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Pros: NOTE: Not an audiophile, but I do appreciate a nice set of headphones with awesome sound quality, build, and visual aesthetics. I do mention an audiophile grade headphone, but I am no where near the level of someone that would know a sound graph.
- Sounds Great! Nice range of sound. I was surprised these sounded as good as they do when using it as Bluetooth headphones (option to use included 3.5 mm stereo cable, necessary when battery dies). Comparing these to Sennheiser HD 280 Pros as a reference (my audiophile grade headphones), the Philips headset sounds like a couple steps down, but overall still good. Audio is sub-par when using Bluetooth; receive some muffledness - a loss in sound clarity. Lose some bass quality as well, but overall, these sound great! Using the stereo cable increases the overall sound quality.
- Very Lightweight: A necessary, if not required, build characteristic for wireless headphones. Unfortunately these don't fold inwards. The earpieces themselves can be turned to face downward, though, so the set can be laid flat or squeezed into a bag or backpack.*
- Battery Life: For days! Didn't need to charge these for at least a couple days with moderate listening and phone usage...
- ...Phone Usage!: When paired to a compatible phone (I used my Motorola RAZR HD) to listen to music, incoming calls will be notified through the headphones, allowing these to double as a headset. Great phone clarity. Built-in mic offered great audio to the caller. Did not once receive a caller that wasn't able to hear me well.
- On-Earpiece Controls: You get a conveniently placed volume rocker that doubles as skip track, as well as a large play/pause/answer button all on the outer construction of the right earpiece.
- Comfortable: Memory foam padding on the earcups and headband are very plush. I was able to wear these comfortably for hours. Supra aural design allowed my outer part of my ears to sweat less than circumaural headphones do.
Cons: - Not Foldable: In my opinion, Bluetooth headphones, should be able to fold in so their easier to stow in a bag.
- Feel a Little Flimsy: I know I wouldn't have any trouble with keeping these in one piece, but the twisting on the hearcups to lay the set down flat feels like it won't be able to last a couple years.
- Very Bright LED: When using this in Bluetooth mode, the play/pause/answer button slow pulses a blue light that's very bright. So bright, that it reflex off my glasses when I'm in low-light rooms.
- Bluetooth Sound Quality: Like almost any wirelessly transmitted audio, you will lose quality. But it's not so bad that it's not acceptable.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I was very surprised with this headset. My expectations going with these were more on the, "I'll just use these to listen to something while taking a walk or doing things around the house." But in the end, I found myself going to these more often when it comes to doing gaming on my PC, or watching YouTube on my tablet, and just plain listening to music in general. The fact that these are so lightweight, I choose them over my HD 280 Pros. The sound stage on the Philips aren't refined at all (go as far as saying there is none. Period.), but they're so comfy and don't sound that bad. And the headband doesn't squeeze my brains out (motorcycle helmet: Large).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair Raptor HS40 USB Connector Circumaural 7.1 Gaming Headset
Pros: - 9 ft. Cord: Very long; good length for routing to the back of the computer, or have ample distance between you and your computer if plugged into the front of your case. I also like that the USB plug is colored similar to the burgundy on the outer ear cup as well as the headband cushioning. So even if you plug it in at the back of your PC you can definitely tell which plug is the HS40's.
- On Cord Controls: I prefer Corsair's decision to have the volume/mic controls on the cord. It's positioned low enough a distance that it will rest very close to where your hands would be when gaming. There are also two LED lights to signify when the mic is live (blue) and when it's off (red).
- Construction: This headset feels very light. The ear cups are made of what seems like authentic leather (even smells like it), and the headband as well. The cushioning feels similar to memory foam, but I can't confirm this without ripping them open. You can easily adjust the position of where the headband lies thanks to the ear cups being able to rotate. The seal around your ears are well enough to isolate your music/movies/games to only yourself, and also from you hearing the noises going on a couple feet from you.
- Microphone: Works well. Output quality is good, very clear on the receiving end. There was no noticeable interference picked up from people I called/chatted with online. The physical mic is flexible enough to move it close to the corner of your mouth (best position to avoid having the mic accidentally picking up noise from your breathing).
Cons: - Aside from the headset being lightweight, I find the ball and socket implantation for the ear cups to feel a little flimsy. I prefer a more solid connection between the ear cups and the headband. The ear cups also cannot be folded or turned to angle them flat.
- Disclaimer: Each individual will have their own opinion of sound quality: some people think more bass sounds better, others like toned down bass and stronger mids and highs, or a balance across all frequencies. Personally, I like clean, crisp sound, with no overpowering bass, and to be able to hear what sound the composer was intending. So saying this: straight out of the box this headset sounds bad (see "Other Thoughts"); audio quality is drowned out and muddy, and don't sound like the drivers are tuned very well. Over time, after a little breaking in, they did get a little better, but I've experienced better audio from some other non-gaming oriented headphones at a cheaper price.
Other Thoughts: - You don't get to experience this headset's capabilities until you download the (not included) Corsair Raptor HS40 companion software from Corsair's website (it's called Corsair Headset Control Panel). With the program, you can tune the headset to your liking, including volume for the headset itself, as well as the mic. You can choose preset EQ's (Profiles), such as Audiophile, FPS Gaming, MMO Gaming, a reference EQ, and their unique Movies Mod-X. These settings adjust the frequencies (30, 60, 120, 250, 500, 1K, 2K, 4K, 8K, and 16K) to a threshold of -/+20 dB. One downside of some of the presets is you can't even tell the difference between them. For example, you have two Audiophile 1 profiles (1 and 1+). The only difference is a slight increase in the 16K frequency. But if you like to mess with these settings the option is there. You can also add more profiles with your own naming scheme, as well as delete unwanted ones. There's also a Bypass button, that when enabled, you can bypass the 7.1 Xear Surround and just use the on-board audio.
- Xear Surround: With the surround sound on, you have three options to which you want to simulate the surround sound; Studio, Cinema, and Hall. Studio is for tighter sound, less echo and reverb. Cinema, to simulate a home theater. And Hall, to replicate the sound of audio as if you were filling up a music hall or large theater.
- Music: I personally bypass the 7.1 audio when listening to music for clear audio. Bass response is good for any range of music. I have noticed thought that on some songs, when using the 7.1 audio, I was able to hear instruments I wasn't able to when not using the 7.1 audio, but again, audio quality with the surround just wasn't crisp enough for me.
- Gaming: (with 7.1 on, Studio mode, played Battlefield 3/4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2) If you're really into the game, you won't notice that the headset is mediocre, in my opinion. Large explosions sound convincing, close range gun shots sound good, but other things like water droplets falling in puddles, or glass shards hitting the ground, as well as voice work, sound muffled. I also had problems with directional sounds. Some distant sniper fire was difficult to track accurately, for example.
- Movies: In movies, the preset Movies Mod-X setting just didn't cut it. I changed it to the Audiophile 1+ to get better audio. But overall the surround sound was very good when compared to bypassing it. Outdoor scenes, with all the ambient noise, sounded very good. Hallway scenes sounded natural, like you were actually in a large hall. But again, my main gripe is the audio is jumbled and unclear.
- By default, the ear cups are positioned just right for my head. For comparison, my head is somewhat large; I wear a Large motorcycle helmet. People with smaller heads or lower crowns may have difficulty using this headset.
Overall, this headset is just good, but far from the best. If manually adjusted though, you can get better audio.
This review is from: Kingston Black/Gray 1800 mAh MobileLite Wireless MLW221
Pros: - Light, portable, about the same size as most current smartphones these days. It's just a little thicker than my Moto RAZR HD.
- Wirelessly (though WiFi) access data from a USB thumb drive or SD/MicroSD card (MicroSD card to SD adapter included!).
- Device charging capability allows you to charge your mobile Android or iOS smartphone or tablet.
- Transfer files from your mobile Android smartphone or tablet to and from the attached USB drive or SD card.
- Network pass-through. Using the MobileLite App, you can connect an existing WiFI network to the device and still access the internet on your phone or tablet even when connected to the MobileLite Wireless. Only 803.11g/n signals, no a/b/ac support.
Cons: -Although you can transfer files, you can't transfer more than one at a time.
-User interface is not that friendly. Android users will definitely see something familiar if you've used a file explorer app, but iOS users, I wasn't able to find out how to transfer files from the iPad (Gen2) I was using.
-MobileLite App has no support for Windows Phone or Blackberry (most likely due to lack of consumer support of said OS's)
Other Thoughts: I was able to use this device to watch movies on a straight three hour road trip. There weren't any hiccups noticeable on my Nexus 7 FHD. I viewed 2 1/2 .mp4 movies as though they were saved directly on my tablet, rather than viewing it on the MicroSD card that was in the MobileLite.
The charging functionality should only be viewed as an extra functionality, not a primary one. The 1800mAH battery isn't enough to fully charge most newer smartphones these days. My Moto RAZR HD has a 2530mAH battery, which was only able to be charged from 8% to about 23%. Enough to make a couple texts and one or two phone calls before completely dying.
One good thing that I found out was the device is still usable when being charged. So you can charge the MobileLite (wall adapter not included) and view your movies or photos simultaneously. Good for when you're at the hotel room and there's nothing good to watch on the hotel TV (assuming you have saved movies on your SD card or USB flash drive).
Overall this device is very useful for those who have limited storage on their mobile device. It's wireless access speeds are very quick and seamless. The only problem I had were with iOS devices, where I couldn't find out how to transfer files to or from my SD card.
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