Everyone needs a good headset for gaming, but if you’re playing for an extended period of time, they can get pretty hot on your head, and especially over your ears.
Esports professionals and gaming live streamers in particular feel this effect, as they’ll often be playing for the majority of their day.
HP Omen claims to have found the solution with the Omen Mindframe, a new headset which has ear cooling technology.
The Omen Mindframe headset has ear cooling technology and will be shipping in October
Mail Esports went hands on with an engineering sample at Gamescom, and although it’s still in development, the final units should be shipping in October.
They claim that this is the first automatic cooling system for a headset, using a thermoelectric current system like a refrigerator.
‘Think of it like air conditioning for your ears,’ I was told as I was invited to touch the inside of the headphone.
The so-called ‘Frost Cap’ is indeed cool to the touch. There are no fans inside though, as we were told even the most ‘silent’ fans in the world were still noticeable when put close to someone’s ears.
Without going too much into the technical details, the Mindframe uses magnets to move air around inside the headphone, taking heat away and pushing it outwards.
And indeed, you can certainly feel the warmth on the outside of the headphone if you put your hand near it.
The so-called ‘Frost Cap’ inside the headset uses magnets to push air around and keep it cool
However, inside it’s certainly cooler than other headsets. While it’s not instantly noticeable, if you push the cups closer to your head you can definitely feel it, and it’s easy to see how over the course of a few hours your ears will be happier for it.
HP Omen claims that while the average amount of time someone can comfortably wear a headset is around three hours, with the Mindframe that number goes up to six hours.
The headset I got my hands on is still a work in progress, and Omen says they are still adding features.
The most recent addition is noise cancellation, and combined with that is the ability to turn on a feature which lets you hear yourself when you speak through the microphone – another benefit for streamers.
RGB lighting is the next task, with the aim of controlling it through the Omen Command Center.
Plus, they want to make some improvements to the Frost Cap. The main one being to be able to control the temperature in some way. Right now it’s either on or off, but there are plans to have some degree of control over how cool it actually is.
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