Everyone who loves games knows that playing with good sound quality makes a difference. And this is especially true of genres that use sounds to control the player, such as shooting. This explains why so many people do not need headphones during gaming, especially during online Fortnite, Counter-Strike or Rainbow Six disputes.
But what if I told you that a similar (and even better) experience is possible without wearing a headset?
This is the LG UltraGear building, brand new here. This audio system is a kind of “sound craftsman” that works on both computers and consoles.
Tilt tested and answered two questions you may have already asked below. First: Is this really the right addition for those who love games? And second, perhaps more thorny: is it worth the 1999 R $ price?
Beautiful but spacious
The speaker has a very bold design, with lines that look like a trapezoid. The idea here is that it fits into the base of gamers’ monitors, which usually have triangular legs.
This is obvious from the beginning: the best way to satisfy it is right in front of those who will use the computer.
The sound output screens, on the front, are illuminated by RGB LEDs, which you can configure through the app to decorate your gaming PC or complement the scenery.
At the top are the device power buttons; Select the audio input source (optical cable, USB or Bluetooth); Output switch between the box or the headphone connected to it; And three more to equalize the results. There is even a volume button that activates the built-in microphone when pressed.
On the back, of course, are the physical connections: power cord (but there is also a battery, with about 5 hours of autonomy), USB-C, headphones, optical cables, and auxiliary audio output.
From end to end, UltraGear is 37.5 cm, 8 cm high and 11 cm deep. It’s not a giant device, but it still takes place. Especially for those who are going to use it on a computer and still need the ergonomic placement of a monitor, keyboard and mouse (I myself have suffered a lot).
Shining in Call of Duty
Regardless of the connection type, the LG UltraGear can be used in two ways. The most obvious is as a speaker. The second is the centerpiece of the headphone jack – and to get additional effects from it.
The novelty of LG in the first version is very good. Even relatively compact, without additional speakers, it surprises with its filling environment.
For testing I chose Call of Duty: Warzone, a combat piano in which sound effects are essential to understand the direction of a shot or approaching an enemy, and Assetto Corsa Competizione, a racing simulator with high fidelity to engine noise.
While accustomed to playing with headphones, the UltraGear experience in “speaker” mode was quite satisfying.
However, things got even better when I plugged in the headphones. UltraGear becomes an additional sound card that turns any headset into a 7.1 model. In short, you can identify the source of emulated sounds in any direction, not just right or left.
This feature was especially useful in the shooting game. In the racing simulator this helped more in the settings than the gameplay itself. In both cases, however, the quality of the sound received was superior to that of conventional headphones.
But you also do not need to use it only with games. It can still function as a normal sound box to connect your mobile phone via Bluetooth and enjoy music, for example. Or even as a mini home theater for your TV. In both cases, the audio quality remained exceptional.
The biggest problem with UltraGear is the price. For Rs 1,999, you can buy wireless headphones from well-known brands and, in practice, get sound quality that rivals the level of the device.
Of course, the phone, by itself, does not collect some of the features of this novelty from LG (for example, the music box sound box feature of the phone). But it will already satisfy the desires of most players (who probably already have another device for listening to music).
Now, if money is not an object and you want a multifunctional product of excellent quality and it still helps you to leave your gaming corner tidy, the LG UltraGear has everything you like.