FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset ReviewWesstron - January 27, 2014
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FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset Closer Look:
For a gaming peripheral manufacturer, FUNC seems to be playing it safe when it comes to the looks of the HS-260, hence no color accents or aggressive branding here. The FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset is black and grey with some chrome accents. The final product looks good enough, but I personally don't like chromed plastic, especially when it ages and the chrome starts to flake away.
The FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset is built entirely of plastic: rubber-coated plastic, textured plastic, polished plastic, and chromed plastic. Coming from a CYBORG F.R.E.Q. 5 and its full metal frame, I was quite disappointed during my first few minutes with the HS-260. The first realisation that put me back in "reviewer" mode was the light weight of the unit, which is only 370g (0.77 lbs). The unit is nicely built and has a good amount of flexibility without any alarming creaking. When I put them on for a fit test, they felt really comfortable for their size while also being snug enough without feeling that my head is in a vise. The padding on the top of the headset contributes greatly to the overall comfort and there is more than enough of it, even for a close-shaved head.
The FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset comes with a very clever adjustability mechanism design. The extensions attached to the earcups are of a similar width than the top section and they slide out to expose a flat and seamless surface. The HS-260 keeps a clean and sharp look even when stretched to its maximum adjustability level.
The mic bundled with the FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset is detachable and very flexible. It can be twisted, bent, contorted, or just straightened – in which case you are really boring! The mic flexibility provides extreme control over its position vis-à-vis your mouth. The tip of the mic has three small notches for sound reception and also a mounting screw. On the opposite side there is a tiny hole that I suppose to be a noise canceling mic.
Like most gamers, I was in a situation where I needed to mute my mic or adjust the volume quickly and without taking my eyes off the screen. One hand off the keyboard for just a few seconds can cause a wipe and up to nineteen angry raiders will probably put a contract on your head; imagine what doom having to fiddle around and look for the ever-elusive inline controls might bring upon you! The FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset follows in the steps of high end headsets and adopts easily accessible earcup-integrated controls, with a twist that makes this product quite unique. While the volume dial is permanently located on the left side, the mic and cable can be plugged in either side, which adds extra modularity to an already flexible unit.
The FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset adopts a closed-ear construction, which, in my personal experience, provides better immersion while gaming. In each earcup is nested a 50mm driver that is factory tuned for optimal sound quality. Removing the earpads is an easy task and putting them back is pure pleasure! The FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset takes home the Smart Award as far as making the earpad swap endeavour as painless as it can be. The secret is in the little notch in the plastic casing that serves as a guide for sliding the earpad back in place.