Creative’s Sound Blaster Inferno may not offer many features, but this compact, no-frills headset provides exceptional audio for its class and it won’t burn up your wallet either.
Although the Inferno only offers the bare essentials for a gaming headset, its 40mm full spectrum drivers provide above-average audio reproduction for this class ($50 or less) of headset, and its microphone also performed quite well. It’s too bad it’s not a little more comfortable.
Sound Blaster Inferno features and specifications
- Audio Drivers: 40mm Full Spectrum
- Frequency Response: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
- Interface: 3.5mm Stereo Input (also includes stereo/mic Y-connector)
- Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, iOS/Android, (3.5mm Analog Connectivity)
- Microphone Type: Noise Canceling Condenser (Detachable)
- Microphone Frequency Response: 100Hz ~ 15kHz
- Microphone Sensitivity: -40±3dBV/Pa
- 1-year warranty
Comfort and Design
The Inferno boasts a typical low cost design, which is to say it’s light on features to keep costs down. It connects to your PC, laptop, or mobile device through either a single 3.5mm connector or the included Y-adapter. A simple, unlit inline remote contains a single microphone mute switch and a volume-adjuster.
The detachable microphone is the ultra-flexible type so it’s easy to position it exactly where you want it. The connecting cable is a bit thin and (relatively) fragile, but at least it’s bright red and easy to see.
The only real deficit are the ear cups, which are relatively small and cramped. It’s almost like the Inferno was designed with kids in mind, an audience for which it works quite well based on my own kids’ experience with it. The ear cups offer zero noise isolation but the Inferno gets loud enough to compensate. The ear cups also rotate 90 degrees so you can rest them around your neck comfortably.
Again, the Inferno provides exceptional stereo audio for its price range. It won’t win any awards with audiophiles, but audiophiles probably don’t generally buy $50 headsets. Music and games all sounded good, and if external distractions threatened to ruin the fun, the Inferno gets loud enough to compensate. I generally like a fair bit of bass (explosions!) but still appreciate distinct highs and mid-tones (more for certain types of music than anything else)—and the Inferno performed quite well on all those fronts.
The microphone also proved quite capable and performed very well, based upon some conference calls (on a laptop) and in-game chat sessions (mainly using the Curse chat client with Hi-Rez Studios’ MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game Smite).
Because the Inferno’s basic connector is a single 3.5mm unified connector, it’s perfectly friendly with all mobile devices. It also comes with a standard a Y-adapter if you still need dual stereo/microphone connectors. The Inferno’s small size at the very least makes it a suitable mobile companion. The inline remote does its job, but some lighting would have been appreciated to indicate a muted microphone.
Overall: 4/5 stars
The no-frills Sound Blaster Inferno delivers exceptional audio but suffers a little from small ear cups and mediocre comfort. Regardless, at about $50 or less it’s a pretty compelling value for a headset if you’re on a tight budget.