ONIKUMA Gaming Headset K1 Pro

Priced currently at £24.69 on Amazon this has to be judged as a budget item but in fact, you get quite a lot for your money here with the new gaming headset from ONIKUMA. I remember the earlier K1 headset and this one seems a decent if an unexciting update to it.

The headset arrived nicely presented in a mid-range display box. Inside the box was the headset itself, and a large and easy to read  User Guide which I include on the end of my unboxing video.

The headset is well made, robust and strong, and quite attractively designed compared to some gamer headsets I have tried – 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 lightweight, comfortable and easy to wear even for long gaming sessions. The headset does not support Bluetooth, as an increasing number do now, but does have a dual cable adapter to allow for separate mic/audio connections – green for headset, red for the microphone. The standard 3.5mm plug allows the headset to be used with mobile phones and other devices with combined microphone and audio socket. The earcups and microphone tip have bright blue LED’s when connected using the USB plug and in fact, this is the only purpose of the USB plug as USB audio is not supported and there is no built-in vibration engine. There is a large in-line control box with a thumbwheel to control the audio volume and an on/off switch for the microphone.

How does it sound?

The audio quality is really rather good and worthy of a higher priced device and an improvement over the earlier model. There is plenty of bass, not so much as to be overpowering, with the mid and higher frequencies being clear and well defined without being too sharp or abrasive. When both gaming and listening to music it is becomes a very immersive and enjoyable experience. From a pure gaming viewpoint the lack of direct talkback 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.

As headphones for general listening, this headset is excellent for the price. As a purely gaming headset, it less attractive. The mic has been improved but I would still prefer a clearer sound. It is worth saying again that the USB connection is to power the LED lights and not to allow for system-level interaction with a gaming console.

These are a large and well-made set of headphones described as being for gamers but really they 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 keep looking. If you are looking for a budget headset for music, PC Gaming and general use then this would be a good buy.

The Good
Good sound
Great price
Good build quality
Comfortable to wear
LED Illumination
Audio/Mic adaptor
Adjustable mic position
Extra long 2.2m Braided cable

Passive noise reduction

The Bad
Microphone muffles audio

Not Suitable for some gaming consoles

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