Today we’re looking at the HAMSWAN 2.4GHz Wireless Gaming Headset. This gaming headset comes in at the lower end of the market, but is by no means cheap. One of the standout aspects of this headset is its wide range of compatibility, with Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii, PC and Mac. That’s quite a list.
For a lot of gadgets and tech, if they work, then they’re good. There are just some items that find it easy to tick the boxes. Headsets, especially gaming headsets, are a completely different ball game. There are so many requirements that a headset must fulfil in order to be a success. Let’s see how well the HAMSWAN does in our analysis.
The packaging for the HAMSWAN 2.4GHz Wireless Gaming Headset does the job. It’s themed appropriately for the target market, but its nothing to really write home about. Once inside the box, there’s a plastic shell with the headset inside, a bag with all of the wires and a rather thick and comprehensive manual. Fortunately, most of the bulk of the manual comes from the fact that its written in a hundred and one different languages.
The headphones themselves look and feel rather nice. I’m not a huge fan of plastic leatherette, so this headset brings a welcome change with it’s soft meshed fabric ear cups and headband cushioning. They have just a couple of buttons, power, pairing / mic mute, game volume and chat volume, as well as various input ports for charing, connections and the microphone.
The headset feels rather sturdy, and is very comfortable to wear. Whilst the size of the headset is adjustable, the ear cups themselves are just slightly too flat, resulting in the headset either gripping a little tight or risking falling off. As a result, I had to wear it tight, which warmed my ears up quite a lot. Perhaps this’ll change with extended use, as the foam begins to mould to my shape. The microphone is detachable and bendable, which is a plus as it’s absolutely massive.
As this wireless headset doesn’t use Bluetooth, inside the box is a 2.4GHz transmitter and receiver. The transmitter is a small device that connects directly to the host device.
I had a slight concern that with all of the wires, connectors and transmitters that getting this set up would be a real hassle. Luckily, it wasn’t. It was just a case of connecting the transmitter to the computer, and then turning the headset on. Whilst the headset has two volume controls, game and mic, these only function on consoles.
The volume range of this headset is rather wide. At the louder volumes, a slight static hiss can be heard, but at normal usable volumes there’s no background noise at all. As the headset uses an over the ear design, the passive noise isolation works well.
Key to the performance of this headset is obviously the sound. In that regard, the HAMSWAN 2.4GHz Wireless Gaming Headset performs much the same as some of the more premium brands of headset on the market, to my surprise. As a gaming headset, the bass is rather heavy, and percussion is a little weak, but this is standard of headsets like this, built for game sound and not music. As a result, I tested this headset through playing Battlefield 1, rather than a test music playlist. The immersion this headset built was good. I was able to place sounds accurately, the HAMSWAN was easily able to compete with the Razer Kraken in terms of audio quality in game.
As far as gaming headsets go, the HAMSWAN’s microphone was rather standard. The quality of voice communication is obviously not comparable to a standalone microphone, sounding more like an avionics headset. Communication is clear, don’t get me wrong, it’s just not crystal quality.
This headset by HAMSWAN, considering the price, is a decent buy. The sound is awesome, the microphone is reasonable, and it’s certainly comfortable across the head, and the fit around the ears doesn’t pose too much of an issue.
All in all, I think the HAMSWAN performs to a standard well above it’s price range, making it a good buy for those on a mid range budget.
You can find this product on Amazon here.