SPC Gear is a gaming label of the Polish SilentiumPC brand best known for its PC cases and CPU cooling systems. Their VIRO Infra gaming headset caught my eye while I was browsing our news section, primarily because of its strong visual resemblance to Corsair's HS gaming headset lineup (HS60 HAPTIC, HS70 Bluetooth, and HS75 XB Wireless), as well as some models sold by HyperX, such as the legendary Cloud and Cloud II. The price of the VIRO Infra headset was the second detail that made me raise my eyebrow. It is priced at a mere €38 in Europe, so we're looking at a sub-$50 gaming headset once it is available in the United States later this year (via Newegg). Since the VIRO Infra is based on a proven design, if it's even remotely decent in terms of sound quality and microphone performance, we could be looking at a serious contender for one of the best sub-$50 gaming headsets on the market, of which we could definitely use more.
Of course, the SPC Gear VIRO Infra is a no-nonsense analog gaming headset. It is equipped with a pair of 50-millimeter dynamic speaker drivers, detachable microphone, and in-line remote control with a volume dial and microphone mute switch. Instead of going with pleather ear pads like most other manufacturers, SPC Gear opted for perforated, breathable cloth ear cushions, which is a clever way to avoid excessive heat from accumulating around the ears, thus making the headset more comfortable for extended use. Everything looks pretty good on paper, so let's dig in to find out if the SPC Gear VIRO Infra is any good in practice.
Drivers: 50-millimeter dynamic (neodymium magnet)
Impedance: 16 Ω
Sensitivity: 98 dB
Frequency Response (specified by the manufacturer): 20–20,000 Hz
Design: Closed-back, over-ear
Microphone: Detachable, pop filter supplied
Connectivity: 3.5-mm analog (4-pole TRRS + dual 3-pole TRS)