This entry-level headset only delivers a base experience and fails to offer enough to rise above the competition. While the choice of what entry gaming headset to buy often comes down to style preference, you do have to consider some base aspects like sound and microphone quality. Unfortunately, this headset only delivers an acceptable level of quality in either, while even issues like comfort are a shoulder-shrugging experience. So while functionally fine, there is little remarkable about this headset.

Pros:
– Full, clear sound (except at higher volumes).
– Lightweight.
– High microphone audio quality (depending on your MB drivers).

Cons:
– Ever-present weak static on microphone.
– Ear cups form a poor seal.
– Volume slider inverted.
– No in-line controls.
– USB only serves to power LED lighting.

Design/Manufacturing: 3/5

h2The overall design of this headset isn’t anything spectacular. It does have a very lightweight and flexible frame, however, and should be less prone to breaking than some other models. It is extremely flexible and should fit even the largest of head sizes. But when it comes to the rest of the design, there are so many parts that come up short. The ear cups don’t form an adequate seal to isolate any outside noise. For some reason, the volume dial on the ear cup is inverted, meaning sliding it downward increases the volume. I’m not sure I understand this choice at all. And I’m not really a fan of having a USB interface for the sole purpose of powering the LED lighting. It seems lazy, and requires you have your USB, headphone, and microphone jack all within a close distance and in a convenient location to use this effectively.

Sound: 3.5/5

The sound quality on this headset is slightly above average, and does provide a rather full range of sound. If you’re listening to music, you should get plenty of bass as well as mid and high ranges for things like vocals, guitar, and instrumentals. And for the most part, the sound remains clear. However, that comes to an abrupt end when you increase the volume. And I’m not talking about ear-shattering loud music. I simply mean that if you have your music above anything more than a moderate volume, the clarity starts to dissipate and you’re left with a muddy mess of tones. The speakers simply can’t retain any sort of sound quality with volume, a sign of cheap speakers.

 

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Loose padding with inverted volume

Microphone: 2.5/5

 

Probably the worst feature of this headset is its microphone. Sadly, while it is capable of providing audio quality to whatever your motherboard’s drivers can allow (41Khz, etc.), there is an ever-present static sound in the background. Even when using the noise-suppression and echo cancellation features of my computer (which typically reduce that noise to a flat line), I couldn’t remove the static. It isn’t like listening to a television without a signal, but rather a faint fuzz that serves to provide a constant annoyance in the background. I for one find this a rather large problem, as I tend to play online games. But if you don’t intend to use this headset for things like Skype, or TeamSpeak, then you can probably ignore this issue entirely.

Final Score: 3/55 Star RatingOverall this headset meets the basic requirements of an entry-level model, while completely failing to rise above in any sort of way. The style is acceptable, and some may like the claw-mark LED pattern. And while it’s lightweight and flexible, the remaining aspects of the design leave so much to be desired. And when considering the overall poor performance of the technical capabilities of the headset, it’s hard to recommend this product to anyone interested in a fundamental level of quality with their gaming.

Woying V1 Gaming Headset: $19.99 – Amazon.com

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