This is a nice entry-level gaming headset, and it’s hard to find a better option at the $20 mark. In order to really get some improved quality and additional features, you need to pay at least double. So if you’re looking for a cheaper starting point that has overall good functionality, this is a great option for you.
– Comfortable ear cups and adjustable headband.
– Good microphone (with proper settings)
– Good overall sound.
– Not for audiophiles.
– USB cable only for powering LEDs.
The overall construction of the unit seems solid. It’s all plastic, with the exception of the padding. So it should be somewhat durable, but you could break it with too much pulling. But it shouldn’t crack or break simply from dropping it on the floor. The microphone boom has a good length, and can be rotated up or down. However, it doesn’t move toward or away from your mouth, so keep that in mind. There is in-line control for volume and mic muting, so that’s good. Some units have this on the ear cups, and I find that to be rather inconvenient most of the time. It can be hard to feel around for the right button when it’s on your head.
The speakers in the headset are 50mm, but I think they’re on the lower end of the quality scale. This means you’re going to get somewhat full bass, though not booming, and your mid and high ends can sometimes get a little muddled. It’s not terribly unclear, but again you’re not getting the crystal sound quality of a higher end headset. The sensitivity on the speakers just doesn’t seem to be that good. The microphone works well, but if you don’t turn on the noise-cancelling feature in your settings (through Windows), you’re going to get some static/hiss. Once enabled though, there are no problem with the microphone’s sound. As with the speakers, it’s not perfect and has a bit of a tinny tone, but it’s only slight.
Final Score: 3.75/5Overall I can recommend this headset as a good entry-level unit. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anything else in the $20 with better quality. The presence of USB for the sole purpose of powering the LED’s is a little silly, but it’s probably the simplest way for them to accomplish this without the additional engineering required when sending the audio through USB as well. There are a few other manufacturers who have used this same design, and it’s hard to tell them apart. I can’t speak for those other units, but I’ll say this one makes a stable starting point for someone not looking to spend a lot of money or whose kids might be getting into gaming.
Kotion Each G4000 Gaming Headset: $19.99 – Amazon.com