Installing and Using the Hammer

Well, a headset is one of the easiest things to be installed in a computer. The Hammer doesn’t come with a driver or instructions manual. You have two 3.5 mm jacks — one for the mike, the other for the stereo sound — and that’s it. As we said before, a cable extension is a good idea but also something of a hassle to contribute to the clutter of wiring behind the desk and the PC.

The Hammer is as sturdy as the name implies. There’s an aluminum rubber coated headband that is comfortable as well as flexible so it cannot be snapped in two. We let if fall down (not on purpose, but due to a cluttered workspace) and the Hammer kept on working just fine, not having broken the microphone bar.

The microphone test relied on our friends’ opinion about how clear we sounded when we played Alliance of Valiant Arms within our clan and during Skype calls. The enclosed mouthpiece and mike design allowed for a clear reception of our voice and left out the constant hum of the room fan. The only problem with this design and the microphone bar being so tough to rotate is that is difficult to drink while wearing the headset. You have to either take it off or use a straw.

Although it’s a big headset, the Hammer is very comfortable, the ear cup options allow the user to choose what’s best for him and the aluminum headband doesn’t squeeze the head. The only usage problem we faced was while trying to drink. Noise cancellation is good but you can still hear the cell phone ringing while gaming (which is both a good and a bad thing).

But in terms of sound, the Hammer is no hammer, period. No earth-shattering bass lines, on the contrary. Low frequencies are very weak; the explosions don’t pack a punch. Voice fidelity is very good, the other noises sound great, but it lacks juice when the going gets tough. Sound ambience is precise, you know where the shots and steps are coming from, but the sound is timid. The Hammer is awful to listen to music since that is where you miss the bass lines the most. It’s only good for playing games if you don’t mind a feeble set up.

A self-assumed gadget-freak and an avid gamer, André Gordirro has written about pop culture, Internet and technology for the past ten years. He works for SET Magazine, Brazil's biggest movie magazine, and usually contributes to its technology section writing about consumer products. His body lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – although his mind is said to inhabit cyberspace.