Sandberg Twister Gaming Headset
The cooperation with Sandberg continues successfully, which I am very pleased with.
This time they sent me a headset in their EsportsEquipment series, which they constantly expand.
The headset is called Twister, and is a headset at the very cheap end (199DKK in the suggested retail price). So my review will show if the headset lives up to the price, or even more than that.
First, we take a look at the specifications.
As we can read, it has a total of 2.1 meters of cable, which is pretty cool. It is nylon covered, and not with fabric. There are pros and cons of that.
Also included in the price are the lights in the headset, which I will show a little later, and even a small cable converter.
For the more technical things, we can see that there are used 40 mm units, and they play from 15 Hz - 20 kHz. It's a pretty fine frequency range, since it is said that the ear can only hear from 20 Hz and up to 20 kHz.
The packaging and contents of the box.
Sandberg has chosen a pretty nice looking box for their headset. You can see one ear cup through the box, so you have a sense of what you buy physically. Outside the box, various specifications and features have been printed, which is what Sandberg would like to inform about on this headset.
In addition to the headset itself, you can find a splitter and a Sandberg sticker in the box. Especially the splitter I am amazed when considering the price of the headset. It will be exciting to see if all the money has gone to accessories instead of sound quality.
Let's look at the headset.
The headset is made of sturdy plastic and is kept in black and blue. Ear cushions and pillowcases are made of artificial leather so it's easy to wipe off after use. Both cushions are suitable hard / soft so you do not feel discomfort for longer use.
The ear cushions have an inner diameter of 65 mm. So most people can have their ears inside the actual cup. This makes this headset an Over-Ear headset, which is the type I personally like the most.
The headset fits quite well on the head, it does not sit to tight and does not fall off. It does not weigh much, so you should not feel any discomfort after a long time of use because of the weight.
The headset can be adjusted to the head, but the ear cups are fixed. They can not be rotated or tilted, as is often found on other headsets. It does not matter, however, as the headset fits quite nice to the head and around the ears.
The ear cups have details in blue color, and a beautiful Sandberg logo in the middle. The microphone can be tilted up and down, but does not have mute function in the microphone arm itself. It is in a remote control on the cord, as I will show a little later.
Now, I wrote earlier that the headset was made of sturdy plastic. However, there are some parts that are made of steel. The main headband pull-out are made in steel. This makes it incredibly sturdy and works very stable and robust.
About 40 cm down on the cable is the remote control. On it you can control the volume up and down. The distance fits perfectly, you can easily operate the sound without the actual remote control gets in the way in normal use.
The remote control also has a button to turn the microphone off and on. This allows you to control whether someone should listen or not. It's pretty awesome. The remote control also has a nice size, and no sharp edges that can get stuck in the clothes or anything else.
Finally, there are the plugs at the end of the 2.1m long cable. There is a 4 pole plug for the sound and a USB connector for the light. Yes, this cheap headset also has light built-in, which is really nice. To use the headset for computer, assemble the included converter. Then you have a plug for the sound and one for the microphone.
Let me put on the headset and listen to it.
I have used the headset everyday over a little week's time, and I'm actually quite happy with it.
The headset fits very well on the head. I use glasses but have not had any discomfort regarding that. I like that the cable is made in nylon instead of fabric, especially now that Sandberg has made this headset intended for mobile use as well. Fabric cable tends to make noise in the ear cups when rubbing the clothes or anything else. We do not have that problem with nylon cable.
Of course, I have used the headset for both games and music. My overall perception of the sound in this headset is that Sandberg has actually hit the spot quite well. Personally, I miss a little detail / treble, but if you use a computer, you can adjust it with the equalizer. It's getting worse when you use it on your mobile device. You do not have the option to adjust the sound with the equalizer on there. Then the headset comes a little short.
Regarding the sound otherwise, there is actually a good depth in the music. It plays really well, and the bass is not dominant in any way. It's great that Sandberg has found some devices that fit the headset well.
As you can hear from the videos below, the microphone actually records the voice quite nicely. I sense a bit of reverb, so it's not studio quality. But it is actually quite nice and clear.
When it comes to background noise, the microphone will record everything. Sandberg has not announced this microphone as noise-reducing, so that's what to expect. However, despite the background noise, I think that my voice is recorded well and is clear and understandable.
Finally, there is the light, which is actually quite nice. The Sandberg logo lights up nicely in each ear cup, and it looks really cool in my opinion. However, it is an advantage that you can turn it off if you do not want to use the light. You can not really see it unless you have the headset lying on the table.
Now we've come to my opinion of the Sandberg Twister Gaming Headset. And I am VERY positively surprised by this headset. I have to admit that when I saw the price tag at 199 DKK in the suggested retail price, I was quite skeptical. Because you hardly expect that you can get decent sound and even with light in the headset for that money.
But Sandberg does it. They manage to make a product that is both cheap and good. You get really much headset for your money with this headset. The only thing I can pull down is actually that the basic sound is not okay. It lacks detail and treble, but on the other hand, the headset delivers at the other end of the sound range with a nice and firm bass.
My review of this headset ends with a nice silver star rating. Sandberg has made a headset that looks good for the new gamer. There is light in the headset that actually looks great. And then the sound in both speakers and microphone is quite good. The headset does not offer any fancy smart features, but I do not expect that for less than 200 DKK. Sandberg has done well.