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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Sound quality

90
 

Design and form factor

75
 

Durability

93
 

Comfort

73
 

How It Stacks Up

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