Trust GXT 391 Thian Gaming PC and PlayStation Headset Review
Looking for a quality wireless gaming headset for your PlayStation or PC? The Trust GXT 391 Thian gaming headset might do the trick.
The trust has been around for years, although the GXT 391 Thian Gaming is their first wireless headset, aimed at gamers who are tired of having to untangle their wires from their desk chair or just want the freedom to move around.
Unlike Bluetooth headsets that require pairing, the GXT 391 uses its own dongle, so it’s good to get out of the box right away. Charge the headset via the supplied USB-C cable, insert 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 from my upstairs office to the downstairs living room without a break, and it wasn’t until I got to the garden gate, probably a few yards from that beach, that my connection went down. started to weaken.
The GXT 391 is well built and feels sturdy without being heavy, although the rubber material the strap is made of shows more fingerprints than I would like. It’s extremely comfortable to wear, which is important if, like me, you want to carry your own soundtrack.
As far as sound quality goes, the GXT 391 isn’t as bass heavy as the Sades Locust, the headset I typically use for gaming. But the range is superior, picking up background noise and, when listening to music, background instruments that weren’t apparent before. In the absence of a wire, volume control, mute button, on-off, etc. are over the ear on the left helmet, perfectly within reach.
As for the retractable microphone? It’s not going to knock microphones like the Blue Yeti off their perch, so if you fancy a career as a YouTuber, you might want to look elsewhere. But for shouting commands to your hapless teammates or participating in web meetings, that’s just the job. And, unlike a few cheap headsets I’ve used, it doesn’t ring from a distance.
The GXT 391 easily delivered the promised 13 hours of battery life, exceeding it a bit, although it took about five hours to charge to maximum, which if you have a gaming session on hold, isn’t not ideal. You can plug in the supplied headphone wire and use it as regular wired headphones, with any device that has a headphone jack actually, but that defeats the purpose.
And that brings me to the downsides of the GXT 391. The charging cable is ridiculously short and you have to provide your own USB charger, but chances are you’ll have multiple chargers lying around anyway. But these are minor inconveniences at best. The worst part, despite using a USB dongle, is that you cannot change the settings of the GXT 391.
There’s no control panel app, and while you can use Windows 10’s built-in bass boost feature, you can’t change the headset’s own settings. Want to know how much battery life is left in the headset, if it’s likely to run out in a few hours? You’ll have to guess, because Trust didn’t provide any kind of additional software.
Is the latter irritating? It’s a little. It’s not a deal breaker for me, but if you’re the type of person who likes to fine-tune your gear (insert your own dirty joke here), this might be enough to put you off the GXT 391.
If you can live with that oversight, you’ll find that the performance, sound quality and plug-and-play usability of the Trust GXT 391 Thian gaming headset are well worth the £59.99 asking price, whether you’re expecting the use with PlayStation, PC or both. If Trust plans to add more wireless headphones to its already extensive wired Thian range, that’s a good start.