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Sound Blaster GS3 review: Compact desktop

Sound Blaster GS3 review: Compact desktop

Sound Blaster GS3

If desk space is at a premium, consider the Sound Blaster GS3. While this gaming soundbar doesn't sound as full-bodied as the Pebble X Plus, the sound it puts out belies its compact size, while its SuperWide technology expands the soundstage quite convincingly.

Quick specs

  • Dimensions: 410mm x 92.7mm x 73.7mm
  • Drivers: 2x 6W RMS, Total system power: Up to 12W RMS, Peak Power: 24W
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.4, USB-C

At 410mm wide, and 73.7mm tall, the Sound Blaster GS3 fits nicely under your monitor. The controls are located on the right side, and include a volume dial which also doubles up as a power button. It's surrounded by three buttons: Source Selector, SuperWide, and RGB. Under the soundbar is an LED strip which has six different modes. However, the lighting effects are pre-programmed and you won't be able to change the colour to your preference. You can control the brightness, though.

Sound Blaster GS3
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

Given that this is a Sound Blaster, the GS3 really does blast sound. The soundbar delivers pretty pleasing highs and lows, with lots of detail and clarity. The bass isn't particularly strong, but good enough that I don't think it's an issue even for bass-heavy songs. However, turning on SuperWide does crank down the bass, and it feels a bit flat, especially when playing games such as Helldivers 2, where explosions now lose some of their impact. But SuperWide does give a much wider soundstage, and the sound feels a lot more encompassing. It will fill up a small room, perfect for watching a movie at your desk.

Sound Blaster GS3
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

The GS3 draws power via a single USB-C cable, and also supports Bluetooth. You can connect this soundbar to gaming consoles, laptops, PCs, and even phones. I tried it with an iPhone 15 Pro Max and it worked, too. I'm not sure what the best use case is for using the soundbar with a phone, though. Anyway, the GS3 is best experienced while sitting right in front, so that you can enjoy the SuperWide-powered soundstage.

At S$79 before discounts, the Sound Blaster GS3 soundbar is easily a can buy. It's compact, affordable, and lives up to expectations. The sound is excellent, and while the bass isn't obviously the loudest or strongest, I'm perfectly happy with how it all sounds together. Get it from Lazada or Shopee.

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Note: Review unit provided by Creative.


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Verdict



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Good sound, good value

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