|Mad Catz Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 Gaming Headset|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Joey Peng|
|Friday, 03 May 2013|
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Closer Look: Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 5
Whenever Mad Catz releases a product, there are always some things you can assume: flashy and innovative design, bunch of hidden features and delighters around customizations, great quality, and, of course, a matching price tag. The Cyborg FREQ 5 seems like a natural next step for Mad Catz. They acquired Tritton a while back, which has a comprehensive portfolio of quality headsets. It makes sense Mad Catz would take their expertise and remodel it into the Cyborg series. The sample Mad Catz provided was red/black themed. There are 3 other alternatives to suit your taste. Personally I think red theme looks awesome.
The FREQ 5 has a solid frame as seen in the picture above. This means the headset is designed to rest and put the bulk of weight at the top of your head and light pressure on the sides to keep it in place. This isn't a headset you want to be rocking your head with. The pros of this design are comfort for long gaming sessions since there's not much stress on your ears. The ear cups are faux leather, guaranteeing sweat-free usage. After a few sessions, I rated the comfort level of this headset to be average. It's suitable for a couple hours but any longer and it's a little stressful. The solid body construction also means it's slightly to the heavier side. Naturally I'm used to my Bose QC15's weight so this might be a harsh judgment.
The ear pieces contain 50mm Neodymium drivers. This guarantees great audio quality with strong vibrant basses and crisp highs. Because this system provides both USB and 3.5mm, you can enjoy these bad boys anywhere. The Mad Catz FREQ 5 is compatible with both PC and Mac.
The Mad Catz FREQ 5 has a detachable microphone roughly 6 inches long. It feels metallic and is very flexible. You can easily make loops with it. At the tip of the microphone is an LED light indicator to let you easily know if your microphone is on or muted. This way you can easily mute and unmute yourself in the middle of gaming.
I tried some voice recordings with the microphone and the results are pretty good. The microphone has noise cancelling functionality and can ignore most ambient sounds. They don't do this by simply lowering the audible volume as with some other microphones. One annoyance however is the microphone always tends to pick up some breathing noises unless you really tuck it under your chin. Because the length is not adjustable, there's no way I can put it off to the side of my face.
Overall the Mad Catz Cyborg FREQ 5 is a solid headset from the initial testing and observations. The design is, as usual, fantastic. I'm definitely looking for a little more functionality though if $150 is the amount I'm forking over. Benchmark Reviews will dive into the finer details of the headset in the next section to see if there's more delighters built in.