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Sandberg Cyclone Gaming Headset
It's been a while since we last had a product from Sandberg on the blog. We will do that again, because I have received their Cyclone Gaming Headset for review.
Sandberg makes a sea of different products. It's both for computer, gaming, active life and much more. If you do not know about Sandberg, go to their website and see all the wonderful products they make at very reasonable prices.
Let's see how the packing looks like.
The box you receive is quite nice looking and you can see the headset itself through the plastic front. On the box are printed specifications and features.
In the box you will find the headset and a Sandberg EsportsEquipment sticker.
Let's jump on the technical specifications.
As you can see, this is a USB headset with LED light and 2.2 meter fabric cable. The speaker units are 40 mm devices, which play the full audible frequency range from 20-20,000 Hz. There is also a built-in microphone, and the headset is compatible with most common operating systems.
Then we have a look at the headset.
I'm just starting to show you a little about the physical conditions on the headset. The ear pads cover the entire ear, and the hole for the ears is 5.5 cm at the high end. The cushions are covered with artificial leather so you can easily clean them.
The cable itself is quite thick and covered with nylon fabric. It is made in black and blue colors and seems like a good quality.
The headset itself is actually fits the head pretty well. Not too tight or too loose. The microphone is fixed so it will be exciting to hear if it can record the voice properly.
Both ear-cups can tilt slightly so that they adapt to the main head shape. They are firmly attached to a solid metal bracket, which holds into the main bracket. The adjustment is stepless, but works quite firmly, so it does not slip.
An unusual thing about this headset is that the headband is covered with soft rubber. So the actual cover and cushion are in soft rubber and not foam or memory foam. It makes cleaning an easy, but maybe it's a bit hard for the scalp in the long run?
The ear-cups have some nice markings which lights up when the headset is connected, and there is a metal sign with the Sandberg logo on. There is also a mesh of metal where RGB lights come through when you connect the headset. The light I will show a little later.
Behind the left ear cup we find the actual headset operation. There is a volume control and a microphone mute button. Unfortunately, there is no visible display of whether the microphone is muted or not. So you have to try it out. On the other hand, I think it's very nice that you do not have a remote control on the cord lying on the table.
Should I not write how it is in use?
Of course, I've used the headset for a few days and listened to a lot of good music and played some games.
The headset is fits well on the head. It does not push too hard when wearing glasses, which is definitely a good thing. Nor did I feel any discomfort regarding the special head cushion. When I first examined the headset, it was one of my concerns.
I think that the sound in the headset is a bit inadequate. There are no drivers or anything for this headset, so you can not fine tune the sound. There is a good depth in the bass, which is fine. But the details disappear a little. Simply missing treble to highlight the small details of music and games. It's a bit a shame, and an equalizer in the driver could otherwise have done wonders about that problem.
Below you can hear a few recordings from the microphone. I think it's recording the sound quite good, though there's a lot of reverb in the sound. I know that for the price you can not expect studio sound quality in any way, but I think the reverb is coming from the big plastic housing that the microphone is in. It could have been isolated somehow, so it did not sound like that.
One can easily hear what I say on the microphone test with noise in the background. But since there is no noise reduction in the microphone, it depends on how much noise there is. I do not think it will be a problem though.
The light in the headset looks really cool. However, I would wish you could turn the light off somehow, so it did not light up all the time. The light in the metal mesh changes color constant between all the colors and it can not be programmed in any way. Each ear cup shows Its own color so the colors are not the same on both sides, which is a very fun detail.
In the end, you shall have my opinion.
I actually think Sandberg has made an OK headset with their Cyclone. It's fun to see and experience the alternative choice like a rubber cushion and a microphone that's fixed.
I know that you can not expect everything when the price is below 300 DKK. But if you are going to make a USB headset, with its own amplifier and all, then I definitely think you should have a driver so you can adjust the sound. Unfortunately, you can not with this headset, which I think is a shame.
The microphone actually works quite well, but has some reverb, which is a bit of a shame. And then there is the cool light that adorns the headset. I would though have liked an opportunity to turn it off.
All in all, I choose to give this headset a beautiful Bronze star. It is certainly not a bad headset for the price. But I think there are some shortcomings that have a reasonable impact on the performance.