FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset ReviewWesstron - January 27, 2014
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FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset Setup & Testing:
I've been using the FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset for a couple of weeks for the purpose of this review and it was mostly a pleasant experience. I used the headset for a few gaming sessions, made a few calls on Skype, watched some movies/anime episodes, and some random music while typing. I will translate my opinion the best I can; although from personal experience, the best way to decide which headset to spend your cash on is to give it a try if possible.
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.8 GHz
- CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H60
- Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
- Memory: G.Skill RipjawsX 2x4GB 7-8-7-24 1600Mhz
- Video Card: GeForce GTX 770
- PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W
- Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 2 120GB
- Optical Drive: ASUS DVD combo
- OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit SP1
- Koss PRO DJ100 Headphones
- Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 Headset
- SONY Wireless Stereo Headset
- Plantronics GAMECOM 367 Headset
The FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset, as the name implies, is a gaming peripheral, and as such should perform best in this category. It actually performed very well! First of all, the HS-260 is a plug and play unit and does not require any software install or settings; just plug it into the headphone/mic jacks in the motherboard or sound card and enjoy. In the few games I tried the sound was crisp, clear, and quite immersive. I was really impressed by the details I could pick up in the starting area of Metro 2033 and the richness of the ambient sound in Alice: Madness Returns. My only complaint is that the headset started to sound a bit distorted when I cranked the volume all the way to 100%, and the bass seemed lacking, especially at low volumes. When the volume is kept at reasonable levels, this headset provides great sound, even if it's more in the neutral than the bassy category. The mic worked as intended and I did not fiddle with any of the sound settings either in Windows or Skype.
Watching movies/anime with the FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset was a real pleasure. The unit is very comfortable and has just the right fit to stay on your head without giving you a headache after a few minutes. I watched The Lord of the Rings, Pitch Black, and WORLD WAR Z. I also indulged in quite the extensive list of anime episodes. Again, the sound reproduction was excellent, but the bass was still missing; the deep rumble that the F.R.E.Q. 5 can achieve seems to elude the HS-260.
Alright, this is where it gets tricky. I am no audiophile and the FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset is not a pair of studio monitor headphones. After listening to some Blues, Electro-House, and various ethnic tunes, I noticed that swapping the velour earpads for the leather ones improves the sound quality to a certain degree. The audio clarity was there, but the deep bass was still lacking. The HS-260 is not meant for music exclusively and I found myself going back to the KOSS headphones or the F.R.E.Q. 5 headset often.