HP has created a set of gaming headphones that are designed to cool your ears down. While your fingers are likely to tire before your ears set on fire, gaming on a PC for hours can be an uncomfortable experience, especially during the summer time. HP’s new Omen Mindframe Headset is the first to feature active earcup cooling by using thermoelectric magnets to cool your ears.
I briefly tried HP’s headset at Gamescom this week and it’s definitely a unique and slightly odd experience. You push the two earcups towards your ears to experience what I can only describe as a cool tingling feeling. It’s a strange sensation, but even in the brief few minutes I was wearing the headset it did feel slightly cooler. I’d have to test it for hours to really see if it makes any difference while gaming. I did notice the inside of the cups feel very cool to touch, but the outside heats up as the headset cools the insides. The ear cups also light up, and they’re powered over USB so it’s unlikely HP will create a battery-powered version.
HP says it has patented this new headphone cooling, and the company avoided using fans to ensure there was no additional noise. HP has also added noise cancellation to the headset, and real-time audible feedback with fabric cups to improve breathability. HP’s Omen Mindframe Headset will be available in October priced at $199.