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Mad Catz Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5

Mad Catz Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5

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81 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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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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Specs

Key Specs

Form factor
Over-ear
Channels
Stereo
Controls
Volume, Mute
Noise cancellation
Yes
Connections
Usb, 3 5mm
Form factor
Channels
Controls
Noise cancellation
Connections
Over-ear
Stereo
Volume, Mute
Yes
Usb, 3 5mm

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81 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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