pop the dongle into your PS4, PS5 or PC and it’s ready to use.
And, in fact, you can go quite far with the headset, which boasts a 10m range. I wandered all the way from my upstairs office to the downstairs lounge with no break-up, and it was only when I got to the garden door, probably a couple of metres outside that range, that my connection started to falter.
The GXT 391 is well constructed and feels solid without being heavy, though the rubber material the strap is made out of does show up fingerprints more than I’d like. It’s extremely comfortable to wear which is important if, like me, you want to carry your own soundtrack around.
As far as sound quality goes, the GXT 391 isn’t quite as bass-heavy as the Sades Locust, the headset I typically use for gaming. But the range is superior, picking out background noises and, when listening to music, background instruments that weren’t previously apparent. Lacking a wire, the volume control, mute button, on off and so forth are on-ear on the left headphone cup, neatly within reach.
As for the flip-up microphone? It’s not going to knock microphones like the Blue Yeti off their perch, so if you’re craving a career as a YouTuber you might want to look elsewhere. But for yelling commands at your hapless teammates or participating in web meetings, it’s just the job. And, unlike a few bargain basement headsets I’ve used, it doesn’t sound remotely tinny.
The GXT 391 easily delivered the promised 13 hours of battery life, going a little over, though it took about five hours to charge up to max which, if you’ve got a pending gaming session, isn’t ideal. You can plug in the provided headphone wire and use it like a regular wired headset, with any device with a headphone jack in fact, but that kind of defeats the point.
And that brings me around to the GXT 391’s downsides. The charging cable is ludicrously short and you have to provide your own USB charger but chances are you’ve got multiple chargers lying around anyway. But these are minor inconveniences at best. The worst thing, despite using a USB dongle, is that you can’t tweak the GXT 391’s settings.
There’s no control panel app and while you can use use Windows 10’s built-in bass boost feature, you can’t tweak the headset’s own settings. Want to know how much battery life is left in the headset, if it’s likely to give out in a couple of hours? You’ll have to guess, because Trust haven’t provided any kind of extra software.
Is the latter irritating? It is, a little. It’s not a deal breaker for me, but if you’re the kind of person who loves to fine tune their equipment (insert your own filthy joke here) it might be enough to put you off the GXT 391.
If you can live with this oversight, you’ll find that the Trust GXT 391 Thian Gaming Headset’s performance, sound quality and plug-and-play usability make it well worth the £59.99 asking price, whether you plan on using it with the PlayStation, PC or both. If Trust is planning on adding more wireless headsets to its already expansive wired Thian range, it’s a good start.