Not all gamers use headphones for gaming because they are bulky and they are quite heavy for prolonged use. Most prefer PC gaming earbuds with mic.
However, audio is an essential component in gaming, so gamers would need to have an audio peripheral. That is where gaming earbuds with mic come in. They have a small form factor and they are also comfortable to use for hours as well.
That being said, I am going to talk about the Mad Catz E.S. PRO 1. This is a gaming earphone with some nifty features – possibly some of the best gaming earbuds. Before anything else, I want to talk about the design.
The Mad Catz E.S. PRO 1 is unlike any gaming earphone I’ve seen. It looks a bit bigger than regular earbuds, but it actually adds a nice aesthetic appeal. There are also four scratch marks imprinted on the outer portion of the earphone which is a nice touch.
These earphones have a predominantly green color scheme with some black components on the earphone itself.
I like the fact that the E.S. Pro 1 has earhooks to ensure that they will fit snugly in your ears. This is actually a quite common concern in that people fear that the earphones will get suddenly removed because of a loose fitting. That is not the case here.
On the left side, there are inline controls for the volume and the mic-mute. Instead of giving you the volume up and down buttons, the company has opted to use a volume slider for convenience.
The Mad Catz E.S. PRO 1 also comes with a pouch so that you can store it in whenever you’re not using them. Included in the package are some additional earcups and another pair of earhooks as well.
This gaming earphone also comes with a detachable omnidirectional gaming microphone with some noise cancellation feature.
If there is something I would like to point out about the design, it would be that the cable is a standard round cable. Although it does its job, it can get tangled up if you do not keep the earphones properly. Not a deal breaker, but it is just important to note.
As for the performance, the Mad Catz E.S. PRO 1 comes with huge 13.5mm drivers on each of the earphones and it delivers a high-quality sound.
Bass is definitely heavy, but surprisingly, it doesn’t overpower other aspects such as the highs and the mids. In fact, they are pretty prominent while the bass is thumping.
Listening to music is also a treat as well. I can pretty much hear the vocals of Earth Wind and Fire’s Let’s Groove. Furthermore, it provided me with a nice soundstage when playing Thousand Foot Krutch’s Give it to Me.
As for the detachable microphone, it is actually pretty good. It delivers a clean audible voice on the other end and it also cancels external noise quite nicely. Heck, you can even use the microphone for talking on your mobile phone if you want.
Speaking of which, the Mad Catz E.S. PRO 1 can be used on a variety of devices that have the 3.5mm jack. It can be used on your PC, laptop, game console, and it can also be used on both Android and iOS devices.
The Mad Catz E.S. PRO 1 is a unique pair of PC gaming earbuds. It has a detachable microphone and it also comes with oversized 13.5mm drivers that deliver an impressive audio performance.
Whether you’re playing on your PC or your talking to someone over the phone, the E.S. PRO 1 is one of the best gaming earbuds on the market.
It is lightweight, it provides amazing sound, and it also has a detachable microphone that offers an equally impressive voice quality.
For under $50, the Mad Catz E.S. PRO 1 can be yours.
+Clear microphone voice quality
-Not suitable for people with small ears
-Green cable might not entice some people
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