I am always on the lookout for cool accessories and gadgets that make easier for gaming, whether it enhances your ability to play, or just help keep your gaming area organized. Having recently (within last year) gotten back into PC gaming for the first time in about 15 years, I ran across a product that caught my attention as something that I didn’t know I needed until I had my gaming rig all set up in my office..
I prefer to use headphones when I game on the PC, so as to not disturb others, and after a couple of months of just laying my gaming headphones down on the desk, it became evident that I needed some way to get them up and out of the way. Having just come out of retirement to rejoin the GamingNexus staff, I was presented with the opportunity to review the Pangea Audio Headphone Hanger and jumped at the opportunity. I was hoping that it would be the answer to gaming headset storage issues, and I was not wrong.
It is actually quite simple to use and install. It comes packaged in a simple box, including two packages that include the pad, Screw & Base and Frame for the hanger. The design allows it to be set to three widths of the surface you are looking to attach it to, and uses pressure to keep it in place. You stick the pad arm through one of the holes in the frame, slide the Screw & Base over until it snaps into the arm, slip it over the surface you wish to attach, and screw it until it is tight and solidly connected to the surface edge. Because I have a unique set up (my desk is an office cube with vertical bookshelves right next to the monitor), the Pangea Audio Headphone Hanger looked to be a perfect solution due to its ability to connect to a vertical support.
While there are a couple drawbacks with the design and function, they do not necessarily impact performance if you are aware. Primarily, the materials are all plastic (including the screw threads) so you have to ensure that it is not over tightened and that it is snapped together properly to get maximum rigidness and clamping. In addition, when you crank it down, especially on a vertical surface, it will have a tendency to bow the plastic a bit in order to get maximum tension to hold the hanger in place. This is not as necessary on a horizontal installation, as the hanger is more apt to slide down vertically than to slide off horizontally
As far as its usefulness and capabilities, here are the Headphone Hangers features directly from Pangea:
I can verify that everything in the list above, is spot on, and while a headphone hanger isn’t a super sexy accessory, I cannot tell you how I lived without one for the last year or so. The Pangea Audio Headphone Hanger is available for $14.95 - $19.95 from Upscale Audio, Amazon or the official store at Audio Advisor.
* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company.
Like many gamers in their 40's, I developed my love of gaming from my Commodore 64 after we wore out our Intellivision. I spent countless hours wandering around the streets of Skara Brae, as my life was immersed in The Bard's Tale series on the C-64, D&D Titles and any/all Epyx titles (California Summer and Winter Games) and sports titles. After taking the early 90's off from gaming (college years) minus the occasional Bill Walsh College Football on Sega, I was re-introduced to PC games in the mid 1990's with a couple of little games called DOOM II and Diablo. I went all-in with the last generation of consoles, getting an Xbox 360 on launch weekend as well as adding a PS3 and Wii in subsequent years. I now am into the current-generation (latest?) of consoles with the WiiU and Xbox One. Recently, I was able to get back into PC gaming and have enjoyed it very much, spending most of my time going solo or playing with my fellow GamingNexus staffers in controlled multiplayer action.
While my byline is on many reviews, articles and countless news stories, I have a passion for and spent the last several years at GamingNexus focusing on audio & video and accessories as they relate to gaming. Having over 20 years of Home Theater consulting and sales under my belt, it is quite enjoyable to spend some of my time viewing gaming through the A/V perspective. While I haven't yet made it to one of the major gaming conventions (PAX or E3), I have represented GamingNexus at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in nine of the last ten years.
Personally, I have been a staff member at GamingNexus since 2006 and am in my third tour of duty after taking off the last year and a half.