|This article relates to content added by Biotech (DLC). Please note that it will not be present without the DLC enabled.|
A simple head-mounted comms computer that slightly enhances a mechanitor's control bandwidth. This allows them to control more mechs.
- Insulation - Cold
- 0 °C (0 °F)
- Insulation - Heat
- 0 °C (0 °F)
- Armor - Sharp
- Armor - Blunt
- Armor - Heat
- Upper Head
- Required Research
- Basic mechtech
- Skill Required
- Crafting 4
- Work To Make
- 2,100 ticks (35 secs)
The airwire headset is a piece of apparel added by the Biotech DLC that increases the bandwidth of mechanitors.
Airwire headsets can be crafted at a Machining table once the Basic mechtech research project has been completed. They require 50 Steel, 4 Components, 2,100 ticks (35 secs) of work, and a Crafting skill of 4.
Pawns in The Mechanitor scenario start with an airwire headset equipped.
The airwire headset increases a mechanitor's bandwidth by +3. This increase is not affected by quality, though the usual apparel stats are affected as normal.
The airwire headset does not count as clothing for pawns with the nudist trait or with pro-nudity ideoligions.[Detail]
An airwire headset equates to 3 more militors or general labor mechs, in exchange for the protection from a simple helmet or other headgear. While they deteriorate over time, airwire headsets are much cheaper, in both resources and power, than 3 band nodes. Somewhat useful, especially if your mechanitor does not participate in direct combat.
Once Standard Mechtech is obtained, you can create the array headset, which gives 3 additional bandwidth and only costs 4 components more to create. Note that, until you actually need their bandwidth, either headset does not actually help you. For mechanitor starts, you can take off the airwire headset until reaching the initial 6 bandwidth cap to save on headset health.
The only stats that are meaningfully affected by quality are the deterioration rate and market value. As the item's HP is so low, deterioration is somewhat relevant, though there is some detriment to having anything with higher market value.
For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.
- Biotech DLC Release - Added.