In all honesty, the Zabius doesn’t employ the newest of ideas. But what it does offer is compatibility not only with PC systems, but also the Xbox 360 and PS3. By extension, with a little fiddling, you can get it to work on a PS4 as well, which is a bonus.
The main anachronism of the Zabius comes in when it is used with the older consoles. It’s connection system makes use of RCA plugs which extend into a 3.5mm jack. Plug the audio components in, connect the USB plug, and you’re good to go. The Zabius headset is USB powered, and requires a USB port to function. This excludes it from use with audio devices other than those listed, but as a dedicated gaming headset it still does the trick.
Chat audio is provided via the USB plug for PC and PS3, while a removable cable connects the headset to the controller if you’re using the Xbox 360. The adjustable boom mic is removable, too, so it doesn’t get in the way if you don’t need it.
The Zabius looks bold and bright. It features a red trim that extends into the cloth covered pads that line the suspension headband and the over-ear cups. The cups also feature a wide range of rotation, meaning that a comfortable experience is what awaits anyone using the Zabius.
Additional aesthetics include a metal finish on the outside of the cups, and a lighting system that pulses with the bass in the audio. Speaking of which, the Zabius delivers crisp sound by way of 40mm neodymium drivers, and an in-line volume control allows for game volume and Xbox chat volume to be adjusted, as well as enabling switching between device types and mic muting. The rugged, rubberised cable is of a generous length, further enabling comfortable use.
When you get down to basics, the Zabius is undeniably old-fashioned. This doesn’t mean, however, that it doesn’t do the job it was intended for well. It allows for extended periods of comfortable use, and delivers audio of good quality to the user. It may not be compatible with the latest gaming consoles (just like the bank balances of a great many gamers out there are not compatible with the latest consoles), but it still works perfectly well with older units, as well as the PC.