Product Name: Head:Set 4 & Head:Set X
Product Type: Gaming Headset
Cost at Time of Review: £17.99
Works With: Head:Set X – Xbox One and Head:Set 4 – PlayStation 4
Release Date: Out Now!
Snakebyte, if you haven’t heard of them, is a company that makes gaming peripherals. Mainly for the PC but have dabbled in the console market with controllers but are now widening their market with headsets for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 with the Head:Set X and the Head:Set 4 respectively. Now the reason why we are doing a review on both in one article is that they’re extremely similar to one another. So similar that there is no real difference to tell them apart from other than the colors they represent. Blue being PlayStation 4 and green for the Xbox One. Same quality builds, same specs just made to work with the software of each console.
Both headsets were announced at E3 this year by promoting how simple they are. Not over complicated with their DACs or being wireless or even needing batteries to run. It’s all about being plug-and-play, being high end and a good value. So we put both to the test to see if Snakebyte can hold up to that claim.
Straight away, when I received the headsets the boxes are small. I didn’t even think these were the headsets that had arrived in the office. The boxes were the same size as each other, both being 5.2″W x 4.6″H x 3.0″D. Upon opening them you get a instructions manual and standard pamphlets. Crazy that a box this small could fit those in with the headsets also. The headsets came in 2 pieces, the headset itself and a mic that you can plug in and remove whenever. I’m guessing they done this for ease of storage or less expense by not making a foldaway mic. I thought that was their way of muting the headset at first but there is a mute button on the cable anyway so I’m assuming keeping production cost down.
Appearance + Features
The first thing you notice is how simple the headset is. So simple it does look rather bland and cheap compared to current market headsets. It feels that way also, however, until you actually put them on or contort them in different ships to see how flexible they are, they’re actually quite well built, sturdy but this can be a bit of a downfall also a little bit on the stiff side. You can see what Snakebyte has done here. Snakebyte isn’t new to the headset game, especially with a headset that is currently over £100 that is extremely robust and surprisingly really good quality for quite the unknown brand so it’s not like they didn’t know what they were doing here, they’re keeping production cost low to keep the RRP low for users wanting a good value headset. You have a thin strap to go over your head. If you twist and turn this, it’s sturdy but very stiff again and doesn’t help contort to your head as much as I would like it to. It is comfy nonetheless.
The headset being on-ear and not your typical over ear you tend to get with gaming headsets which is what I believe makes this headset stand out from the crowd. A lot of people don’t like over-ear headphones. I personally love them, however, if you look at Beats by Apple for example, when releasing headphones they make both the over-ear and on-ear to cater to the market. This will help a lot of people decide on their next headset. If you’re an on-ear fan then here we are, we have actually got an on-ear gaming headset for the console. While it does lack in appearance they are quite nice to wear. One issue I did have being on-ear and not rather articulated is that, although foldable, you cannot twist your earbuds on this. Ears are not straight, and although when you put on the headsets they kind of push your ears in to go flat, they just aren’t as comfortable as they could be. I would like a little bit of twist to go inline with it resting on my ears. Also, the earbuds are quite flimsy. You can actually jiggle them at the joint which makes them look rather cheap.
The mic that comes with the headset that you plug in and can remove at any time is really well built compared to the rest of the headset. It’s a simple design, metal snake design on it with easy moveability and comes with a decent muffler on the end also, cutting out that heavy ‘pop’.
The cabling is also rather well built. It is made of an outer rubber and depending on the headset you got for the console will coordinate with the colour being either green or blue. Doesn’t really get tangled because it is quite a stiff rubber. There is a controller on the cable itself rather than the headset which usually I’m not a fan of as it’s tricky to find in the middle of a game on any headset that has the controller there however on this it is rather simple so it’s not always a bad thing. You have your volume which you can adjust from both sides of the controller given that little bit of usability and also a mute slider on there also. That is pretty much it to the controller. Or, and easier way I found to mute the headset, unplug the mic. You know where it is, it isn’t moving like the cable does, just unplug it. Simple.
You will be quite surprised here. Although the manufacturing wasn’t very good and you can see Snakebyte has budgeted on design, the quality of sound from the speakers is really good. It’s a simple 3.5mm aux cable so you’re only going to get 2.1 audio from your console so definitely not for competitive use, it still is great for standard play. I used it for a good few hours playing different games such as God of War to Halo 5 using good heavy game hits to test out the speakers and they’re rather good. They do lack in the lower tones however but decent all round. The on-ear design does allow for some noise leak, however, this is probably because there is no twist to the headset itself allowing the front part of the speaker to be open a little and this may be what is causing the lack in lower tones.
I got online on a few rounds of Call of Duty on the Xbox One and online on Destiny 2 on the PlayStation 4 to test it out. I do get quite competitive and the 7.1 is best used here but I had to put it to the test especially with mic quality. The sound quality, really good as mentioned before but the lack of 7.1 is definitely noticeable. You probably could have guessed that so I won’t go into detail about the lack of 7.1 on a budget like this, however, the mic wasn’t great. I remember one time a friend didn’t have a working headset so he used his Apple headphones that came with his iPhone. Although we could hear him it gave off such a high pitch noise we had to tell him to use the cheap PlayStation 4 headset. What I can say is, this headset was definitely better than as well as the headset that comes with the console of choice. There is a slight tin noise to your voice when talking, nothing bad but far from high quality. This is after multiple unplugs and plugging back in on the mic and the aux, and this was on both headsets also so I’m assuming it’s just the quality of mic. It is still usable and not bad for the budget.
If you’re on a budget, maybe that your headset has just broken and you’re in the middle of the month and a while away till payday this is the headset to fill in the gap till you get your new one. The foldability helps with that, you can slip it into a drawer till the next time you are without your headset. Another good use of this is if you’re traveling and want to take your PS4/Xbox One with you, fold it away and you’re sorted. The manufacturing build is far from great but isn’t bad, I would like a bit more flexibility to the headset to sit nicely and allow a little less sound leakage to keep up with the quality of sound. Mic not hugely but could be better. Overall, the headsets are definitely better than the stock headsets that come with your consoles and one to use if you’re without one for some time or traveling. I can imagine this being great for a person who travels a lot. You cannot go wrong with a headset like this for only £17.99, even if it is just a spare.