HP Omen Mindframe headset puts sweaty ears on ice

Thermoelectric coolers (or TECs) have long been used to keep CPUs chilly, but HP wants to use that technology to combat an entirely different problem: overly sweaty ears during long gaming sessions. The company's Omen Mindframe headset uses a pair of thermoelectric modules—one in each ear cup—to help conduct heat away from one's ears and into the surrounding environment. The mesh-covered ear cups might help prevent hot-headedness, as well.

TECs usually rely on a fan to assist in heat transfer, but HP got its system working without the use of moving parts, according to Tom Warren at The Verge. That's probably a good thing for the Mindframe's audio quality. HP claims gamers will be able to use DTS Headphone:X and 7.1 virtual surround sound to assist them in locating enemy gunshots and footfalls, too. The Mindframe also has a unidirectional mic with noise-canceling for clearer transfer of your howls of victory or defeat.

The Mindframe also has RGB LED lighting on each earcup that can be controlled through HP's Omen Command Center software, and it'll connect to systems using a USB 2.0 connector. The company expects the Mindframe to be available in October for a whopping $200.

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    • SoM
    • 1 year ago

    anyone got full specs for those headphones ?

    • Neutronbeam
    • 1 year ago

    Well, that price is certainly chilling.

      • Redocbew
      • 1 year ago

      Not cool HP. Not cool at all.

    • Kretschmer
    • 1 year ago

    For $200, I’d rather get a pair of decent headphones and a floor fan.

      • BooTs
      • 1 year ago

      … and $100.

    • DPete27
    • 1 year ago

    The effectiveness of a USB2.0 powered (~2.5W total so 1.25W/ear) TEC is dubious at best…

      • Goty
      • 1 year ago

      Without the use of fans to remove the heat, the low power consumption would be an obvious requirement. You have to think the cooling needs aren’t that significant though. A reduction of even just a few degrees would be nice.

        • LostCat
        • 1 year ago

        These sound interesting to me…except for the USB part.

          • DPete27
          • 1 year ago

          Where are you going to get power for the TEC if it’s not connected to USB?

            • LostCat
            • 1 year ago

            I’ve seen headsets that do a normal jack and a USB plug at the same time.

      • slash3
      • 1 year ago

      I’d loooove to see a teardown of these. I almost doubt there’s a TEC in there at all.

    • bhtooefr
    • 1 year ago

    …people are putting Peltiers on headphones? What is this, 2002?

    Let me guess, next up is watercooling headphones with aquarium tubing and car heater cores, and then someone’ll make a phase change cooler out of a minifridge’s compressor.

      • Wirko
      • 1 year ago

      I misread minifridge as “mindfridge”. That would make a nice brand name for cooled headphones.

    • jarder
    • 1 year ago

    The First thing I want to know is do those “thermoelectric modules” use solder or TIM.

      • caconym
      • 1 year ago

      gotta de-lid your ears and use Direct Drum Cooling

        • DPete27
        • 1 year ago

        Chilled to the bone

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