This new headset from Beexcellent arrived nicely packaged in an mid range windowed display box. Inside the box was the headset itself, a USB to micro-USB charging cable, a 3.5mm jack to 3.5mm jack headphone cable with in-line control box and a larger than average well written User Guide which I include on the end of my unboxing video.
The headset is nicely made, seems robust and strong, and quite tastefully designed compared to the norm for gaming headsets – which is not saying much. It is well padded on both the earcups, which are of the over ear type, and on the headband. It is comfortable, lightweight, and pleasant to wear even for long gaming sessions. The headset supports Bluetooth, as an increasing number of gaming headsets do now, and although a separate audio cable is included there is no provision for separate mic/audio connections or for a the USB connection needed for console support. The included USB cable is for charging only. Likewise the vibration engine beloved by many gamers is not to be found. It does have lighting panels on either ear-cup and these are quite restrained and rather pleasant and can be turned off with the ear-cup switch provided and when in cable mode are not available.
It features an NK button on the cable box, a thing In have seen before but never needed to use, which can be used to give better interaction between Android or iOS devices. The headset has the usual buttons for audio and track controls as well as one to disable the light panels. All the buttons are large and easy to find by sight and touch which makes a pleasant change from the tiny recessed and hard ones often used. There are separate buttons on the in-line cable box for the same functions.
What does it sound like?
The sound is excellent and worthy of a higher priced device. There is plenty of bass, not not so much as to be overpowering, with the mid and higher frequencies being clear and well defined without being too sharp or abrasive. With the headphones on both when gaming and listening to music it is becomes a very immersive experience indeed. From a purely gaming viewpoint the lack of direct talk-back through the console is a drawback but the fine sound quality and ease of use for general music playing more than makes up for it. There is little difference inn audio quality when used in Bluetooth or cable mode.
Connecting to Bluetooth was easy enough with the usual Blue/Red LED status buttons. Once connected I found the link to be stable and sustained with no dropouts or distortion at normal volumes when used in the same room.
As headphones for general listening this headset is excellent for the price. As a gaming headset it falls down somewhat. The mic is built into the headset and is rather muffled in use and not really suited for gaming talk-back use. Most of the features of a dedicated gaming headset are missing.
These are a large and well made set of headphones described as being for gamers but really they are are fine for general purpose listening with a full and rich sound not often found at this price. If you are a serious gamer, particularly a console user then my advice would be to walk away. If you are looking for a budget headset for music, PC Gaming and general use then this would be a good buy. As a gaming headset I would give it no more than three stars, as a GP headset then maybe four and a half or even five taking into account the low £31.39 price.
Easy to use on-ear controls
Comfortable to wear
in-line cable controls
No dedicated setup for gaming consoles
No inline controls
No carry case
No Vibration engine
No Audio/mic cable splutter
No USB gaming connection