When I reviewed the EKSA E900 gaming headset last month, I was very impressed.
One of the most comfortable headsets in budget price bracket, the E900 was beaten only by the Turtle Beach Recon Sparks, thanks mostly to the overly sensitive microphone and the fact that the recon sparks were slightly better for those who wear glasses.
Like the Recon Spark, there’s an improved version on the market that we need to look at. We were very critical of the Recon 200s not being worth the bang for your buck, so with the same vein, let’s look a critical look at the EKSA E900 Pros.
First things first: price.
The EKSA E900 pros weigh in at $40.00 — just $4 more than their base unit. Given that the E900s were a close second favourite before, it’s not going to take many improvements to dethrone the Recon Sparks as the best budget headset.
So what does the E900 Pro do that the E900 doesn’t?
First and foremost, this is the most comfortable headset I’ve ever worn.
The memory foam is an absolute dream. The earcups are so padded that I can wear these all day, with my glasses, and not feel any undue discomfort, which is the only real reason the Recon Sparks were my favourite before.
But unlike the Sparks, the generous cushioning on the headband means that they never feel heavy — you never feel the aluminium keeping the headset together, to the point where you can quite easily forget you’re wearing them.
Like the Sparks, the E900 Pro also moves the volume controls from being in-line to being on-board behind the left ear. A volume wheel and mute button control everything you need it to, and it’s always in the same easily accessible place, giving the E900 Pro another big tick.
Now that the cable from the headset to your device no longer contains in-line controls, we have the option to remove it entirely. This doesn’t mean the headset is wireless: in fact it has twice as many cables as most headsets — but it does mean you can remove the cable when you don’t need it (when you’re putting it away), which can minimise damage when in transport.
Fortunately, the double-sided 3.5mm aux cable has a twist-lock function, so you won’t accidentally unplug yourself at the worst moment. This twist-lock also works with the detachable mic, which means that the mic isn’t in the way when you don’t need it, and it stays in place when you do. Tick and tick.
The removability of the aux cable is doubly useful because it is, once again, ridiculously long. If this annoys you, you can replace it with a shorter one.
The only real downside to this headset is that the 7.1 virtual surround sound only works with PC, and not anything else that takes a 3.5mm jack. It’s a nice function to have, but the vast majority of people aren’t going to be able to use this, so it’s not getting too many bonus points. It also requires that you plug your headset into the PC by another ridiculously long USB cable.
The upside to the USB cable is that it draws power, which means the earcups light up with a flashy red light, but — to be blunt — it’s main use is as my new 6ft phone charger cable.
Last but not least, what’s the sound quality like? Excellent frequency response means bassy bass and high highs; the dynamic range is excellent, so you’ll hear clickers and stalkers while sneaking, without having to increase the volume and blow your eardrums when you shoot them with a shotgun, and it sounds excellent on every device I’ve tested it on. No complaints from me here.
The verdict: 5/5
EKSA has taken an already excellent headset and given it substantial upgrades without any real price difference. I don’t know how that makes business sense, but it makes for a great opportunity for gamers looking to pick up a new headset on the cheap. If you don’t play using a headset, you absolutely should, and the EKSA E900 Pros are a phenomenal set to start with.
- This is the most comfortable headset I’ve ever worn
- On-board controls
- The price
- The audio quality
- The detachable cables
- The virtual surround sound only works with PC