TekNmotion Yapster Universal Headset ReviewIndybird - January 22, 2012
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The TekNmotion Yapster Blaster Universal headset proved to be a primarily unfavorable experience. Out of the box, the headset looks and feels cheap in the hand. There are rough "seams" on the plastic and it has no physical give to it – most likely very brittle. The amplifier unit is a similar story, but the main problem here is not the build quality. Instead, the amplifier suffers from poor design choices, such as two individual 6 foot input/output cables. This wouldn't be such an issue if the headset itself didn't have a 12 foot cable of its own.
Testing the sound quality of the headset didn't yield any better results. The defining con of the headset was its muddy sound; low-mids were very intense, while high-mids and highs were very weak. If your sound card has built-in equalizer functions, then the muddiness can be partially fixed in games and music. However, this is not a proper solution, as it is not an option on most integrated audio or an Xbox if you so choose. Ultimately, the lack of mids and highs primarily affected voices and foreground effects, making it not optimal for most games. The only redeeming features of the Yapster Blasters audio are its decent microphone quality and amplifier that allows you to crank the volume up reasonably loudly. In the case of the volume, the plus is, however, cancelled out by the amplifier's intense hissing and buzzing.
Overall, the Yapster Blaster is a very mediocre headset. The pros such as comfort and loudness are vastly outweighed by the major cons like the muddy sound, poor build quality, and amplifier hiss. Even at an inexpensive suggested price tag of around $30, I would have a hard time recommending this headset.
- Decent comfort
- Amplifier allows for louder playback
- Xbox 360 compatibility
- Very muddy sound
- Microphone picks up a lot of background noise
- Poor build quality
- Amplifier hisses and buzzes loudly
- Amplifier cables are excessively long