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conclusion:We like it

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Mad Catz is no stranger to making unusual design decisions (look at the gdgt Must-have R.A.T. 7 for example), and the F.R.E.Q. 5 continues with that break from tradition, with "a glossy black hexagon design" that HardwareHeaven still found "comfy to wear" and had "no concerns that this headset could survive the knocks and bangs we might expect if we took it to a LAN event." TechRadar was "less convinced" though they did think the build quality was "excellent.," while TechBargains pointed out that the metal parts made "one heavy headset" and the "overall ergonomics could stand some improvement." With all this focus on appearance, Mad Catz could have overlooked the actual function of the device, but looks are deceiving, and TechBargains was happy to report that "explosions are loud, gunshots are crisp, and all that bass really goes a long way to making you feel like you are truly in the game." So if you need a solid headset the F.R.E.Q. 5 delivers, but if you don't care about the unusual appearance, you can pick up similar headsets—even a surround sound headset like the Vengeance 2000—for a lower price.

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Critic reviews

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    8.5
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    7.8
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    9.0
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7.0
PC Mag Feb 8, 2013

The Mad Catz Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 is a solid, well-designed gaming headset that also works with your smartphone, although the high price is a concern.

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7.0
TechRadar Feb 23, 2013

So the FREQ 5 is a bit of a mixed bag, then. The sound quality is the standout feature of these cans - and that came as a bit of a surprise after the initial disappointment over the actual design of the headset.

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9.0
Hardware Heaven Apr 2, 2012

The sound quality provided via the F.R.E.Q. 5 is very good, and is easily on of the best stereo gaming headsets we have listened to recently. Along with the comfort that is provided by the large earcups and padded headband we found it a very good headset to use and wear.

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9.0
TechBargains Feb 11, 2013

Overall, the F.R.E.Q. 5 represents a high quality gaming headset, albeit at a somewhat premium price. If you're looking to take your gaming soundtrack into headset format, you may want to give the F.R.E.Q. 5's a try.

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8.0
unknownsolo unknownsolo

I had high hopes for this headset but unfortunately I had to return it. Mad Catz hides many unfortunate facts about this headset, like the you cant use the volume controller, EQ modes AND mic lights do not work in regular analog mode, you only get these features when in USB mode, this was a...

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